The Trust Board of Directors runs the Trust’s services and develops strategies and plans to ensure that the Trust meets its strategic objectives. Directors are accountable for meeting national standards, achieving performance targets and fulfilling financial requirements.
The Board of Directors reports to the members and the public through public Board meetings and the Council of Governors.
The Trust Board and the Council of Governors is chaired by Stephen Ladyman. Liz Simmons is Vice Chairman and Senior Independent Director.
The Board, at its meeting held on 22 January 2013, has signed up to the Standards for Members of NHS Boards and Governing Bodies developed by the Professional Standards Authority. You can download a copy of the Standards by clicking on the link.
Board Members, Committee Membership and Lead Roles
Here at Somerset Partnership, we have six non-Executive Directors sitting on the Trust Board. The table attached details which committees each non-Executive Director sits on and what their lead roles are. It also includes the Executive lead for each those areas as well.
Pictures and pen profiles of the Directors can be found further down the page.
Stephen Ladyman, PhD, Chairman from May 2013 - 30 April 2019
Stephen Ladyman has a scientific background, starting his career as a radiation biologist before moving into IT management in medical research environments. In 1997 he became the MP for South Thanet.
As an MP he founded and chaired the All Party Parliamentary Autism Group and in 2003 he was appointed as Minister for Community in the Department of Health with responsibilities that included adult social care, the health of older people and Extra Care Housing. In 2005 he became Minister of State for Transport.
After leaving Government he chaired a number of Parliamentary Committees and was an advisor to the Learning Disability Coalition. He left Parliament in 2010 and took a two year appointment as the Chief Executive of Retirement Security Ltd, a company that manages the largest estate of private extra-care retirement property in the UK. In 2012 he left Retirement Security to set up his own company, Oak Retirement, in the same sector and he is currently also the Chair of the Retirement Housing Group, a trade body representing the retirement housing sector. In addition, Stephen advises companies in the transport sector and is a strategic advisor to the Clearview Traffic Group.
Barbara Gregory, Non-Executive Director from 1 August 2017 – 31 July 2020
Barbara Gregory has worked at senior management level in the NHS since 1993, including 15 years at Board level in a number of organisations in different parts of the health system – including as a Director of Finance in an NHS organisation that manages similar services to the Trust. She has an excellent working knowledge gained from first hand experience of the health and social care system and has also been involved in the Strategic Transformation Programme in Cornwall.
Barbara has also worked closely with senior colleagues from the Local Authority on the integration of provision and commissioning and the opportunities for the devolution of expenditure to providers as part of the potential development of Accountable Care organisations/systems.
David Allen, Non - Executive Director from 1 May 2016 - 30 April 2019
David undertook a number of managerial roles within the NHS and has solid experience in acute, mental health and community services, specialising in risk, governance and compliance.
Prior to his work in the NHS, David was a director and Company Secretary at a leading insurance company, with overall responsibility for Information Technology, Human Resources, Facilities, Compliance and Governance.
David is a Chartered Engineer and holds a BSc (Hons) in Engineering and he is a Member of the British Computing Society.
Jan Hull, Non-Executive Director from 1 August 2017 – 31 July 2020
Jan Hull has worked at senior management level in the NHS in Somerset from 1992 until very recently – most recently as Managing Director of the South, Central and West Commissioning Support Unit - and has a good level of knowledge of the services provided by the Trust, and the strategic context in which the Trust operates. Her service knowledge comes from experience of directly managing community services, when they were first transferred to Taunton Deane PCT from the acute trust, and more recently having had commissioning responsibility for mental health services.
Jan was also involved in the development of the business case for the Primary Care Trust proposing the transfer of Somerset Community Health to the Trust in 2011.
Jan has worked at senior level with all of the major health and social organisations in the county, including primary care and the voluntary sector.”
