The Council is chaired by Dr Paul Stevens and comprises appointed clinical and Patient and Public Engagment members and of standing (ex officio) members. Appointed members are selected via a formal interview process following a process of nomination or individual approach and will maintain their role for two or three years.

Dr Paul Stevens - Clinical Chair

Dr Paul Stevens qualified in medicine from the then London Hospital Medical School in 1980 and was appointed Consultant in 1990. His training encompassed time in both the NHS and the Royal Air Force. In 1995 he was appointed Clinical Director of the Kent Kidney Care Centre where he was responsible for the sustained modernisation and development of Renal Services for the people of Kent together with a clinical research programme in kidney disease.

He is a past-President of the British Renal Society, has served on a number of national committees and was an advisor to NICE and the Department of Health for various aspects of kidney disease. Internationally he co-chaired the international classification of chronic kidney disease and remains an executive committee member of Kidney Disease Improving Global Outcomes. Latterly he served as his Trust medical director, stepping into that role at a time when the Trust was placed in both quality and financial special measures.


Vice Chair - To be appointed

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Shahed Ahmad - Cardiovascular Disease Prevention, NHS England, South East Region

Dr Shahed Ahmad is the National Clinical Director for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention for NHS England and Medical Director System Improvement and Professional Standards in the South East Region.  As such he is the Responsible Officer for about 3,000 GPs in the Hampshire Thames Valley area.

Shahed did his undergraduate studies at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, and his clinicals at University College and Middlesex School of Medicine, London. He did his Public Health Masters at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and leadership training at the London Business School.

He has had a strong passion for improving life expectancy and reducing health inequalities, designing and delivering evidence-based strategies to improve life expectancy and reduce health inequalities.

Since 2016 he has been a Medical Director in NHSE. He had the pleasure of leading the NHS@2030 leadership development programme for GPs in South Central, the alumni of which have gone on and delivered fantastic health leadership. His current responsibilities include minimising BAME deaths from Covid in the South East.

Amanda Allen - Clinical Director of Therapies

Amanda AllenClinical Director of Therapies, Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust

Amanda’s management experience includes operationally and strategically managing therapy services that include several of the Allied Health Professionals (AHP) specifically: Nutrition and Dietetics; Occupational Therapy; Physiotherapy and Speech and Language Therapy. The services provided include outreach and community services as well as acute services.

Amanda’s clinical experience has included working across broad range of sectors: Acute care; Community; independent sector; Elite sports.

2000-2004, worked with the Leadership Centre /Modernisation Agency in a voluntary capacity as the South East Allied Health Professions and Healthcare Scientists Leadership development lead.

2004 – 2013 – AHP consultant advisor (Part time) for Strategic Health Authority (Surrey and Sussex then South East Coast). This role was one of twelve Nationally and allowed me the opportunity to contribute towards National Policy working closely with the Chief Health Professions Officer and regional colleagues and I have contributed towards the following policy development:

  • Allied Health Professions prescribing and medicines supply mechanisms scoping project- July 2009 – the precursor to independent prescribing for Physiotherapists
  • Framing the contribution of Allied Health Professions – October 2008
  • Meeting the Challenge: A strategy for Allied Health Professions – November 2000

Amanda has been the AHP member of the South East Clinical Senate since 2014.

Amanda believes that the Clinical Senate offers a key function of enabling stakeholders across the health and social care system (including patient representation) to collaboratively contribute to and advise on proposed service redesign and developments within the local health economy. It also offers the opportunity to collaborate and network with Clinical Senates Nationally, sharing learning across regional boundaries.

Michael Baker - Deputy Director of Healthcare, Public Health England, South East region

Michael Baker started his career in the financial sector working in retail banking. After seven years, he moved into public health, where he has remained for over 20 years across the South East. Mr Baker has worked for a number of NHS organisations and has led on sexual health, substance misuse and health improvement.

He has a MSc and PhD in Health Promotion, a certificate in teaching and a postgraduate qualification in psychotherapy. In 2013, he joined Public Health England where he led on Screening and Immunisation across Wessex. He is now the Deputy Director of Healthcare Public Health in the South East providing local leadership of the healthcare public health system.

Alison Barnett - Centre Director, Public Health England South East

Centre Director, Public Health England South East. Alison commenced her role as Centre Director for Public Health England South East in September 2018 having been Deputy Centre Director since March 2016. Prior to this she was Director of Public Health for Medway for 8 years working in both the PCT and Council. She was Director of Public Health for Bexley Care Trust 2002-2008 and a Consultant in Public Health for Bexley and Greenwich Health Authority 1997-2002. She trained as a general practitioner in Thanet before joining higher training in public health in the South East. She has a broad range of experience and interests in public health but has a particular interest in cardiovascular disease prevention and health in all policies. She is also covering the role of Director of Public Health in the NHSE/I South East regional team.

