Chair: Dr Ian McPherson
Appointed 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.
Deputy Chair: Stephen Firn
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
Senior Independent Director: Susan Scholefield
Appointed 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.
Rahul 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).
Vivek 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.ualifications: MBA (Indian Institute of Management), BComm (Sydenham College of Commerce and Economics).
Professor Andrew George MBE began his career at Tenovus Research Laboratories in 1987 as a Bait Memorial Fellow, before becoming a Research Fellow at the Experimental Immunology Branch in 1990, which he held for twelve years.
Between 1992 and 2013, Andrew was employed at Imperial College London/Royal Postgraduate Medical School in various roles including Senior Lecturer (1996), Reader (1999), Professor of Molecular Immunology (2002), and Head of Section and Department (2002 – 2006). In 2010, Andrew was promoted to both Director: Graduate School of Life Sciences and Medicine and Director: School of Professional Development, before being promoted again to Director: Graduate School in 2011.
Andrew moved to Brunel University London in 2013 to become the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Education and International and Strategic Projects and Global Engagement. 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.
Since 2018, Andrew has been Director and Consultant of AJTG Ltd, currently undertaking project and consultancy work in healthcare, ethics and education, as well as being an executive coach. He is also currently Chair of Imperial College Health Partners, Non-Executive Director of the Health Research Authority, Board member of Health Education England, Independent Chair of the Integrated Impact Assessment for Improving Healthcare Together 2020-2030, and Trustee of Epilepsy Society.
Appointed in April 2022 for a term of three years.
Carol qualified 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
Chief Executive: Graham Wareham
Graham 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
Professor Helen Rostill was appointed as Deputy Chief Executive of Surrey and Borders Partnership on 1 July 2021. Helen joined the Trust in October 2012 as Director of Innovation and Therapies and in 2014 was appointed Chief Innovation Officer and Director of Therapies and Frimley Senior Responsible Officer for Mental Health. In December 2019 she took on the interim role as Surrey Heartlands ICS Executive Director for Mental Health, with responsibility for the strategic development and transformation of mental health services across Surrey Heartlands and Frimley and delivery of the NHS Long Term Plan priorities. Prior to joining the NHS, Helen was a senior lecturer in clinical psychology at the University of Birmingham for ten years and a consultant clinical psychologist specialising in early developmental trauma and disordered attachment.
Helen has a keen interest in applied health technologies and was Senior Responsible Officer for one of the first wave of NHS England Innovation Testbeds, evaluating the deployment of digital technology combined with artificial intelligence in the homes of people with dementia and their carers. This programme has continued to develop and provided support to people during the Covid-19 pandemic. 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 joined the tenth Intake of NICE Fellows in April 2019 and has published widely in national and international peer reviewed journals.
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. Justin Wilson
Appointed 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
- Clinical leadership
- Medical leadership & Management
- Pharmacy leadership & management
- Positive & Safe
- Mortality Assurance
- Spiritual & Pastoral care
Chief Nursing Officer: Heather Caudle
Heather 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 leadership
- Quality, Risk & Safety
- Physical Health inc. Infection Control, (DIPCE)
- People’s Participation & Experience, inc. Volunteering
- Legal Services & Mental Health Act
- Caldicot Guardian
- Carers Lead
- BAME Network
Chief Operating Officer: Lorna Payne
Lorna 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
- Emergency Planning (EPRR)
- 24/7 Programme
- LGBTQ+ Network
Chief Finance Officer: Lei Wei
Lei comes 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
Director of Workforce: Cheryl Newsome
Non voting member
Cheryl 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
Non 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.
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
Non 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
- System working on digital maturity, solutions and practice development
Executive Director for Children's Community Services: Trudy Mills
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
Interim Director of Working Age Adult Services: Andy Erskine
Director of Children and Young People's Services: Justine Leonard
Justine 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 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 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.