The Board

Dr Caroline Dollery - Chair

Dr Caroline DolleryDr Caroline Dollery has been a GP in Danbury Medical Centre for 18 years. Her clinical interests include mental health, learning disabilities, cardiology and paediatrics. Caroline was previously the GP Board Member for Governance.

  • Chair of CCG Board and Clinical Board member
  • Chair of Live Well Committee
  • Chair of Primary Care Forum
  • Member of Primary Care Commissioning Committee
  • Member of Remuneration & Terms of Service Committee

Dr James Booth - Elected GP and Vice Chair (Clinical)

James BoothDr James Booth is a GP and Partner at Melbourne House Surgery in Chelmsford. He qualified from University College London in 2002 and qualified as a Member of the Royal College General Practitioners in 2006. James has lived in Chelmsford all his life and has also worked at Broomfield and St John's hospitals.

  • Vice Clinical Chair and Clinical Board member
  • Clinical lead for Safeguarding
  • Clinical lead for Children & Adolescent Mental Health Services
  • Quality and Governance Committee Chair
  • Member of Live Well Committee
  • Member of Medicines Management Sub-Committee
  • Member of Primary Care Forum
  • Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Champion

Caroline Rassell - Accountable Officer MECCG / Interim SRO Success Regime (Locality Health and Care)

Caroline RassellCaroline joined Mid Essex CCG as Interim Accountable Officer in January 2014, on secondment from NHS Property Services Ltd, where she was the Director of Finance. Caroline was appointed as Accountable Officer on a permanent basis on 1 November 2014. 

In March 2016 Caroline was appointed as the Interim Senior Responsible Officer for the Mid and South Essex Success Regime (Locality Health & Care).

From 2009 Caroline was Deputy Chief Executive at Community Health Partnerships (CHP), an arm’s length Company of the Department of Health. Prior to this, Caroline worked in a number of Primary Care Trusts in Essex as a Director of Finance and Director of Commissioning. Before joining the NHS, she worked for 15 years in local government.

  • Board member
  • Chair of Finance & Performance Committee
  • Chair of Financial Recovery, Innovation and Transformation Committee

Carol Anderson - Interim Managing Director / Deputy Accountable Officer

Carol AndersonCarol is a Registered Nurse and her substantive post is Director of Nursing and Quality. Carol was appointed to Interim Managing Director in August 2016.

Carol has over 20 years clinical experience as a nurse within the NHS and private sector. Having worked predominantly in cardiology, Carol participated in the development of the National Cardiology Framework. 

  • Clinical Board member
  • Caldicott Guardian for Mid Essex CCG
  • Member of Finance & Performance Committee
  • Member of Live Well Committee
  • Member of Primary Care Commissioning Committee
  • Member if Primary Care Forum
  • Chair of Savings Programme Board
  • Cancer Lead for the Mid and South Essex STP

Rachel Hearn - Acting Director of Nursing and Quality

Hearn RachelRachel is a Registered Nurse and the interim Board Lead for Nursing and Quality. Rachel has over 16 years clinical experience as a nurse within the NHS. Having worked predominantly in emergency and general medicine, Rachel has led work streams on the changing face of emergency care.

  • Clinical Board member
  • Maternity Liaison Committee member
  • NICE Guidance Restrictions Group member


Dr Donald McGeachy - Medical Director

Dr Donald McGeachy 2Donald has been a GP for more than 30 years, working in Derbyshire, Cumbria, Tonga, New Zealand and Essex. For the past 10 years he has taken an increasing interest in healthcare management and was part of the Board of Mid Essex Primary Care Trust (PCT) then North Essex PCT Cluster.

Donald was elected as a GP Board member in April 2012 before being appointed as CCG Medical Director on 1 June 2014.

For the past year Donald has been seconded to work in the Mid and South Essex Success Regime. Much of this has been liaising with the Acute hospital group and providing commissioning input to plans for hospital reconfiguration culminating in an options appraisal prior to public consultation.

  • Clinical Board member
  • Member of Primary Care Forum

Dee Davey - Chief Finance Officer

Dee Davey webDee is responsible for financial systems, strategy and reporting. Dee worked in Local Government for twenty years before joining the NHS.

  • Board member
  • Member of Finance & Performance committee 
  • Member of Live Well committee

Melanie Crass - Director of Primary and Immediate Care

Melanie Crass Profile ImageMelanie was appointed as Director of Primary and Immediate Care in February 2016. Melanie has a 25 year history of operating in large complex health organisations in both England and for a short time Canada, earlier in her career. She has extensive experience of commissioning and contracting in addition to the full spectrum of healthcare provision including primary, community, secondary and mental health services.

