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Meet your governors

Governors play an important role in the Trust and are a key link between our members, who represent our local communities, and the Board of Directors.

If you have a question for your local governor, please contact them by their email address or contact the membership office by or 023 8060 8889.


Portsmouth public constituency - 5 seats (1 seat vacant)

David Stephen Butler

I live in Southsea and have done so since moving here from Old Portsmouth 20 years ago. I am a former Baptist missionary and minister and Royal Naval chaplain. I served for 12 years as a Town and City Councillor, being Chair of Licensing, Health Overview & Scrutiny, Governance & Audit and a member of the Hampshire Police Authority. I am a tutor in adult education, a funeral officiator, member of St John Ambulance and involved in twinning and charities with the City Council.

I am interested in equality and diversity, classical music, theatre and the local culture of the Albert Road area, as well as Armed Forces veterans associations. I am a committed Christian with links with many local churches and have Jewish, Muslim and Atheist/Agnostic friends as well!

Narcisse Kamga

First and foremost, I wish to express my gratitude to all those who voted for me.

I have lived in Southsea, Portsmouth for nearly a decade now. I have several years’ experience in the social sector with Mencap. Having been Chair of The Sickle Cell Society and with an accountancy background, specialising in the 3rd sector (PQASSO) Quality Assurance, I do believe I will be of modest contribution towards reshaping our local health services through commissioning. Moreover, I am bilingual (French-English), I have experience of working with people from diverse backgrounds and ethnicities, as well as those with profound learning difficulties.

My interests are cooking, martial arts and impacting positively.


Michael North

As a local resident of long standing, disabled naval veteran and health service user, I have first hand experience of local primary, secondary and community care.

I currently hold a position as a consultant with a national company, where I work on programmes which involve financial planning, including budgetary controls and performance management with particular respect to the continued improvement in the efficiency and quality of the delivery of a service. This is a key factor if the needs of the local community users are to be met. I have served as magistrate, school governor and on a number of charity committees.

It is a honour for me to be elected to the Council of Governors, and it is my pledge to you that I shall endeavour to the best of my ability to carry at all times the voice of the service user forward in all matters, and in conjunction with my colleagues work to achieve the common end of having a local trust of which we can all be proud.


Sharon Ward

I was born in Portsmouth and now live in the Fratton area. I previously volunteered as Chairperson at a day centre for disabled people. I have also been Chairperson for Leonard Cheshire Disability and have given talks at school about bullying disabled people. My interests are maths at college part time, as well as drawing, painting, tapestry, computers and meeting people. Hopefully as governor I will do my job to my best ability and make sure the patients’ needs are met. I also would like to make sure the media see we're doing a good job.



Southampton public constituency - 5 seats (3 seats vacant)


Jon Clark

I have lived in Southampton for nine years. As a professional, civil engineer with 30 years’ experience I have developed a wide range of skills to work with service based organisations such as the Trust, while representing both the members and the public.

I also have experience of the Trust as a patient. I am passionate about high quality health care.


Clive Clifford

I have lived in Southampton for seven years and prior to this 25 years in Romsey. Most of my business life has been spent in the international sector, chemicals, pharmaceuticals and high technology. I transferred to the third sector seven years ago and was Chief Executive of two major charities, predominately working with children and young people.

My interests are social and community welfare and I am a member of the Southampton Child Protection Board.



Hampshire public constituency - 4 seats (1 seat vacant)

Robert Blackman

As one of your elected public governors, living in Fareham, I will apply my knowledge and experience from having already completed a three year term as a public governor for a local mental health Trust, involvement in our GP Patients' Participation Group, and in my profession as a management consultant, to make challenges where needed - and use my own experience as a carer to see that the views of patients and their carers/families are heard by the Trust Board and management. I take a particular interest in the improvement of mental health services. I am acutely aware of the challenging tasks facing the Trust – providing safe and effective care for patients, communicating properly with families and carers, training staff to adapt to changing work practices, in order to provide patients with more care in the community and a need to balance the books. All this needs to be achieved within budgetary constraints set by the Government, and Solent NHS Trust has been doing a very reasonable job so far.

To hold them to account, they will need ‘critical friends’ and as a member of the Council of Governors this is exactly what I will be. In this capacity, I will listen to and act appropriately on what I see and hear from members, patients, carers and Trust managers.


Sharon Collins

Firstly thank you so much for voting for me. I passionately believe local people have a significant role to play in shaping local services, and will work hard to represent your views in maintaining and improving health services that are inclusive, accessible and in touch with changing needs.

