Introducing the Executive and Non-Executive Team
The Trust Board is made up of Executive and Non-Executive Directors. The Board is responsible and accountable for everything that happens within the Trust, while the Non-Executive team has the power to challenge decisions made by the Executive team and the performance of the Trust. Most, but not all of our Executive Team are voting members of the Board, details below.
Alan is a Chartered civil engineer with over 30 years of public sector experience. He was Chief Executive of Brighton & Hove City Council for over five years, achieving 4* ‘excellent’ and ‘improving well’ CPA status in his last year of tenure. He was in charge of 8,000 staff and a budget of £700m.
In addition to his chair posts within the healthcare sector, Alan is involved in other non-term executive roles, including NHBC Building Control Service, the Brighton Dome and Festival Board and a role as Chair of The Basement performing arts charity.
Yvette is a science based graduate with over 20 years management consultancy experience, specialising in strategy, marketing and customer focus. She has worked within blue chip companies at Board level, analysing business problems, developing change management programmes, process re-engineering and implementing creative solutions through client teams.
Yvette joined SASH in her first Non-Executive Director role in December 2005 and she was asked to become Deputy Chair in 2009.
Richard Congdon has previously held a number of Chief Executive and Director of Finance roles in the healthcare sector, and most recently held the post of Chief Executive of the Centre for Maternal and Child Enquiries (CMACE). Richard is a qualified chartered accountant and is a member of the National Information Governance Board (NIGB).
Richard worked for HM Customs & Excise from 1981 to 1987 before joining Sainsbury’s, where he worked until 2009 in roles including Director of Group Internal Audit, Director of Business Improvement and Director of Business Transformation Programme.
Richard’s roles have focussed on risk management, long term planning, programme management, organisational change and also involved leading internal consultancy teams and reporting to Chief Executives. Richard has a strong commercial understanding, with an emphasis on the customer.
John held board positions running Hawker Siddeley and Rolls Royce international manufacturing companies before joining the MOD where he held a wide variety of top SCS posts in the UK and overseas, providing policy advice to Ministers. These included Middle East Director, top Political Adviser in Bosnia, UK Adviser in Sierra Leone, Director of Aircraft Procurement and Director of Finance & Planning – the latter responsible for extensive public sector governance reform.
John has held previous NHS Non Executive posts at Ambulance Trust, PCT and SHA levels. He holds current Non Executive posts as President, Chairman and Trustee of various MoD Agencies and military and other charities.
He is a Fellow of four professional engineering and management institutions and holds degrees and post graduate qualifications in engineering, finance, law, economics, politics, management and international affairs, besides being a graduate of the Royal College of Defence Studies and of the Higher Command and Staff Course. He has lived and travelled extensively around the world in private sector diplomatic and military roles.
John is also a senior officer in the Parachute Regiment Reserves, holding a succession of command and staff posts. Honours and awards include the QVRM, TD and operational tours.
Richard Shaw has held the role of Chief Executive at both Surrey and Oxfordshire County Councils.
Richard has worked in several senior Civil Service roles, and most recently was responsible for establishing the new National Park Authority in the South Downs.
Richard has held non-executive roles with the University of Surrey, on its Council and Audit Committee.
Alan Hall has been the Service Director for BT Openreach since May 2010. Alan has been with BT for thirty years, the last seventeen of which he has worked at senior level, including previously being Managing Director Service Ireland.
Alan started his career with BT in computing and has been appointed as Non Executive Director Designate. This role is a non-voting role; however Alan will fully participate in all Board activities.
Michael Wilson has been Chief Executive of the Trust since October 2010. Prior to this he was Deputy CEO at Brighton & Sussex University Hospitals (BSUH). Before joining BSUH in 2007, Michael worked at the Department of Health where he was a Director for Commercial Solutions. He worked across a range of national projects and in 2006 Michael was seconded to the Prime Minster’s Delivery Unit where he led a national review on MRSA. The findings of this review were published as a best practice guide and are now in place across all hospitals in England.
From 2007 to 2010 he was a Visiting Senior Fellow at the School of Management and Law at the University of Surrey. In 2009, he completed an International Leadership programme at JF School of Government, Harvard University and became an NHS IMAS Partner. In 2010 he was invited to join the NHS Top Leaders programme.
Fiona joined the SASH Board in October 2013 having been a Nurse Director for South London Healthcare NHS Trust since 2010. In this role she was responsible for work related to staffing levels, clinical safety and risk management. Prior to this Fiona spent 14 years working in the health system in Australia.
Fiona has trained as a Registered Nurse at St Thomas Hospital and has extensive clinical and managerial experience in a variety of settings including surgery, operating theatres, and emergency departments. She is passionate about the contribution that nursing makes to patient and carer experience.
