Our Board

Our Board is ultimately responsible for the Trust’s performance. It provides the strategic direction to help ensure we deliver high quality, safe services.

The Board holds regular meetings to discuss key issues around performance, quality and governance. Anyone is welcome to attend a public board meeting.

The Board is made up of our Executive Directors (paid employees who are responsible in their executive role for managing the organisation and, as board members, for the leadership and direction of the Trust) and Non-Executive Directors (who do not have a managerial role but are responsible for challenging the Executive Directors in decision-making and on the Trust’s strategy). Collectively they are responsible for our overall performance and our plans for the future.

We also have a Council of Governors (staff, public and appointed), who represent the views of Foundation Trust Members. Governors help the Trust make decisions about our services and hold our Non-Executive Directors to account.

You can view our Executive and Non-Executive Directors below.

Lynne Hunt, Chair Lynne Hunt 3.jpg
Lynne became Trust Chair in July 2017 and has a track record of almost 40 years public service, working in the NHS within mental health services. Lynne began her career as a nurse in Dorset, before moving to London. She has held a number of clinical and Board level roles, including Non-Executive Director and Vice Chair of Dorset Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.

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Michael's career has been in IT, with spells in Sales and Marketing, culminating in a role as an International Marketing Director. He holds board and governor roles at two charities, a secondary School and Exeter University Business School. Michael has a long-standing interest in mental health and hopes to help the Trust with his experience in strategy, communications and leadership.

Jeni BremnerJeni Bremner 3.jpg
Jeni has worked in public service for over 25 years, with roles in the NHS and Local Government. A nurse by background, Jeni is also a health economist and worked as a Policy Analyst at City Health Trust in Newcastle. Jeni was a Programme Director for the Local Government Association and Chief Executive of the European Health Management Association. 

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Kevin was previously Deputy Chief Inspector of Hospitals and lead for mental health at the Care Quality Commission (CQC), where he was responsible for the regulation of all mental health providers in England. Kevin has also held senior clinical leadership posts at NHS Trusts and in New Zealand, as well at the National Patient Safety Agency.  We have no doubt that his input will have a huge impact on our journey of continuous improvement.

Kate FitzGerald Kate FitzGerald.jpg
Kate’s main career was as a senior lawyer in a global financial institution and included working with regulators and industry groups. Kate used this time to gain experience and understanding of the dynamics and challenges that individuals and complex organisations face. She has personal experience of dealing with disability and terminal conditions and their profound effects on carers and families.

David Hicks David Hicks.png
David has over 30 years' experience in clinical leadership. Most recently he was interim Medical Director at Great Ormond Street, where he was the Trust lead for patient and staff safety and clinical quality. As a Consultant, David specialised in sexual health and genitourinary medicine. David’s other roles have included Clinical and Professional Advisor to the CQC and Medical Appraiser to NHS England. 

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David is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and has held Chief Financial Officer (CFO) roles in major UK based companies for 24 of his 34 year executive careers covering 48 different countries. In 2010 he was nominated by one of the leading accounting firms as 'an outstanding international CFO'.

Suba M.jpgDr Subashini M
Suba is a medical doctor with a special interest in patient-reported outcomes, data science and wellbeing. She currently works at Aviva UK and is passionate about empowering individuals to make informed choices about their care and is driven to make healthcare as inclusive and accessible as possible.

Ade Williams Ade Williams.jpeg
Ade is the Director and Superintendent Pharmacist of the M J Williams Pharmacy Group. He is Associate Non-Executive Director at the North Bristol NHS Trust and the Lead prescribing Pharmacist at the multi-award winning Bedminster Pharmacy in South Bristol. He was awarded the inaugural Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s Patient Champion Award he is also a fellow of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society.

Ron Shields, Chief Executive - Ron Shields.JPG
Ron has extensive leadership experience with over 20 years as a successful NHS Chief Executive. His career spans varied roles across physical and mental health, inpatient and community settings. Prior to joining Southern Health, Ron was Chief Executive at Dorset Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, where he led the organisation to achieve an overall CQC rating of Outstanding.


Paula Anderson, Deputy Chief Executive and Finance Director - Paula Anderson.jpg
Paula joined the Trust in 2009 before becoming Deputy Director of Finance in 2014. She has a wealth of experience within commissioning, including being the Finance Director for Mid-Hampshire PCT between 2001-2006. Paula leads on Finance, Procurement and Contracting within the Trust.


Paul Draycott, Chief People Officer -Paul Draycott.jpg
Paul joined the Trust in November 2017 as Director of Workforce, OD and Communications. He has over 30 years experience in the NHS, initially as a general nurse. He has workforce and organisational development experience across mental health, community, acute and commissioning and this is his fourth Directors post. Paul is also the Hampshire and Isle of Wight lead for workforce inequalities. 


Paula Hull.jpgPaula Hull, Director of Nursing and Allied Health Professionals - 
Paula qualified as a registered nurse at Southampton Hospitals in 1988 and had a long career in community nursing before becoming a practice nurse, working in primary care for over 10 years before joining Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust.


Eugene Jones, Chief Operating Officer - 

Eugene Jones joins the Trust as Chief Operating Officer from 1 April 2022. A highlyEugene Jones.jpg experienced and capable director, Eugene will be joining us from East London NHS Foundation Trust, an outstanding rated organisation, where he has led on successful transformation of services and, recently, the Trust’s response to the pandemic. Eugene is a compassionate and inclusive leader, who puts patients, carers and colleagues first. He has held Director-level posts across health and social care since 2013 including mental health and community health services. 


Heather Mitchell, Director of Strategy and Infrastructure Transformation - HEATHER_MITCHELL (2).JPG
Heather joined Southern Health in August 2019. Prior to joining the Trust Heather was Director of Strategy and Partnerships for West Hampshire Clinical Commissioning Group and also worked with Hounslow and Richmond Community Healthcare NHS Trust. Heather holds a Master’s Degree and PhD in Civil Engineering and prior to joining the NHS she worked in engineering consultancy and project management.

Dr Steve Tomkins, Chief Medical Officer -
Dr Steve Tomkins.jpgSteve joined the Trust as Medical Director in May 2021. A GP by training, Steve has enjoyed a portfolio career  balancing his GP work with working at board for Dorset CCG, Integration Lead for Royal Bournemouth Hospital, and educationalist linked to Wessex Deanery GP day release program. Prior to joining Southern Health Steve was Medical Director at Dorset Healthcare.

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