Chair: Dr Ian McPherson

Dr Ian McPherson.pngIan was appointed in March 2017, for an initial term of office three years and reappointed in 2020 for a second term. Ian 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.

Deputy Chair: Prof. Andrew George

Andrew George.pngAndrew (pronouns: he/him) began his career at Tenovus Research Laboratories as a Beit Memorial Fellow, before becoming a Research Fellow at the National Institutes of Health in the USA.

Between 1992 and 2013, Andrew was employed at Imperial College London/Royal Postgraduate Medical School in various roles including Director of the Graduate School. Andrew moved to Brunel University London to be Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Education and International. In his five-year tenure, he led their developments and improvements in employability, student recruitment, and portfolio review, developed an international student strategy, and led the annual planning round for the University.

Andrew is Director and Consultant for AJTG Ltd, undertaking project and consultancy work in healthcare, ethics and education, as well as being an executive coach. He is Non-Executive Director of the Health Research Authority, and Health Education England, Trustee of Epilepsy Society and Chair of Richmond and Hillcroft Adult and Community College and Oxford Business College. He is also co-chair of the UK Committee on Research Integrity.

Qualifications: MA in Natural Sciences from the University of Cambridge, PhD from the University of Southampton, DSc from Imperial College London. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists, the Higher Education Academy, the Royal Society of Arts and the Royal Society for Biology. 

He was awarded an MBE for services to research participants and research ethics.

Senior Independent Director: Susan Scholefield

Susan Scholefield.pngAppointed May 2018 and re-appointed May 2021, 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 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, Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy and Royal Society of Arts and a Member of the Institute of Directors and Royal United Services Institute. 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.

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Vivek Govil

Vivek Govil.pngVivek has over 30 years of experience in senior roles across a range of sectors, including Education, Hospitality and Consumer Products. He is currently the Managing Director for U.K. Education at Oxford University Press. Vivek was born and raised in India and moved to the U.K. in 2011. He has been the governor of a special needs school and a private online school. He is a trustee of CRY UK and a council member of the Publishers Association.

Qualifications: MBA (Indian Institute of Management), Bachelor of Commerce (Sydenham College of Commerce and Economics)


Carol Pearson

Appointed in April 2022 for a term of three years. ​​​​​

Carol qCarol Pearson.JPGualified as a chartered accountant with Ernst & Young LLP and subsequently worked in international development. She has over 25 years’ experience as an accountant. Since 2012, she has worked across a number of NHS clinical commissioning groups in Sussex as lay member for governance. 

Carol has also been a charity trustee and is currently trustee of the Money and Mental Health Policy Institute. She has written and spoken widely on health issues and is co-author of a book on a common long term health condition.

Qualifications: BA Hons (Oxon) English Language and Literature, ACA, Foundation Certificate in Transactional Analysis

Sue Waterhouse

Sue Waterhouse.jpgAppointed in January 2023 for a term of 3 years. 

Sue has worked in the NHS since 1982 initially starting as a nursing auxiliary in older age.  She is a dually registered nurse in both mental health and physical health.  She has predominantly worked in mental health covering a wide number of clinical areas.  She has held a number of clinical positions and leadership roles with the latest being Director of Mental Health in the Essex area.

Sue has a passion for fairness, justice and equality.  She has worked regionally and nationally focusing on equality and diversity.  She was the Programme Lead for gender equality in mental health for the South East region.  She moved on to work nationally holding the position of National programme lead for gender equality before taking on the role of deputy director for all equality strands nationally.  These roles focused on implementation of national policy.  Whilst working nationally Sue was seconded into the Home Office to work with other government departments on a cross governmental strategy focused on violence and abuse against women and children.

Sue joined Surrey and Borders Partnership Trust in January 2023 and will focus on quality and equality.


Registered Mental Health Nurse; Registered General Nurse; Diploma in Nursing (Higher Award); Non medical prescriber (V300); Master of Business Administration

Chief Executive: Graham Wareham

Graham WarehamGraham was appointed Interim Chief Executive in 2021 and was appointed substantively as Chief Executive in 2022, having previously been our Chief Finance Officer and Deputy Chief Executive. His ambition is for the Trust to go from ‘good to great’, and that much of what we need to do to reach that goal is simply about changing our approach to problems and slightly adjusting our thinking. It will lead to better clinical care, a happier workplace and fewer people finding our services difficult to access.

Graham 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

Deputy Chief Executive/Director of Therapies: Prof. Helen Rostill

Helen RostillHelen joined the Trust in 2012 as Director of Innovation and Therapies and was promoted to Chief Innovations Officer & Director of Therapies in December 2014. In 2021, Helen was appointed Deputy Chief Executive. Helen’s responsibilities include Communications, Speak Up Guardian, and Psychological and Allied Health Professions.