John Black - Medical Director, South Central Ambulance Service

John joined the Board of the South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SCAS) in 2010 as Medical Director, having previously joined SCAS in 2007 as Divisional Medical Director for Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire. John’s role is to support the strategic clinical direction of South Central Ambulance Service NHS as well as to provide expert clinical advice to the Board and, together with the Director for Patient Care, to provide assurance on the standards of clinical care delivered. John represents of The College of Emergency Medicine and currently chairs the Intercollegiate Board for Training in Pre-hospital Emergency Medicine (PHEM), which has over seen the General Medical Council approval of this new medical sub-specialty, and the approval of new postgraduate PHEM training programmes in England, Scotland and Wales. John is a member of the National Ambulance Service Medical Director’s Group and is also a member of the Army Reserve (Defence Medical Services). John was appointed a Queen’s Honorary Physician (Civilian) in 2009 and Honorary Consultant Civilian Adviser in Emergency Care to the British Army in 2013.

Stephen Bourne - Patient and Public Partner

Stephen Bourne is the Managing Director of 7 Elements Global Limited and Managing Director (EMEA) for PrimeMover Associates, international firms dedicated to collaboration and conflict management. These companies are spin-offs of the Harvard Negotiation Project. Stephen as MD of 7 Elements Global Limited in the UK, also has special expertise around renal medicine. With over thirty years’ experience in the healthcare and pharmaceutical industry, Stephen has spent the last 18 years teaching, advising and directly negotiating for high cost medicines across Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia in diverse therapy areas including renal, HIV, Hepatitis C, oncology and haematology. He has also taught at the Global Fund in Geneva and has also managed conflicts in diverse areas such as classical music and family settings.
Stephen was until recently a Trustee of the British Renal Society, and sits as a patient and public partner on the South East (HTV) Clinical Senate.
Currently, Stephen’s commercial focus is on health care, and pharmaceuticals, working with organisations to collaborate with health authorities and health technology assessors on the reimbursement of high cost medicines. This involves training, coaching, mentoring and advising on specific current issues. In the public sector, Stephen is working with healthcare colleagues in Renal medicine to improve collaboration between professional bodies and maximise their revenues. Stephen also spends much time doing charitable work with 15 to 18-year olds in deprived areas of the UK, helping them to negotiate their way through life and to aspire to greater things. Stephen is also a keynote speaker at the Wycombe Management Conference.
Stephen lives just outside London and is a UK citizen. He is married to Gill and has with three adult children. Stephen is a science graduate from the University of London, has a postgraduate qualification in education from the University of Southampton and a diploma in marketing from Thames Valley University. In addition, Stephen has attended the London Business School business administration programme designed for 3M senior management and the Harvard Law School programme on negotiation.
Stephen has a passion for brass music, rugby, choral singing, SCUBA diving, wildlife and travelling to different cultures.

May Bullen - Patient and Public Partner

 May spent over 45 years working as a nurse in the NHS. Her experience covered general nursing and specialist areas both in hospitals and the community. Specialist areas included intensive Care, Coronary Care, Oncology and Health Visiting. She was a Macmillan Nurse and later spent several years working directly for Macmillan Cancer Support developing services across the South East of England. She was a Director in a Primary Care Trust before retiring from the NHS and undertaking a number of Consultancy projects ranging from small local ones to large national ones. She has in recent years had a lay role with the Care Quality Commission and been involved in inspecting hospitals and care homes.
A large part of May’s work has involved ensuring that the patient and family are considered and have a voice in care and service development. Over the years she has been a member of numerous Regional and National NHS / Charity Committees.

Priscilla Chandro - Patient and Public Partner

Public Governor (Surrey) – South East Coast Ambulance Service; Secretary – Cardiovascular Care Partnership UK; Co-Opted Council Member – British Association for Cardiovascular Prevention & Rehabilitation; Lay Member – South East Coast, Strategic Clinical Network – Cardiovascular; Lay Member – South East Clinical Senate

Priscilla Chandro suffered a heart attack at the age of 37 and has since gone on to become what she terms as a “professional” patient and public representative. Her heart attack went undetected for three days, as she was misdiagnosed as having flu. Through her “work”, she is conscious of highlighting misdiagnosis and “stereotyping” when necessary, as she feels that these are not issues solely related to cardiac cases.

She is an Ambassador for the British Heart Foundation and has been involved in many activities, including media work to raise awareness of Women and Heart Disease, member of grant committees, the Cardiovascular Disease Outcomes Strategy and the Keogh Mortality Rapid Response Reviews, amongst others.  She is currently involved as a lay member for the new style CQC hospital reviews.

Her “fixed” positions are as Public Governor for the South East Coast Ambulance service, Secretary for Cardiovascular Care Partnership UK, co-opted member of council, being the first female patient, for the British Association of Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation and as a lay member for the South East Cardiovascular Strategic Clinical Network and Clinical Senate. She is also part of the national Women’s Health Patient Safety Committee.

