Suffolk & North East Essex Integrated Care System

ICS Central Team

Different aspects of the ICS are led by a wide range of local leaders from across health and care who provide leadership in the alliances, across our clinical transformation programmes and supporting our enabling workstreams. The following additional key roles support the work of the ICS at system level:

Professor William Pope
ICS Independent Chair

Will has a range of experience from his various roles within the NHS, academia and business, including at Chair and Chief Executive level. He has worked with several successful companies and started up many of his own, earning him the “Technology Fast 50” awards for the fastest growing companies four times. As well as his role with the ICS he is also Chairman and Pro-Chancellor of the University of Suffolk, Chairman of Yorkshire & Humber Academic Health Science Network, Chairman of the Society for the Environment, Chairman of the Environmental Policy Forum, Vice President of the Institution of Environmental Sciences and Director of East Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust.

Dr Ed Garratt
ICS Executive Lead

Dr Ed Garratt is Chief Executive for Ipswich & East Suffolk, West Suffolk and North East Essex Clinical Commissioning Groups. He is also the Executive Lead for the Suffolk and North East Essex Integrated Care System (ICS) as well as lead commissioner of the East of England Ambulance NHS Trust. Ed has a strong reputation for building system collaboration and integrated care. He has over 15 years’ experience of working in the NHS, has worked at regional level in commissioning and helped to develop the NHS Constitution. He also worked on the policy development associated with the government’s NHS reforms of 2012. Ed holds a doctorate from the University of Cambridge.

Susannah Howard
ICS Programme Director

Originally a psychologist, in the early part of her career Susannah worked in mental health at The Royal College of Psychiatrists Research Unit, Department of Health and Commission for Health Improvement. She led the Eastern Development Centre and then the unique NHS based business unit ‘Enable East’ for which she was named Essex ‘Business Woman of the Year’ in 2013. An annual Guest Lecturer at Harvard University Extension School she has also worked with the World Health Organisation (WHO) in trauma affected countries. She is a member of the All Party Parliamentary Group and National Strategic Council for Obesity and has held over £12 million in grants for the Big Lottery Fund.

The ICS also has a small central team that provides support to key central system leadership roles and functions. These include support to the ICS Partnership Board and ICS Chairs Group, as well as enabling programmes including digital transformation, finance and estates. The team have played a key role in supporting ongoing system transformation including development of the ICS Governance Framework working with the King’s Fund and the NHS Confederation. The team also lead on development of strategy and support a range of central programmes and activities around the primary ambition of the ICS of ‘Enabling Health Equality for Everyone’ and ‘Thinking Differently Together’ through monthly events and delivery of training in Outcome Based Approaches.

Team Membership

  • Susannah Howard, ICS Programme Director

  • Kate Walker, ICS Digital Programme Director

  • Keith Wood, ICS Senior Finance Manager

  • Michelle Grant-Richardson, ICS Programme Manager

  • Sharon Rodie, ICS Programme Manager

  • David Akinsanya, ICS Health Equality Lead

  • Liesel Park, ICS Analyst

  • Claire Hunte, ICS Associate, Communications and Information Coordination

  • Hollie Oldfield, ICS Executive Assistant

  • Paula Barratt, ICS Programme Support Officer

  • Cathy Stewart, ICS Programme Support Officer

  • Last Updated on April 29, 2022

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