Steve Erskine - Chairman
Steve has extensive board level experience built up over the past 19 years in both the public and private sector.
Steve was previously the chairman of Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and sat on the Dorset Integrated Care System partnership board. He was also vice-chairman at Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust and has been an NHS non-executive director since 2011.
As a business development director for L3 Communications, a large US technology company, Steve was responsible for the delivery of intelligence and information systems into UK policing and law enforcement agencies. During this time he led on the implementation of a new national child protection system.
Between 2005 and 2010 Steve was the integrated service management director for a large Home Office agency. He was responsible for the delivery of operational services in the UK and 40 countries worldwide.
Steve’s career started at Ordnance Survey where he worked his way up through the organisation to become the main board director responsible for technology, product management and the full paper mapping production business. During this time he was the strategic relationship lead for external organisations and partners such as the Countryside Agency, DEFRA and MoD and also represented the UK on the management board of the European association for national mapping, cadastral and land registration authorities.
Alex Whitfield - Chief Executive
Alex started her career in operational management at ExxonMobil’s Fawley Oil Refinery and holds an engineering degree from Cambridge University. After 13 years at Exxon, Alex moved to the NHS.
Alex has held senior roles in both the former Basingstoke and Winchester organisations over a number of years and so she already knows many of our staff. Her first NHS role was at North Hampshire Hospital in 2005 and during her time there she covered areas as diverse as project management, governance, productivity and operational management of the Emergency Division. She went on to become chief operating officer at Winchester.
Since 2012 Alex has been chief operating officer for Solent NHS Trust which provides community based physical and mental health services in Southampton, Portsmouth and parts of Hampshire.
Dr Andrew Bishop - Chief Medical Officer
Andrew qualified from Cambridge in 1987, and joined the hospital in February 1999 as a consultant cardiologist, extensively developing the cardiology service at the hospital and establishing the angiography service. Andrew was the clinical director for medicine and elderly care services, before becoming the Foundation Trust’s Chief Medical Officer in 2004.
Julie Dawes - Chief Nurse
Julie qualified at St James Hospital in Leeds and has worked as a nurse for 37 years. She graduated from Southampton University with a Masters Degree in 2005.
Her clinical background was mainly in cancer and palliative care and is passionate about patient care and drives hard to maintain high standards of care. She has worked in several organisations including UHS, Portsmouth Foundation Trust, Calderdale and Huddersfield and more recently Southern Health. This is Julie's fourth board position.
Malcolm Ace - Chief Financial Officer
Malcolm read Modern History and Economics at Jesus College, Oxford and graduated in 1983.
He qualified as an accountant in 1987 while working for the University of Manchester. In 1999, he was appointed Director of Finance at the University of Portsmouth and in 2004 became Director of Finance at the University of Southampton.
In 2014, Malcolm left Southampton to join the NHS Executive Fasttrack programme and was based in Salisbury NHS FT during this time. Immediately before joining Hampshire Hospitals in May 2016, Malcolm was Interim Director of Finance at the University of Surrey.
Julie Maskery - Chief Operating Officer
Julie was appointed Chief Operating Officer in July 2017, having joined the Board of Directors as Director of Transformation and Performance two years earlier.
Prior to this, Julie held a number of senior roles across HHFT, including Head of Human Resources, Education and Medical Staffing. She then moved into operational management and was the Operational Director for both the Surgical and Medical Divisions.
Julie joined the NHS in April 2008 on the National NHS Gateway to Leadership programme. Prior to joining the NHS, she had worked for 15 years in local government in Leisure and Environmental Services.
Simon Holmes - Non-Executive Director
Simon Holmes trained in medicine at St Marys Hospital, London qualifying in 1984 and then underwent surgical training in and around London, before specialising in Urology which included completion of a higher surgical research degree. Simon then climbed the specialist ladder before being appointed a consultant in Portsmouth Hospitals Trust in 1995.
