The Trust Board is the statutory authority, which sets the overall strategy for the Trust and monitors performance. The Trust has eight Non-Executive Directors, including the Chairman, and six Executive Directors. Non-Executive Directors bring an independent view to the decision making process of the Board.
Lisa joined the Trust in September 2017 as Chief Finance Officer before being appointed as Chief Operating Officer in August 2022 and has now been appointed Interim Chief Executive Officer as of January 2024.
Lisa has over 18 years' finance experience in a number of NHS organisations having started her career in 1999 on the Graduate Financial Management Training scheme. She was previously Deputy Director of Finance at Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust, and prior to that she spent time working in Basingstoke, Winchester and Gloucestershire NHS organisations in senior roles. Lisa lives in Devices.
Peter Collins joined the Trust as Interim Medical Director in October 2020, becoming Chief Medical Officer in March 2021.
Peter trained as a liver specialist and was the clinical lecturer at the Sheila Sherlock Liver Centre at the Royal Free Hospital prior to taking up a consultant post at University Hospitals Bristol Foundation Trust in 2005. He has a research interest in primary liver cancer and alcohol related liver failure and led the regional Primary Liver Cancer Service for the West of England. He has had a number of senior leadership positions in research, education and hospital care. In 2017 Peter was appointed to the role of Medical Director at Weston Area Health Trust where he played a key role in developing models of integrated care, reconfiguring services across Bristol and North Somerset and readying the organisation for a successful merger with University Hospitals Bristol. Since the merger he worked as a Deputy Medical Director for the large organisation focusing on the delivery of safe and effective COVID-19 care and the restoration of non-COVID services for the Trust and the local Healthcare system.
Judy joined the Trust in 2020 from the Isle of Wight NHS Trust where she was formerly Deputy Director of Nursing. Prior to that she was the Lead for Clinical Assurance and Quality Governance at Southampton University Hospital.
Judy’s extensive nursing background has been predominantly based in Intensive care at Southampton University Hospitals and Guys and St Thomas’, she holds an MSc in Advanced Critical Care Practice and a post Graduate Certificate in Research from Kings College London.
Judy completed an internship with the National Institute in Research, undertaking primary research related to critical care. She also worked at the University of Southampton for 2 years as a visiting lecturer in the Faculty Heath Science, tutoring under and post graduate student nurses.
She is focused on continuous quality improvement to ensure the best possible care is provided to the people that use our services.
Mark has worked in the Trust as Deputy Chief Finance Officer was appointed as Chief Finance Officer in August 2022, responsible for the Trust’s Finance, Payroll, and Procurement departments. Mark has over 18 years’ NHS finance experience, working in senior finance positions at a number of NHS Trusts across Hampshire and Berkshire until joining the Trust in late 2017. Mark has an undergraduate masters degree in Engineering Science from the University of Oxford and obtained Chartered Management Accountant status as part of the NHS Graduate Training Scheme.
Niall was appointed as Interim Chief Operating Officer in January 2024.
Melanie is an accomplished HR leader and coach with many years of experience leading on significant programmes of change and people strategy in both the private and public sector.
With many years of organisational HR experience, including Board level experience within Private Equity and Public and Charity sectors, Melanie joined the national team at NHS England and Improvement as one of the founding authors of the NHS People Plan. She "got the bug" for health some 6 years ago and has worked in both the community and acute setting alongside the Department of Health and National Regulator.
Melanie began her career in retail working for some of the best known brands on the high street including The John Lewis Partnership , Sainsbury's and Boots. She has continued both her formal academic studies and professional development and has a particular interest in the value and impact of team coaching. In joining the Trust Melanie expressed her wish to support all staff to be the best they could be, by helping create the kind of environment where everyone can thrive and in doing so, provide the best possible care to the community we serve.
Within SFT's executive team, she is the responsible leader for our Operational HR Services, Resourcing, Organisation design and Development, Education and Communication strategies alongside our Health and Safety and Occupational Health services. Outside of work she has a very understanding husband, two adult children who keep returning from university and always with their washing! Swimming at our Odstock health and fitness centre, yoga and rowing.
Ian Green joined the Trust as Chair in February 2023. Ian has held Non-Executive Director posts within the NHS over the past 15 years, including Non-Executive Director of the South Central Ambulance Trust Board. This broad experience has provided Ian with an excellent grasp of the challenges of healthcare delivery and of those specific to Salisbury. He is committed to ensuring services are delivered in accordance with best possible practice and emphasises the importance of working with partners to ensure population health needs are being met, in a safe and effective environment. Most recently Ian has been Chief Executive of the Terrence Higgins Trust.
