Executive Team

CSH Surrey's Executive Team are responsible for the operational delivery of services.

Chief Executive Steve Flanagan

Steve joined as CSH Surrey's Chief Executive in August 2018. He brings a wide range of healthcare experience within the NHS, private and third sectors. He also has extensive business experience including local and national contracting with the NHS, regulatory issues, innovation, and business transformation. Steve supports the need for greater out of hospital provision and is a firm believer in partnership working to enable delivery of more personalised and integrated care pathways.

Previously Steve was Chief Executive of The Fremantle Trust, a charity that offers services for older people and people with learning disabilities. The Trust operates Nursing and Residential Homes and a variety of Supported Living facilities. During Steve's tenure the Trust increased turnover to over £50m and returned to profit after a number of years of losses. It also has two CQC ‘Outstanding’ ratings within its portfolio.

Prior to joined The Fremantle Trust, Steve was Managing Director of Bupa Home Healthcare, a highly regulated and specialist out of hospital care provider that delivered 95% of its services on behalf of the NHS. These included providing Continuing Health Care support to over 200 patients, mainly children, across the UK, and delivering care directly into people’s homes via a team of over 800 nurses and healthcare support workers.

Steve's early career was with British Airways, where his passion for customer care emanates from.

Steve has been a CSH Non-executive Director since 2013 and as a Woking resident has a personal motivation to deliver high quality patient care. He understands and supports co-ownership and social enterprise, and has a clear vision for developing CSH's role as a provider of high quality out of hospital care in Surrey.

In addition to his current roles, Steve is also Chair of the Professional Sports Group.

Director of Nursing and Quality Denise Thiruchelvam

Denise joined CSH Surrey as Director of Nursing and Quality in February 2019. Denise is a nurse and health visitor by background.

After training at the University of Liverpool, Denise returned to London where she specialised in accident and emergency, public health and health protection nursing.

Denise worked as a health visitor in south London after completing a MSc in Public Health, specialising in epidemiology and communicable disease control. Denise then moved to the Health Protection Agency (HPA) as Heath Protection Nurse Specialist.

An interest in prevention, population health and care pathways moved Denise to commissioning health care services at Harrow Primary Care Trust and then to Harrow and Barnet Local Government as a Public Health Specialist for health protection, children and maternity services.

Denise worked nationally for the former Chief Nursing Officer on the Health Visitor Call to Action programme where she was awarded a Fellowship to the Institute of Health Visiting.

Recently Denise worked as Lead for Patient Safety and Quality then Deputy Chief Nurse for First Community Health and Care C.I.C. where she led preparation and delivery of their recent CQC inspection.

She is a Queen’s Nurse, an independent registrant for Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) Fitness to Practice and an active member of the RCN Public Health Forum steering group.

Denise believes in the values of social enterprises, where every employee has a voice to shape the future of the organisation.

She is passionate about public health, staff experience, patient safety and providing integrated care, putting the individual at the heart of healthcare.

Denise is the Professional Lead for Nursing and the Executive Lead for Quality, Patient Safety and Safeguarding.

Director of Adult Services Sarah Tomkins

Sarah has been with CSH Surrey working across Children and Families, Corporate and Adult Services for the past five years.

Sarah started her career as a carer for a child with learning disabilities. This inspired her to work as a Health Care Assistant and before starting Paediatric Nurse training in 1993, enticed by the notion of being kind, making a difference, and having a role in helping people develop and maintain independence.

Sarah has worked in Surrey and South West London in Acute services, Mental Health, a Health, Social Care, Education and Youth Justice Community team, and in Community services.

Sarah’s breadth of experience and a diversity of theoretical approaches to care have been developed by the achievement of two MSCs in health related subjects, and the Nye Bevan NHS Leadership Academy Award in Executive Healthcare Leadership.

Director of Children's Services Helen Cook

Helen started her NHS career in 1982 as a student nurse at Queen Mary's hospital for Children. Her special interest was working with children with learning disabilities and their families.

