• Board of Directors

    Our Board meets in public every month allowing members of staff, patients, the public and the media to attend our meetings and retain full and effective control over our organisation.



NCH&C Board of Directors

As with all NHS boards, the Board of NCH&C comprises Executive Directors, Non-Executive Directors and a Chair. Together they share corporate responsibility for all of the Board's decisions.

In more detail, the role of our Board is to:

  • Be collectively responsible for adding value to the organisation, for promoting the success of the organisation by directing and supervising the organisation’s affairs
  • Provide active leadership of the organisation within a framework of prudent and effective controls which enable risk to be assessed and managed
  • Set the organisation’s strategic aims, ensure that the necessary financial and human resources are in place for the organisation to meet its objectives, and review management performance
  • Set the organisation’s values and standards and ensure that its obligations to patients, the local community and the Secretary of State are understood and met.

Matthew Winn Matthew Winn, Chief Executive

Matthew Winn joined NCH&C in 2023. He joined us as joint CEO, leading both NCH&C and Cambridgeshire Community Services (CCS), spending his time equally across the two CQC rated Outstanding organisations.

Matthew has been CEO at CCS for fifteen years where he represents the organisation on the Cambridgeshire/Peterborough and Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes Integrated Care Boards.  On behalf of partners, he is the senior responsible officer across Bedfordshire and Luton for community health and integrated discharge and chairs the children and young people partnership in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough and is a core member of the Board developing the children's physical and mental health services across Norfolk.

He has been the NHS England and Improvement Director of Community Health and Senior Responsible Officer for the implementation of the Ageing Well programme in the NHS Long Term Plan.

Matthew has an MSc in public policy and public management, focusing on how organisations can work together.

Lynda Thomas Lynda Thomas CBE, Chair

Lynda joined NCH&C in February 2023 from Macmillan Cancer Support, where she became the charity’s first female Chief Executive in March 2015. In her 20 years at Macmillan Lynda has worked in a range of roles supporting people living with cancer and securing ground-breaking reforms in cancer care, support and treatment. 

Lynda leads the sector as an advocate for cancer patients and is currently Chair of the NHS England Cancer Programme Charity Forum, on the board of the Richmond Group, a member of the NHSE National Cancer Board, NHS Assembly and the Cicely Saunders Institute Advisory Board, and is an independent board member for the Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board. 

Click here to listen to a spotlight podcast episode of Take a Moment with NCH&C.

Laura Clear Laura Clear, Director of Strategy and Transformation

Laura joined us in 2009 and has been a Board member since November 2018. She is a registered Physiotherapist having trained at the Royal London & Barts Trust and has worked in a variety of clinical roles across the health and social care environment and has experience at a regional level as Allied Health Professions lead.

Laura has an MBA from the University of East Anglia and a PGC in executive and organisational coaching. Laura moved with her family to Norfolk in 2003 to work in Great Yarmouth and Waveney. Since joining NCH&C she has undertaken several operational roles.

Click here to listen to a spotlight podcast episode of Take a Moment with NCH&C. 

Carolyn FowlerCarolyn Fowler, Director of Nursing and Quality

Carolyn joined us in July 2019. Prior to this she led the safety agenda as Deputy Director of Safer Care and Standards at Hertfordshire Partnership University FT 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.

Click here to listen to a spotlight podcast episode of Take a Moment with NCH&C.

Andrew Hopkins Andrew Hopkins, Director of Finance and Performance

Andrew joined us in March 2016. He has worked for the NHS for most of his career, including the last 20 years as an Executive Director. He has experience in acute, community, mental health and commissioning organisations, as well as working in the private sector with KPMG.

Andrew has held Board positions at Huntingdonshire Primary Care Trust and Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust.

Liz Cooke Liz Cooke, Director of Human Resources and Organisational Development

Liz trained as a nurse in Cambridge before moving into HR after obtaining her IPD qualifications in Surrey. She joined NCH&C in 2012, bringing a wealth of experience from her time working in human resources at James Paget Hospital.

