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. 

Paul Cracknell

Paul Cracknell, Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Strategy and Transformation

Paul has been Deputy Chief Executive since November 2018 and 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.

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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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Laura Clear, Director of Community Health and Social Care Operations

Laura is a registered Physiotherapist with over 30 year’s  experience in the NHS. She trained at the Royal London and 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 University of East Anglia and a PGC in executive and organisational coaching from Chester university

Laura moved with her family to Norfolk in 2003 to work in Great Yarmouth and Waveney and moved to NCH&C in 2009. Since joining the trust she has undertaken several operational roles and moved in the Director role in Nov 2018

Carolyn Fowler

Carolyn Fowler, Director of Nursing and Quality

Carolyn Fowler joined NCH&C in July 2019 as the Director of Nursing and Quality. 

Prior to this she led the safety agenda as Deputy Director of Safer Care and Standards at Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust 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

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.



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.


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Heather Peck, Non Executive Director

Heather Peck was appointed as a Non Executive Director with NCHC in February 2015. She is also Chairman of LANTRA, a charity that delivers training and qualifications for the land based sectors across the UK and Chairman of the Dog Welfare Trust.

Heather served as Chairman of Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust between 2011 and 2014 and Assistant Boundary Commissioner from 2011 to 2013.  She was a Non Executive Director with the Food Standards Agency from 2014 to 2017 and has spent much of her career closely involved in the policy and practice of farming, and has bred sheep and alpacas commercially.

Heather has previous roles as former Chairman of the Oxford Farming Conference, an Associate of the Royal Agricultural Societies and a Fellow of the Institute of Personnel and Development. Heather is married and has two grown-up step children. She has been a qualified Watchkeeper of the National Coastwatch Institute and is now both a Trustee of Citizens Advice Norfolk and a trained Advisor  at Citizens Advice Great Yarmouth. 

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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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Graham Nice, Non Executive Director

Graham joined the Trust 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 1980’s 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 from Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge and is very interested 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 is currently Managing Director of his own health management consultancy, focussing on leadership, quality improvement, performance and corporate and clinical governance.

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