In system work, Helen is the senior responsible officer for mental health in the Frimley integrated care system and is Deputy Chair of the Surrey Heartlands Mental Health Delivery Board and the lead for the emotional wellbeing and mental health priority of Surrey's Health and Wellbeing Strategy. Helen is also the lead for the Surrey Heartlands ICS Health Tech Accelerator which involves a partnership with the University of Surrey, the Kent, Surrey and Sussex Academic Health Science Network, and industry.

Helen is a consultant clinical psychologist and began her career in learning disability services, followed by roles in the National Schizophrenia Fellowship and a multi-agency child, young people and family service. 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:
•    Clinical Strategy
•    Therapies and Allied Health Professions
•    Innovation, Transformation & Business Development
•    Research & Development
•    Systems Partnership & Leadership
•    Quality Improvement

Chief Medical Officer: Dr. Emma Whicher

Dr. EmmEmma Whicher.JPGa Whicher is a consultant psychiatrist with broad experience in medical leadership. She has previously worked as the Medical Director of South West London and St Georges NHS Trust, as London Regional Medical Director at NHSI and as Medical Director at North Middlesex University Hospital, leading the trust response to Covid with executive colleagues. Most recently she has been working as Clinical Director of Transformation at North London Partners ICS, leading the transformation of paediatric, maternity and neonatal services in NCL. Throughout she has continued to practice clinically as a psychiatrist. 

She has led a number of large strategic projects including as Co-chair of the London Strategic Clinical Network for Mental health, the development of the London Health Based Place of Safety Standards and at NHSI the implementation of 7-day service standards in London. Emma is especially passionate about working with patients, families and communities, to improve the care people receive and reduce health inequalities.

Joining Our Trust in April 2023, Emma had this to say:
“I am absolutely delighted to be joining Surrey and Borders Partnership at this exciting time. Providing compassionate patient care that makes a real difference to the experience of our communities has always been central to my values as a clinician and leader. I am really looking forward to using my experience to work with you, and for the people of Surrey and north east Hampshire.

Chief Nursing Officer: Jo Lynch

Jo Lynch.JPGJo Lynch is our Chief Nursing Officer and Caldicott Guardian. Jo is also the nominated individual for the Care Quality Commission.

Jo’s career reads like a recruitment advertisement for the way this Trust offers opportunities: she joined the predecessor of this Trust in 1993 as a healthcare assistant in the Dorking community mental health team before starting nurse training. She did 90% of her placements working for the organisation that became Surrey and Borders, and then started work for us, working her way through the organisation in many varied roles, both on the wards and community settings.

Since 2019 Jo was our interim Deputy Chief Nurse, appointed substantively in 2021 then appointed as Chief Nursing Officer in 2022. She is particularly passionate about bridging the gap between frontline care and support and strategy with the golden thread of ensuring that the voices of the people we serve, and the pressures and concerns of our nursing staff play their part in driving forward our strategic ambitions. Jo is driven by her personal values of engagement and building relationships which mirror the lifelong relationship we so often have with people and their families.

Qualifications: Registered Mental Health Nurse, MSc in Healthcare Leadership with distinction

Areas of Responsibility:

  • Nurse leadership
  • Quality, Risk & Safety
  • Nominated individual for Care Quality Commission
  • Physical Health including Infection Control
  • (DIPCE)
  • Complaints
  • People’s Participation and Experience
  • Volunteering
  • Legal Services & Mental Health Act
  • Use of Force Act Lead
  • Caldicot Guardian
  • Carers Lead
  • Connect Network

Chief Operating Officer: Lorna Payne

Lorna PayneLorna 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

  • Operational clinical service delivery
  • Social Work leadership & management
  • Delegated Commissioning
  • Specialised Provider Collaboratives 
  • Emergency Planning (EPRR)
  • New Hospitals Programme
  • LGBTQ+ Executive sponsor

Chief Finance Officer: Lei Wei

Lei Wei.jpegLei com​​​​​​​es from a medical background and is a qualified accountant and project manager. She joined the Trust in November 2020 as Director of Finance, following her appointments as Interim Chief Finance Officer and Director of Finance at London Clinical Commissioning Groups and Integrated Care Systems where Lei advised Boards on all aspects of financial strategy and financial management, providing financial leadership in operational matters and collaborative working cross the system on service transformations and development of new service provisions. Before her career in NHS, Lei spent over six years with PricewaterhouseCoopers, working on audit and assurance reviews across a wide range of commercial and public sector clients.  

Lei is passionate about delivering real health and wellbeing improvement for communities, and is a keen campaigner of diversity and inclusion in public services. She is also a Board Trustee of a national charity, Cruse Bereavement Care.

Qualifications: Executive MBA candidate, University of Oxford; MSc in International Health Management, Imperial College London; BSc in Health Administration of Public Affairs (with clinical training in general medicine), Beijing University of Chinese Medicine; Associate Chartered Accountant (ACA) of Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW); PRojects IN Controlled Environments (PRINCE2) Practitioner of AXELOS.

