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Solent NHS Trust Board

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Chief Executive Officer, Sue Harriman

Sue trained as a 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. Alistair is the lead NED for Health and Safety (including Local Security Management) as well as Safeguarding.

Qualifications: BSc, PhD, CDir, FIoD

Chief Medical Officer, Dr Daniel Meron

Dan joined the Trust in January 2016. Dan studied Medicine at the University of Southampton, and completed psychiatry training in Wessex. He went on to become a consultant in general adult psychiatry in Avon & Wiltshire, where he held consultant posts in community teams, Crisis Resolution and Home Treatment, Acute Inpatient, Assertive Outreach, and Primary Care Liaison. Over the years he developed a management and leadership portfolio and continued to combine senior management roles with active front-line clinical work. He is actively engaged in research at the School of Medicine, University of Southampton, where he is currently completing a Doctor of Medicine higher research degree. He has special interest in mood and anxiety disorders, trauma, addiction, recovery, and mindfulness. Dan undertook an Executive-MBA degree at Hult International Business School and graduated with distinction in 2014. Dan believes that integration between mental and physical, primary and secondary, and between health and social care in a community-based system, is the way to improve the lives of the people we are here to serve.

Chief People Officer, Helen Ives

Helen Ives joined us in May 2016 to lead our organisational development programme and was appointed to the role of Chief People Officer in April 2017. Helen is an organisational psychologist and an HR professional. She is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Professional Development and member of the British Psychological Society. Prior to joining the NHS, Helen worked in a variety of business sectors, including: technology, logistics and professional services. Helen also runs her own business as an independent consultant, working with organisations to develop their culture and people.

As Chief People Officer, Helen is accountable for the development, and successful implementation, of the People and Organisational Development Strategy. She works with our people and teams to develop our culture – our vision, mission and how we create a working environment in which people can thrive, make a difference to the communities we serve and deliver great care. She is also the executive lead for workforce planning, ensuring we have a sustainable workforce plan that enables us to deliver our services.

Interim Chief Nurse, Jackie Ardley

Jackie has over 40 years experience in the NHS as a nurse. She commenced her career in Critical Care, working across the health system in General Nursing, Primary Care and Mental Health and Community Services. In 2001 Jackie spent seven years working on national service redesign programmes, leading a number of successful initiatives within a number of roles including Director of Service Improvement and a Regional Director post in Improvement Partnerships. Jackie has worked as Chief Nurse in Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust. She is passionate about improving patients and their families experience across health and social care. 


Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Finance and Performance, Andrew Strevens

Andrew 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 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 joined Solent NHS Trust in autumn 2010 as the 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 and was appointed as the Chief Operating Officer of Portsmouth Care group and Commercial Director in July 2015.

Sarah originally trained as a nurse in London, specialising in renal care in Portsmouth and has undertaken both a teaching qualification and a BSc.

Her career to date includes 17 years in Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust latterly working as Director of Strategic Alliances which lead to the merger with Royal Hospital Haslar. Sarah also spent 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.

Qualifications: RGN, BSc, MBA

Chief Operating Officer Southampton and County Services, David Noyes

Prior to his life in the NHS, David spent 28 years in the Royal Navy, where his roles included being the Deputy Commander at the Joint Force Support Headquarters in Afghanistan. He was responsible for the delivery of all support related operational matters, including logistics, medical, equipment, infrastructure and corporate support functions.

David also undertook a variety of strategic planning and corporate support roles in both the Ministry of Defence and Fleet Headquarters.

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 and learning disabilities services and has overseen governance and management arrangements in a number of different Trusts and other organisations. He also has experience of working with the CQC and its predecessors, currently as a Specialist Advisor and Chair of Inspection. 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 as well as being the Deputy Chairman.

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 Audit & Risk Committee, is the Senior Independent Director, acts as an Associate Hospital Manager and is the lead NED for whistleblowing (Freedom to Speak Up) and procurement.

Qualifications: BSc, CIPFA

Non Executive Director, Professor Francis Davis

Francis was appointed to the Trust in October 2016. Francis has, for 20 years, been active in founding, chairing and supporting community groups, voluntary organisations and social enterprises in health and social care across Hampshire especially in Portsmouth, Southampton and Gosport. He helped to launch the 'Hampshire Festival of the Mind' 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 worked as a senior civil servant 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. Francis chairs the Charitable Funds Committee and is an Associate Hospital Manager.

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

Non Executive Director, Mike Watts

Mike was appointed to the Trust in October 2016. 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. Mike 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, Mike 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.



Non Executive Director, Stephanie Elsy

Stephanie has worked in the delivery of public services for over 30 years and will be an exciting addtion to our team. She was a CEO in the charity sector for 15 years managing community and residential services for people recovering from substance misuse, people with disabilities and people living with HIV and AIDS. She then entered local politics as a Councillor in the London Borough of Southwark in 1995, becoming Chair of Education in 1998 and then Leader of the Council in 1999.

During her tenure she drove forward the Council’s transformation programme and personally attracted significant investment to the borough for new schools, housing regeneration and developments such as The Shard. She led the Council’s management of a number of high profile issues such as the tragic murder of Damilola Taylor and the ‘Wobbly’ Millennium Bridge.

After retiring from local government in 2002 Stephanie served on the Board of Southwark Primary Care Trust which had pooled its resources with the Social Services Department and had a joint Director. She also started a consultancy business providing services in health, local and regional government. Serco Group PLC became one of her clients, and in 2004 she was invited to join the company as a senior Director to support its Board and Senior Executives in raising the company’s profile in government and business. She was a member of the company’s Global Management Team and helped shape the company’s business strategy and supported new market entry in the UK and internationally. She represented Serco on the CBI’s Economic Affairs Committee and South East Regional Council.

Stephanie left Serco in 2012 to establish a new consultancy business, Stephanie Elsy Associates, an advisory consultancy specialising in public sector services and the government contracting markets. She lives in Emsworth where she is Chair of the local Neighbourhood Forum which is developing a Neighbourhood Plan for the town. She also sits on the Board of the Responsible Finance Association, who represent Fair Finance providers that provide finance to customers not supported by mainstream lenders.