Executive Directors

Chief Executive: Fiona Edwards

FionaEdwards.jpgAppointed to post in April 2005 Fiona has led the Trust through a successful merger, becoming a Foundation Trust and forging innovative partnerships to deliver our clinical strategy.

Fiona has been a Chief Executive in the NHS for over 18 years. Her private sector career spanned 10 years within the manufacturing industry as a human resources professional (within the Allied Lyons Group) and latterly Director of Human Resources for a medium-sized manufacturing company (ACCO Rexel Ltd).

Fiona has also chaired the Board of Trustees of a national charity, Cruse Bereavement Care and is currently the lead for Frimley Integrated Care System.


Chief Nursing Officer: Heather Caudle

Heather_Caudle_200.jpgHeather Caudle joined the Trust in August 2019. She has worked for over 23 years as a registered nurse, systemic psychotherapist and strategic leader in mental health as well as acute health. Early in her career she specialised in eating disorders nurse therapy. 

Her  previous roles include the Executive Chief Nurse of Ashford and St. Peter’s NHS Foundation Trust, as well as her role at a national level  as the Director of Nursing for Improvement in NHS England where she directed national nursing and midwifery strategic planning and delivery within Maternity, SEND Programme, Safeguarding, Continuing Health Care, Community Nursing, and Urgent & Emergency Care.

Heather recently led a transformation project across the NHS England / NHS Improvement London region to improve patient experience and outcomes across the interface between mental health and acute hospitals, where she then became the clinical lead in the implementation of the London Mental Health Compact, and soon after took up role as the Director of Nursing – Leadership and Quality, NHS England and NHS Improvement – London.

Qualifications: Dip RN 1995; MSc Syst Psych 2002. 

Heather obtained her Registered Nursing higher education qualification at the University of North London, in partnership with the North London Joint College of Health Studies. She received her Masters of Science degree in Family, Couple and Systemic Psychotherapy at the Institute of Family Therapy and Birkbeck, University College London.

Areas of Responsibility:

  • Nurse Director
  • Risk, Health and Safety 
  • Physical Health
  • Infection Control
  • Quality Improvement
  • Quality Assurance
  • People's Experience and Involvement
  • Information Governance
  • Marketing and Communications
  • Community Engagement and Membership

Chief Medical Officer: Dr Justin Wilson

JustinWilson.jpgAppointed to post in November 2016 following a year with the Trust as Co-Medical Director. Previously he was Medical Director of Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, a mental health and community trust, for over six years.

He has worked as a consultant psychiatrist in a variety of NHS and independent settings, particularly within learning disability services and liaison psychiatry.

Qualifications: MBBS 1996. MRCPsych 2000. Justin studied medicine at Charing Cross and Westminster Medical School, now part of Imperial College, London and trained in psychiatry in Oxford and London.

Areas of Responsibility

  • Medical Director
  • Medical Management
  • Pharmacy
  • Emergency Planning
  • Positive and Safe

Chief Operating Officer: Lorna Payne

LornaPayne.jpgLorna was appointed to post in April 2017, and was previously Divisional Director at Central and North West NHS Foundation Trust. She comes from Australia with a background in health and adult social care and commenced her career in the UK in adult social care in 2006. Commenced in the NHS at Board level at Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust following a six-year period as a Director of Adult Social Care she also held housing and public health responsibilities. Working in the Victorian Department of Health, she was responsible for policy and commissioning for Mental Health, Older People and Primary Care. In Mental Health she oversaw the review of the Mental Health Act, the implementation of Clinical Outcome measurement and a new clinical information system in 23 Mental Health Trusts.

Qualifications: Maitrise es Lettres, Paris V, Sorbonne University; Master of Arts (Honours), Melbourne University; Cycle International Court, Ecole Nationale d’Administration.

Areas of Responsibility

  • Children and Young People's Services
  • Adult Mental Health Services
  • Older People's Mental Health Service
  • Learning Disabilities Services
  • Specialist Services
  • Social Work
  • Delegated Commissioning
  • Facilities Management

Chief Finance Officer & Deputy Chief Executive: Graham Wareham

GrahamWareham.jpgGraham joined the Trust in February 2015 from Leonard Cheshire Disability, a charity which provides support for disabled people, where he was Chief Financial Officer. During his time as Chief Financial Officer, Graham worked very closely with the Chief Executive in developing future plans and managing day to day performance of the charity.

He started his career in 1995 with British Airways and then with food retailer, Safeway, working across a wide number of finance roles including supply chain, retail, operations and change management and has played a significant role in implementing efficiency projects.

Qualifications: BA in Economics, Leeds University; MA in Transport Economics, Leeds University. Member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.

Areas of Responsibility

  • Financial Management
  • Financial Services
  • Procurement
  • Commercial Services
  • Contracts Management
  • Capital and Property
  • Information Management
  • IT
  • Performance Management

Director of Innovation & Development: Dr Helen Rostill

HelenRostill.jpgAppointed to post in December 2014 after joining the Trust in October 2012 as Director of Innovation and Therapies. Helen is a consultant clinical psychologist and began her career in learning disability service, followed by roles in the National Schizophrenia Fellowship and a multi-agency child, young people and family services. She was a senior lecturer in clinical psychology at the University of Birmingham for 10 years.

