The Board

Dr Anna Davey - Chair and Elected GP

Dr Anna DaveyDr Anna Davey qualified from the Guy’s and St. Thomas’ Medical School in 1999, going on to train at The Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust and Colchester Hospital University NHS Trust in junior doctor posts.

Anna has worked as a GP in Halstead for 12 years before moving to Coggeshall Surgery in 2017. She became a clinical lead for out of hospital care at Mid Essex CCG in 2016 and became Chair in Ocober 2018. 

Her clinical interests are women’s health, dermatology and the care of complex frail elderly patients.

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


Caroline Rassell – Accountable Officer Mid Essex CCG / Lead Accountable Officer for Joint Committee / SRO – Mid and South Essex STP (Locality Health and Care)

Caroline RassellCaroline has been the Accountable Officer of Mid Essex since January 2014. Caroline has extensive experience in both health and local government and at a national level having working as Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Finance of 2 arm’s length companies of the Department of Health.

Caroline is the lead Accountable Officer of the Joint Committee across the 5 CCGs in Mid and South Essex and is responsible for the leadership and management of the joint commissioning team which provides support to the Joint Committee and the 5 CCGs.

Caroline is also the Senior Responsible Officer for Locality Health and Care for the Mid and South Essex STP.

  • Board member
  • Joint Committee Member
  • STP Partnership Board Member
  • Member of Live Well Committee
  • Member of Remuneration Committee

Daniel Doherty – Director of Clinical Transformation / Deputy Accountable Officer

Dan Doherty for websiteDan was previously Director of Clinical Comissioning and from 15 Jan 2018 was appointed Director of Clinical Transformation and Deputy Accountable Officer.

In March 2016 Dan was seconded to the Mid and South Essex Success Regime (Locality Health and Care) for 18-months, working on system transformation with a particular focus on innovation in health and care.

Dan is a practising physiotherapist who previously worked at St Peter's Hospital in Maldon.

  • Clinical Board member
  • Member of the Live Well Committee 

Rachel Hearn – Director of Nursing and Quality

Rachel Hearn for websiteRachel is a Registered Nurse and Director of Nursing and Quality. Rachel has over 17 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
  • Member of Quality and Governance Committee
  • Member of Live Well Committee
  • Member of Finance and Performance Committee
  • Memeber of Maternity Liaison Sub-committee 
  • NICE Guidance Restrictions Group member


Dee Davey – Chief Finance Officer

Dee Davey for websiteDee is responsible for financial systems, strategy and reporting and for business information and intelligence. Dee worked in Local Government for 20 years before joining the NHS.

  • Board member
  • Member of Finance and Performance Committee 
  • Member of Live Well Committee

James Wilson – Chief Strategy and Transformation Officer

James WilsonJames began his career on the Surrey County Council fast-track graduate scheme. James has since worked across local government predominantly within social care and education. In 2013 James moved into the NHS focusing on health contracting and commissioning. James was appointed to the role of Acting Director of Acute Commissioning from 2 September 2016 and in January 2018 was appointed as Chief Strategy and Transformation Officer.

  • Board member
  • Member of Finance and Performance Committee
  • Member of Live Well Committee
  • Member of Primary Care Forum
  • Member of Equality and Diversity Sub-Committee

Viv Barnes – Director of Governance and Performance

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.

Viv was appointed Director of Governance and Performance on 15th January 2018. 

  • Board member
  • Senior Information Risk Owner
  • 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 and Diversity Sub-committee

Dr Elizabeth Towers – Elected GP

Dr Elizabeth TowersDr 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 Macmillan
  • Member of Live Well Committee

Dr Julie McGeachy - Elected GP

Dr Julie McGeachyDr Julie McGeachy qualified from Nottingham University medical school in 1987 and trained as a GP in Derby. She has been a GP at the Tillingham Medical Centre for the past 20 years.

Julie also spent five years experiencing primary care in different settlings – New Zealand and the South Pacific and has an interest in change and innovation in a challenging NHS environment.

Julie completed the Future Clinical Commissioning Leadership course run by the NHS Leadership Academy in 2018.

Her clinical interests are dermatology, care of the elderly and mental health.

  • Clinical Board Member
  • Board Champion for Special Educational Needs and Disability

Dr Fatai Salau - Elected GP

Dr Fatai SalauDr Fatai Salau qualified from the College of Medicine, University of Lagos, Nigeria in 1992 and has been a GP at Douglas Grover Surgery in Witham since 2006.

Dr Salau is a member of the Royal College of Physicians and is involved with developing changes to primary care with the Witham sub-locality group.

His clinical interests are acute medicine and gastroenterology.

  • Clinical Board Member


Dr Daniel Dalton - Secondary Care Consultant

Dr Dan Dalton webDr Daniel Dalton graduated in medicine from St Bartholomew’s and the Royal London School of Medicine and Dentistry in 1999. He then undertook core postgraduate training in psychiatry in east London before moving to higher training in forensic psychiatry on the Eastern Region Training Scheme, achieving a Certificate of Completion of Specialist Training (CCST) in forensic psychiatry in 2009.

Dr Dalton is currently consultant forensic psychiatrist and Clinical Director for Learning Disability and Forensic Strategic Business at Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust. He joined the Mid Essex CCG Board as Secondary Care Consultant in April 2018.

  • Clinical Board Member


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 more than 11 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, Fire and Crime Commissioner, Chief Constable and Essex Fire and Rescue authority.

  • 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

Nathalie Wright - Lay Board Member (Patient and Public Engagement)

Nathalie WrightNathalie joined the CCG’s Board as its new Lay Member – Patient and Public Engagement in April 2018. Much of her earlier career was spent as a manager in the financial services industry but more recently she gained experience of the NHS when she took a new direction through work with mid Essex cancer services.

After qualifying as a counsellor, Nathalie has also offered support for local people through voluntary work with family charities and membership of her GP surgery’s patient participation group.


John Gilham - Lay Member Governance

john gilhamJohn Gilham was appointment as Lay Member for Governance in July 2018. 

John is a former chief executive of two NHS hospital Trusts in Essex covering a period of almost nine years. He has over 30 years’ management experience across a range of functions in the NHS. John has most recently served as a public sector non-executive director with the NHS, including undertaking the role as Chair of the Risk and Quality Committee at East & North Hertfordshire NHS Trust. John also has experience of working with the private sector over the last six years in the role as a management consultant focusing on how their services can best be matched to the needs of the NHS and to give patients an improved service experience.

  • Lay Board member (Governance)
  • Chair of Audit Committee
  • Conflicts of Interest Guardian
  • Chair of Remuneration and Terms of Service 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 the county council, 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