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David Harrison - Chairman

David has been appointed Chairman having been a non-executive director with ACE from the outset.  He is a chartered accountant by profession before becoming a senior civil servant, first with the Department of Health and then with HM Treasury. 


During his time with central government, David focused his attention on transforming the quality of both health services and health infrastructure, and was closely involved in the NHS's initiative that resulted in the creation of social enterprises such as ACE.  David continues to work extensively with NHS and third sector bodies, and with local authorities.  He also has a keen interest in criminal justice, and acts as Trustee and Treasurer of User Voice, a charity led and delivered by ex-offenders."





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. 



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.






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.