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’ interested

CURRENT DIRECTORS Date of appointment to the Board


End of term of office Post Declared Interests
Elisabeth Buggins 24.11.15 31.03.21 Chair Chair, Accord Housing Association since 11/16, non-executive director from 2014

Chair, 2020 Oversight Group and 2020 Finance Sustainability Group, hosted by NHS Blood and Transplant since 2013

Chair, Walsall Refugee and Asylum Seeker Support Association since 2005

Leader, The Big Feed, Walsall since 2013

Michael Scott


01.11.16 31.10.20 Non-Executive Director Director, Barrowby Management Solutions Ltd since 11/5/18 until 15/10/19

Associate of AQUA (Quality improvement)

Trustee of Thornage Hall Independent Living Limited since 9/12/19

Tom Abell


19.01.15 18.01.21 Non-Executive Director Chief Transformation Officer, Basildon & Thurrock University Hospitals, Mid Essex Hospital Services, Southend University Hospital

Party to a successful bid by Anglia Ruskin University and the three hospitals in Basildon, Chelmsford and Southend in the national clinical entrepreneur programme which was a partnership bid with EAHSN

Trustee of NAM, an HIV information charity

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 Workforce Action Board

Chair of NIHR East Region CRN (Clinical Research Network)

Sarah Salvilla


01.01.20 31.12.22 Non-Executive Director Global Healthcare Management and Clinical Innovations Director, Bupa

Non-Executive Director for the Bupa Egypt Insurance (BEI) Board since 1/10/18

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) since 23/4/19

Director, DeliriOn Limited (Delirium Online) since 6/2/19

Maxine Mackintosh 01.04.20 31.03.23 Non-Executive Director Research Associate, Alan Turing Institute, The Health Foundation and the University of Oxford (since 02/20)

Director, One HealthTech (since 06/16)

Partner (Alexander Finlayson) of CEO, Nye Health

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

Piers Ricketts 19.04.18 Chief Executive Officer Deputy Chair of AHSN Network until 31/8/19

Chair of AHSN Network since 01/09/19