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Solent NHS Trust Board

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Chief Executive Officer, Sue Harriman

Sue trained as a registered nurse in the Royal Navy. During her sixteen year military career, she worked in both primary and secondary care, including spending five months on board a hospital ship during the 1990 Gulf War conflict.

Sue was a trained critical care nurse for a number of years, and after completing a BSc in Infection Prevention at the University of Hertfordshire, joined the NHS in 2002 to become a Nurse Consultant in Infection Prevention. Sue has developed a management and leadership portfolio that includes attending Britannia Royal Naval College, Dartmouth, and gaining Masters level Management and Leadership qualifications at Southampton University.

Sue has been an Executive Board Director for nine years. Her executive roles have included Director of Nursing and Allied Health Professions, Chief Operating Officer and Managing Director. Sue was appointed to lead Solent NHS Trust as Chief Executive in September 2014.

Sue has lived and worked, locally, in Hampshire since her military career bought her here nearly thirty years ago. She is committed to bringing health and care services together so they work in partnership with the community, and those who use and work with them.

As the Chief Executive, Sue believes her role is to empower the Trust to provide the best care possible, for its team of staff to feel supported and happy at work, whilst ensuring the Trust always offers best value for money.

Sue says, "I feel very privileged to be leading Solent NHS Trust at this time, I will never forget my roots as a nurse, caring for people and their families and friends at such important times in their lives. I became a nurse because I cared deeply about helping others, now as a Chief Executive I will do everything I can to make sure our team at Solent can always continue to care with compassion, and be the best they can whilst providing the care their service users want and need."


Chair, Dr Alistair Stokes

Alistair was appointed to the Trust in April 2011. He has had a wide ranging career in marketing, business development and administration in the chemical and pharmaceutical industries including working as Commercial Director with Monsanto Company and as Managing Director for UK operations and subsequently Regional Director for the Far East and South East Asia for Glaxo PLC. From 2007, Alistair served as Chairman of the Ipsen Group’s UK companies, retiring from that role in 2010. Alistair also served as Regional General Manager for the NHS in Yorkshire and for several years as a member and Vice Chairman of a District Health Authority and from 1992 until 1998 as Chairman of an NHS Trust. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Directors and a Chartered Director. He is currently a governor of the University of West London and chairs the University’s Audit & Risk Committee. He is also a Trustee of the Hampshire & Isle of Wight Community Foundation. Alistair is the lead NED for Health & Safety (including Local Security Management).

Qualifications: BSc, PhD, CDir, FIoD

Chief Medical Officer, Dr Daniel Meron

Daniel joined the Trust in January 2016. He studied Medicine at the University of Southampton, and completed psychiatry training in Wessex. Dan came from the Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust, where he was a Consultant Psychiatrist and Deputy Medical Director.

Chief Operating Officer, Alex Whitfield

Alex joined the Trust in July 2012. She provided strong leadership as Chief Operating Officer to Winchester and Eastleigh Healthcare NHS Trust prior to its acquisition by Basingstoke and North Hants NHS Foundation Trust and the creation of Hampshire Hospitals FT. She has a sound understanding of the challenges faced by the local health and social care providers. She leads on the delivery of clinical services for Solent and is building on the excellent collaboration and partnership working established between providers locally. Alex has extensive operational experience in both the private and public sector and is committed to delivering high quality, cost effective patient care.

Qualifications: MA Engineering, University of Cambridge, leadership expertise at Insead, Oxford University, the Kings Fund and the NHS Top Leaders Programme

Chief Nurse, Mandy Rayani

Mandy trained in Swansea as a Registered Mental Health Nurse (RMN), she subsequently worked in mental health services for approximately 20 years. In 2005, Mandy became Regional Nurse for Mid and West Wales Regional Office working with the Welsh government. In 2007, Mandy took up the role of Deputy Nurse Director at Cardiff and Vale NHS Trust, one of the largest teaching hospitals in the UK. Following the NHS Wales reorganisation in 2009, she was appointed Deputy to the Executive Nurse Director of Cardiff and Vale University Health Board, a fully integrated healthcare organisation providing primary, community, secondary mental health and tertiary services.

In her role, Mandy provides professional leadership to nurses and allied health professionals. She also has particular responsibility for patient experience, quality governance, risk management and regulatory compliance to ensure we continue to deliver safe, effective and sustainable services.

Director of Finance and Performance, Andrew Strevens

Andrew is the Director of Finance and Performance and joined the Trust in August 2015. He has worked within the health service since 2009 and brings a whole system view, having worked in senior positions for providers (Hampshire Community Health Care and Southern Health) and as a commissioner (NHS England South Region). He also has a commercial background, having worked for KPMG and B&Q Plc.


