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New non executive directors

Published: 30/03/2011

New non executive directors join local NHS

Solent Healthcare is pleased to announce the appointment of three Non-Executive Directors to the Board for Solent NHS Trust, the new local NHS community and mental health services Trust being created on 1 April 2011.

Mick Tutt, Brad Roynan and David Griffiths have been appointed by the Appointments Commission to serve a term of four years from 1 April 2011. Solent NHS Trust provides health services to residents of the cities of Southampton, Portsmouth and other parts of Hampshire

Mick Tutt has more than 35 years NHS experience, including 20 years in senior management, and more than a decade at Executive Director (and equivalent) level in both Provider and Commissioner/Provider settings. He has experience of change management, in a variety of complex organisational developments – over 15 years, within provider (mental health) Trusts, (former) Regional Office and more recently, two Primary Care Trusts providing Mental Health and Learning Disabilities services, and currently an integrated Learning Disabilities service. Mick also has been involved with the former Commission for Health Improvement/Healthcare Commission – now Care Quality Commission, since its inception.

Mick has participated in the development of Solent NHS Trust since August 2009, originally as a lay member of the Portsmouth Community and Mental Health Service Board and, since April 2010, the Solent Healthcare Board.

Mick acts as a manager for appeals against Mental Health Act detentions and also chairs the Mental Health Scrutiny group; reporting regularly to the board on the assurances provided for the safe and effective operation of the Mental Health Act.

Brad Roynon has joined the Board of Solent Healthcare having retired in December 2010 from being Chief Executive of Southampton City Council. He held this post since 2001. Over this time Brad reshaped services to become more efficient and to create a clearer customer focus. He also placed particular importance on developing effective partnerships, particularly with the NHS and with the business community. Prior to that Brad was Chief Executive of Carmarthenshire County Council in Wales between 2007 and 2010 and of East Hampshire District Council between 1988 and 1997.

Originally from London Brad started his career with the NHS as a management adviser with London Teaching Hospitals, where he undertook a wide variety of projects. From there Brad joined the London Borough of Richmond to become Director of the Chief Executive’s Office, before moving to East Hampshire.

Brad always looks to use change to best advantage and he is excited by the potential with Solent Healthcare to create better services, within a challenging financial framework.

David Griffiths is a qualified accountant and has spent most of his professional career in the pharmaceutical industry. He has lived and worked in the UK, the USA and Switzerland and his last position was Director of Finance and Operations for Roche Pharmaceuticals with global responsibility for finance, information technology, production, supply chain, engineering and quality management.

During his management career he has had a strong focus on change management and has been responsible for several major system implementations, business acquisitions and strategic alliances. He believes that the most successful organisations are those that actively encourage their staff to develop their talents to the fullest possible extent whilst focussing their resources on achieving high quality outcomes for their clients.

Following his cancer diagnosis five years ago, David had considerable experience of the NHS from the perspective of a patient. He comments “when the NHS is at its best it delivers truly outstanding world-class care”.

He has a special interest in the disadvantaged in society and has been an active supporter of Endeavour Training, a charity working with disadvantaged young people, throughout his life. Until his illness he was a trustee of the Endeavour Trust Fund which he helped to found some 25 years ago.

Prior to joining the organisation, David was an Independent Committee Member at Dorset Community Health Services where he took a particular interest in risk management and was Chair of the Finance, Performance and Corporate Risk Group. He also has a personal interest in mental health issues and has recently completed his training as a Mental Health Act Hospital manager.

David is a qualified RYA Yachtmaster Instructor and now runs his own sea school based on the Solent.

Dr Alistair Stokes, current Chair of Solent Healthcare and future Chair of Solent NHS Trust said: “I am delighted that Mick, Brad and David have accepted their appointments. We are looking forward to welcoming them to the new NHS Trust 1 April 2011.

“We pride ourselves on delivering high quality, patient-centred care to local people and being an important cog in the healthcare system to ensure local people receive care close to their home. Mick, Brad and David bring with them a wealth of experience and knowledge which will help us in our first year as Solent NHS Trust, and beyond, to ensure we deliver clinical and business excellence as we strive towards Foundation Trust by 2013.”

Two other Non Executive Directors, Barry Neaves and Liz Bailey, will be formally transferring from Southampton City Primary Care Trust (the current host organisation for Solent Healthcare) to Solent NHS Trust on 1 April.

All non-executive appointments are made on merit and political activity plays no part in the selection process. However, in accordance with the original Nolan recommendations, there is a requirement for appointees political activity (if any declared) to be made public. Mick, Brad and David have no ministerial appointments to declare, nor are they involved in any political activity.

All appointments have been made in accordance with the Commissioner for Public Appointments Code of Practice.


Notes for Editors:




  1. The non executive directors play a crucial role of the Trust, ensuring that the culture and direction of the organisation is in tune with the needs of the local community it serves


  1. The Solent NHS Trust Board membership is as follows:

Chairman:Alistair Stokes Chief Executive: Dr Ros Tolcher

Non-Executive Directors

Barry Neaves

Liz Bailey

Mick Tutt (new appointment)

Brad Roynon (new appointment)

David Griffiths (new appointment)

Executive Directors

Director of Finance and Performance: Michael Parr

Chief Operating Officer: Dave Meehan

Medical Director: Dr Mike Broady

Director of Nursing and Quality: Judy Hillier

Director of Human Resources and Organisational Development, Julie Pennycook


Solent Healthcare was created on 1 April 2010 through the integration of Southampton Community Healthcare and Portsmouth Community and Mental Health Services.

For more information please contact Andrea Musk, Head of Communications, Solent Healthcare on 023 8060 8935.

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