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.

Richard-Shaw-diamond-200x200.pngRichard Shaw – Chair  

Date of Appointment as a Board Member: September 2012

Professional Qualifications: Ph.d, BA Hons

Experience: 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 was responsible for establishing the new National Park Authority in the South Downs for three years from 2009.

Richard has held non-executive roles with the University of Surrey, on its Council and Audit Committee.

Richard is a keen hill walker recently reaching the summit of Kilimanjaro and trekking above 5000 meters in Nepal. He enjoys scuba diving and is qualified divemaster level. He is a keen photographer and a regular tennis player.


Pauline-Lambert-diamond-200x200.pngPauline Lambert – Senior Independent Director& Deputy Chair

Date of Appointment as a Board Member: August 2014

Professional Qualifications: RGN, RHV(P), Nurse Tutor

Experience: Pauline is a registered nurse and health visitor. She has worked in the NHS for over 44 years. She retired in 2013 but continues to work part time in clinical practice. She has worked in both hospital and community services.

She has been a Board Trustee for a charity and was also an Honorary Fellow at the University of Brighton whilst a Nurse Consultant.

Pauline is particularly interested in health care safety, plus patient expectations and experiences of care. In her part time clinical role in another trust she supports staff with all aspects of safeguarding (children, adults, PREVENT, Mental Capacity Act and looked after children).

Pauline was appointed as the Board’s clinical NED. Working to provide independent supportive challenge. Helping to maintain Board focus on quality and safety along with hearing about the views and experiences of patients and staff.

Pauline is the Board’s Senior Independent Director (SID). The specific duties of the SID include:Being available to the Council of Governors for any concerns which could not be resolved via contact with the Chair or Company Secretary; attending members and governors meetings to gain insight into the issues which are important them, sharing any concerns raised with them with fellow NEDS and/or the Board as appropriate. The SID also oversees the performance evaluation of the chair in line with NHS requirements.

Pauline alongside Executive Directors supports the Freedom To Speak Up Guardian (FTSUG) and has oversight of medical performance issues in relation to Maintaining High Professional Standards.

She is the Chair of the Organ Donation Committee working closely with Trust clinical staff, the specialist nurse for organ donation (SNOD), the clinical lead for organ donation(CLOD) and the council of Governors representatives to maintain an overview of Trust activity regarding this.

Pauline has been married for 44 years has two children and three grandchildren, loves dog walking and gardening.


Paul-Biddle-diamond-200x200.pngPaul Biddle – Chair of Audit and Assurance Committee

Date of Appointment as a Board Member: July 2014

Professional Qualifications: FCA

Experience: Paul qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Deloittes in the city. He moved into industry, gaining commercial experience with Unilever before joining Xerox, initially in their European HQ in financial management roles before being appointed Finance Director of Rank Xerox UK. This was followed by positions as Finance Director of Digital Equipment Co and then CFO of NatWest retail and commercial Bank. In 2003 a very different role, as Finance Director of Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS FT. After retiring from the Trust in 2013 Paul joined SASH as a Non-Exec Director and chairs the Audit and Assurance Committee. He is also a NED at Linney Group, a privately owned print and marketing services company. In 2019 he became a Trustee of King Edward VII Hospital in London. His four children and now eight grandchildren keep him busy, but he find time for golf, bridge and walking and sailing holidays.


David-Sadler-diamond-200x200.pngDavid Sadler – Chair of Finance and Workforce Committee

Date of Appointment as a Board Member: March 2017

Professional Qualifications: MIoD, CChem, CChemEng, MBA

Experience: David was appointed as a non-executive director (NED) from 1 March 2017. Previously he worked for over 30 years in the oil industry. He has experience in operations, business development, strategy and joint ventures (JV) and has led and managed a variety of teams, both local and international.  He has worked in Europe, Asia, North America and South Africa, in oil refining, supply chain and customer facing roles.

His last role was restructuring Shell’s JV in South Africa. Previously he was a strategy manager based in London, and his last operating role was running Shell’s supply chain for Asia Pacific, based in Singapore.

