Non-Executive Board Directors

Our Trust’s Board comprises of executive directors (who are responsible for the day to day running of the organisation) and non-executive directors (lay members drawn from the public for their skills and experience).

Our Board meets regularly in public and is responsible for determining the overall strategy of the Trust, for overseeing the performance of the organisation and for ensuring that we meet our statutory duties.

Our Board meets in public on a two monthly basis – members of the public, stakeholders and staff are invited to attend those Board meetings designated as ‘public’.

All non-executive director appointments are made on merit and any political activity plays no part in the selection process.  The original Nolan recommendations require the Trust to make any appointee’s political activity (if any is declared) public.

Lena Samuels

Lena Samuels

Chair

Born and educated in London, Lena brings extensive health sector experience to her role. She was a non-executive director with University Hospital Southampton with portfolio responsibility for patient safety, international health and equality and diversity. She is undertaking a short-term position as associate non-executive director with IOW NHS Trust. Read more

Professor David Williams

Professor David Williams

Non Executive Director

David Williams is Professor of Global Oral Health at Bart’s and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, Queen Mary University of London.

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Alastair Mitchell-Baker

Alastair Mitchell-Baker

Non Executive Director

Alastair is a Cambridge graduate and former NHS senior manager with further qualifications in Health Service Management, Philosophy and Healthcare, and Organisation Development.

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Dr Ilona Blue

Dr Ilona Blue

Non Executive Director

Dr Blue is a Senior Civil Servant and currently Deputy Director in Group Finance in the Department for Transport.  During 15 years in the civil service she has also worked in the Home Office, Department for Work and Pensions and HM Treasury.

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Mike Hawker

Mike Hawker

Non Executive Director

Mike is based in Hampshire, and as well as being a NED for the National Offenders Management Service, is also a Trustee Director of The Shaw Trust, one of the largest third sector providers of education and learning opportunities.

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Nigel Chapman

Nigel Chapman

Non Executive Director

Nigel has had a long career as both CEO and Chair of major public sector organisations. In a senior managerial career in the BBC of over twenty years, he was in charge of English regional television and local radio, before moving to run the BBC World Service as its Director from 2004-2009.

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Sumit Biswas

Sumit Biswas

Non Executive Director

Living in Oxfordshire for 25 years, Sumit has been operating a consultancy business specialising in change and transformation within organisations.  Prior, he held director positions in telecommunications companies and senior managerial positions in retail. He has formerly been a non-executive director in the NHS. Read more