Chief Operating Officer Portsmouth and Commercial Director, Sarah Austin

Sarah originally trained as a nurse in London and specialised in renal care in Portsmouth, undertaking both a teaching qualification and a BSc. Her career to date includes 17 years in Portsmouth Hospitals Trust latterly working as Director of Strategic Alliances leading the merger with Royal Hospital Haslar, five years as Director of Central South Coast Cancer Network and three years in South Central Strategic Health Authority focusing on strategy, system reform and market development. Sarah joined Solent NHS Trust in autumn 2010 as Transforming Community Services Programme Director before being appointed as Director of Strategy in November 2011. In December 2014 Sarah took on a wider remit for commercial activities of the trust and was appointed COO Portsmouth Care group in July 2015.

Qualifications: RGN, BSc, MBA

Non Executive Director, Mick Tutt

Mick was appointed to the Trust in April 2011. He has more than 40 years NHS experience, including 20 years in Senior Management and more than a decade at Executive Director (and equivalent) level. As a qualified nurse Mick has managed mental health & learning disabilities services in a number of different Trusts and has experience of working with the CQC and its predecessors, most recently as a bank Compliance Inspector. Mick has also acted as the Nurse/Manager representative on several independent Inquiries and has undertaken many investigations into disciplinary and grievance matters and serious incidents. Mick was a former lay member of the Portsmouth Community and Mental Health Service Board before being appointed as Non-Executive Director for Solent NHS Trust. He now acts as a manager for appeals against Mental Health Act detentions and also chairs the Mental Health Scrutiny Committee and Assurance Committee.

Qualifications: RMN, SRN, Dip Nursing

Non Executive Director, Jon Pittam

Jon was appointed to the Trust in June 2012. Since 1997 until his retirement in 2010, Jon was the County Treasurer for Hampshire County Council as well as being Treasurer for the Hampshire Police and Fire Authorities. In these roles, Jon provided financial and strategic advice in support of the authorities' corporate strategies and was the chief financial officer for budgets approaching £2 billion. Jon was an elected council member of his chartered accountancy body and the national spending convenor for local government finance during several public expenditure rounds. Jon is the chair of the Finance Committee and the lead NED for procurement.

Qualifications: BSc, CIPFA

Non Executive Director, Jane Sansome

Jane was appointed to the Trust in June 2015. Jane had an extensive and highly successful 21 year career in the NHS before joining the Ministry of Defence in 2000 to lead the operational planning and delivery of the strategy to transform Defence Medical Services. In 2004 with the first stage of the strategic plan delivered, Jane moved to the private sector to become the Chief Executive Officer of the project company delivering the £1.2billion redevelopment programme for Barts and the London Hospitals. In 2012 Jane joined Skanska UK as a Non-Executive Director. Jane supported the Managing Director of Skanska Facilities Services to develop the strategy, resource and contract delivery plans for the company. Jane left Skanska at the end of February 2015 to become a freelance management consultant.

Qualifications: MSc, DipHSM, DipIMS, CBIFM

Professor Francis Davis

Francis Davis has for twenty years been active in founding, chairing and supporting community groups, voluntary organisations and social enterprises in health and social care across Hampshire most especially in Portsmouth, Southampton and Gosport. He helped to launch the 'Hampshire Festival of the Mind' from Portsmouth in partnership with the University of Southampton and also the first UK 'Mental Wealth Festival'. Formerly a private sector CEO Francis has chaired industry bodies for the South and South East and also had a spell as a senior civil servant working at Cabinet level. He is currently Professor of Communities and Public Policy at the University of Birmingham and a member of the Department of Health's cross government Independent Advisory Group on Carers.

BA, PGCert ( Management), MSc, MPA. MICPR FRGS FRSA

Mike Watts

Mike grew up and went to school in Southampton, he is a Hampshire resident and has an extensive and wide ranging track record in organisational design and development that has driven business performance. Mike is currently a consultant with Capability and Performance Improvement Ltd and was, until earlier this year, the Head of Strategic Human Resources and Organisational Development at Southampton City Council. Michael has previously held senior HR roles at the Chartered Institute of Professional Development; Cabinet Office; Lloyds TSB and Scottish Widows. During his time in the Cabinet Office, Michael was recognised by HR Magazine as one of top 30 influencers of HR practice he has also held a previous Non Executive Director role with the Scottish Executive.