Our Board is ultimately responsible for the Trust’s performance. It provides the strategic direction to help ensure we deliver high quality, safe services.
The Board holds regular meetings to discuss key issues around performance, quality and governance. Anyone is welcome to attend a public board meeting.
The Board is made up of our Executive Directors (paid employees who are responsible in their executive role for managing the organisation and, as board members, for the leadership and direction of the Trust) and Non-Executive Directors (who do not have a managerial role but are responsible for challenging the Executive Directors in decision-making and on the Trust’s strategy). Collectively they are responsible for our overall performance and our plans for the future.
We also have a Council of Governors (staff, public and appointed), who represent the views of Foundation Trust Members. Governors help the Trust make decisions about our services and hold our Non-Executive Directors to account.
You can view our Executive and Non-Executive Directors below.
Ron Shields, Chief Executive -
Ron has considerable leadership experience with over 20 years as a successful NHS Chief Executive. His career spans varied roles across physical and mental health, inpatient and community settings. Prior to joining Southern Health, Ron was Chief Executive at Dorset Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, where he led the organisation to achieve an overall CQC rating of Outstanding.
Paula Anderson, Finance Director -
Paula joined the Trust in 2009 before becoming Deputy Director of Finance in 2014. She has a wealth of experience within commissioning, including being the Finance Director for Mid-Hampshire PCT between 2001-2006. Paula leads on Finance, Estates, Procurement and Contracting within the Trust.
Paul Draycott, Director of Workforce and Organisational Development -
Paul joined the Trust in November 2017 as Director of Workforce and Organisational Development. Formerly a general nurse, he has first-hand experience in working and supporting front line NHS services. Previous Board-level jobs, include Director of Leadership and Workforce at North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust.
Paula Hull, Director of Nursing and Allied Health Professionals -
Paula qualified as a registered nurse at Southampton Hospitals in 1988 and had a long career in community nursing before becoming a practice nurse, working in primary care for over 10 years before joining Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust.
Grant Macdonald, Chief Operating Officer -
Grant joined the Trust in November 2019. He came from Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust, where he was Executive Director of Strategy and Workforce. Grant joined the NHS in 1988 and qualified as a nurse in 1991. He has a broad range of experience across Acute, Community and Mental Health providers.
Heather Mitchell, Director of Strategy and Infrastructure Transformation -
Heather joined Southern Health in August 2019. Prior to joining the Trust Heather was Director of Strategy and Partnerships for West Hampshire Clinical Commissioning Group and also worked with Hounslow and Richmond Community Healthcare NHS Trust. Heather holds a Master’s Degree and PhD in Civil Engineering and prior to joining the NHS she worked in engineering consultancy and project management.
Dr Steve Tomkins, Medical Director -
Steve joined the Trust as Medical Director in May 2021. A GP by training, Steve is also a programme director at the Wessex Deanery and helped set up enhanced access to mental health support and increased mental health expertise in primary care. Prior to joining Southern Health Steve was Medical Director at Dorset Healthcare.
Lynne Hunt, Chair -
Lynne became Trust Chair in July 2017 and has a track record of almost 40 years public service, working in the NHS within mental health services. Lynne began her career as a nurse in Dorset, before moving to London. She has held a number of clinical and Board level roles, including Non-Executive Director and Vice Chair of Dorset Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.
Michael Bernard -
Michael's career has been in IT, with spells in Sales and Marketing, culminating in a role as an International Marketing Director. He holds board and governor roles at two charities, a secondary School and Exeter University Business School. Michael has a long-standing interest in mental health and hopes to help the Trust with his experience in strategy, communications and leadership.
Jeni Bremner, Non-Executive Director -
Jeni has worked in public service for over 25 years, with roles in the NHS and Local Government. A nurse by background, Jeni is also a health economist and worked as a Policy Analyst at City Health Trust in Newcastle. Jeni was a Programme Director for the Local Government Association and Chief Executive of the European Health Management Association.
Kate FitzGerald -
Kate’s main career was as a senior lawyer in a global financial institution and included working with regulators and industry groups. Kate used this time to gain experience and understanding of the dynamics and challenges that individuals and complex organisations face. She has personal experience of dealing with disability and terminal conditions and their profound effects on carers and families.
Robert Goldsmith, Non-Executive Director -
Robert has held a series of senior executive roles in the aviation and other transport-related industries, including a leading airports group with multi-billion pound assets. He brings with him a wealth of experience in strategy, commercial and operational business, and many relevant transferable skills to a healthcare setting.
David Hicks, Non-Executive Director -
David has over 30 years' experience in clinical leadership. Most recently he was interim Medical Director at Great Ormond Street, where he was the Trust lead for patient and staff safety and clinical quality. As a Consultant, David specialised in sexual health and genitourinary medicine. David’s other roles have included Clinical and Professional Advisor to the CQC and Medical Appraiser to NHS England.
David Kelham, Non-Executive Director -
David is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and has held Chief Financial Officer (CFO) roles in major UK based companies for 24 of his 34 year executive careers covering 48 different countries. In 2010 he was nominated by one of the leading accounting firms as 'an outstanding international CFO'.
Dr Subashini M, Non-Executive Director -
Suba is a medical doctor with a special interest in patient-reported outcomes, data science and wellbeing. She currently works at Aviva UK and is passionate about empowering individuals to make informed choices about their care and is driven to make healthcare as inclusive and accessible as possible.
David Monk, Non-Executive Director -
David is a Director and co-founder of Symmetric, an organisation specialising in Systems Thinking and System Dynamics Modelling across the public sector. He has nearly 30 years' experience of working in or alongside the NHS. David has a track record of partnership working, including experience of involving patients and the public in major planning decisions.
Ade Williams, Non-Executive Director -
Ade is the Director and Superintendent Pharmacist of the M J Williams Pharmacy Group. He is Associate Non-Executive Director at the North Bristol NHS Trust and the Lead prescribing Pharmacist at the multi-award winning Bedminster Pharmacy in South Bristol. He was awarded the inaugural Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s Patient Champion Award he is also a fellow of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society.