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  Executive Team

John-Parkes.jpgJohn Parkes, Managing Director 

Professor John Parkes is the MD of Arden & GEM CSU after previously working as the Chief Executive of NHS Northamptonshire and Milton Keynes.

Prior to his current role as a commissioner, John spent the majority of his career running provider organisations, including 15 years within university hospitals such as Guy’s & St Thomas’ in London. Since 2006 he has led commissioning organisations as a PCT Chief Executive and as Cluster Chief Executive of NHS Northamptonshire and NHS Milton Keynes, with a budget of £1.4 billion, being responsible for commissioning services to meet the needs of one million residents.

John is a member of the National Independent Reconfiguration Panel which provides advice to the Secretary of State for Health on disputed or controversial service reconfigurations. He is also a Visiting Professor in Health Care Management at Northampton University.

Gill-Scoular.jpgGill Scoular, Finance and Strategy Director, and Deputy MD 

Gill was previously Director of Finance and Deputy Chief Executive at NHS Milton Keynes and Northamptonshire. Over the years Gill has gained a wealth of experience as a financial leader across NHS sectors joining NHS Northamptonshire in 2006. She was then later made Acting Director of Finance at NHS Midlands and East where she established herself as an effective lead for Finance Directors across East Midlands, ensuring that financial targets were met. Gill was then appointed to the role for the Northamptonshire and Milton Keynes cluster, overseeing a £1.4 billion budget.

Gill will lead on establishing a strong financial footing for the merged organisation and will support John Parkes as Deputy MD.

Dave_Marsden.jpgDave Marsden, Director for IT Services & Information Systems and Interim Chief Operating Officer

Dave Marsden previously held the role of Director of Strategic IMT (Chief Information Officer) for NHS Midlands and East. Prior to this, Dave was the Chief Information Officer / Associate Director of Health Informatics for Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Rutland Strategic Health Authority and Trent Strategic Health Authority.

Dave will be responsible for all our IT service delivery and the ongoing development of the Arden & GEM IT infrastructure and associated tools that result in increased efficiency and improve the service provided to our customers.

Jeannie Ablett.jpgJeannie Ablett, Commercial Director

Jeannie has over 30 years’ NHS experience having previously held the post of Accountable Officer for Milton Keynes CCG.

Jeannie was responsible for leading the establishment of the CCG as a statutory body. She also has extensive experience in system leadership including the Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes Healthcare Review – a system-wide transition programme covering the 700,000 population within two CCGs - which was supported by Monitor and McKinsey.

Jeannie has also been responsible for Joint Commissioning teams, working closely with Local Authority colleagues to jointly plan and commission care.

With over 15 years of Director level experience including Strategic Development and Commissioning, Chief Nurse, Director of Primary Care and Director GP Consortia Development, Jeannie is able to work across a broad portfolio of responsibilities.

Jeannie holds an Executive MBA in Health & Social Care from the Nuffield Institute, University of Leeds. In addition she has a BA in Business Studies and holds an accredited Programme Management qualification. Her clinical registrations are both current – she is a Registered General Nurse and Health Visitor.

Wendy-Lane2.jpgWendy Lane, Consultancy Services Director

Wendy has over 16 years experience of working in the health service predominantly in the Acute Sector, as a General Manager for Women and Children’s Services, moving into Deputy Director and Director Operations roles within the medical division of a large teaching Trust. Wendy moved into a senior commissioning role in 2009 and led the delivery of programmes across providers to redesign processes, support the integration of service models across sectors and deliver QIPP savings.

Wendy is responsible for our consultancy services offer, product development for new and emerging markets, relationships with the third sector, and research and development.

Louise-Newcombe.jpgLouise Newcombe, Clinical Services Director 

Previously Programme Director for EMPACT, she first joined the NHS as a graduate management trainee. Louise joined North Nottinghamshire Health Authority to develop Bassetlaw Primary Care Group and became the organisation’s first Chief Executive when it became a trust in 2001.

Louise is known for her track record of improving health outcomes and especially improving the relationships between patients, clinicians and management. Within Arden & GEM she will be responsible for clinical services including Continuing Healthcare, Medicines Management and Individual Funding Requests.

Mike_Walker.jpgMike Walker, Business Services Director

Mike joined Arden & GEM from NHS Nottinghamshire County where he was Director of Workforce and Organisational Development.

He started his HR career with the Ministry of Defence before moving to the private sector with GEC and latterly Marconi. Mike joined the NHS in 2000 and has since held HR positions in Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire in Mental Health and Primary Care organisations.

Mike’s role within Arden & GEM will encompass overseeing support to customers across all business services including HR, Governance, Finance and Communications.