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 Lewzey - Paul Lewzey.jpg
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. 

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.

Peter Smith – Peter Smith - Photo.jpg
I aim to represent Southern Health patients and service users and ensure their views are reflected in key decisions about the provision of health care into the future. My background (Senior Civil Servant and an NHS Finance Director) and skills enable me to do this whilst working with, supporting and challenging the Trust Board, keeping them accountable to the public.

North Hampshire Constituency

Keith Chapman - Keith Chapman - Picture.jpg
I am looking for a new challenge, which utilises my skills, knowledge and experience and believe I can use these to help others and an NHS Trust Governor.


Venus Madden – Venus Madden.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.

South East Hampshire Constituency

David Garry - David Garry
The NHS is just about the most important organisation in our lives.  It is certainly the largest organisation in the UK, and managing such an organisation is a huge task.  It will without doubt make mistakes, but the important element of a mistake, is that the organisation learns from it.  

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. 

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
Sarah Reed – Sarah Reed.jpg

I applied to become a staff governor because I recognise the enormous contribution our staff make to delivering excellent patient centred care. I like to think I am a compassionate person who is approachable; I want to help and support people to be their very best. I am a good listener and communicator, recognising that these skills are essential to delivering excellent healthcare.

North Hampshire
Louise Vinell - 

I am a qualified Occupational Therapist with 25 years of experience managing both inpatients and community teams within Adult Mental Health. I wanted to have the opportunity to become a Staff Governor because I feel more could be done to support staff both in and out of work. 

SouthamptonSally-Ann Jones - Picture.jpg
Sally-Ann Jones

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.

Cllr Rob HumbyHumby, R Photo.jpg
Hampshire County Council
As Executive Member for Environment and Transport and Deputy Leader for Hampshire County Council, and a Cabinet member for the Economy Transport and Environment, I am particularly interested in relationships and partnerships and how working with other bodies can benefit the residents of Hampshire.

Southampton City Council

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. 

Age Concern Hampshire

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 recomendations on remuneration. 

AppComm ToR - approved by CoG 17.04.2018.pdf

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. programe. 

Agenda Planning Group ToRs - Approved April 2021.pdf

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. 

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