Steve Erskine - Chairman

steve-erskine.jpgSteve 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.

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 Hospital.  From 2012 to 2017 Alex was chief operating officer for Solent NHS Trust which provides community based physical and mental health services in Southampton, Portsmouth and parts of Hampshire.  She became chief executive of Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in 2017.

Dr Lara Alloway - Chief Medical Officer


Dr Lara Alloway.JPGLara qualified from the University of Southampton in 1995.  She trained in general medicine in Wessex, later completed palliative medicine specialist training in the South Thames Deanery and was appointed to the Trust as a consultant in palliative medicine in 2005.  She has held a number of leadership roles within the trust as clinical lead for palliative and end of life care, clinical director for cancer services, associate medical director and divisional director for medical services.  She was appointed as chief medical officer for the Trust in September 2019.  

Julie Dawes - Chief Nurse

julie-dawes.jpgJulie 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-ace.jpgMalcolm 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-Maskery_w.jpgJulie 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.

Jos Creese - Non-Executive Director

Jos-Creese-_w.gifJos is an independent consultant and analyst, providing advice to public and private sectors on digital and IT strategies, business risk, marketing and customer service. He also undertakes lecturing for a range of universities and professional bodies in the UK and internationally, including on health and social care integration and cyber risk.

He is a past president of the British Computer Society and also of the Society of Innovation, Technology and Management (Socitm), and for over a decade he was CIO and latterly CDO for Hampshire County Council. He chairs the Open University School of Computing Industrial Board and is a non-Exec for the Department of International Trade on the Risk and Audit Committee covering cyber, digital and information risk.

Jos started his professional life in the Department of Health and Social Security as a government statistician, advising the BDA and the BMA in medical research analyses, working with a number of major hospitals in the UK on clinical trials.

Simon Holmes - Non-Executive Director

Simon Holmes resized.jpgSimon 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.

Laks Khangura - Non-Executive Director

Laks Khangura_w.jpgLaks is a fellow member of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants (ACCA) with 20 years of experience in the utilities, aviation, health, education and telecommunications industries.

He qualified with Southern Electric PLC before moving to British Airways as Finance Controller for one of their subsidiary company’s, Speedwing International (SIL). Laks was involved in the successful sale by British Airways of Speedwing Mobile Comms to Spice Holdings PLC and was asked to join the board of the newly formed company, AirRadio Ltd as their Finance Director.

Laks has held senior financial and commercial board roles in healthcare companies including DMC Healthcare (Primary Care), Community Dental Services (Community Interest Company) and Radiology Reporting Online (partly owned by UCLH)

Laks has also held a portfolio of part time non-executive director positions. He joined Hillingdon PCT as Non-Executive Director and was appointed Chairman of Hillingdon Community Healthcare (HCH) where he supported the transfer of HCH to CNWL. He joined the board of CNWL Mental Health Trust as Non-Executive Director where he was Chair of the Audit Committee.

Laks has recently left his role as CEO of FedBucks, the GP Federations in Buckinghamshire. He led the organisation from start up to being a significant player in the Bucks Integrated Care System.

Gary McRae - Non-Executive Director

gary-mcrae.jpgGary 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.jpgPaul 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 Tabor resized.jpgJane 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.

Ruth Williams - Non-Executive Director

Ruth Williams resized.jpgRuth 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.

Catherine Hope-MacLellan - Advisor to the Board and Director of People


Catherine holds a Bachelors Degree in Finance from SMU in Dallas, Texas and a Masters Degree in Organisational Behaviour from Cornell in New York.  She began her career as a management consultant with Accenture moving from IT systems analyst work to the change management and human capital management practices at Accenture.  She progressed from consultancy into Human Resources and now has over 20 years’ experience  as a Human Resources Director with large multi-national financial services firms such as Capital One and Old Mutual Wealth Management.

She has worked extensively internationally in countries as diverse as Japan, the United Arab Emirates and South Africa but she is now happily settled in Hampshire.

Shirlene Oh - Advisor to the Board and Director of Strategy


Shirlene is responsible for working collaboratively with partners in the health ecosystem including the public, commissioners, providers of health and social care services, local authority, the voluntary sector and private sector, to develop its strategy to provide outstanding care to patients and to improve the health and wellbeing of the population it serves. This includes the strategy planning process, which links the clinical, financial, estate and digital/technology planning cycles into a coherent whole Trust strategy, work with the Local Care Partnership join acute care seamlessly with primary, community, mental health and social care plans and work with the Hampshire & Isle of Wight STP on its Strategic Delivery Plan.

Her areas of professional interest include strategy, systems leadership, population health, innovation and quality improvement. Shirlene has developed capability programmes for health professionals in outcomes-based commissioning & integrated care and innovation.

Shirlene has worked in both public and private sectors and has previously held senior positions at GlaxoSmithKline including Vice President, Sustainable Health Lab and Vice President, Supply Strategy, and at Imperial College Health Partners as Director of Innovation, Commerce & Capability. She has a PhD, MBA, Certificate in Population Health and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry.