Branch Information

This branch covers the East of England. Events are often held in Cambridge, hosted by our sponsor Mills & Reeve. Our events are usually pitched at a wide audience of HR/OD professionals and involve great external speakers.

  • Annesley Donald – Vice President

Annesley joined the NHS on the graduate scheme for Clinical Scientists, training to become a clinical cytogeneticist. Several years ago she moved into HR and has worked in a number of workforce functions including recruitment, employee relations and business partnering. After a brief foray into operations management, Annesley returned to HR where she now works as the Deputy Director of Workforce at Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, a large acute teaching hospital in the East of England.

Annesley took on the role as HPMA vice president for East of England in 2019 and is keen to bring a broad range of inclusive events to the region, whilst also creating strong effective networks for sharing ideas, concerns and best practice

  • Julie Chapman – Treasurer

Julie is an experienced HR lead having worked in the private sector before relocating to Cambridge.  Julie joined the NHS some years ago working at Fulbourn Hospital to lead the implementation of a flexible Staff Bank for Fulbourn Hospital and Addenbrooke’s Hospital for non-clinical staff. In 2002 she moved location to Addenbrooke’s Hospital and continued to expand the temporary staffing service to include clinical support. In 2014 she moved into the role of Head of Resourcing and is responsible for Recruitment and the Staff Bank.

  • Stuart Craig – Committee Member (Partner at Mills & Reeve)

Stuart has a proven track record in advising large public sector employers, including numerous employers within the health sector, in respect of issues across the whole employment law spectrum, from recruitment to dismissal, particularly within the health sector. The matters he deals with frequently require sensitive and diplomatic handling as well as detailed knowledge of law and policy to make sure his client’s objectives and workforce strategies are achieved.  Stuart leads a team of employment specialists providing professional, knowledgeable support who are able to provide pragmatic commercial solutions to difficult issues.

  • Richard Peachey Cert. CIH/CIOB – Committee Member (CMP Solutions)

Richard lives to improve people’s lives, for his entire career he has been striving to better people’s homes, health and now workplace experiences, within over 15 years’ experience, Richard has been involved in Cancer screenings, Home and asset management, protected conversations, mergers, TUPE, redundancies, disciplinary investigations, and mediations.

Richard currently leads CMP’s consultancy team in supporting organisations to develop a culture where staff feel empowered to challenge the status quo, harness difference, be more engaged and more productive. Because of his healthcare ties, Richard works closely with the UK’s Healthcare People Management Association (HPMA), as well as the Association of British Investigators, Office of the Independent Adjudicator, Civil Mediation Council, Scottish Mediation Network, and the College of Mediators.  He is a Supporter of Mediation Awareness Group, the UK wide group for promoting all forms of mediation.

CMP is the only HPMA Member to provide other members workplace mediations and soft skills training. Richard combines many years’ experience of client relationship management, project delivery and sales & marketing with expert knowledge of workplace conflict and resolution. He’s ideally placed to work as a trusted advisor to clients on their issues and developing the best solutions.

  • Amy Bushen – Committee Member

Amy is an experienced project lead with over 18 years’ experience working within the NHS & healthcare industry. Amy is responsible for the planning and delivering complex recruitment projects including career/open day events, and the creation of bespoke recruitment marketing strategies.

  • Sophie Aldred – Committee Member

Sophie joined Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in 2015 as a Recruitment Advisor, she soon showed her interest in HR and changed roles to a personal assistant for the Associate Directors of Workforce,  developing her skills and experience working closely with the Directors, she was appointed into an assistant role within the Employee Relations Team. In 2018 Sophie worked towards her career progression and was appointed Employee Relations Advisor working with complex HR cases and supporting employees and managers. Prior to working in the NHS Sophie worked at a well known retail company as an Assistant Store Manager, this is where she  also gained experience in working with HR matters.

  • Emma Woolman – Committee Member

Emma is a highly motivated, compassionate individual who is driven to deliver a fair and inclusive service for our NHS colleagues. Emma enjoys networking, sharing ways of working and challenging the status quo to help improve and bring fresh ideas to the table for colleagues and ultimately our patients.  Emma has 21 years customer service, people management and HR management in the private sector and three years NHS service covering Employee Relations, ILM Level 5 coach, ACAS trained mediator. Emma currently works as Head of Workforce at CUH.

Branch Team

Annesley Donald

Vice President

Julie Chapman


Stuart Craig

Committee Member

Richard Peachey

Committee Member

Amy Bushen

Committee Member

Sophie Aldred

Committee Member

Emma Woolman

Committee Member

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