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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 Vaughan Thomas, Chair

Vaughan has been a frequent visitor to the Island since 1986 and has a home here. Vaughan is a Chartered Accountant with experience as a professional advisor, chief executive, and entrepreneur.  He has had various roles as managing partner, director, non-executive director and trustee.  Vaughan brings a range of valuable skills and experience to the role of Chairman at Isle of Wight NHS Trust.   He was previously a Senior Partner at PriceWaterhouseCoopers, European Chief Executive at CB Richard Ellis and International Chief Executive of a Nasdaq listed software consulting business. Vaughan was originally appointed as a Non-Executive Director with the Trust in September 2016.  He has been Chair of the Trust since October 2017.

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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.  Maggie can be found on Twitter @ChiefExecIOWNHS

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

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.





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Alice Webster, Director of Nursing, Midwifery, Allied Health Professionals & Community Services
Alice joined the Trust in February 2019.  She was previously Director of Nursing at NHS Improvement (South Region) and prior to that was Director of Nursing and Quality at East Sussex NHS Hospitals Trust.  Alice has been in a variety of roles within the health economy of East Sussex since 1999. She qualified as a Registered General Nurse and midwife and subsequently health visitor in the early 1990's and has worked in both secondary and primary care in the UK and Australia. She is passionate about developing models of care in the community and ensuring that staff in all of our settings are supported in delivering the best support to our population that they can.

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Mr Alistair Flowerdew, Medical Director

Alistair joined the Trust in June 2018.  He was previously a consultant General Surgeon followed by extensive experience as Medical Director in Salisbury, Scotland  and the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust where he also spent a period as Chief Executive.  He has a particular interest in patient safety clinical effectiveness and professionalism.

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Lois Howell, Director of Governance & 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 Human Resources & 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 Acute 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

 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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JoeSmyth, Chief Operating Officer (Acute & 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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