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Trust Board Profiles

The Isle of Wight NHS Trust Board consists of Non-Executive and Executive Directors listed below. It is responsible for oversight of all the ambulance, community, corporate, hospital, learning disability and mental health services the Trust provides encompassing:

  • Quality and patient safety
  • Performance against budgets and national/local targets
  • Planning and strategy for services
  • Workforce and organisational development
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 Melloney Poole OBE, Trust Chair

Melloney joined the Isle of Wight NHS Trust on 5th October 2020.  She is also Chair of Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust which she joined in May 2017 and was appointed Chair on 1 November 2017.


Since June 2015, she has been the head of the Armed Forces Covenant Fund and the other grant programmes funded by LIBOR (London Inter-bank Offered Rate) fines which directly supports the delivery of the Armed Forces Covenant across the UK.


Melloney is a corporate, charity and administrative law solicitor with 25 years of private sector commercial and corporate experience before becoming the head of the legal department for the Big Lottery Fund in 2013.  She developed the combined legal service department which now supports all the legal and governance matters for the Arts Council England, the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Big Lottery Fund.


In addition, Melloney had had a parallel career as a Non-Executive Director in the NHS, serving on the boards of three NHS Trusts, and as the Vice Chair of the Health Foundation.

She has also been a volunteer and fundraiser for various charities and a magistrate on the Preston bench.  Melloney was awarded an OBE in the 2010 New Year Honours for legal and governance services.


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Kemi Adenubi, Non-Executive Director

Kemi joined the Trust as a Non-Executive Director in January 2019. She worked in the NHS for 15 years, delivering IT services for patients, the ambulance service and GP practices as well as developing systems and processes that help to ensure that patient data is protected appropriately. Kemi originally trained as a civil engineer and is now working on the strategic reform of bus services in Wales.  She lives just across the water in Southsea. 


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Anne Stoneham, Non-Executive Director

Anne joined the Trust as a Non-Executive Director in January 2018.  She is a senior lecturer in the Faculty of Business and Law at the University of Portsmouth specialising in company law and corporate governance.  She was previously in private practice as a corporate and commercial litigation solicitor.  Anne has non-executive experience in the voluntary sector on a range of boards over a period of 30 years, and is currently Chair of UK Youth.  With an interest in conflict and dispute resolution Anne is an accredited mediator.


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Caroline Spicer, Non-Executive Director

Caroline joined the Trust as a Non-Executive Director in January 2018.  She is a qualified accountant and was a Partner at PwC and later an Executive Partner/Vice President with IBM. Caroline has worked extensively across both the UK and abroad. She has 30 years of practical business experience; her roles have included running the Eastern Europe consulting practice of PwC, and looking after consulting services for IBM in Southern Europe.  In addition,  she has advised on and managed large transformation projects.   Caroline has Non- Executive experience and is currently Chair and Trustee of the charity ‘Partnership for Children’ and a Trustee of a voluntary service organisation.


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 Dr Tim Peachey, Non-Executive Director

Tim joined the Trust as a Non-Executive Director in April 2018.  He qualified as a doctor in 1983 and worked as a consultant anaesthetist.  Tim has held medical management roles at all levels in a number of acute hospital Trusts including as Medical Director of the Royal free Hospital, and Chief Executive of Barnet and Chase Farm Hospitals. Tim has also worked as an Improvement Director helping NHS Trusts and is currently the Deputy Chief Executive of Barts Health NHS Trust in London.


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Dr Paul Evans, Non-Executive Director

Paul joined the Trust as a Non-Executive Director in January 2019. He has had a successful 40 year career with the RAF/Defence Medical Service which he joined in 1975 as a medical cadet and retired in 2015 having been awarded the CB in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list in June 2014 in recognition of his remarkable and sustained contribution to Defence Medicine and the wellbeing and care of Service personnel and veterans. Following his retirement from the Armed Forces he has worked part-time with the Faculty of Medical Leadership & Management (FMLM) promoting clinical engagement and the enhancement and development of medical leadership in both primary and secondary care domains. He was appointed a Founding Senior Fellow of FMLM in Oct 2016, which involves reviewing and assessing applications for suitability for Fellowship as well as appraisals for the FMLM Designated Body.


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Phil Berrington, Non-Executive Director

Phil joined the Trust as an Associate Non-Executive Director in January 2019. He is also an Executive Partner in IBM and lead accounts where clients are undergoing large transformational journeys. In his consulting work Phil has experience of working in the public sector with a large central government department helping them transform back-office processes and currently leads IBM’s relationship with a quasi-public sector organisation. Phil is a qualified accountant.


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Julia Ross, Non-Executive Director

Julia Ross joined the Trust as an Associate Non-Executive Director in January 2020. She has lived on the island for the past 15 years and has extensive family connections locally. Julia has a wealth of Board level national and local experience across large scale complex health and social care organisations in the public, private and voluntary sector. She qualified as nurse at St Thomas Hospital and later moved on to requalify as a social worker. She spent ten years as Director of Social services in London and three years as CE of an integrated PCT. She chaired the Mental Health charity Together for nine years. She went on to lead the Care Services Improvement Programme in the Dept Health for five years and finally acted as COO for an integrated data and predictive analytics company.

Julia serves on a number of National Councils including the Royal Society of Medicine DigiHealth Council, the Acute Frailty Network and various ADASS committees and is passionate about people who use services, their family, friends and carers.


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Sara Weech, Non-Executive Director

Sara joined the Trust as an Associate Non-Executive Director in January 2018.  She is an experienced public sector executive director having spent 25 years working in complex health and social care systems including East and West Sussex, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.  Sara has worked for both local authority and NHS organisations and since 2013 has been Trustee and Chair of Earl Mountbatten Hospice.


