Chief Executive Recruitment

Our Board

Executive Directors and Chair

Josie Spencer, Chief Executive (Outgoing)

Josie joined us in June 2018. Immediately prior to this she was the Chief Operating Officer and Deputy Chief Executive at NSFT. She has a professional background as a Registered Nurse and has held Director roles across a broad range of NHS sectors with a track record of delivering change in a challenging environment through partnership working and the empowerment of staff underpinned by a strong patient focus. 

John Webster, Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Strategy and Transformation

John Webster joined NCH&C in early 2021 as our Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Strategy & Transformation. John is with us on a twelve-month secondment from the Norfolk & Waveney Clinical Commissioning Group.

John has a wealth of experience in the NHS (in commissioning and provider organisations) and the Department of Health. Before the merger of the five Norfolk and Waveney CCGs in April last year, John was Accountable Officer for NHS West Norfolk CCG. Prior to this he was Deputy Accountable Officer at Luton CCG and Director of Commissioning at East and North Hertfordshire CCG.

Geraldine Broderick, Chair

Geraldine joined us in June 2016 from Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals FT, where she served as a NED for seven years. During her career, Geraldine has gained a wealth of accountancy and management experience, acting as managing director for three companies of the Barlow Group.  Geraldine has also run a management consultancy that specialised in interim management and business turnaround, working with organisations to develop strategic plans and implement business excellence frameworks.  Describing herself as a ‘highly visible leader’ Geraldine is used to working with and understanding the needs and wants of a broad range of stakeholders  and brings the core skills of commercial astuteness and financial acumen to the Board.

Laura Clear, Director of Community Health and Social Care Operations

Laura joined us in 2009 and has been a Board member since November 2018. She is a registered Physiotherapist having trained at the Royal London & Barts Trust and has worked in a variety of clinical roles across the health and social care environment and also has past experience at a regional level as Allied Health Professions lead. Laura has an MBA from the University of East Anglia and a PGC in executive and organisational coaching. Laura moved with her family to Norfolk in 2003 to work in Great Yarmouth and Waveney. Since joining NCH&C she has undertaken several operational role.

Carolyn Fowler, Director of Nursing and Quality

Carolyn joined us in July 2019. Prior to this she led the safety agenda as Deputy Director of Safer Care and Standards at Hertfordshire Partnership University FT and was part of the team that achieved Outstanding for their CQC inspection earlier this year. Her background also includes being Deputy Director of Nursing for East and North Herts NHS Trust, working as a Macmillan Nurse and being Nurse Director for The Mount Vernon Cancer Network.

Andrew Hopkins Director of Finance and Performance

Andrew joined us in March 2016. He has worked for the NHS for most of his career, including the last 20 years as an Executive Director. He has experience in acute, community, mental health and commissioning organisations, as well as working in the private sector with KPMG.  Andrew has held Board positions at Huntingdonshire Primary Care Trust and Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust.   In addition to finance and performance, Andrew is also the lead for estates and facilities, IM&T, commercial services, and procurement. 

Dr Venu Harilal, Medical Director

Venu has been our Medical Director since September 2017, joining the Trust in 2005 as a Consultant in the Colman Centre for Specialist Rehabilitation Services (CCSRS) and has been the Clinical Lead for the speciality since 2013. He did his medical and postgraduate training in India and joined the NHS in 1997. In 2000, he started the specialist training in Rehabilitation medicine in the Manchester deanery. His experience in building collaboration and communication with colleagues across patient pathways will inform his work in building safe and effective services, working across our Norfolk and Waveney system to ensure optimum pathways and clinically sustainable services for all who rely upon us. 

Non-Executive Directors

Andrew Williams

Andrew joined us in September 2017. His Non-Executive Director roles include Chair of the Charitable Funds Committee; Deputy Chair of the Finance and Performance Committee and Senior Independent Director. He is currently active as a volunteer in the charity sector with Headway, for people with brain injuries. Headway provided invaluable support to Andrew and his family when he was involved in a collision with a car whilst riding his bicycle that caused a brain injury that means he has on going cognitive problems including fatigue, concentration and memory. A consequence of his brain injury is that he is unable to manage a full-time working week. He has been an NHS PCT Chief Executive and Local Authority Director of Children's Services and Adult Social Services in East Yorkshire and worked independently as a Director of both NHS and NHS and Local Authority Care Partnerships in Herefordshire and London. He returned to Norfolk in 2014 as Chief Executive of Vida Healthcare GP Partnership in West Norfolk having served as Deputy Chief Executive of a community and mental health NHS Trust in Peterborough and West Norfolk until 2001. 

Njoki Yaxley

Njoki joined us in February 2020. She has a law degree and a Master’s in housing with a background in the social housing sector, specialising in governance, risk and project management.

Steve Crowe, Non Executive Director, Chair Finance and Performance Committee

Steve joined us in October 2019. He has been a Chief Financial Officer and Senior Executive with a blend of front-line financial, commercial and strategic experience in both the private equity and blue-chip corporate environment, underpinned by a "Big 4" background. He is highly experienced in leading businesses in business strategy, M&A, planning and reporting as well as driving major commercial and business change decisions and execution. Has a first-class record of project delivery, building sustainable senior relationships and developing "high performance" teams within differing business environments.

Lorna Bailey, Non Executive Director, Deputy Trust Chair and Audit Committee Chair

Lorna joined us in April 2018. Lorna has a unique combination of clinical and financial skills, with professional qualifications in both areas. Lorna is a specialist speech and language therapist, with over fifteen year’s NHS and private sector experience. She co-owns and manages an independent speech and language therapy practice in Norwich. Lorna is also a qualified chartered accountant. She qualified with Coopers & Lybrand / PwC in London and then moved into the not-for-profit-sector, working for Cancer Research UK, Médecins sans Frontières and Amnesty International, before re-training as a speech and language therapist. She continues to work as finance manager for a number of small businesses. Lorna is the Honorary Treasurer and a Trustee of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists and chairs their Finance and Resources Committee. 

Graham Nice, Non Executive Director, Chair Quality Committee

Graham joined us in October 2018, bringing with him a wealth of NHS executive management and professional experience. After qualifying as a nurse at Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge, he specialised clinically in Oncology and Palliative Care, working in many centres including the Royal Marsden and Hospices in Oxford and Cambridge. Since the mid-1980s he has worked in NHS community health and social care and has led operations, change and professional practice in most community services with most professional groups. He has an MBA with a particular interest in leadership development, coaching new and potential talent and is passionate about enabling people to achieve their full potential. He has a track record of governance, workforce and clinical leadership at board level. He has held Executive Director positions in community NHS services, latterly in Cambridgeshire and Sussex, up until 2013, when he retired from full time work and concluded his nurse registration in 2016. He has been a Specialist Advisor for the Care Quality Commission since 2014 and regularly works on inspection teams in Acute, Mental Health, Community and Ambulance services.