  • Board member
  • Financial Recovery, Innovation and Transformation Committe member
  • Finance and Performance Committee member

Viv Barnes - Director of Corporate Services

Viv BarnesViv joined the CCG in August 2014 as Director of Corporate Services, following a secondment from NHS England, where she was Assistant Director of Clinical Strategy for the Essex Area Team. She has a background in Corporate Governance and has worked at Board level within a number of Primary Care Trusts in South Essex and a London Health Authority. Viv began her career in the NHS supporting the development of primary care in Southend.

  • Board member
  • Senior Information Risk Officer
  • Nominated Security Management Director
  • Accountable Emergency Officer
  • Member of Live Well Committee
  • Member of Primary Care Commissioning Committee
  • Member of Quality and Governance Committee
  • Member of Equality & Diversity Sub-committee

Dan Doherty - Director of Clinical Commissioning and as of 25 March 2016 seconded to Mid and South Essex Success Regime (Locality Health and Care)

Dan DohertyDan is a practicing physiotherapist who previously worked at St. Peters Hospital. For the last year Dan has been on secondment with the Essex Success Regime working on system transformation with a particular focus on innovation in health and care.

  • Clinical Board member

James Wilson - Acting Director of Acute Commissioning

Wilson JamesJames was appointed to the role of Acting Director of Acute Commissioning from 2 September 2016.

  • Board member
  • Member of Finance & Performance Committee
  • Member of Live Well Committee
  • Member of Primary Care Forum

Dr Elizabeth Towers - Elected GP

Elizabeth Towers for webDr Elizabeth Towers has been a GP at Whitley House Surgery for 30 years having spent three years as a junior doctor in the Chelmsford area. Her interests lie in cancer and end of life care and she became a Macmillan GP in 2010.

  • Clinical Board member
  • Clinical lead for cancer and end of life care
  • Clinical Commissioning committee member

Dr Mike Bailey - Elected GP

Dr Mike BaileyA GP partner for thirty-five years, Dr Mike Bailey retired from the Writtle Surgery earlier this year. In 2003 he received the Queen’s Jubilee Medal for services to Immediate Care.

Throughout his career Mike has been an active member of a number of forums and groups operating within the mid Essex area. He served as Senior Medical Officer at V Festival over fifteen years.

  • Clinical Board member 

Keith Andrew - Lay Board Member (Governance)

Keith AndrewKeith spent over 30 years in banking and was the Regional Manager for the Co-operative Bank in the Anglian Region. He now runs his own practice providing Management & Business advice to clients across the region.

  • Deputy Chair of CCG and Lay Board member
  • Audit Committee Chair and Conflicts of Interest Guardian
  • Remuneration and Terms of Service Committee Chair
  • Non-Executive Lead for Emergency Planning, Resilience and Response

Alan Hubbard - Lay Board Member (Commercial)

Alan HubbardAlan Hubbard is a former Senior Executive with the Lloyds Banking Group. He has over 30 years’ management experience across a range of functions in the UK and abroad. Alan has served for over ten years as a public sector Non-Executive Director with the local NHS in various roles, including Vice-Chair. He was previously Chair of Essex Probation Trust and has worked as a part-time consultant supporting Essex businesses. He is also an Independent Member of the Joint Audit Committee for the Essex Police Commissioner and Chief Constable.

  • Lay Board member
  • Audit Committee member
  • Chair of Finance and Performance Committee
  • Chair of Exceptional Cases Panel
  • Remuneration and Terms of Service Committee Member
  • Freedom to Speak Up Guardian

Anne Marie Garrigan - Lay Board Member (Patient & Public Engagement Lead)

Anne Marie GarriganAnne Marie started her working life with National Westminster Bank in 1980, moving into early years and childcare in the 1990s, and then working for Essex County Council from 2000 until 2011, where she had a number of leadership roles within the Schools, Children and Families Directorate, with her last role as an Extended Services Commissioner.

  • Lay Board member
  • Chair of Primary Care Commissioning Committee
  • Chair of the Patient Reference Group
  • Deputy Chair of Quality and Governance Committee
  • Member of Equality & Diversity Sub-committee 

Dr Maggie Pacini - Consultant in Public Health at Essex County Council

Dr Maggie PaciniMaggie became mid Essex’s designated Consultant in Public Health in September 2015. Maggie splits her time between County Hall and the CCG. She focuses on the planning of services based upon the health needs assessment, evidence-based practice and prioritisation. She also acts as a link back to the rest of the Public Health team at ECC, the other CCG Public Health consultants and the health improvement and health protection teams.

  • Co-opted Board member (non-voting)
  • Live Well Committee member
  • Exceptional Cases Panel member
  • Equality and Diversity sub-committee member