Directors & Committee

DIRECTORS

David Seamark

David Seamark

I am a Director of the Community Hospitals Association (CHA) and have been involved with the CHA since starting my general practice career in Honiton, Devon in 1990. I have worked in community hospitals for many years and visited many hospitals throughout the UK. I have had a parallel research career and a major area of interest for me has been end of life care in the community and, in particular, the role of community hospitals in end of life and palliative care. I am currently working with Birmingham University on a study looking the role and community importance of community hospitals. I have retired as a GP partner but still work as a locum and pursue my research interests and I contribute to the CHA/CHARM website.

 

Suzanne Jones

Suzanne Jones

I am a Director and the Chief Executive Officer of the CHA. Until recently I held the position of Treasurer. I Chair the CHA Research Group. I also represent the CHA with the Gold Standards Framework, and have presented awards to qualifying community hospitals.  I have also managed the CHA Innovations and Best Practice Awards Programme, which has involved evaluating applications, and visiting community hospitals throughout the UK.

 

I am a registered nurse, and still in practice in primary care. I have managed community hospitals across Suffolk. I have also managed healthcare in prisons, as part of a community trust contract.

 

I am a Trustee of All Hallows Healthcare Trust, which provides home care, a nursing home and a community hospital.

 

Richard Hallett MBE

Richard Hallett MBE

I am a Director of the CHA, and have just taken on the role of Treasurer.

 

I am currently Vice-President of the Friends of Crowborough Hospital, in East Sussex and we were delighted to win a national award from the CHA in recognition of our support for the hospital and staff, and for our funding and management of the Social Day Service.  In 2000 the Friends of Crowborough Hospital contributed matched funding of £1.5 Million to ensure the refurbishment of Crowborough Hospital as a modern 21st Century Community Hospital.   In the 1990s I led the campaign to create the Crowborough Birth Centre (MLU) which became a successful flagship unit.   I have been proactive in supporting maternity services and birthing units, and as a co-founder of the Birth Centre Network UK, was an early advocate nationally for Midwife-led Care as a mainstream choice for women. In 2013 I was appointed MBE for services to midwifery and parents.  With a BSc in Earth Sciences and a Post-graduate Masters degree in Economics, my career developed in the Food Industry in operational roles, in due course as Managing Director of some sizeable business supplying the major UK retailers.  I am a member of the Institute of Directors and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce. I now divide my time between paid Food Industry Consultancy work and voluntary roles working with Social Enterprises and Charities focused on health services.

 

 


PRESIDENT

Helen Tucker

Helen Tucker

I am President of the Community Hospitals Association (CHA) and have held positions on the CHA such as committee member and Chair over the past 30 years. I have been the spokesperson for the CHA in the media to date, and am committed to raising the profile of community hospitals, and an appreciation of their contribution to community health and wellbeing.  I am on the CHA Research Group.

 

I have been involved in community hospitals in a number of roles including management, consultancy, development and research. In these various roles, I have visited over half of all community hospitals in the UK.  I researched integrated care in community hospitals for my PhD at the University of Warwick. I am currently working with the Universities of Birmingham and Leeds on studies on community hospitals.  I work regularly with NHS organisations, Leagues of Friends and community groups and in particular supporting innovations and developments.  I also advise communities on consultations, proposals for change and new models of care. I am a reviewer for the National Institute for Health Research, and on the Editorial Advisory Board for the Journal of Integrated Care. I support the CHA/CHARM website as a resource for those concerned with the role, function and potential of community hospitals.

 

 

 


COMMITTEE

Evelyn Prodger

Evelyn Prodger

I am a member of the Community Hospitals Association (CHA) Management Board with a focus on Innovation and Best Practice. Community Hospitals fulfil a vital role within the NHS but are often not represented in mainstream work. I am passionate about the added value community hospitals and staff working in them bring to local populations.