She went on to manage a range of hospital and community services for children and adults in Merton, Sutton and Wandsworth prior to joining the Merton and Sutton Primary Care Trust (PCT) as an Associate Director responsible for jointly commissioning a range of children and adult services with the local authority.

Following the demise of PCTs, Helen took up the role of heading up adult social care commissioning and provision within a local authority. After being offered a unique opportunity to move to Surrey Downs Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) to lead on the integration of adult services she joined CSH Surrey as Head of Integrated Hub services, which enabled her to implement the Surrey Downs CCG integration plan.

In July 2018 Helen was appointed Associate Director of CSH’s Adult services and then moved to lead CSH’s children's services. In April 2019 Helen was appointed Director of Children and Family Health Surrey services at CSH Surrey.

Helen is a registered nurse with a BSc Hons in Psychology and an MSc in Psychotherapy.

Medical Director Dr Michael Wood BSc MB BS PhD FRCP

Michael joined CSH Surrey in September 2018 as our Medical Director, on a part-time secondment from Ashford & St Peters Hospitals (ASPH), where he has been employed since 2006. In May 2019 he joined CSH Surrey on a permanent contract as our Medical Director, working with us two days a week.

At CSH Michael provides clinical leadership and direction, and has responsibility for the doctors employed by CSH. He particularly works with the community hospital and locality Hub teams in North West Surrey to support service development, including greater integration with ASPH and other providers within the wider North West Surrey Integrated Care Partnership (ICP).

At ASPH Michael is a Consultant Chest Physician. He has developed clinical services within respiratory medicine and introduced new services, and also been involved in quality improvement, clinical management and medical education. In addition he has been Clinical Lead for Length of Stay, Lead for Quality Improvement, Divisional Director for the Acute and Emergency Medicine Division and Clinical Lead for respiratory medicine. He introduced a daily multi-professional board round on every medical ward and a rolling post take ward round with resident on call for consultants.

At a regional level Michael has been Chair of the Surrey, West Sussex and Hampshire Lung Cancer Network, and since 2013, he has been Training Programme Director for Core Medical Training (CMT) at Health Education Kent, Surrey and Sussex (HEKSS) and was made Deputy Head of School of Medicine in HEKSS in 2015. He sits on the national CMT Advisory Committee. He strongly believes in quality improvement and empowering teams to develop their own services.

Michael undertook his medical training in London, including research work at University College London as a Cancer Research UK clinical research Fellow for his PhD. He spent time in Perth, Australia developing further interventional bronchoscopy skills.

Director of Digital Services Keith Woollard

Keith Woollard joined CSH Surrey in June 2018 and took on the role of Director of Digital Services in April 2019. He brings many years of IT leadership experience across both the private and public sectors.

Keith was previously the Director of Technology Services at Guy’s & St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust (GSTT) where he was fully responsible for the strategy and delivery of all IT services for one of the biggest Trusts in the country, with over 15000 staff, an annual turnover of circa £1.5bn and more than 2.4 million patient contacts a year. While at GSTT, Keith successfully led a number of major infrastructure change programmes including a Windows 10 upgrade of 15000 users, a Picture Archiving and Communication System (PACS) cloud migration that delivered high availability and scalability and a major data centre transformation across two hospital sites to deliver “always on” healthcare applications.

Keith has previously held global leadership roles with Pitney Bowes a US company known for postage meters and mailing equipment and services, and dunnhumby, the global leader in customer data science and the organisation behind the Tesco Clubcard and several other customer loyalty schemes worldwide. Keith joined dunnhumby when it was a small UK-based team and as a member of the senior leadership team had full responsibility for all aspects of technology across the company as it grew to over 1200 employees operating in 25 countries with revenues of over £350m.

Laura Rivet - Director of People

Director of People Laura Rivet

Laura became Director of People in June 2020.