David has been a NED in JVs in South Africa, Taiwan and Thailand, of two PLCs in Pakistan, and managing director of Shell in Gibraltar. David has also held a secondary governance role with Network Rail and holds the Institute of Directors Diploma in Directorship.

David has an MBA, a Masters degree in Chemistry and is a Chartered Chemist and a Chartered Chemical Engineer.

He is married with two children in their twenties. He enjoys playing golf, cycling and maintaining the garden.


Paula-Swann-diamond-v2-200x200.pngPaula Swann – Chair of the Charitable Funds Committee

Date of Appointment as a Board Member: April 2019

Professional Qualifications: FCCA, MBA

Experience: Paula has over 30 years’ experience working for the health service in provider (hospital and community services) and commissioner organisations.

Paula held the role of Chief Officer at NHS Croydon Clinical Commissioning Group for six years where she championed integrated health and social care to improve outcomes for older people. Paula also served as a stakeholder governor for almost three years at South London and Maudsley NHS Trust.  Previously, she was Director of Finance for NHS Wandsworth Primary Care Trust for five years and has held several senior finance roles.

Paula is passionate about improving healthcare whilst delivering improved financial performance and has led several health improvement programmes in South West London and across London.

Paula qualified as a certified accountant (ACCA) with Merton, Sutton and Wandsworth Health Authority and completed her MBA at NHS Wandsworth.

Paula is married with three children, two teenagers and one in their early twenties.  Paula also volunteers with Citizens Advice as an advisor and Homestart as a parent advocate (child protection) and family support worker.  Paula also enjoys travelling and fair-weather gardening.


Yasmin-Khan-diamond-clear-200x200.pngDr Yasmin Khan – Non-executive director& Deputy Senior Independent Director

Date of Appointment as a Board Member: July 2019

Professional Qualifications: MBBCh, BAO, FRCPCH, MD

Experience: Yasmin is a paediatrician and senior clinical manager and has worked in the NHS for over 30 years. Previous to that she lived and worked in Ireland for many years and a short period in California.  She has worked as Medical Director for The Childrens Trust, Tadworth and Young Epilepsy, Surrey. She has been a Senior Lecturer at Brighton & Sussex Medical School and supported the development of  undergraduate and postgraduate paediatric training programmes. She was Director of Research and has an interest in furthering research and post graduate educational initiatives. She is a Trustee of several charities. Yasmin retired from the NHS in 2019 but continues part time clinical practice.

Yasmin joined SASH as Associate Non Executive Director in July 2019 and is a member of the Childrens Board, Safety & Quality Committee, Clinical Ethics Committee, End of Life care and is Deputy SID.

She lives in Sussex and enjoys walking, cycling, holidays ‘off the beaten track’ and all cultural pursuits. She has two grown up children living in London and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Angela-Stevenson-diamond-2021-200x200.pngAngela Stevenson – Chief executive

Date commenced as chief executive:  December 2021

Date of Appointment as a Board Member: September 2015

Professional Qualifications: RGN, BSc and MSc

Experience: Angela commenced as chief executive in December 2021, having previously served as  chief operating officer from September 2015. She was also the associate director of clinical services –medical division for five years at SASH, a role which included work with the emergency department, where she played a pivotal role in the turnaround of the organisation.

Angela has 26 years’ experience in clinical and general management roles across the NHS and private sector. Angela is highly driven and motivated to deliver excellent care to all patients. She is passionate about empowering staff at all levels to make a difference and improve patient experience.

(Voting board member).


Jane-Dickson-blue-diamond-200x200.pngJane Dickson – Chief nurse

Date of Appointment as a Board Member: April 2018

Professional Qualifications: RN, MSc, PG dip

Experience: Jane is a registered nurse who qualified in 1987.Jane has been chief nurse at SASH since April 2018. Jane previously worked at SASH as deputy chief operating officer and associate director for cancer and diagnostics.

During her career, Jane specialised in critical care nursing before moving into organ donation and transplantation and more recently in the highly regulated field of blood donation. Jane has led and reconfigured specialist nursing services across geographical boundaries with a constant focus on patient care, experience and outcomes.

