Paul Steward has a background working in both the private and public sector with 13 years' experience in the NHS including Anglian Harbours NHS Trust in the 1990s and the Strategic Health Authority. He is also a Trustee for two charities, NANSA (Norfolk and Norwich Scope Association) and the Norfolk Community Law Service. Paul has been chairman of East Coast Community healthcare since its inception in 2011 and in December 2014 was re-elected for a further three year term.
Jonathan Williams became CEO of East Coast Community Healthcare in June 2014. He joined the social enterprise in August 2012 as Director of Quality and Assurance. He is an experienced NHS Clinical Director with a diverse range of expertise gained from more than 30 years’ service. 17 years were spent in clinical practice as a nurse, the rest in senior management which has seen him lead on clinical governance, contract management and commissioning, leadership, organisation development, and infection prevention and control. He joined ECCH from Norfolk Public Health where he worked as an Associate Director.
Director of Adult Services
Adele is a Physiotherapist by profession. In 1992 she began her career in Boston, Lincolnshire and moved to the Great Yarmouth and Waveney locality 18 years ago. Throughout her career she has progressed through a variety of managerial and leadership positions. Adele took the lead role for Adult Community Services in 2011 when Community Services became a Social Enterprise and launched as ECCH. She became an Executive Director or the Social Enterprise in July 2014 and continues to lead Adult Services including Community Hospitals, District and Specialist Nursing as well as Therapy services.
Simon’s primary role is that of ECCH's Training Officer where he plans and conducts mandatory training for all staff and external stakeholders. His training portfolio includes Fire Safety, Health & Safety, Conflict Resolution, Personal Safety and Basic Life Support. Along with his fellow Staff Director, Ali Jennings, he was elected to join the Board by ECCH staff in order to represent them at Board level and to provide a link between staff and Directors.
Ali has been a qualified nurse for 33 years and has a wealth of clinical experience. She originally qualified in adult nursing and then retrained to become a school nurse. Her current role is the Safeguarding Lead Nurse for Adults and Children across Norfolk and Waveney. As Staff Director, along with Simon Drewett, she was elected by her shareholder colleagues to have a seat on the Board to provide a voice and link for the shareholding population of ECCH.
Michael was an existing lay member of the Great Yarmouth and Waveney Community Services Committee. He initially became interested in community health services following his retirement after he had a stroke in 2006. The ex-Managing Director of an equipment supply company, he is keen to represent the public and champion the work of the team as a first class service. Coming from an industrial and commercial background he brings this experience to the social enterprise.
As a retired Strategic Director for Suffolk Coastal and Waveney District Councils, Tony was responsible for a strategic portfolio that included Transformation; Corporate Governance; Service Commissioning; Customer Services; Communication and Community Health & Wellbeing. Tony's local government background and commitment to Community Health & Wellbeing makes him an ideal Non Executive Director for the ECCH Board. In addition to his Non Executive Director role with ECCH Tony is also on the Board of Suffolk Sport; a School Governor and Parish Councillor
Sean is a chartered accountant who has worked at executive director level in social housing for more than 13 years with responsibility for operational delivery, human resources, IT, governance and finance. He is currently working as Executive Resources Director for Hundred Houses Society in Cambridge. Sean won the Institute of Directors’ Best Third and Public Sector Director of the Year 2016 for the Eastern Region. He has experience of non-executive positions on Boards in health care, manufacturing and education including at Horizon Health CIC. He has particular interests in coaching and diversity, especially how organisations support LGBT people.
A former community nurse, Anna joined ECCH from her role as Corporate Director of Adult and Community Services for Suffolk County Council. During her career she has supported the set up of 4 social enterprises - Suffolk Libraries, Leading Lives, Sensing Change and Realise Futures. She also oversaw the multi million pound commercial deal for new residential care homes for Suffolk to replace ageing buildings. Anna was Director of Services and Chief Nurse for the former Waveney Primary Care Trust (PCT) and Director of Nursing for Hammersmith and Fulham PCT.
Dr Andrew Emerson
Dr Andrew Emerson is a GP and full time partner at Bungay Medical Practice. As well as continuing to see his patients there, and advising the ECCH board on medical matters and primary care, he teaches cardiology, chest medicine, dermatology and haematology to students from Norwich Medical School at the University of East Anglia one day a week. He also performs appraisals on other GPs in the Waveney area for Great Yarmouth and Waveney Clinical Commissioning Group.
Director of Finance & Resources
Simon is a qualified Finance/Commercial Director who has had worked with in both the private and public sectors. He has extensive experience in financial planning, analysis, strategy and leading organisational change. Before joining ECCH he supported the development of a social enterprise that spun out from Essex County Council with an annual turnover of £35m.
Director of Quality & Primary Care
Dr Noreen Cushen-Brewster trained as a nurse, specialising in oncology, and worked in various senior roles across the east of England. She is an honorary lecturer and research fellow at the University of East Anglia and a Visiting Fellow at the University of Suffolk.