Our governance

Our governance

Eastern AHSN is a company limited by guarantee.

Our board comprises a wealth of experience and expertise, meeting four times a year to provide oversight and leadership in setting the company’s strategic aims, whilst ensuring that the necessary financial and human resources are in place to meet our objectives.

Daily management of Eastern AHSN is delegated to the chief executive and the senior management team, who operate within discretionary powers and protocols delegated by the board.

We spend roughly half of our time on the adoption and spread of the national programmes delivered by the AHSN Network. We spend the other half on areas of health consistent with the priorities set out in the NHS Long Term Plan and in the Eastern region and the areas where our region is best placed to make major advances.

We will always be clear about any commercial interests Eastern AHSN holds with any innovations we support when we are working with healthcare providers and commissioners, including revenue sharing or commercial agreements.

Registered number — 08530726

Register of directors’ interests

CURRENT DIRECTORS Date of appointment to the Board


End of term of office Post Declared Interests
Elisabeth Buggins 24.11.15 31.03.22 Chair Chair, Accord Housing Association (from October 2016), Non-Executive Director (from 2014)

Chair, 2020 Oversight Group and 2020 Finance Sustainability Group, hosted by NHS Blood and Transplant (from 2013)

Chair, Walsall Refugee and Asylum Seeker Support Association (from 2005)

Leader, The Big Feed, Walsall (from 2013)

Working with Ashley Community & Housing Ltd, a social enterprise working with refugees

Tracy Dowling


01.01.20 31.12.22 Non-Executive Director Chief Executive of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust

Chair of East of England Applied Research Collaborative (ARC)

Board member of Cambridge University Health Partners (CUHP)

Chair of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Local People Board

Chair of NIHR East Region CRN (Clinical Research Network)

Sarah Salvilla


01.01.20 31.12.22 Non-Executive Director Non-Executive Director for the Bupa Egypt Insurance Board since (until March 2021)

Global Healthcare Management and Clinical Innovations Director, Bupa (until March 2021)

Chief Health Officer and VP for Health Management at FWD Insurance (from April 2021)

Michael Hornberger 01.01.20 31.12.22 Non-Executive Director Professor of Applied Dementia Research, University of East Anglia

Associate Dean of Innovation, University of East Anglia

Director, NeurOn Limited (Neuropsychology Online) (from April 2019)

Director, DeliriOn Limited (Delirium Online) (from February 2019)

Maxine Mackintosh 01.04.20 31.03.23 Non-Executive Director Research Associate, Alan Turing Institute, The Health Foundation and the University of Oxford (from February 2020)

Director, One HealthTech (from June 2016)

Programme Lead at Genomics England for Diverse Data (from June 2021)

Advisory board of national review into NHS technology

Partner (Alexander Finlayson) CEO, Nye Health

Father (Andrew Mackintosh) Chair, Sphere Fluidics and External Expert Lead on HM Treasury Knowledge Assets

Gary Howsam 19.01.21 18.01.24 Non-Executive Director GP Partner, Octagon Medical Practice, Peterborough (from January 2019)

Clinical Chair, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group (from July 2016)

Vice Chair, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough STP/ICS Board

Vice Chair, Peterborough Health and Wellbeing Board

Vice Chair (External Affairs) Royal College of General Practitioners (from November 2019)

Director, Octagon Property Services Ltd (from April 2020)

Lindsey Cook 01.03.21 29.02.24 Non-Executive Director Director, Wicked Minds Healthcare Consultancy (From August 2012)

Non-Executive Director (interim Chair December 2020), Create Development (from March 2020)

Trustee, National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society (NRAS) (from June 2020)

PPV member, NHS England Chemotherapy CRG (from September 2019)

Trustee, Anglia Care Trust (from February 2020 until June 2021); Chair, Anglia Care Trust (from June 2021)

Business Mentor, Sheffield Hallam University, Advanced Wellbeing Research Centre

AWRC (from 2020)

Piers Ricketts 19.04.18   Chief Executive Officer Deputy Chair of AHSN Network (until August 2019)

Chair of AHSN Network (from September 2019 until March 2021)