During his surgical career Simon sub-specialised in Urological cancer surgery and also established a research unit in the department. His interest in cancer therapies led to involvement in the national cancer networks and he became medical director of the Central South Coast Cancer Network in 2007. Simon was then appointed to the role of medical director of Portsmouth Hospitals Trust in 2010, a post which he held until 2017 gaining board experience of a large acute Trust during this time.
Simon retired from clinical practice at the end of 2018. Simon is married with three sons and have a number of interests which he is now able to pursue with greater dedication.
John MacMahon - Non-Executive Director
In a career spanning investment, private and commercial banking, John held senior positions in Grindlays Bank and its parent Australia and New Zealand Banking Group in London, Tokyo and New York. In 2004 he was a founding partner of Salisbury-based Gore Browne Investment Management which provides discretionary wealth management to private clients, family trusts and charities and he continues in that role.
Gary McRae - Non-Executive Director
Gary is a Chartered Accountant and brings a wealth of experience from the private sector to HHFT. He previously worked as Finance Director of NSC, a privately-owned business based in Camberley providing training, simulation and consultancy products. Prior to this, he was the Director of Corporate Development and Legal at Laird PLC. He has also worked for British Aerospace Defence, the Dowty Group and Ernst & Young. Gary is currently a NED of SAS International.
Paul Musson - Non-Executive Director
Paul Musson was Chief People Officer at Colt Technology Services, where he had a clear remit to drive the people and performance agenda ‘top down’ across Colt’s business and service units.
Paul was a key member of the strategic project team supporting the implementation of the new strategy and operating model through concept and design to execution. Paul has over 22 years’ experience in Human Resources, working at a leadership level, having held corporate roles at global FTSE 100/S&P 250 companies, BAE Systems and Weatherford International.
Prior to this Paul spent 20 years in the military in various leadership roles and was involved in two major reorganisations of the Army; his service also included 4 years in Special Forces as a Team Leader. Paul retired as a Captain in 1999.
Jane Tabor - Non-Executive Director
Jane has over 20 years commercial experience developing and leading major UK and European technology, services and software businesses for IBM. She held many senior executive positions within IBM, leading multi-national, multi-disciplinary teams working extensively through complex business partnerships and managing major client relationships.
In addition to Hampshire Hospitals, Jane serves as a non-executive director of Vivid Housing, where she is a member of the Audit and Risk and Remuneration and Nominations Committees, and on the governing council of Loughborough University, where she is on the Finance, Nominations and Remuneration Committees. She is also a co-opted member of the Audit and Assurance Committee for England Athletics.
Previously Jane was a Non-Executive director at the Isle of Wight NHS Trust and was a Board member with two not-for-profit organisations – AbilityNet and the IBM Charitable Trust.
Jeff Wearing - Non-Executive Director
Jeff Wearing has over 20 years of experience at board level, working within the Ministry of Defence and telecommunications industry with Vodafone; he has specialist skills in starting and operating new businesses, quality management, customer service, risk management and corporate governance. Jeff Wearing is also a Trustee of the charity Hope for Tomorrow and was previously a non-executive director at Winchester and Eastleigh Healthcare NHS Trust.
Ruth Williams - Non-Executive Director
Ruth has long experience of securing quality improvements for patient care. She most recently worked as the Director of Nursing for NHS England, Wessex and latterly Hampshire, Isle of Wight and Thames Valley. In this capacity she led the quality team, and worked with commissioners and providers of health care to ensure and support improvement and strategic planning for quality care. Ruth’s responsibilities in this role also included ensuring that patient experience and safeguarding duties were met across Wessex and Hampshire and Thames Valley. In addition she worked closely with Health Education England on workforce development.
Ruth has held senior positions in South East Coast SHA, including interim Director of Nursing. Before this she worked in nursing management positions in Western Sussex NHS Trust and the Royal West Sussex NHS Trust.
Ruth is also a Trustee of Langley House Trust charity and a Member of Gosport and Fareham multi academy Trust Board.