Whilst working in the complex field of deceased donation and transplantation Jane completed a postgraduate diploma in Health Care Ethics from Kings College London and then went onto to complete an MSc in Care, Policy and Management from London Guildhall.

For Jane it is all about people, striving for excellent patient experience, engaging with and supporting all those she works with and demonstrating the SASH values in all of her decisions and interactions.

(Voting board member).


ed-cetti-diamond-200x200.pngEd Cetti – Medical director

Date of Appointment as a Board Member: January 2019

Professional Qualifications: MA FRCP

Experience: Ed qualified in 1998 and completed postgraduate medical training in Surrey and Sussex and at St George’s. He was a Respiratory SpR at SASH in 2009 and was appointed as a Consultant Respiratory Physician in Nov 2009.

During his Respiratory Medicine Career his special interests have been Lung Cancer, Asthma and COPD, including time spent researching COPD treatments at the Royal Brompton Hospital.

At SASH Ed has led the Lung Cancer team then the Respiratory Medicine Department and then became the Clinical Lead for Medical Specialties. In 2014 he became Chief of the newly created Cancer and Diagnostics Division. He is committed to acting as the patient advocate and striving for safe, high quality care.

(Voting board member).


Paul-Simpson2017-diamond-200x200.pngPaul Simpson – Chief finance officer and director of estates and facilities/Deputy chief executive

Date of Appointment as a Board Member: December 2007

Professional Qualifications: Fellow of CIMA, CGMA, BSc

Experience: Paul joined the NHS in 2002 when he was appointed as Deputy Director of Finance at Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust. 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 and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust in December 2007 from Queen Mary’s Sidcup NHS Trust, where he was Finance and Governance Director. Paul is a chartered management accountant by training and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.

From 2017 to 2019 Paul acted as the Chair of the Finance Group for the Sussex and East Surrey Sustainability and Transformation Partnership, and in 2018 he was appointed as a Trustee of the charity GambleAware (which commissions services to deal with gambling harms) Paul achieved accreditation for SaSH+ Lean for Leaders in 2018 (SASH+ is the Trust’s continuous improvement programme).

From April 2021(after the retirement of Ian Mackenzie) Paul has taken on the estates and facilities function, in addition to the rest of his portfolio. Despite following an entirely unrelated career, Paul also has a degree in zoology.

(Voting board member).


Dena-Marshall-diamond-2021-200x200.pngDena Marshall – Chief operating officer

Date of Appointment as a Board Member: December 2021

Professional Qualifications: Information coming soon

Experience: Dena has 26 years’ experience in the NHS. Dena was previously managing director of Group Clinical Services at Barts Health NHS Trust, having held senior roles at a number of acute and specialist hospitals as well as regional NHS organisations. Full bio coming soon.

(Voting board member).


Colin Pink diamond.pngColin Pink – Chief of corporate affairs and governance

Date of Appointment as a Board Member: December 2021

Professional Qualifications: 

Information coming soon.

(Non-voting board member).


Elizabeth-Nyawade-diamond-v2-200x200.pngElizabeth Nyawade – Chief of people and culture

Date of Appointment as a Board Member:  August 2021

Professional Qualifications: Fellow CIPD; B.Ed. (Hons); MA HRM and MSc Healthcare Leadership

Experience: Elizabeth was appointed chief of people and culture in August 2021. Prior to this she worked as Director of Workforce at St George’s NHS Foundation Trust. Whilst at St George’s, Elizabeth acted up into the role of Chief People Officer. Before joining St George’s Elizabeth was the Deputy Director of HR and OD at Medway NHS Foundation Trust.

Elizabeth has over 20 years’ experience working as a professional in Human Resources in different sectors – public, private and voluntary. In her role at SASH she has responsibility for people and culture across the organisation and is also the executive lead for health and safety.

As an extremely driven leader Elizabeth is passionate about developing colleagues and creating an inclusive working environment so that patients can get the best possible care and experience.

Elizabeth is a board member of HPMA London Academy and outside of work enjoys watching F1 racing, the Saturday Kitchen cooking show, going for long walks and running outdoors now that her daughter is a young adult.

