John Niland has a degree in Politics from the University of Essex and post-graduate degree from the University of Southbank in Urban Policy.

Although the bulk of John’s career so far has been in the local government setting, having worked for 16 years in various positions, he previously worked in both the voluntary and independent sectors.  He was a transport planner with Essex County Council before moving into the planning and commissioning services in social care.  He is credited with setting up community and accessible public transport schemes across the county of Essex.

John’s involvement with the NHS began in 2004 when he became PEC Chair of the former Maldon & South Chelmsford PCT, and then Joint PEC Chair of Mid Essex PCT.  He was appointed Project Director, Provider Services in April 2007 and is now the Chief Executive of Provide.