Qualifications: BSc (First Class Hons) in psychology from University of Birmingham, awarded clinical doctorate (Clin PsyD) in 1997, Postgraduate Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership

Areas of Responsibility

  • Innovation
  • Clinical Strategy
  • Business Development
  • Research and Development
  • Transformation
  • Systems Partnership
  • Therapies Management

Non-Executive Directors

Chairman: Dr Ian McPherson

DrIanMcPherson.jpgAppointed in March 2017, initial term of office three years. Dr Ian McPherson is a clinical psychologist by professional background who held senior clinical, managerial and policy implementation roles in a career working across many aspects of health and social care. These include being the Director of the National Mental Health Development Unit and Director of the National Institute for Mental Health in England between 2002 and 2011. Prior to that he had been Director of Mental Health in two NHS Trusts for nine years, having previously held clinical and academic roles for 13 years.

Since finishing full-time employment, Ian has been involved with a number of organisations in the statutory and voluntary sectors. This includes six years as a Non-Executive Director at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust where he was also Vice Chair, and being a Trustee of the Centre for Mental Health, the Mental Health Providers Forum and of the International Initiative in Mental Health Leadership. Ian was awarded the OBE for services to mental health in 2012.

Qualifications: MA in Psychology, University of Glasgow; MSc in Clinical Psychology, University of Birmingham; PhD in Psychology, University of Birmingham; Fellow of British Psychological Society. Awarded OBE for services to mental health in 2012.

Senior Independent Director: Leslie Morphy

LeslieMorphy.jpgAppointed in April 2015, initial term of office three years. Leslie's career is in the not-for-profit sector including in a social enterprise, charities and a non departmental government body. Formerly Chief Executive of homeless charity Crisis UK and Director of The Prince’s Trust. Since leaving Crisis in 2014 she has held non executive posts in organisations involved in health, housing and education. Chair of Governors of Oxford Brookes University; Non Executive Director for the Home Group Housing Association; Chair of Pathway a charity working to provide better healthcare for homeless people.

Qualifications: BSc in Economics, London School of Economics, MSc, Birkbeck University of London. Awarded an OBE for services to homelessness in 2011.

Stephen Firn

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Stephen was appointed in May 2018  for a term of three years. He is a member of the Quality Committee.

Stephen trained as a mental health nurse and has worked in the NHS for 37 years. Most recently he was Programme Director for New Care Models in Mental Health at NHS England. Prior to this he spent 20 years on the Board of Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust, with 14 years as CEO. 

Qualifications: BSc Sociology (First Class Honours), MSc Nursing, RMN, Honorary Doctorate (Christ Church Canterbury University). OBE for services to healthcare

Vivek Govil

Vivek Govil cropped.jpgVivek has over 30 years of experience in senior roles across a range of sectors, including Education, Hospitality and Consumer Products. Until recently, he was Vice President at Pearson Education, responsible for the global Schools portfolio.

Vivek was born and raised in India, and moved to the UK in 2011. He has been the governor of a special needs school and a private online school. He is the Chairman of CRY UK, a charity focused on child rights in India.

Rahul Jaitly

Rahul Jaitly.jpgRahul has over 20 years' experience working across a number of industry sectors including travel, leisure & hospitality, media & entertainment, retail, financial services, housing, education and private equity & venture capital providing broad global IT leadership, digital transformation management and board advisory services.

Rahul was most recently the Group Chief Information Officer at L&Q Group, one of the UK’s foremost developers of new homes, and a leading housing association with a commitment to support local communities and some of the most vulnerable members of society.

Prior to this, Rahul was the Senior Vice President & Chief Information Officer for two of Kuoni Group’s global travel divisions and worked as a consulting Chief Information Officer and Technology Officer in the private equity and venture capital industries. His earlier career included Chief Technology Officer, Vice President Global IT Strategy & Programme Management Office, Global Technology Director and Chief Architect roles at Universal Music Group, GlobalNetFinancial.com and the Financial Times.

Qualifications: Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical & Electronic Engineering (First Class Hons, University of East London); Master of Business Administration (Distinction, Liverpool University); PhD in Electronic & Electrical Engineering (King’s College, University of London).

Jennifer Seeley

JenniferSeeley.jpgJennifer was appointed in June 2017 as Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Audit Committee.

Jennifer has worked in senior finance roles across local councils in London, Kent and the Midlands. She is now a tutor in public finance.

Jennifer was a non-executive for the South East Coast Strategic Health Authority, and member of the audit committees of the Open University and General Dental Council.