I’m married with twin boys and have lived locally all my life, settling in the Locks Heath area over the past ten years. My boys had a difficult start in life and as a family we are indebted to the NHS for their skill and ongoing care and support. I hope that by being actively involved and providing support as well as constructive challenge I can, in some small way, begin to repay my debt of gratitude.

I specialise in social housing, and now run my own management consultancy practice. I have 25 years hands-on experience running social businesses; 17 at senior executive level – all complemented by practical down to earth common sense. My core skills is helping public and not for profit businesses improve, develop and reach goals that are in touch with customers’ needs in these tough economic times. The issues around housing and health are directly linked, and I hope my skills and professional expertise add value to that debate.

In my spare time, apart from being an active mum, I love nothing better than walking the dog along a blustery beach and cooking dinner for friends.

The other governors and I will be working hard over the years ahead to give you a louder voice in how local health services are run, so if you have something to say, do please get in touch.

Harry Hellier

I live in West End and, following careers in the Royal Navy and IT Industry, I am now keen to give something back to the community where I have lived and worked across the region for over 40 years. Personally, I have experienced the NHS at its best and am deeply passionate about its survival, specifically helping Solent NHS Trust to achieve its care 'quality and security' goals in our community.

I am proud to represent you, the community. and my business background will enable me to challenge and support the Board on your behalf. I have experience supporting vulnerable adults and am currently serving as a school governor.



Portsmouth staff constituency - 2 seats (1 seat vacant)

Jenny Ford

I have worked as a line manager within the facilities department for almost 24 years. I have also been Skills for Life Champion for Portsmouth PCT and I am Branch Secretary of Unison’s Regional Health Committee working in partnership with the health authority. Previously I was Vice Chair of the Board of Governors of a Portsmouth school.


Southampton staff constituency- 2 seats

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Debra O'Brien

I studied for my Podiatry degree at Southampton University and I have worked for the Podiatry Service in Southampton since 1999. I started as a basic grade podiatrist with a special interest in health promotion and at risk foot. I am currently the clinical manager for West Solent Podiatry Service, a role that I have had for just over four years.

The role involves both a clinical caseload and management responsibilities that enables me to have a well-rounded view of both staff and patients experiences and expectations. Staff health, wellbeing, and development, along with good communication is a priority for me as I believe that by listening to, valuing and investing in staff, we will provide safe, timely and effective care for our patients.

Sarah Oborne

I have lived in or near Southampton all my life. After a few years in the acute Trust I moved out to work as a community nurse, and then worked in Learning and Development, starting our Trust NVQ Centre, before taking up my current role within the Community Teams six years ago. I also volunteer for St John Ambulance, working mainly with the youth members. My main areas of interests are patient safety, staff development and training, and clinical governance, so anything that helps us to look after our patients to the best of our ability.


Hampshire staff constituency - 1 seat (1 seat vacant)


Appointed governors - 6 seats (Portsmouth City CCG and University of Southampton seats vacant)

David Williams - Portsmouth City Council

After a career within town planning and environmental services, I worked as Chief Executive at Guildford Borough Council and Director at the Borough of Poole. I have also chaired boards such as the Children’s Trust, Safer Portsmouth Partnership and the Health and Wellbeing Board. I am currently Chief Executive of Portsmouth City Council, providing direction and working with partners to tackle the issues facing Portsmouth. I also act as Returning Officer for local, parliamentary and European elections and am a director for a number of charities and trusts.

Warwick Payne - Southampton City Council

Cllr Warwick Payne is Deputy Leader of the Council (external) and Cabinet Member for Housing and Adult Care. He was first elected in 2007 in Woolston, where he lives.

Born in Southampton, he went to Oaklands Community School, Taunton’s College and Southampton University, where he read History before taking a Masters Degree in Media at Southampton Solent University.

He then worked for Southampton City Council in the Social Services and Leisure Directorates. After that he trained as a journalist and joined the Hampshire Chronicle in 2002, working his way up to Chief Reporter and winning regional and national press awards. He left in May 2012 on being appointed to the City Council Cabinet.

Beccy Willis - Southampton City CCG

I have worked within the NHS for 18 years in a variety of business roles. I currently work for Southampton City CCG where I hold the role of Head of Business leading on Governance, Information Governance and Emergency Planning. I am currently studying for a degree in Business Management via the Open University.

Peter Latham - Hampshire County Council

Conservative Member for Fareham Town

If you have a question for your local Governor, please contact the membership office on or by phone 0300 1234 156.