Areas of Responsibility

  • Financial Management & Financial Services
  • Procurement & Commercial Services
  • Contracts Management
  • Facilities Management

Other Directors

Director of Workforce: Cheryl Newsome

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Cheryl Newsome.pngCheryl joined us in 2021 after some years of working outside of the NHS. In her previous role, she was the Director of Human Resources for the not-for-profit organisation Certitude, a leading adult social care provider for people living with learning disabilities, autism, mental health support needs and their families and carers. They support over 1,600 people in 15 London boroughs. Cheryl worked for Certitude for four years and was a member of their Board and Executive Leadership Team. 
Prior to this, Cheryl held several other HR leadership roles stretching back to 1999, including HR Director at Royal Holloway University; Director of HR Consultancy, Organisation & Staff Development at University College London; Director of HR for Lewisham College; and HR Director of both The Learning Trust and The Terrence Higgins Trust. Cheryl began her career in local government and the NHS.

Areas of responsibility:

  • Workforce development & planning
  • Human resources
  • Occupational Health
  • Staff Engagement & Whistleblowing 
  • Staff Health  & Wellbeing 
  • System leadership of strategic workforce planning and development

Director of Governance and Planning: Julie Gaze

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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. 

Areas of responsibility:

  • Company Secretary
  • Corporate Governance
  • Board Assurance Framework
  • Board of Directors 
  • Council of Governors
  • Strategic Planning
  • Project Management Office
  • Disability Network

Chief Digital and Information Officer: Toby Avery

Toby Avery.pngNon voting member

Toby joined the NHS in 1998 spending 16 years in the acute sector developing and delivering people focussed IT services before moving to mental health in 2015 to create an IM&T Department and strategy for the Tavistock & Portman NHS Foundation Trust. In 2016 Toby joined Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust as Chief Information Officer and in 2019 became Chief Digital & Information Officer taking on a wider portfolio and joining the executive team as a non-voting board member.

Toby’s responsibilities include digital infrastructure/operations, digital transformation/programme, digital health (digital intelligence, performance, insight etc), chief clinical information officer network, cyber security, information safety and records management. Toby is also the Senior Information Risk Owner for the Trust.

Toby has a MSc in Healthcare Leadership from the University of Birmingham and was in the first cohort of the NHS Digital Academy gaining a PgDip in Digital Healthcare Leadership from Imperial College. He is a member of the British Computer Society (BCS) and the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME).

Areas of responsibility:

  • Digital Strategy 
  • Digital leadership and management
  • Information Governance & Management
  • Performance analytics
  • Records Management
  • SIRO
  • System working on digital maturity, solutions and practice development

Director of Children's Community Services: Trudy Mills

Trudy Mills.jpg​​Non voting member

Trudy has a nursing and midwifery background, along with qualifications in commissioning and public health. Trudy was appointed to post in July 2018 and was previously Director of Transformation in First Community Health and Care. Trudy has spent over 15 years in Joint Commissioning roles within NHS England and CCG’s, working on maternity and children’s transformation programmes. More recently Trudy had undertaken a seconded role in Surrey Heartlands as Executive Director for Women’s, Children and Families and Learning Disabilities. Trudy is passionate about improving life chances and outcomes for all children where she currently leads the first 1000 days programme in Surrey.  In her roles in East Sussex and NHS England, she led on commissioning public health services, CAMH’s services, joint children’s early intervention services and mobilising one of the first family nurse partnership programmes in the southeast.

Qualifications: Registered Nurse, Registered Midwife; Public Health Masters MSc, (PRINCE2) Practitioner, Strategic Commissioning in Health and Social Care Diploma, CMI level 7 Strategic Leadership. 

Areas of Responsibility

  • Children and Family Health Leadership and Delivery

  • Mindworks Transformation, Leadership and Delivery

  • Children and Families Strategic Lead - Surrey Heartlands
  • Early Years SEND SRO 

Director of Property: Susie Gray

Susie Gray 2 .jpgNon voting member

Susie Gray joined the Trust in 2016, having previously run her own business providing commercial real estate strategy advice to private and public sector organisations. This is her first role in the NHS since qualifying as a Chartered Surveyor in 1990. Her previous roles include Portfolio Director at Land Securities, Director at Laing Property and President of CoreNet.

Susie has applied her commercial and property background to the challenge of providing Mental Health Services in high-quality care and healing environments that support the well-being of people who use services, carers and staff.

Qualifications: BSc (Hons) Urban Land Administration, Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, Master of Corporate Real Estate.

Areas of Responsibility:

  • Property portfolio and asset management
  • Facilities management
  • Capital investment programmes
  • Environmental Health & Safety
  • ICS Estates Board

Divisional Directors

Interim Director of Working Age Adult Services: Andy Erskine

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

Philippa Alisiroglu.pngPhilippa 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

Sharon Gregory.pngSharon 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.