Qualifications: BA Hons, MBA, Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy, Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply

Susan Scholefield

ACE_Cipfa_2016-4139_SusanScholefield_web.jpgAppointed May 2018, term of office three years. Susan was the Secretary and Chief Legal Officer at the London School of Economics and Political Science until September 2014. She had an early academic career at the University of California, then joined the Civil Service in 1981 and held senior roles in the Balkans Secretariat, Northern Ireland Office, Communities Department and the Cabinet Office as Head of the Civil Contingencies Secretariat. Most recently, she was Director General, Human Resources and Corporate Services, at the Ministry of Defence.

She is currently Chair of the Competition Appeal Tribunal and Competition Service, a magistrate and an appointed independent member of the Sussex Police and Crime Panel.

Qualifications:  BA Hons (First Class) and MA in classical literature and philosophy, respectively from the Universities of Oxford and California at Berkeley and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and a Chartered Public Finance Accountant. Ecole Nationale d’Administration in Paris from 1985 to 1986 and, in 1999, was awarded a CMG in the New Year’s Honours for her work on Bosnia. 

Other Directors

Director of Workforce: Vacant

Non voting member

Director of Governance and Planning: Julie Gaze

JulieGaze.jpgNon voting member

Julie joined the NHS in 1992 as a graduate management trainee and has since held multiple operational and strategic roles. 

She started with Surrey Hampshire Borders, our founder Trust, as Service Development Manager in 1998 and when the Trust merged with North West Surrey and Surrey Oakland’s (to form Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust) Julie was responsible for the merger and integration. 

Julie was Director of Corporate Affairs until November 2011 when she took the role of Assistant Chief Executive. Since April 2017 Julie has been the Director of Governance and Planning, and her responsibilities in this role include our Board and Council, as well as our corporate governance structure and the strategic planning for our annual operational plan. 

Julie has a degree in English Literature and Language from the University of Reading and holds a certificate from the Institute of Health Management. 

Divisional Directors

Director of Mental Health Services for Working Age Adults: Maggie Gairdner

MaggieGairdner.jpgMaggie was appointed as Director of Mental Health Services for Working Age Adults in December 2017.

She is a Registered General and Mental Health Nurse, and also has a law degree. Her experience includes working in the prison service, high security psychiatric units, and she has held senior roles leading service improvement work.

Maggie spent four years with Sussex Partnership as the Associate Director for CAMHS and Substance Misuse Services, and her role prior to joining Surrey and Borders Partnership was Head of Community Services for Sutton and Merton where she was responsible for managing district nursing, health visiting and community services at the Royal Marsden.

Maggie describes herself as someone who has always wanted to do right for people in mental health situations.

Qualifications: BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing, BSc (Hons) Mental Health Nursing, Legum Baccalaureus (LLB) (Hons), Bar Professional Training Course.

Director of Children and Young People's Services: Justine Leonard

JustineLeonard.jpgJustine was appointed to the role of Director of Services for Children and Young People in September 2017. 

She started her NHS career in 1992 when she qualified as an Occupational Therapist at Brunel University. With a passion for mental healthcare Justine brings extensive clinical, operational and strategic experience of the full range of mental health services including Children and Young People’s Services, Adult Mental Health, Dementia Care and Specialist Services.

Previously, Justine was a Service Director at Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust for over 13 years. More recently she worked with South Kent Coast and Thanet CCG’s, together with GPs and other primary care colleagues, in the development of Enhanced Primary Care Services.

Qualifications: Diploma of the British Association of Occupational Therapists (DipCOT), College of Brunel University (1992), Post Graduate Diploma in Leadership and Management, Salomons, Christ Church College and Canterbury University (2001), Nye Bevan Programme – Leading Care 111, NHS Leadership Academy Award in Executive Healthcare Leadership (2015).

Director of Learning Disability Services: Philippa Alisiroglu

PhilippaAlisiroglu.jpgPhilippa is a qualified social worker and was appointed as Director of Services for People with Learning Disabilities in November 2017.

She has extensive experience of partnership working, commissioning, and creating new models of care.

Philippa was previously responsible for running provider services across five London boroughs, and has held senior roles in Surrey County Council and Croydon Council. Her areas of interest include recruitment, retention and succession planning, and she is looking forward to supporting our Director of Workforce in delivering their strategy.  

Qualifications: Diploma in Social Work, BA Hons in Health and Social Care, Diploma in Management Studies.

Director of Older People's and Specialist Services: Sharon Gregory

SharonGregory.jpgSharon Gregory is Director of our Older People's Mental Health Services and Specialist Services.

Before working here, Sharon was Community Services Director at London North West Healthcare Trust. She started her career at the Birmingham GP Multifund and has worked at a senior level across a variety of hospitals including the Oxford Radcliffe, St George's Hospital in south west London and Kingston Hospital, managing a range of clinical services. Additionally, Sharon has worked in both primary care and mental health in North Kent.

During her career, Sharon has undertaken secondments as a Mental Health commissioner at West Kent Health Authority and worked as Corporate Support Director at Guys and St Thomas' Hospital.

Qualifications: Sharon has a BSc (Hons) Chemistry and Biology and an MSc Business Administration and Personnel Management. She is a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.