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Sheila Childerhouse - Chair



Sheila has a wealth of experience in senior leadership roles across the NHS, national and local Government, private and third sectors.  Most recently she has been interim Chief Executive of Keystone Development Trust as well as a Non-Executive Director of East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust.  She also led the National Stakeholder Forum for the Asset Transfer Unit from 2009 until 2013. 




Lynne Woodcock - Managing Director

Lynne started her career as a Nurse and then went on to train as a midwife and health visitor. Lynne has held a number of Board level posts and has managed services in a wide range of settings, including community, mental health and learning disabilities across the country. Lynne is a dedicated and focused leader who has successfully led North East Essex Provider Services from the PCT to its own Social Enterprise from 1 January 2011 – Anglian Community Enterprise (ACE) Community Interest Company.




Sharon Charlton - Director of Finance and Corporate Services

Sharon is a CIPFA qualified accountant with over 20 years experience within the NHS. She has worked in a variety of roles on both provider and commissioning including two Director of Finance roles. Sharon is a very capable Director who has a good eye for the details and is focused on the enterprise development. She has been very involved with the development of the financial model and will be responsible for the overall finances of ACE.




Jayne Hiley - Director of Operations and Quality

Jayne is a Registered Nurse by background and has worked in a variety of health care settings but exclusively in primary and community care for the past 20 years. Over the past 10 years Jayne has held senior management positions for ACE and predecessor PCT organisations taking responsibility for the management of three APMS practices, two Community Hospitals and a number of community based services including community nurses and matrons and specialist nursing teams. 



Paul Cooke - Director of Strategy and Commercial Development

Paul is a chartered accountant and has extensive experience of working at Commercial and Finance Director level positions in both the private and public sector, including most recently 7 years in the NHS.



Non-Executive Directors

 Anne Thain

Anne started her career as a nurse in 1980 and has extensive senior management and board level experience in acute, community and out of hospital settings leading onto becoming a Director of Nursing and Quality, commissioning GP and community led services.





David Harrison

David is a chartered accountant and has extensive experience of finance and economics in the private and public sectors. After 10 years in accounting and banking in the private sector, David was a senior civil servant with the Department of Health. He then moved onto the HM Treasury where he focused on public private partnerships in health and, most recently, on the government’s Transforming Community Services programme.






Lawrie Payne

After leaving school, Lawrie spent five years working at the Mercury Theatre in Colchester as a stage manager. He then joined the Fire Service, where he spent most of his career on the front line, finishing his thirty years service working in Community Safety. He now works part time in the local Library.  Lawrie has been a local Councillor, sitting on both Tendring District Council as well as Harwich Town Council. He is Chair of Governors of Harwich Community Primary School as well as chairing Tendring Sure Start Children’s Centres.