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Maggie Oldham, Chief Executive

Maggie Oldham, joined the Trust as interim Chief Executive in May 2017 and was appointed to the permanent role in December 2017.  Maggie commenced her career within the NHS as a nurse in 1983 and has a Master’s degree in Healthcare Law and Ethics, a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing and a Post Graduate Certificate of Education.   Maggie is particularly experienced at supporting NHS Trusts that face significant challenges.  She joined the leadership team at Mid Staffordshire Hospital in 2010, after the care failures of 2007-9 came to light and became the Chief Executive of the Trust in 2013 having made significant improvements, and helped develop sustainable services for the Staffordshire area.  Follow Maggie @ChiefExecIOWNHS


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Darren Cattell, Director of Finance, Estates & IM&T and Deputy Chief Executive

Darren joined the IOW Trust in July 2017 as the Interim Turnaround Chief Financial Officer and is a qualified Accountant with over 20 years’ experience in the NHS.  Darren has a wealth of experience in financially challenged NHS organisations.  Darren’s more recent experience includes financial turnaround work in trusts in breach of licence as well as the development and implementation of Financial Recovery Plans when a Trust faces severe financial difficulties. Follow Darren @DCattellIOWNHS


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Steve Parker, Medical Director

Steve joined the Trust in January 2015 as a Consultant General Surgeon who specialised in Breast and General Paediatric Surgery.  During his time at the Trust, he has held a number of clinical leadership roles and was appointed as the Medical Director in November 2020.  Prior to relocating to the island,  he was a consultant at University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire Hospitals NHS Trust  and also served in the Royal Navy for 16 years, including 4 years in the submarine service.  Steve has provided clinical leadership to a number of transformation projects and is committed to the delivery of safe and effective clinically-led services.  


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Mary Aubrey, Interim Chief Nurse

Mary, who had been supporting our Trust as a Quality Improvement Advisor, has been appointed Interim Chief Nurse with effect from 1 April 2021.  Mary has over 38 years varied NHS experience as a nurse, midwife, health visitor and Board level Director. Mary has also attained the prestigious Fellowship in Leadership and Management award and has made a significant contribution to leadership and management in the health sector. Mary will bring expertise and energy to this important role while a substantive replacement for the departing Alice Webster is recruited.


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 Lois Howell, Director of Governance and Risk 

 Lois joined the Trust in July 2020, and works in the same role at Portsmouth Hospitals University NHS Trust on a shared basis.  Lois is a solicitor by background and has held a range of board level positions in public sector bodies including NHS trusts and local authorities, specialising in corporate and clinical governance, compliance, and regulation. Lois is also the Senior Information Risk Owner for the Trust and the Nominated Individual for the CQC.




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Julie Pennycook, Director of People and Organisational Development

Julie Pennycook is the Director of Human Resources and Organisational Development and was appointed in September 2017. Julie has over 25 years experience as an HR professional working in both private and public healthcare sectors.  She joined the NHS in 2003 and prior to joining the IOW NHS Trust held the position of Director of HR & OD at Solent NHS Trust.  Julie leads a multi-disciplinary team which includes Human Resource Management, Organisational Development, Recruitment & Resourcing, Workforce Information & Systems, Learning & Development, Occupational Health & Wellbeing. Julie is CIPD qualified and has a Masters in Human Capital Management.


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Nikki Turner, Director of Transformation

Nikki has worked in the NHS for 20 years and started her career on the Isle of Wight in 1998 as a Project Manager. She since undertook several roles within the Trust covering service and system transformation, and led operational areas across acute and community services including the Deputy Chief Operating Officer before being successfully appointed at the Director of Acute Services in May 2018. During her time working within the public services she has also worked for Portsmouth & SE Hampshire Health Authority, the Isle of Wight Council and for the Isle of Wight Primary Care Trust. Nikki leads the multidisciplinary acute services delivering care on the St Mary’s Hospital site.  She has a doctorate and is a Prince 2 practitioner in programme management.


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Lesley Stevens, Director of Mental Health and Learning Disabilities

Lesley has been a consultant psychiatrist since 1999 and has over 10 years of experience of senior leadership roles in mental health services. She joined the Trust in June 2017 as the clinical lead for the mental health transformation programme.  Lesley is also the clinical director for the mental health programme of the Hampshire and Isle of Wight sustainability and transformation partnership (STP).


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Joe Smyth, Chief Operating Officer (Acute and Ambulance)

Joe joined the Trust in October 2019, in his previous role he worked with 8 CCG’s and 4 acute Trusts to develop an acute clinical site strategy for North West London.   Prior to that, Joe was  the Chief Operating Officer at Hillingdon Hospitals for seven years and led on the creation of their Integrated Care Partnership.   He was also the Director of Service Improvement at Epsom and St Helier in South London and spent 3 years at the Royal Bournemouth NHS Trust as their Deputy COO where he led the reconfiguration of their hospital sites.


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Kirk Millis-Ward, Director of Communications and Engagement

Kirk was appointed to lead Communications and Engagement for Isle of Wight NHS Trust and Isle of Wight Council in May 2019. He is also lead director for the Trust's Volunteer Service and Charitable Fund.

Kirk has worked in a range of senior communications roles for national and local NHS organisations, most recently as Head of News for NHS Improvement and Head of Communications and Engagement for Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust. Having originally trained as a physiotherapist, Kirk went on to study and work in journalism writing for a number of national, regional and local news publications. Follow Kirk @KirkWard_NHS


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