Solent NHS TrustHigh quality community and mental health services

Two NEDs join our board

Published: 30/09/2016

Two Hampshire based professionals have been appointed as non executive directors at Solent NHS Trust, a provider of specialist mental health and community services in Portsmouth, Southampton and other parts of Hampshire.

Professor Francis Davis and Mr Michael Watts will join the Trust from tomorrow, Saturday 1 October, with their initial tenure ending on 30 September 2019. They will each be paid £6,157 per year.

Their appointment was made by NHS Improvement, a statutory body responsible for appointing all chairs and non-executives to NHS trusts throughout England. All appointments are subject to the Code of Practice of the Commissioner for Public Appointments, and made following an open competition based on merit, in a way that is open, transparent and fair to all applicants.

Both Professor Davis and Mr Watts have no declared political activity in the last five years.

Solent NHS Trust chairman, Dr Alistair Stokes, said: “We are delighted Michael and Francis have agreed to come and work with us. They both bring an enormous wealth of experience that, no doubt, will further enrich our board.

“We are an NHS Trust whose values are steeped in the heart of, and indeed reflect, the communities we serve. Both Michael and Francis have proven track records in providing public service – a shared ethos which resonates very well with our values. They are a perfect fit for us and we look forward to working together in our quest to put great care at the heart of our community.”

About Professor Davis

Professor Davis grew up in South East Hampshire and attended school in Portsmouth. He lives in Southampton and for the last 20 years has been an active volunteer in across Hampshire. He has helped found and run summer play schemes, Sunday Meals on Wheels projects for the most vulnerable housebound disabled and elderly; community self help schemes for those with mental ill-health and learning disabilities; establishing the Portsmouth Cathedral Innovation Centre. Among his current roles, he is a Professor of Communities and Public Policy at the University of Birmingham and Directory of Public Policy in the Cadbury Centre focusing on communities, social cohesion and government. He has had a range of public/industry appointments and commissions including to the Independent Advisory Group on Carers and Cross government Standing Commission on Carers.

About Mr Watts

Mr Watts 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. He 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. He 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, Mr Watts 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.Ends

Notes for Editors:

Solent NHS Trust was created on 1 April 2011 and specialises in providing high quality community and mental health services. We currently operate out of more than 120 sites across Southampton, Portsmouth and Hampshire.

NHS Improvement is the operational name of the organisation that brings together Monitor, NHS Trust Development Authority, Patient Safety, the National Reporting and Learning System, the Advancing Change team and the Intensive Support Teams.

For more information please contact Elton Dzikiti, Public Relations Manager, Solent NHS Trust on 023 8060 8934 or email

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