Fiona lives near Sevenoaks, has two children, several cats and is busy renovating a house.
Des was appointed as a consultant in Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Royal Sussex County Hospital in 2000 after a role at St George’s Hospital Medical School where he was the Lecturer in Fetal Medicine. He became an Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer at the Brighton and Sussex Medical School in 2003.
Des has held various managerial posts within the merged Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals (BSUH), including Clinical Director for Women and Children, Divisional Director of Specialised services and, subsequently, Medical Director. He sat on the Board at BSUH from 2006 until joining SASH Board in March 2011.
After leading on the redesign of the safety and quality strategy at BSUH, he was appointed as the Clinical Director of the Enhancing Quality Programme, reducing variations in the management of several common clinical diagnoses within and between acute providers across all acute trusts in Kent, Surrey and Sussex. He is a regional expert and advisor to APEC, the national charity supporting action against pre-eclampsia.
Chief Finance Officer
Paul joined the NHS in 2002 when he was appointed as Deputy Director of Finance at Berkshire Healthcare NHS Trust (which became a foundation trust the month after Paul left). Prior to that Paul worked at South East NHS Regional Office where he was a finance performance manager and at the Department of Health HQ in Leeds and dealt with the financial monitoring of NHS organisations nationally.
Paul enjoyed previous roles which ranged from being an untrained occupational therapist at Broadmoor Special Hospital, through to working in private office at the Department of Health in Whitehall.
Paul joined the board at Surrey & Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust in December 2007 from Queen Mary’s Sidcup NHS Trust, where he was Finance Director. Paul is a charterted accountant by training and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.
Despite following an entirely unrelated career, Paul also has a degree in zoology.
Chief Operating Officer
Paul joined the SaSH Board in August 2013. Prior to this he was Associate Director for Surgical Services at Frimley Park Hospital NHS Foundation Trust for over nine years where he led on many initiatives to improve patient experience and operational efficiency.
Paul began his career in the NHS in 1994 as a Clinical Coder in Southampton and over the years has undertaken a number of different roles in different organizations. These include managing a community hospital in the New Forest, bed management and various general management posts.
During the second Gulf War in 2003, Paul was seconded to work with the Department of Health and three Military Hospital Defence Units, where he led on an overseas outsourcing project to ensure that 1,000 orthopaedic patients did not have their treatment delayed by the deployment of military surgeons to the Gulf.
A father of three, Paul is a keen supporter of Portsmouth Football club and currently lives in Camberley.
The following members of the Executive Team are non-voting members of the Board.
Director of Corporate Affairs
Gillian joined Surrey & Sussex Healthcare in October 2012. She has over 20 years experience of working in the NHS in a variety of senior management roles at Acute Trust, Primary Care and at Health Authority level.
Her last role was Associate Director of Governance at NHS Richmond for two years. Previous to that she was Director of Corporate Affairs at Ealing Hospital NHS Trust for four years.
As the Director of Corporate Affairs at SaSH she has responsibility for corporate governance, regulation, board assurance, advisor to the Chairman and Chief Executive and Company Secretary.
Gillian is also a Trustee of Hillingdon Community Trust and an Authorised Marriage Registrar.
Director of Information and Facilities
Ian started in the NHS as a part-time filing clerk in medical records having originally intended a career in fine art. He enjoyed working in a hospital so much that 30 years later he’s still in the NHS and enjoying it even more now than ever. Ian has particularly relished the challenges in the last two years where he has been leading the Trusts £35m development programme.
In his 30 years in the NHS Ian has undertaken a wide range of roles covering almost every aspect of hospitals and how they function. His current principle focus at the Trust is Health Informatics and Estates and Facilities. He particularly likes these areas because they impact so much on patient experience and Ian also leads the Trust’s “Your Care Matters” programme which is intended to improve patient experience through capturing high quality information from patients about how they are treated and cared for within the Trust.
Ian is also a big fan of open communication and tweets as @sashdirector and also is very involved in talking with patients through the national Patient Opinion website. He is particularly proud to feature in one of their case studies.
Outside work Ian is married with two children and lives in Guildford. When he isn’t ferrying the children around he tries to find time to play guitar in a rock covers band.
Director of Human Resources
Yvonne was Acting HR Director since 2008 and substantive from May 2010. She is CIPD qualified, has 10 years experience working within the NHS and 23 years within the private sector.
Yvonne has held a variety of senior HR roles in the Banking, Re-insurance and Hotel Industries, where she has been responsible for Human Resource management, media and communications and have also led a number of significant change management programmes.