David Davis - Clinical Director, NHS Sussex

David Davis is a paramedic who is currently a Clinical Director at Sussex CCGs, and also continues to work clinically as a paramedic in ambulances, telephone triage and other settings. A Trustee for Thames Valley Air Ambulance, David is a Fellow of the College of Paramedics where he was previously stroke lead, mental health lead and Director of Communication, a Founding Fellow of the Faculty of Clinical Informatics and has recently completed the MSc in Digital Health Leadership with the NHS Digital Academy at Imperial. David has worked in a number of pan-professional roles and service development, regionally in developing stroke, major trauma and cardiac pathways and nationally leading clinical informatics for AHPs in the Department of Health and NHS England and directing the NHS 111 Workforce Development Programme. Recently David was been Head of Governance for 999 and NHS 111, chaired the regional clinical governance advisory group as well as having been a Peer Inspector for Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabularies and reviewer for the Royal College of Physicians stroke team.

Melanie Hill - Deputy Director of Strategy and Business Development, East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust

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Des Holden - Chief Executive Officer, Kent Surrey Sussex Academic Health Science Network (KSS AHSN)

Director of Implementation Applied Research Collaboration KSS
Chief of Innovation, Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust
Des Holden is the Chief Executive Officer of Kent Surrey Sussex Academic Health Science
Network (KSS AHSN), previously Medical Director, having been with the organisation
throughout its first licence. Des has 10 years of acute hospital board experience as Medical
Director at Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust and then Surrey and Sussex
Healthcare NHS Trust (SaSH) until 2019 when the CQC awarded SaSH an outstanding rating.
In addition, Des is now Chief of Innovation at SaSH, a non-executive director of the Southeast
Health Technology Alliance (SEHTA), Director of Implementation, NIHR Applied Research
Collaboration KSS and an international advisor to Public Intelligence, the Danish organisation
running citizen engagement and living lab co-design for new technologies

Lalitha Iyer - Medical Director, East Berkshire CCG

Dr Iyer has been working as a GP Partner at the Farnham Road Practice in Slough since 2007. She has a special interest in obstetrics and gynaecology and is the Women’s Health lead for Slough CCG. She is also the GP lead for FGM in East Berkshire. Initially qualifying as a gynaecologist, she worked in the gynaecology department at Wexham Park Hospital (Frimley Trust) for 10 years with a special interest in colposcopy and cervical screening programmes. Following this, she trained to be a general practitioner. She has been the paediatric lead for Slough CCG and was involved in the paediatric asthma project to improve the health of children with asthma. She has led on various cancer related projects for Slough and was involved with Macmillan cancer in their project on promoting increased screening uptake in Slough. Her passion for reducing health inequalities is reflected through her involvement in community health events with local charities in the population served, including ethnic minorities. She was involved in starting the first cancer support group for ethnic minorities in East Berkshire jointly with Macmillan and a local charity. Working for many years in the NHS hospital environment and then within the community gives her a unique advantage in understanding the issues in both these settings and provides her with the ability to contribute to the improvement of patient care and health outcomes. She has been awarded the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.

Tina Kenny - Director for Clinical Partnerships, Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust

Tina is the Director for Clinical partnerships at Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust. With a 20 year background as a partner in general practice, she came to the trust with experience as a medical director in a large acute trust in the north west and prior to that as a medical director in a Primary Care Trust with additional responsibilities for mental health and learning disability services. Tina spent 8 years as a General Medical Council Fitness to Practice panel member and 3 years as a medical adviser to the Health Professions Council. She has been a reviewer for the Healthcare Commission and has served on a variety of department of health, national and Royal College of General Practitioner committees. Tina has an abiding interest in medical education and has been a GP trainer as well as an acute trust Director of Medical Education.  Tina is a founding fellow of the Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management and a visiting professor at Bucks New University.

Sunil Lobo - Acute Care Physician, East Kent Hospitals University Foundation Trust

Sunil Lobo is a Consultant Physician and Clinical Lead in Acute and Ambulatory Care at the East Kent Hospitals University Foundation Trust. And an Honorary Senior clinical lecturer for Kings College London. With clinical and teaching experience spanning over 17 years in the field of Acute internal medicine, he shares a specialist interest in Ambulatory Emergency Care and has delivered talks on this subject to a wide audience at regional training days, local Primary Care educational forums, and at the Society of Acute Medicine national events.

Aside from education he also has extensive leadership and managerial portfolio; served as a quality improvement fellow with the NHS Acute Medical Model network in 2017, contributed to the Nuffield Trust research report on ‘Rethinking Acute care in smaller DGH’ in 2018 and the National Ambulatory Emergency Care network pilot project to redefine Ambulatory care services in England. Dr Lobo has been instrumental in the redesigning of the acute medical model in East Kent, earning him the Trust’s prestigious award for ‘Excellence in Clinical care’, in 2016.