As Director of Human Resources and Organisational Development at NCH&C, Liz oversees the trust's HR Operations, HR Service Support, Workforce, eRostering, and Learning Education and Development (LEAD) teams.

Click here to listen to a spotlight podcast episode of Take a Moment with NCH&C

Rob Mack Rob Mack, Director of Community Health and Social Care Operations

Rob has worked as a mental health nurse locally across community and inpatient services, delivering services for children, adults, and older people. He has considerable experience of working in close partnership with local authority and primary care colleagues.

Now leading NCH&C's Community Health and Social Care Operations in an integrated post that also oversees social care teams and services at Norfolk County Council, Rob is responsible for strengthening NCH&C’s relationships for the benefit of our staff and people across Norfolk.

Mike Jones Mike Jones, Trust Secretary

Mike is a chartered governance professional and qualified company secretary. As Trust Secretary, Mike is responsible for the smooth operation of NCH&C’s decision-making, assurance processes and regulatory reporting and for the formal administration of its affairs. He provides independent and impartial advice and guidance on corporate governance and compliance to the Chair, Chief Executive, and the Board.

Graham Nice Graham Nice, Deputy Chair

Graham joined us in October 2018, bringing with him a wealth of NHS executive management and professional experience. After qualifying as a nurse at Addenbrookes Hospital, he specialised in Oncology and Palliative Care, working in the Royal Marsden and Hospices in Oxford and Cambridge. He has led operations, change and professional practice in most community services with most professional groups. Graham has an MBA with a particular interest in leadership development, coaching new and potential talent, and is passionate about enabling people to achieve their full potential.

Graham 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 has been a Specialist Advisor for the Care Quality Commission since 2014 and regularly works on inspection teams in Acute, Mental Health, Community and Ambulance services.

Njoki Yaxley Njoki Yaxley, Non-Executive Director 

Njoki joined our Board in February 2020. She has a law degree and a Master’s in housing with a background in the social housing sector, specialising in governance, risk and project management. 

John Kennedy John Kennedy, Non-Executive Director

John returned to NCH&C’s Board as a Non-Executive Director in early 2022. He has experience across the public and private sector in core roles in finance, and has wider skills across, commercial, operations, and sales, where he has held positions including CEO and CFO.

With significant involvement on numerous Boards, and audit, risk, and remuneration committees, John has many years of knowledge in managing regulation, corporate governance and risk. He has driven large strategic initiatives, led strategic reviews and major change programmes, and led mergers and acquisitions and business turnarounds.

Steve Crowe Steve Crowe, Non-Executive Director

Steve joined us in October 2019. He has been a Chief Financial Officer and Senior Executive with a blend of front-line financial, commercial and strategic experience in both the private equity and blue-chip corporate environment, underpinned by a "Big 4" background. He is highly experienced in leading businesses in business strategy, M&A, planning and reporting as well as driving major commercial and business change decisions and execution. Has a first-class record of project delivery, building sustainable senior relationships and developing "high performance" teams within differing business environments.

Sue Crossman Dr Sue Crossman - Associate Non-Executive Director

Dr Crossman has a wealth of experience working with the NHS in a variety of roles including clinical practice, education, research, and senior NHS management. She brings considerable experience of working in collaboration with health, social and education partners to meet the constantly changing requirements of the NHS system and the national regulators, balancing the need for local responsiveness with strong governance and accountability.

David CrawfordDavid Crawford, Non-Executive Director

David started his career as a software developer at His Majesty’s Stationery Office (HMSO) in Norwich and has since held tech leadership roles at BT, Sky, and Camelot. He was most recently Chief Technology Officer for Naked Wines.

During his career, David has been involved with ground-breaking projects including 3D facial recognition for the Beijing Olympic Games, developing the world’s first broadcast TV on a mobile phone, and launching some of the world’s largest TV services (BBC iPlayer, NOW TV, F1 TV).

David is committed to inclusivity in the workplace and led a successful ‘Women in Technology’ initiative for Sky.

He presents a quarterly panel for the London Tech Leaders community and coaches executive teams on how to better embrace technology.