Our Governors


The Council of Governors is composed of public governors (who are elected by the public members), staff governors (who are elected by the staff of the Trust) and appointed governors (who are nominated by our partnership organisations).  

The Council of Governors is chaired by our Trust Chair, Lynne Hunt.  They meet four times a year and the meetings are open to the public. 

The Board of Directors and Council of Governors work closely together. The Governors agree the strategic direction and key plans of the Trust and its services as well as  representing the views of the Trust’s members. Their work ensures the needs of the patients, local population, and staff are fully considered in decisions made about the Trust.

The statutory duties of the Council of Governors are:

  • to hold the Trust's non-executive directors individually and collectively to account for the performance of the Board of Directors.
  • to represent the interests of the members of the trust as a whole and the interests of the public.
  • to appoint the Chair and other non-executive directors and decide their pay and conditions; to approve the appointment of the Chief Executive; to appoint the Auditors and to receive the annual report and accounts.


Southampton Constituency 

Stephanie Angell - Stephanie angell.jpg
I have two passions - supporting people and ensuring those who care for and support others are effective, congruent and accountable. I have worked within the health sector for over 20 years, either delivering and managing health services or performance managing others. I became a Governor to share my knowledge and experience, but also to be a voice for others.Paul Lewzey3.jpg

Paul Lewzey - It’s important to talk with people who use our services and the people close to them. We need to talk widely in our communities, including with faith groups, voluntary groups and businesses. If you have a mental health issue or a learning disability, stigma and discrimination can affect you seriously.

Paul Kenny -  I decided to become a governor on this trust because I believe mental health is an important issue. Through my previous experience as a housing officer/community worker and being a member of local government for many years, I have been involved with many people who have suffered with mental health issues and need support in fulfilling their roles in society. I was previously a public governor on the Mental Health Trust in Lincolnshire and look forward to being an active member on the trust.Paul Kenny.JPG

South West Hampshire Constituency

Josie Metcher -  Josie Metcher.jpg
I wanted to become a Public Governor so that I could make a difference and also glimpse into the workings of a Foundation Trust. The NHS is always troubled by bad press but there is a real need for it and I feel passionately that everyone should have good quality care at point of need.

Stephanie Stinton –
When I saw the opportunity to apply to become a public governor it has finally given me a chance to try andSteph Stinton make a difference and to be the voice I never knew I needed. The voice I didn’t have myself in the past, but now I have found more of, I hope I can use it to help people like my younger self who don’t have the right words to say, or know of where to use them.

I understand now that it is so important and effective to have a voice for people to hear, and I want to now use mine within this new role to make the biggest impact possible.

North Hampshire Constituency

Venus Madden – Venus Madden - Photo updated 2022.jpg
I wanted to become a Governor because I love interacting with others and listening to their views. I am an Occupational Therapist by background and am currently working in a high secure hospital. I believe for any health service to move forward, the Trust needs to engage, empower and enable the public to share their views and experiences of its services.

Sarah Pearson – Sarah Pearson.jpg
I applied to be a Public Governor for the North Hampshire Constituency to be the voice, to be on the front to listen, understand and support our 'patients', families and teams to implement changes, to have access to information, tools and services needed to create the best care. I want to be visible as much as possible in these difficult times.

John Lay -  
I have 20 years private and 28 years of public sector working experience, including as a SeniorPhoto - John Lay.jpg Manager, Director, Chartered Accountant and Chartered IT Practitioner. I am a local Councillor, a Pension Trustee and a Director of a £0.5 billion company.
I have extensive consultation experience, both informal and formal market research. I am a passionate supporter of the NHS and am keen to do all I can to ensure the services of the Trust are protected and maintained. 

South East Hampshire Constituency

Suzanne Pepper – Suzanne Pepper.jpg
I became a Governor to ensure transparency in the services that will be delivered to the highest of standards with patient needs in the forefront of everyone’s mind constantly. I will act as a critical friend and I have no issue speaking truth to power. I will investigate all issues and believe in delivering praise and encouragement as well as voicing concerns.

Vacancies -  We are currently running elections for these two vacant seats,  if you interested in standing, please visit the nomination site or contact Corporate.governance@southernhealth.nhs.uk 

Rest of England

Michael North - michael north.jpg
NHS Foundation Trusts are built on the founding principle of local accountability and, in order to ensure that this is achieved, a strong and effective working relationship between our Trust, it’s dedicated staff, it’s governors and the community it serves is essential. As a Public Governor I am pleased, and indeed honoured to be part of this.


The staff constituency is divided into four classes based on the geographical boundaries within which the Trust operates, these are; North Hampshire, Southampton, South West Hampshire, and South East Hampshire.

South West Hampshire


North Hampshire
Laura Nation - Laura Nation - Photo.jpeg

I have previously held a volunteer position with Southern Health. I am a psychological therapist with the Southern Health and am eager to ensure that as a trust we continue to strive to provide the highest standards of treatment and support for both patients and staff. I am delighted to support the trust to fulfil its objectives during this unprecedented time and believe that partnership and integration are key.


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Ingrid Mead -
 I have been a qualified nurse for almost 30 years with most of that spent in the community. I am dedicated to improving outcomes for our service users and ensuring that our staff feel listened to as well as connected with our strategic vision.  I hope that I will be able to act as a conduit, ensuring positive communication between the Board, our service users and staff.


We have five Appointed Governors who are nominated by our partner organisations, (local authorities, commissioners, academic and voluntary sector). They bring expert insights which have been invaluable.

Prof David Baldwin - David Baldwin.jpg
University of Southampton
As an Appointed Governor I work with the Trust and the University to further collaborative relationships between the two organisations, so helping to improve the expertise and resourcefulness of our clinical services to the benefit of patients, families and staff.

Adrian Thorne, Lead Governor - adrian thorne.jpg
Carers Together
I was nominated by my fellow Governors in July 2020 to be the Lead Governor. I have a particular interest / experiences in how Carers can be supported by the Trust so that patients and service users can receive the services that they require. 

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Helen Callen
Age Concern Hampshire
Age Concern Hampshire is an independent registered charity working to support the ageing journey for older people in the county. As appointed Governor representing our charity, I am particularly interested in fostering collaborative partnership working and how older people, particularly those with dementia are supported by the trust.


Southampton City Council


Hampshire County Council

Associate Member for Young People

Appointment Committee - The Council of Governors has established an Appointment Committee to recommend the appointment of the Chair and Non-Executive Directors to the Council of Governors, including recommendations on remuneration. 

Appointment Committee Terms of Reference

Agenda Planning Group - The Council of Governors has established this Group to input into the agendas for the Council of Governor meetings, Governor Development Sessions and the Governor Induction programme. 

Agenda Planning Group Terms of Reference


Governor Elections 

We are currently running elections in the following Constituencies:

Public Constituencies
Southampton 1 seat
North Hampshire 1 seat
South East Hampshire 1 seat
Staff Constituencies
Southampton 1 seat
South West Hampshire 1 seat


To apply, please visit: https://www.mi-nomination.com/southernhealth. The deadline for nominations is 17:00 on Thursday 2 may 2024.

If you have any queries relating tot eh role, please contact Corporate.governance@southernhealth.nhs.uk.


Governor Election Results

Please see the results below from our previous Governor Elections:

Register of interests

All of our Governors are required to declare any potential conflict of interest that are relevant or material. This information is presented at every Council of Governors meeting, as well as being available on our website. Click here to view the document. 

If you'd like to receive any information in an alternative format, please contact our Corporate Governance Team on        023 8087 4210

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