Gill Manning - Patient and Public Partner

Gill Manning has over 35 years’ experience in the pharmaceutical industry in different roles, management, marketing and as a Scientific Advisor. She now works as a consultant with clients from both pharmaceutical companies and key healthcare providers/public bodies as a communication professional with high intellectual curiosity and a passion for learning. Most recently, in 2020, Gill was awarded the British Renal Society Mallick Lecture Award for lifetime services to the renal community to join her life-time membership of the Anaemia Nurse Association, having supported nurse education in many guises from the outset in the nineties and subsequently trained and developed a multitude of anaemia nurses in the new specialist area.
She was the Lay Member for Patient and Public Engagement in Bracknell Forest from 2018-2021 and is still Chair of her GP Practice Patient Group, combining a desire to make a difference locally, a career where communication is paramount and an understanding of the mechanics of the NHS, which enables her to utilise skills learned in a business setting to increase possibilities for collaboration. This is vital with the plethora of stakeholders who need to be contacted and listened to in order to improve the experience of healthcare for local people.
She is a scientist with a Medical Biochemistry degree from Royal Holloway College, University of London and has a passion for training and mentoring, with charitable work preparing teenagers for the workplace, particularly, but not exclusively in scientific roles.
Gill has a passion for singing, choral and musicals, yoga, Pilates, ballroom and Latin dancing, SCUBA diving, skiing, theatre-going and travelling the world (well, did pre-pandemic!).

Sarah Markham - Patient and Public Partner

Dr Sarah Markham is a long-term mental and physical health patient and a member of the BMJ International Patient Panel. She graduated from the University of Cambridge with a master’s degree in Mathematics, and from the University of Durham with a PhD in Hypercomplex Hyperbolic Geometry. She currently is a Visiting Researcher in the Department of Biostatistics and Health Informatics, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College London. Her main research interests include risk related discourses and practices in secure and forensic psychiatric services, and the development and application of digital technologies to deliberation in Health Technology Assessment.

Jackie McGlynn - Frimley ICB Clinical Lead

Jackie has been a GP Principal at Kings Corner Surgery in Sunninghill for 10 years. She has been the practice lead for practice based commissioning and until recently was a GP trainer with clinical interests in women’s and children’s health. Jackie also has a master’s degree in Community Health and previously trained as a Public Health Physician.

On joining Berkshire East in 2005, and before the formation of CCGs, she was the Deputy Medical Director of the PCT. In her current role as a Medical Director of BACCG, she has particular responsibility in leading on quality and contracts with our acute trusts, and also leads on this for the East Berkshire Federation.

Fionna Moore - Medical Director, South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Trust

Dr Fionna Moore has more than 40 years’ experience in the NHS. She is currently the Acting Chief Executive at SECAmb ahead of a substantive CEO being appointed.

Fionna has a wealth of experience in emergency care and the ambulance sector having spent many years with London Ambulance Service as Medical Director and latterly, as Chief Executive. She has also been an A&E consultant for 30 years.

Fionna is SECAmb’s Caldicott Guardian and Controlled Drugs Accountable Officer.

She will continue as Executive Medical Director of South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SECAmb) from September 2019.

Aneetha Skinner - Clinical Director of Adult Specialist Rehab Services, Sussex Community NHS Trust

Sally Smith - Registered Nurse and Clinical Reviewer NHSE

Sally retired from nursing after 40 years of service in 2019. Her experience spans both senior management and senior nursing posts. Having trained in London she worked for 15 years in Intensive Care in London before moving to Kent as Head of Nursing for critical care. She worked as a Consultant Nurse in Critical Care Outreach before moving back into operational management. She then moved to East Kent where she was the Chief Nurse for 4 years. Currently Sally is undertaking post retirement part time work as a clinical reviewer for deaths in custody and working with NHSE/I on patient experience and user engagement. Sally is passionate about patient safety and person-centred compassionate quality care. Indeed, her Doctorate thesis focused on keeping our deteriorating patients safe.

Alison Taylor - Medical Director for System Improvement and Medical Standards, NHS England

Janet Waters - Patient and Public Partner

Janet Waters is a HR professional with a background working in central government until 2010. For the past 5 years she has worked as a freelance executive coach and learning and business consultant. She moved to the Thames Valley in 1979.  She was joined her local GP practice Patient participation panel in 2012 and has been chair for the past three years. She is a member of the South East Locality Forum and Primary Care Patient Advisory Group.

Representing SELF she is a member of the Townlands Stakeholder Reference Group. In the past 3 years Janet has grown her knowledge of the NHS through participation as a lay representative in Oxfordshire and looks forward to contributing in her new role as a lay representative on the Senate.