 

I qualified as a nurse in 1991 and went on to complete a BSc (Hons) Professional Practice and a MSc Advanced Nurse Practitioner. My clinical background began in medicine, specifically elderly medicine, dermatology and haematology. As a senior nurse I have worked in elderly medicine, Community Hospitals, Responsive Services and as a Nurse Specialist for Older People supporting Care Homes. I currently hold a General Manager post managing Community Hospitals within Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust. In 2017 I was awarded my Queens Nurse Award. I am a member of Q and have a keen interest in quality improvement and people and practice development.

 

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Jan Marriott

I have been involved with the CHA for many years, holding positions such as a Director, Chair and Vice-Chair and committee member.

 

I am a registered nurse who is passionate about community hospitals. I was Matron for Evesham hospital, and responsible for the development for many innovative services there. I have also managed a number of community hospitals. I have held a variety of director posts in the NHS, voluntary and private sector. Following my retirement from the NHS seven years ago I continue to work harder than ever.  I am currently Independent Co-Chair of the Gloucestershire Learning Disability and Physical Disability/Sensory Impairment Partnership Boards and Independent Chair of the Gloucestershire Mental Health and Wellbeing Partnership Board. I am a Non-Executive Director with Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust, which has seven community hospitals.

 

Liz Fenton

Liz Fenton

I am a Registered Nurse and member of the CHA management board and Research Group and have been involved with the CHA for 14 years.

 

I am the Deputy Chief Nurse for Health Education England and have held a number of clinical and leadership roles including at board level.  I am also a specialist advisor with the care quality commission and an accreditation surveyor for CHKS. I have a masters degree in advancing healthcare practice. In 2017 I was awarded the title Queens Nurse. 

 

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Linda Edwards

I am a committee member of the CHA, with a special interest in improving clinical practice.

 

I am a registered nurse and have worked for the NHS for 34 years. My nursing experience includes working in acute teaching hospitals, community nursing and community hospitals.  I am currently Matron of Cirencester community hospital in Gloucestershire.

 

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Roy Sharma

I am a committee member of the CHA, and the official photographer for CHA events.

 

I was a GP in practice for 33 years in Gloucestershire, during which I worked at Lydney & District Hospital and I am now a sessional GP working in general practice and in acute units as a GPwSI.

 

I was a team member of a group tasked to reduce paperwork in NHS General Practice. Patients not Paper – an efficiency scrutiny for the cabinet office. My first degree was the University of Cambridge, and I attained my medical degree at the Welsh National School of Medicine.

 

 


PATRON

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Roy Lilley 

Roy Lilley is a health policy analyst, writer, broadcaster and commentator on the NHS and social issues. Roy was formally Chair of an NHS Trust, and continues to be a commentator, with the publication of a regular e-newsletter for NHS managers.


Roy has been voted the top UK speaker on NHS topics twice and is listed in the Debretts most influential people in healthcare.  Roy built up his first enterprise from scratch, turning it into a multi-million pound turnover business.


Roy is the Founder of the Academy of Fabulous NHS Stuff which has become a social movement and is seen as the change platform for the NHS and Social Care.


Roy speaks regularly at CHA conferences, and continues to advise the Management Board.

 

 

 


 

Changes in the Management Board

The CHA wants to record grateful thanks to those stepping down from the CHA this year.

 

Dr Andrew Crowther has been our President, and we have benefited form his extensive knowledge and experience of community hospitals, through his work as a GP in Tewkesbury Hospital, his role in theatres, and his contribution to accrediting community hospitals. He is taking a well-earned retirement. We thank both Andrew and his wife Jane for devoting so much time to the work of the CHA, and for their generous hosting of our meetings.

 

Dr Phil Moore has been the Chair of the Association for many years, and we are grateful to him for leading the Association and the conference so successfully. We know that Phil's time is very much in demand with his various commitments to commissioning and mental health on a national basis, and we wish him well with his future work.

 

Barbara Moore has been working for the CHA for many years, as the Chief Executive Officer. She has managed the membership, arranged for the publication of our CHA newsletter, supported the committee, and organised our highly successful national conferences. We are grateful to Barbara, who has committed so much time and energy to the CHA. We wish her well in the future.

 

Dr Andrew Crowther & Barbara Moore

Dr Andrew Crowther & Barbara Moore

Dr Phil MooreDr Phil Moore

 

 

 

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