Meet our non-executive directors

Our non-executive directors are appointed through the NHS Trust Development Authority, usually for four years.

Sarah Boulton, Chair

Sarah Boulton, Chair

Sarah Boulton has worked at NHS Board level for many years, chairing a number of NHS organisations, most recently as chair of NHS Midlands and East Strategic Health Authority. She has a background in business and finance having worked as a business and management lecturer and more recently as a management consultant advising on strategy, change and Board development.

Peter Kara, Non-executive director

Peter Kara, Non-executive director

A Fellow of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants, Peter joined us in December 2013. He is a director of two private companies, and also provides financial investments to small and medium sized companies, together with strategic planning advice.

He has had a wide range of involvement in the voluntary sector in Milton Keynes since 1991 and with a national charity. He was non-executive director to the Milton Keynes Community NHS Trust from 1993 until its dissolution in 2000. Peter was previously a Non-Executive Director of the Milton Keynes Primary Care Trust before its dissolution in April 2013, and is a Lay Board member of the Milton Keynes CCG and chairs its Audit, Finance and Remuneration committees. He has lived in Milton Keynes since 1980 and remains a trustee of the Milton Keynes Community Foundation and a director of its subsidiary, MK Community Properties Limited, having served terms as chairman of both organisations.



Andrew Egerton Smith, Associate Non-executive director

Andrew Egerton-Smith - MBE , Associate non-executive director

Andrew joined us an associate non-executive director in October 2013. He was chairman of the East Anglian Ambulance Service prior to the merger of ambulance services in 2006 and established the East Anglian Air Ambulance service in 1998 - a service which has helped thousands of patients since then. Andrew was appointed its first Honorary President, having handed over the Chairmanship of the charity in 2015.  Andrew lives in Dereham, Norfolk.

Lizzie Firman

Lizzie Firmin, Non-executive director

Lizzy has extensive board experience gained in the private and public sector in both executive and non-executive roles, having in the past worked with the North East Essex Clinical Commissioning Group (NHS) and the UK Border Force. Lizzy is looking forward to meeting the people who make up the Trust.

Tom Spink

Tom Spink, Non-executive director

Tom has more than 20 years’ extensive experience operating at board level, and 16 of these have been with Aviva Insurance working in a global capacity. Having joined the company in 2002 as Supply Chain Director, Tom had roles as  Creditor and Partnerships Director,  then went on to become CEO and General Manager of the Turkish arm of the insurance company in 2012 before going on to his current role as Procurement Director in 2013. Tom now joins the Trust with a real eagerness to make a change.

Alison Wigg

Alison Wigg, Associate non-executive director

Alison has, for the past 20 years, played a crucial role in global telecoms both in the UK and the US, helping large multinationals expand their internal networks in up to 170 countries around the world. She is currently a General Manager with British Telecom (BT) where she has been an investment board member for the past six years working on the strategy for BT's global network. Alison is keen to bring her technological background into her new role at the Trust.

Ravi Mahendra

Ravi Mahendra, Non-executive director

Ravi has over 18 years’ extensive experience operating within the financial sector working with businesses such as AIG Genworth Financial and General Electric. 

His last executive role was as Finance Director for Global Insurer AIG where he worked at board level to develop strategy and finance leadership across 90 countries.  Ravi, who is based in Watford, now joins the Trust with a real eagerness to learn something new while also use his experience in the private and financial sector to help EEAST move forward