Management Team

Peter Sheppard – Managing Director

Peter Sheppard BA (Hons), is a qualified solicitor with over 30 years’ experience in the legal – medical healthcare sector. Peter graduated in law at the University of Kent and trained with London and South East firm, Thomas Eggar, qualifying in 1984.

Peter became Managing Director of NES Healthcare UK in 2005 and has led the Company through significant growth over the past 17 years.

His passion is to continue to develop and enhance the role of the Resident Doctor within both the Independent and NHS healthcare sectors through pioneering training and assessment of overseas doctors, the introduction of innovative recruitment measures backed up with a firm commitment to high standards in management throughout the Company with the ultimate aim of ensuring excellent quality of care for the patients that the Company serves.

Dr Stephen Drotske – Medical Director

Dr Stephen Drotske completed a Master Degree in Family Medicine, which certified a place as a GP in Queenstown, South Africa. He practised as a rural multi-skilled GP for 11 years, thoroughly enjoying working in anaesthesia, ENT and a wide range of surgical procedures.

In 2007, Stephen undertook a new challenge, relocating to the UK to become the Medical Director for NES.

Over the next few years Stephen developed the NES Training and Assessment Programme, a course of theoretical and practical clinical assessments, incorporating training on both adult and paediatric Advanced Life Support.

Stephen has pioneered the Medical English screening and assessment for doctors from outside the UK. He is also an active member of the UK Independent Healthcare Advisory Services, the MPS Educational Faculty and is a member of The British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy.

Stephen is the Responsible Officer for NES Healthcare UK.

Justyn Tollyfield – Operations Director

Justyn is one of NES’ longest-serving employees, having recently completed 19 years with the company. Prior to this he gained a degree in politics from the University of Wales, Swansea and worked in retail and recruitment.

Having started with NES as a Medical Staffing Manager, Justyn quickly became a senior member of the team before establishing himself as a senior manager for the business. His role as Operations Director encompasses contract and resource management, business development and company strategy.

Phil Sandy – Finance Director

Phil is a qualified accountant who joined NES in 2010. Prior to this Phil spent his career in the accountancy profession, becoming an audit senior manager at both KPMG and Grant Thornton where he managed a large and varied portfolio of clients.

In his role as Finance Director, Phil ensures that our financial procedures remain fit for purpose for a growing company in an increasing regulatory environment.

Jo Bedford – Recruitment Director

Jo joined NES in 2009, initially overseeing the day-to-day running of locum shifts, before accepting the role of Recruitment Consultant later that year. Over the next 5 years Jo was hugely successful and recruited hundreds of doctors to come to work with NES.

In 2015 she took on the role of Recruitment Director, a role that requires her to ensure that NES continues to be the destination of choice for large numbers of doctors. Whilst the majority of this work takes place from within the UK she often travels overseas,  promoting the opportunities that we have to offer.

Rachael Myall – Operations Manager

Rachael joined NES in 2004 and worked initially within the recruitment team. Seeking a new challenge, Rachael moved into Operations the following year and has not looked back since. Starting as an Assistant, she rapidly became a Medical Staffing Manager and has developed her role to include managing the team. This was formally recognised when she was appointed as the company’s Operations Manager.

Rachael enjoys the hectic pace of the day-to-day NES operation and loves nothing more than when a well-executed plan comes together.

Prior to joining NES Rachael graduated from the University of Sussex with a BSc in Geography. This fuelled a lifelong passion for travelling the world, meaning she is always looking out for her next adventure.

Andrea Palastanga - Training & Operations Manager

Andrea joined NES in August 2005 in an administrative capacity before quickly attaining the role of Medical Staffing Manager. She demonstrated a great aptitude for portfolio management and this has led to successive promotions to the position of Training & Operations Manager.

Together with Rachael Myall, Andrea is responsible for the day-to-day delivery of the service to the client hospitals. She assists with the management of the team of Medical Staffing Managers and has a significant input into the systems and processes that ensure our service is efficient and reliable. As part of the senior management team, Andrea also plays an important role in company decision-making and strategy.

Outside of work Andrea enjoys walking her dogs and acquiring impressive shoes.

Dr Anneke Blaauw - Clinical Manager & Appraisal Lead

Dr Anneke Blaauw graduated with an MBChB from the University of Orange Free State, South Africa in 2000. During her Internship and Community Service she gained significant experience in rural medicine whilst working in Kwa-Zulu Natal. She then came to the UK in 2003 to begin working with NES. Anneke proved herself to be an excellent doctor and was hugely valued by the staff and management at her longstanding hospital placement.

Anneke became part of the NES training team in 2010 and has achieved UK Resuscitation Council (UKRC) Instructor status. She has also become a Medical and Course Director for the UKRC. In addition to this Anneke has used her extensive experience as an NES doctor to instruct on NES’ Practical Assessments and Aseptic Non-Touch (ANTT) courses.

Anneke’s greatest achievement has been in the development of NES’ Appraisal system. Since becoming an Appraiser in 2012 she has achieved the status of Appraisal Lead, which is a vital function enabling her to support the team of Appraisers and establish clear and effective processes for her clinical colleagues. It is through Anneke’s work that we are able to offer NES doctors a thorough Appraisal process and a clear path to Revalidation for our doctors.

Nick Thompson - Resuscitation Lead

Before joining NES in March 2018, Nick worked extensively as an anaesthetic practitioner and resuscitation officer in both the UK and abroad. He is passionate about his clinical work and his teaching and aims to offer high quality patient care whilst also ensuring our doctors provide the same to both our patients and hospitals.

Nick is an instructor in both Adult and Paediatric Advanced Life Support (ALS & EPLS), as well as on the Generic Instructor Course. In his role with NES he also supports our Medical Director and the Operations team by providing clinical input and support as required. In his spare time he is an instructor with the Sea Cadets.

Laura Groves - Recruitment Manager

Laura joined NES in early 2019 as Recruitment Manager. Following her degree in English, Film and Theatre she has worked in Human Resources and predominantly Recruitment for 10 years, spanning both the public and private sectors.

Laura manages the Recruitment Team in all day-to-day activities, supporting the Recruitment Director with new campaigns, with oversight for project work in both Recruitment and General Office Management.

Georgina Smith - Compliance & Administration Manager

Georgina joined NES' administration team in 2016 and quickly demonstrated her excellent organisational skills.

Carly Hall - Deputy Operations Manager

Carly joined NES Healthcare in April 2007, initially to assist with doctor recruitment before moving into our Administration Team. She then became a Medical Staffing Manger (MSM) in 2012, a role she performed with great distinction to the point where she was designated as one of our Senior MSMs. This required Carly to provide motivation and mentoring for the less experienced members of the team as well and troubleshooting, process development and project management.

Carly took the role of the Senior MSM to a whole new level and was promoted into the management team in the role of Deputy Operations Manager. In this role, Carly has the opportunity to use her extensive experience and expertise to input into day-to day operations, company strategy and management decisions.