The Board

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.  The Vice Chairman is David Wood and Liz Simmons is the 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.

Board Directors

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, ChairmanStephen 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 AllenDavid 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 (Senior Independent Director from 1 May 2016)

Liz Simmons, Non Executive DirectorLiz 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

Philip Dolan, Non - Executive DirectorA 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 Clift, Non - Executive DirectorsBarbara 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.


Dr Nick Broughton, Chief Executive - February 2016

Dr Nick BroughtonNick is a psychiatrist by background and has worked as a Consultant in Forensic Psychiatry since 2000.  He graduated from Cambridge University in 1989 and completed his medical training at St. Thomas’ Hospital Medical School.  He trained in psychiatry in North West London.   During the course of his consultant career he has worked in a wide variety of secure settings including a specialist remand service, an enhanced medium secure service for women, a remand prison and a young offenders’ institution. 

Nick held a number of managerial positions prior to joining Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust as Chief Executive in February 2016 including being Clinical Director for a forensic service and Medical Director of a large specialist mental health Trust.  In January 2012 he was appointed Chair of the National Clinical Reference Group for Secure and Forensic Mental Health Services, a position he held until 2014. He was joint Clinical Director and Co-Chair of London’s Strategic Clinical Network for Mental Health and a Director of Imperial College Health Partners.

Nick is also a trustee of the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust, a national mental health charity.

Andy Heron, Chief Operating Officer – January 2014 

Andy Heron, Chief Operating Officer

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.

Pippa Moger, Director of Finance and Business Development - June 2013

Pippa Moger, Director of Finance and Business DevelopmentPippa 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).

Sarah Oke, Interim Medical Director 

Biography to follow





Sue Balcombe, Director of Nursing and Patient Safety - August 2011

Sue Balcombe, Director of Nursing and Patient SafetySue qualified as a state registered nurse at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital in 1982 and continued to work clinically for 19 years.  She has wide clinical experience including neurorehabilitation, gynaecology and theatres, with the majority of her clinical time spent working in Accident and Emergency Departments where she worked for 12 years.

She commenced her Health Visitor training in 1997 and later moved into clinical management, becoming Community Service Manager and Head of Community Services before becoming Director of Nursing and Community Services at Taunton Deane Primary Care Trust in 2005.

Following the integration of four Primary Care trusts into one in Somerset in 2006, she was appointed Associate Director of Adult Services and then Lead Officer for Adult Services. At the time of the acquisition of Somerset Community Health she was its Deputy Chief Operating Officer and Chief Nurse. She has recently completed the Kings Fund Leadership Programme for Service Managers and is an accredited coach.    

 Phil Brice, Director of Governance and Corporate Development - January 2012

Phil Brice, Director of Governance and Corporate DevelopmentPhil 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.


Nick Macklin, Director of Workforce and Organisational Development - October 2015

Nick MacklinNick joined the Trust in October 2015 and has more than 25 years’ experience in Human Resources/Organisational Development.  He has worked in both Central and local government and with the Police and Probation Services before joining the NHS, where he has held Director Posts at Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust and most recently Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust.

Nick holds an MA in Strategic Human Resource Management and is a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.