Liz Simmons, Non-Executive Director from 1 March 2012 – 28 February 2018 (Vice Chairman and Senior Independent Director)
Liz worked in marketing within the telecommunication industry and as a social worker in a large acute hospital and within a neuro-rehabilitation unit. For the last 16 years Liz has worked in third sector development roles including a charity specialising in support to young people with physical disabilities and sensory loss and nine years as chief officer of a mental health charity.
Liz now undertakes a range of freelance work across the south west charity sector including training, interim management, organisational reviews, external evaluation, and supervision for charity chief officers. Liz was a Non Executive Director of South Somerset PCT from April 2005 until September 2006 and of Somerset PCT from October 2006 until February 2012. She is a trustee and director of SHINE Somerset Ltd a healthy living centre based in Chard and a trustee of Somerset Advocacy.
Liz’s qualifications are: MA (Hons), a Certificate of Qualification in Social Work and a Diploma in Management Studies.
Philip Dolan, Non–Executive Director from 1 June 2012 – 31 May 2018
A qualified strategist, Philip completed 27 years in local government before taking early retirement in 2010. He has served as chief executive at three different local authorities. Philip has extensive experience in strategy, performance enhancement, governance, financial planning and partnership delivery.
Philip is a former member of the Somerset Safeguarding Children’s Board, a former Vice-Chair of Governors at a school in Yeovil, former Government advisor and a former national examiner with the Institute of Revenues, Rating and Valuation (IRRV).
Philip’s qualifications are MSc (Strategic Management), CMI Executive Diploma in Management, Diploma in Strategy, Certificate in Quality Assessment and full professional qualification with the IRRV. He is also a fellow of both the RSA and CMI.
Barbara Clift, Non-Executive Director - November 2014
Barbara previously worked for the global technology company IBM, where she gained considerable experience working in business development at a senior level both in the UK and overseas.
While this is Barbara’s first NHS post, she brings extensive experience from the commercial sector which will complement the skills of current Board members. Barbara also has significant experience in the voluntary sector supporting charities and not-for profit organisations in business and marketing. Barbara has also run a successful hotel/restaurant in the West Country and is an active supporter and mentor for women in business.
Peter Lewis, Chief Executive - September 2017
Peter joined the Trust in 2005 as Director of Finance and Performance. He became Deputy Chief Executive in 2008 and took on the responsibility of Chief Operating Officer in 2010, before becoming Chief Executive in September 2017. Prior to joining the Trust, Peter was a Director of Performance at Dorset and Somerset Strategic Health Authority and has also worked in both commissioning and provider organisations prior to that. Peter is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.
Andy Heron, Deputy Chief Executive and Chief Operating Officer – January 2014 (mental health and community services)
Andy joined the Trust in January 2014 worked in health and social care for 27 years having originally qualified as an Occupational Therapist (DIP.COT). Having initially worked clinically in Cornwall and North Somerset he went on to manage mental health services prior to managing mental health services in Bristol from 1999 – 2006 where he took a central role in integrating NHS and social care services and a modernisation programme that included complete service redesign and the comprehensive re-provision of the mental health estate in the city.
Following this Andy gained a broad range of experience in London and the South West in senior commissioning and provider roles in the NHS and also in social care where he worked at the level of Service Director with responsibility for services to people with physical and sensory impairment, learning disabilities and mental health problems. Prior to joining the Trust in 2014 he was working as Director of Projects for a successful mental health and community foundation NHS trust in East London with portfolio responsibility for service modernisation and commercial and business development.
Andy maintains a strong interest in care pathway redesign and service integration and is also Lead Director for Restrictive Interventions.
Matthew Bryant, Chief Operating Officer (acute hospital services)
Matthew joined the Trust in 2014 as director of operations and was appointed as chief operating officer in 2015. He is responsible for the day-to-day running of the hospital and for its performance in meeting the required national standards.
Matthew has worked in the NHS in the South West since 1998, managing medical and surgical services at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital, and being part of the management team when that trust became one of the country’s first foundation hospitals. He led the trust’s delivery of new models of care for older people, which included a strong focus on integration with services outside hospital across the East Devon area.