Rakhee Aggarwal joined the Trust in January 2020 on a 3 year term. Rakhee has been a mental health nurse since 1999; she has a BSc in Behavioural Studies (Psychology); and a Masters in Teaching and Learning for Health Professionals. She has worked for the University of the West of England for the past 15 years as a Senior Lecturer; Associate Head of Nursing and Midwifery - Mental Health and Learning Disability Nursing; Associate Head of Nursing and Midwifery - Adult Nursing; and as Associate Head of Nursing and Midwifery - Continuing Professional Development. She is leading and developing the CPD Education provision for the NHS and private and voluntary sectors. In addition to her work at the University she has been a Non-Executive Director with the South Western Ambulance Trust since 2017.
Tania Baker was CEO at Dr Foster the health analytics company until March 2015. She played a key role in developing the business especially in international markets which led to the sale of the business to Telstra Health. Prior to that Tania held senior appointments in the private healthcare sector and was Commercial Director in the team that set up the Aviva Health insurance business. Since leaving Dr Foster she has been working with Aviva Health and Vitality Health to establish a new joint venture to commission healthcare using a value based approach. She lives in Fordingbridge with her family.
Debbie is a qualified accountant and experienced executive and board director. She has a career spanning 25 years in financial leadership, from which she brings sound financial expertise around good governance, financial improvement plans and long-term financial modelling. Debbie also works as a Non-Executive Director at Isle of Wight NHS Trust, chairing their finance committee and working with the board to help evolve their health and care plans and trust strategy.
Michael qualified in medicine in 1979 and joined the Army as a junior doctor. He trained in occupational and environmental medicine, becoming a consultant in 1992. He served in several operational theatres, including commanding the medical battalion of the UN Protection Force in Croatia in 1993, for which he was awarded the OBE for services to peacekeeping. He was the chief medical planner in the UK Ministry of Defence, and from 2006-2009 he oversaw a transformation in the management of injured service personnel. In 2009 he became Director General of the Army Medical Services. He retired from the Army in 2012. In November 2013 Michael became the Humanitarian Director for Save the Children International and served until November 2015.
Michael lives in Salisbury. He joined the Trust as a non-executive director on 1 November 2016.
Dr David Buckle joined the Trust in January 2020 on a 3 year term. He is MB BS, DRCOG and MRCGP qualified and is a Fellow of the Royal College of General Practitioners. David was a practising GP until 2017 whilst latterly working part-time (until May 2018) as the Medical Director for Herts Valley Clinical Commissioning Group, where he was the Director of General Practice development. He has previously held other roles comprising various positions within Berkshire East and Berkshire West Primary Care Trusts and with NHS Berkshire West Primary Care Trust. He currently has a portfolio of Non-Executive appointments, as the President of the Society for Assistance of Medical Families; Non-Executive Director with Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust; Non-Executive Director with East and North Hertfordshire NHS Hospitals Trust; and Vice Chair (clinical) of the Stroke Association.
Richard joined the Trust in January 2023. Richard has had a wide range of senior appointments with responsibility for business services, including IT, HR, estates, and infrastructure. However, Richard’s fundamental background is in finance and assurance as FD and COO, and corporate governance as Company Secretary. Richard currently chairs an audit committee for a multi-academy school trust and is also appointed to the audit committee for two other charities that support people and communities in the wider Bristol area. He has been instrumental in improving organisational systems of control and assurance in organisations across many sectors ranging from both large corporate organisations to small charities, from public to private, and from education to manufacturing and construction.
Eiri Jones joined the Trust in November for a 3 year period. Eiri is a Registered Nurse; has an MA in Professional Development; and is a QSIR Practitioner. Eiri has clinical, managerial and executive leadership knowledge and skills gained during a career spanning over 40 years. Eiri has held senior and board positions in a range of Trusts in England and Wales and has also held regional (Trust Development Authority), national (Welsh Government and State of Qatar) and regulatory (Nursing and Midwifery Council) appointments. Eiri is currently contracted to Cwm Taf Morgannwg Health Board as a part-time Programme Director. Other contracts were in leading the implementation of GIRFT in the South West of England; as an interim Quality Manager at NHS Crawley CCG; and interim Director of Quality Governance at Barts Health NHS Trust. Her last permanent job was as the Director of Nursing for the United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust (2012 – 2014).
Our staff at Salisbury District Hospital have long been well regarded for the quality of care and treatment they provide for our patients and for their innovation, commitment and professionalism. This has been recognised in a wide range of achievements and it is reflected in our award of NHS Foundation Trust status. This is afforded to hospitals that provide the highest standards of care.