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.  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.

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.

Barbara is a joint Non-Executive Director on the Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust and Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust Boards.

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 spent the early part of her career with Unilever, in an international perfumery business covering sales, marketing and general management roles, including two years in the USA.

She has over over 20 years experience of the NHS in Somerset,  initially in Public Health and later as Deputy Chief Executive for NHS Somerset, until she became Managing Director of the South, Central and West Commissioning Support Unit. Jan retired from this post in 2016.

She has a good level of knowledge of the services provided by the Trust, and the strategic context in which the Trust operates, gained from experience both of directly managing community services, and from her commissioning responsibilities.

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. She also has significant experience of structural change, having led the merger of three Commissioning Support Units in 2015.

Jan is a joint Non-Executive Director on the Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust and Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust Boards.


Philip Dolan, Non–Executive Director from 1 June 2012 – 31 May 2019

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 from November 2014 - 30 October 2020

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.


Stephen Harrison, Joint Non-Executive Director from 29 May 2018 - 31 March 2020

Stephen joined Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust in February 2013 as a designate Non-Executive Director until his formal appointment on 1 April 2013. 

He worked at Clarks Shoes for his main career.  On leaving Clarks, Stephen developed a portfolio of organisational development consultancy work and community activity, including being elected as leader of Mendip District Council. In the NHS he has undertaken non-executive director roles with Bath and West Community Trust, Mendip Primary Care Trust (where he was Chairman), North Somerset Primary Care Trust and finally as Chairman of a cluster of PCTs responsible for health services across Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire.

Stephen is Chairman of YMCA Mendip and is a Trustee of the Lawrence Centre in Wells.  He is a governor of Wookey Primary School.  He is Vice-Chairman of Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust.  

As part of the alliance between the Somerset Partnership and Taunton and Somerset NHS foundation trusts, a reciprocal arrangement has been put in place whereby two non-executives from each trust have been appointed to the Board of the other (on a non-voting basis).  Stephen Harrison was appointed on this basis to the Board of Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust on 29 May 2018.  

Dr Kate Fallon, Joint Non-Executive Director from 29 May 2018 - 30 June 2021

Kate was appointed as a Non-Executive Director of Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust on 1 July 2015 and came with significant experience in the strategic direction and transformation of services within the NHS.  She established a completely new NHS trust in 2010, which trebled in size and became the first community trust to be licensed by Monitor as a Foundation Trust in November 2014. 

Previously Kate transformed her own general practice, taking it from a traditional reactive business to a forward-planning, innovative “beacon site”, with a sustained Investors in People accolade. 

Kate is currently a Trustee of Workforce Development Trust and Chair for the Skills for Justice Enterprise.  Her daughter is a Consultant at Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust.  In 2015 she was included in the HSJ “Top 50 NHS Chief Executives” list for her approach to service transformation and the integration of NHS services. She is the Senior Independent Director for Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust. 

As part of the alliance between the Somerset Partnership and Taunton and Somerset NHS foundation trusts, a reciprocal arrangement has been put in place whereby two non-executives from each trust have been appointed to the Board of the other (on a non-voting basis).  Kate Fallon was appointed on this basis to the Board of Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust on 29 May 2018.  

Alexander Priest, Associate Non-Executive Director from 1 October 2019

Following a degree and PhD in Chemistry at Oxford University (where he used A.I. to design anti-cancer drugs), Alex started his career promoting apprentice partnerships as Chief Executive of an educational charity in the City of London.

In January 2016, he jumped from a successful career in intellectual property law to become Chief Executive of Mind (the mental health charity) in his home county of Somerset, where he now farms with his young family.

Alex also holds various trusteeships and directorships in the property, education and third sectors.


Executive Directors

Peter Lewis, Chief Executive - 1 September 2017

Peter is the Chief Executive of both Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust and Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. The two trusts are in a formal alliance and planning to merge in order to improve the care and experience of patients by integrating community, mental health and hospital services, and to remove some of the barriers that frustrate hard-working NHS colleagues.

Peter joined the Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust in 2005 as Director of Finance and Performance. He became Deputy Chief Executive of the acute trust in 2008 and took on the responsibility of Chief Operating Officer in 2010. The trust formed an alliance with Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust in May 2017 and Peter became Chief Executive of both organisations in November 2017. Prior to joining Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation 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 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.

Matthew Bryant, Chief Operating Officer (acute hospital services) - 1 October 2017

Matthew joined the Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation 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 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).

Dr Daniel Meron,  Chief Medical Officer - 2 December 2019


Daniel joins us from his role of Chief Medical Officer of Solent NHS Trust, which provides mental health, community and primary care services to people living in Southampton, Portsmouth and some parts of Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. He was also Deputy Medical Director at University Hospital Southampton Foundation Trust, a large teaching hospital providing secondary and tertiary acute services in Wessex. He combined senior leadership roles with active front-line clinical work as a consultant in liaison psychiatry in Southampton General Hospital, as well as being actively engaged in research at the School of Medicine, University of Southampton. 

Hayley Peters, Chief Nurse - 2 October 2017

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 - 24 October 2017

David joined the Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation 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, 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. 




Isobel Clements, Director of People and Organisational Development - 1 November 2017

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.