He was involved in the planning of cancer services across Devon and Cornwall, and helped to establish the Peninsula Medical School in Exeter, of which he became an Honorary Fellow, teaching undergraduate medical students about healthcare management. He was also involved in the commissioning of specialist services and the development of joint working for health authorities across Devon and Cornwall.
Matthew joined the NHS on the national general management training scheme, after graduating from Oxford University. He is also a trustee of Hospiscare, the palliative care provider for Exeter, East and Mid-Devon.
Pippa Moger, Director of Finance - June 2013
Pippa joined the NHS in 2002 as a management accountant at South Somerset Primary Care Trust where she remained employed until the restructuring of Primary Care Trusts in 2007 by which stage she had been promoted to Assistant Director of Finance. In 2007 Pippa joined NHS South West as Assistant Director of Finance responsible for strategic development of costing and Payment by Results for the South West. During her time at NHS South West a secondment opportunity arose in NHS Wiltshire to head up the Commissioning Team for 6 months.
In March 2009 Pippa joined Yeovil District Hospital NHS Foundation Trust as Assistant Director of Finance and on leaving the Trust in 2013 had been Interim Director of Finance. Pippa has a passion for ensuring that NHS resources are used in the most efficient and effective way whilst ensuring patient safety is not compromised.
Pippa qualifications are a fellow member of Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA).
Stuart Walker, Chief Medical Officer
Stuart commenced in the post of Medical Director on 23 May 2016. He is a Consultant Cardiologist at Musgrove Park Hospital and during his time in Taunton has also held a number of managerial roles within Trust operational line management, and in Regional roles within the wider NHS. He has for example been Clinical Director for Acute Medicine at the Trust and Clinical Director at the Southwest Regional Vascular Strategic Network. As Medical Director he is keen to enhance his experience in patient safety and quality improvement
Hayley Peters, Chief Nurse
Hayley has over 25 years of experience in the NHS and joined Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust in July 2013 as the Deputy Director of Nursing. Prior to that, Hayley worked in senior clinical leadership roles in the southwest, London and the southeast. Hayley became Acting Director of Nursing at Musgrove in September 2015, and then Director of Patient Care in December 2015.
Hayley’s early professional career centred in critical care, first as an intensive care nurse and later, following a period of training at Birmingham Medical School, as one of the very first Physician’s Assistants to practise in the UK.
As a senior nursing leader in the southwest, Hayley has developed a growing interest in nursing and enabling elderly and frail people to stay safe and reach their full potential through personalised care and service integration. Hayley is passionate about excellence in patient care and aspires at every opportunity to improve patient safety, quality and patient experience. Hayley is an active local and national patient safety champion.
David Shannon, Director of Strategic Development and Improvement
David joined the Trust in August 2016.
David was previously director of operational finance at North Bristol NHS Trust, from June 2014. Before that he spent six years at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, most of them as assistant director of finance. He originally joined the NHS in 1998 on its graduate financial management training scheme.
Phil Brice, Director of Governance and Corporate Development - January 2012
Phil Brice joined the Trust in 2012, having joined the NHS in 2000, working for Somerset Heath Authority before becoming Director of Corporate Services for Taunton Deane Primary Care Trust and then Director of Corporate Services and Communications for NHS Somerset from 2006 – 2011. He previously worked for the Treasury Solicitor’s Department, the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman and AXA PPP healthcare.
Phil holds a BA (Hons) in English Literature and a MSc in Comparative and General Literature and is a member of the NHS Top Leaders’ programme.
Isobel Clements, Interim Director of People and Organisational Development
Isobel started her career at Musgrove Park Hospital in 1988 and held several senior human resources and organisational development management roles, including at associate and deputy level, until she became director of people for the Trust in 2014.
She has played a key role in developing the Trust’s system of distributed leadership, in ensuring that the organisation’s values are brought to life in everyday behaviour, and in overseeing a leadership programme in which over 900 colleagues at the hospital have now taken part.
Isobel is a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.