Meet our non-executive directors
Our non-executive directors are appointed through NHS England and NHS Improvement, usually for four years.
Nicola Scrivings, Trust Chair
Nicola is an experienced chair and non-executive director. Over the last 10 years she has successfully chaired a Community Services NHS Trust, a Cambridge based Housing Association and has held national roles with the Audit Commission and the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). Her executive career was predominantly with Royal Mail, where she progressed over 20 years through strategy and marketing directorships into a final role as Regional Operations Director for Anglia. She lives in Cambridge and is passionate about supporting the community either as a volunteer or through delivering outstanding care for patients.
Alison Wigg, Non-Executive Director
Alison brings over 30 years’ experience in global telecoms both in the UK and the US, helping large multinationals expand their internal networks in 170 countries around the world.
She was a General Manager with British Telecom (BT) where she was a global investment board member and worked on the strategy for BT's global network. She also set up and ran a regional programme of BT women’s network events to encourage and promote gender diversity in the technology area. Alison is Chair of Strategic Digital Investment and Assurance Board for Suffolk and north east Essex.
Julie Thallon, Non-Executive Director
Julie trained as a nurse and specialised in District Nursing before a long career in NHS Management. She has held executive positions for acute, community and mental health trusts as well as for commissioners. Julie established her own consultancy company and has been working as an independent consultant for provider, commissioner and private organisations which have been awarded NHS contracts.
Julie is also a Trustee for the Patients Association and continues to provide management and development support on contract to NHS organisations across the country.
Mrunal Sisodia OBE, Non-executive Director
Mrunal has over 20 years of experience leading large complex organisations and change programmes. He is Director and Co-chair of the National Network of Parent Carer Forums (NNPCF), a national organisation that represents the families of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities.
Before joining the NNPCF, Mrunal was a director at Leonard Cheshire Disability and has extensive experience of the charity sector developing strategy and new services. Prior to this Mrunal was a director of strategic change management at Deutsche Bank.
Neville Hounsome, Non-Executive Director
Neville's executive career as an HR Director spanned public, private and not for profit sectors. He is both a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and a Chartered Director via examinations with the Institute of Directors. He is now in a portfolio career which includes coaching and consultancy as well as non-executive director work.
He was appointed as a member of the NHS Pay Review Body which recommends pay and conditions changes to government for over a million Agenda for Change staff throughout the NHS, nationally. He is also a non-executive director with Samphire Homes and an Independent Lay member of the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) Remuneration Committee.
Wendy Thomas, Non-Executive Director
Wendy has been a registered Nurse since 1985 and has spent most of her career in the NHS. She has worked in acute and community settings and also was a commissioner of services. She left the NHS in 2012 and worked for herself for a couple of years. She missed working within a team and so, joined Essex Cares Ltd, a social care provider, and the local authority trading company of Essex County Council as Director for Quality and Governance in 2014. She doesn't work full time now but enjoys undertaking specific projects as they arise. Wendy has been our Senior Independent Director since 2020.
We have two associate non-executive directors who are not voting members of the Board, but who provide additional advice and expertise to the Board leadership:
Kiran Mahil, Associate Non-Executive Director
Kiran’s career has spanned the consulting, telecoms and banking industries, primarily focused on driving the right outcomes for customers, colleagues and the business. She has held senior roles at Lloyds Banking Group and Metro Bank with a strong focus on driving a step-change in SME banking. She is now leading transformation within the retail banking space and embedding new ways of working at Nationwide Building Society.
Kiran is passionate about supporting diversity, inclusion and belonging and regularly speaks about these topics, particularly in relation to team building and delivering change.
Victoria Corbishley, Associate Non-Executive Director
Victoria is Director for Health and Local Crisis Response at the British Red Cross, leading the implementation of targeted design and delivery of person-centred services and programmes in areas of high health inequality. Previously, Victoria held a number of strategic development roles within NHS England, including Head of New Care Models and Transformation Director at Eastern Academic Health Science Network. She was the Chief Innovation Officer at Brunel Partners Academic Centre for Health Sciences
Victoria is also a Trustee at Brandon Centre, a charity delivering mental health and sexual health services for young people in North London.