(Non-voting board member).


Ben-Emly-diamond-v2-200x200.pngBen Emly – Director of information and technology

Date of Appointment as a Board Member: May 2021

Experience: Ben joined the NHS and Surrey and Sussex Healthcare in 2010 following six years at PricewaterhouseCoopers where, as a Chartered Accountant, he worked with organisations across the country who were facing operational and financial challenges. He brought these experiences to the Trust as Head of Service Improvement and Productivity and later became Associate Director of Insight and Improvement. In his time, he has led the Trust’s information and performance teams and led a number of operational and clinical projects including the Outpatient Kaizen programme, a variety of capital building projects as well as supporting the ongoing operational delivery of national access standards.

Ben was appointed as the Director of Information and Technology in May 2021 and he has responsibility for our IT infrastructure, our electronic patient record system, our information service, information governance and data security as well as medical records and clinical coding.

(Non-voting board member).


Anouska Adamson-Parks - director of strategyAnouska Adamson-Parks diamond 2021.png

Date of Appointment: July 2017

Professional Qualifications: BSc

Experience: Anouska started her career within mental health services before working at the audit committee as a performance specialist. She later returned to the NHS to work within within mental health and social care services, ambulance services, commissioning, acute and community services. Anouska’s roles have focused on service improvement, project and programme management, board level strategy development and implementation and system integration. Anouska joined Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust in July 2017 from Croydon University Hospitals NHS Trust, where she was Director of Transformation.

Anouska achieved accreditation for SaSH+ Lean for Leaders in 2019 and is an active advocate of the continuous improvement approach which empowers the people that do the work to improve what they do for patients.

Anouska has a love of outdoor sports and spends weekends horse riding, walking the dog, kayaking and stand up paddleboarding.


Richard Brown - director of outcomesRichard Brown diamond 200x200.png

Date of appointment: May 2017

Experience: Richard started off his career in academia specialising in medical ethics, culturally competent care and health behaviours particularly for people with learning disabilities.

Richard has worked within healthcare related environment for over 20 years with his full time NHS career starting at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital and has subsequently worked in a range of large multi-site Trusts and smaller specialist hospitals.

For a number of years prior to joining the Trust in 2017 Richard worked on a range of high-profile clinical  harm reviews. Through this his focus is on using evidence-based approaches to maximise positive outcomes for patients.

Richard leads on population health across the East Surrey system as well as leading the development of new ways to look at our data. He provides support across a range of functions from workforce to nursing and everything in between, helping to use data to drive improvements.

He is passionate about inclusion and is the lead for tackling health inequalities for our population.

Outside of work Richard continues academic pursuits now focusing on lesbian, gay and bisexual health and work related topics, as well as building lego (it’s not just for children), reading and having a more than keen interest in science fiction movies and TV shows.


Sue Jenkins - director of kaizen

Date of appointment: April 2014Sue Jenkins new orange diamond.png

Professional qualifications: MSc

Sue Jenkins was originally appointed as Director of Strategy to the trust in April 2014. Having led the application process to be part of a five-year partnership with the Virginia Mason Institute and NHS Improvement she took on the role of Director of Kaizen and established the kaizen promotion office who lead and develop “SASH+”, which is the trust’s management system with an inbuilt quality improvement methodology. Sue has nearly 40 years’ experience working within the NHS and spent the last 20 years as a strategic leader working at Board level in both NHS and Foundation Trusts across ambulance and acute sectors.

Sue has a strong track record of delivering sustainable improvement across complex systems and is experienced in managing and implementing service improvement through the use of evidence based change management techniques and effective partnership working.

Sue has an MSc from University of Birmingham where she studied leadership for health service improvement and more recently was certified to teach and train others in advanced lean by the Virginia Mason Institute in Seattle.

Outside of work Sue is a wife of one, mother of three and nana of one. She enjoys the gym, meeting up with friends to share a meal (with a cheeky G&T or two!), walking on the South Downs or by the sea close to where she lives and tries and get to the theatre as much as possible. She is also a trustee of two charities and plays an active part in a small independent evangelical church.