Meet our Board members

An experienced and multi-skilled senior executive team is vital to achieving the best outcomes for local patients, motivating our highly valued workforce and delivering the most competitive, high quality NHS services for our commissioners.

 Executive Directors and Chair

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Josie Spencer, Chief Executive

Josie is a Registered Nurse, with over 30 years’ NHS experience. She joined NCH&C in June 2018 from Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust where she was on secondment as the Chief Operating Officer and Deputy Chief Executive.

Josie has 14 years’ experience as a Director across a broad range of sectors and a track record of delivering change in a challenging environment through partnership working and the empowerment of staff underpinned by a strong patient focus. 

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Geraldine Broderick, Chair

Geraldine joins NCH&C from Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, an acute foundation trust made up of three hospitals serving a population of more than 420,000 across south Yorkshire, north Nottinghamshire and the surrounding areas. Geraldine served DBHFT as a non-executive director 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 now runs Leah and Broderick Associates, a management consultancy that specialises 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.


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Lorrayne Barrett, Director of Community Health and Social Care Operations (NCC/NCHC)

A social worker by background, Lorrayne was previously employed by Norfolk County Council as Head of Social Care – East and has extensive knowledge of the national and local health and social care agenda, both from a practical and strategic perspective. She also has a strong track record in the successful delivery of performance, finance and strategic targets. For the past year she has been leading on the integration of health and social care in the east of the county.

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Anna Morgan Director of Nursing and Quality

Anna is a nurse with over 25 years’ experience which includes working in adults and older peoples’ services. Anna has also worked within private care homes as well as managing homes specialising in care for older people, people with dementia and young people with physical disabilities.

Anna was the Service Director of an Essex-based healthcare provider and has vast experience in the modernisation of health services, and integration of teams. Most recently she has fulfilled a secondment to the Department of Health and is currently developing health guidance for Safeguarding Adults.

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Andrew Hopkins Director of Finance and Performance

Andrew, who started with the Trust on March 1 as Director of Finance and Performance, has worked for the NHS for most of his career, including the last 16 years as an Executive Director. He has worked across the NHS in acute, community, mental health and commissioning organisations, as well as working in the private sector with KPMG.

Andrew has lived in Norwich for over 20 years and lives with his partner and their two children, as well as two dogs and a cat.


Paul Cracknell

Paul Cracknell Director of Strategy and Transformation

Paul has been Director of Strategy and Transformation since May 2012. Prior to this he was interim Chief Executive and interim Director of Business Development with NCH&C. His prior board experience includes positions at both NHS Norfolk (commissioning organisation) and Norfolk and Waveney Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust, including experience of the FT application process as well as being twice runner up in the national Healthcare People Management Association HR director of the year.

Paul also brings voluntary sector experience having previously been the Chief Executive of a youthwork charity and Director/Trustee of the Open Youth Trust. He is also vice-chair of governors at the Open Academy, Norfolk’s first high school academy. He held various roles in the commercial insurance industry, including project management and relationship management roles.


Dr Venu Harilal, Medical Director

Dr Venu Harilal joined the NCHC 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

The Chair and Non-Executive Directors are not full-time members of staff. They come from a range of professional backgrounds, but they share a common interest in wishing to serve the local health system and provide a link with the community.

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Andrew Williams, Associate Non Executive Director

Andrew Williams, has been a NHS PCT Chief Executive, Local Authority Director of Children's Services and Adult Social Services, Chief Executive of Vida Healthcare GP Partnership and a Deputy Chief Executive of a mental health NHS Trust. He is currently active as a volunteer in the charity sector with Headway, for people with brain injuries. Andrew brings a track record of delivering outstanding results in difficult public sector financial and political conditions.



John Kennedy, Non Executive Director

John Kennedy, FCCA, is a qualified accountant who is currently Chief Executive of Proxama plc. He has held various Director level posts previously with Aviva, the RAC, Towergate and Validus. He brings to the role a rare combination of financial and commercial experience. 

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Geoff Rivers, Non Executive Director


Geoff Rivers joined NCH&C in February 2015 and brought with him extensive experience of the public sector.

He has enjoyed a long career in local government, working in housing, education and regeneration before becoming Chief Executive of South Norfolk Council in 1999 and St Edmundsbury Borough Council in 2008. He has taught in a comprehensive school, acted as an Interim Chief Executive for Breckland and South Holland District Councils and worked with newly formed councils in Northern Ireland.

A Governor of his local comprehensive school and a member of the Independent Monitoring Board for Hollesley Bay and Warren Hill prisons, Geoff is also treasurer to his local branch of the Workers’ Education Association. His personal interests include sport, film and theatre, galleries, travel and architecture. He is married with two grown-up children.

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Lorna Bailey, Non Executive Director

Lorna Bailey joined us an a non-executive director on 1 April 2018. Lorna has a unique combination of clinical and financial skills, with professional qualifications in both areas. 

Lorna is a highly 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.

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