Non Executive Directors




Deputy Chair


Non Executive Director (NED)


Non Executive Director (NED)


Non Executive Director (NED)


Non Executive Director (NED)


Non Executive Director (NED)


Non Executive Director (NED)

Executive Directors

Louise Stead


Chief Executive



Director of Finance

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Medical Director

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Chief Nurse

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Chief Operating Officer



Director of Human Resources

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Director of Transformation (non voting)

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Director of Strategy (non voting)

Chief Executive – Louise Stead

Louise was appointed as Chief Executive of Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in September 2018. She has been a Board member since November 2011 and has played a pivotal role in the leadership of the Trust and its successes – including the recent CQC rating.

Louise qualified as a registered nurse in 1988. Prior to joining the Trust, she had a varied career in a number of London teaching hospitals and is an experienced nurse in cardiology, cardiovascular surgery, hepatobiliary and pancreatic medicine and surgery, haematology and coronary care. She has an MSc in Professional Practice (Leadership and Management).

Director of Finance – Ross Dunworth

Ross qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Price Waterhouse in Leeds, joining the local NHS as a Finance Manager in 1992. He worked in Plymouth, Hertfordshire and Hampshire in senior financial manager roles until he left the NHS to run his own interim and consultancy service in 2007. Over the last ten years he has worked in a diverse range of NHS organisations, including UCLH, Great Western and  Sherwood Forest FTs, as well as Tower Hamlets CCG .

Ross has an MA in History and Archaeology from the University of Winchester, where he is currently studying for a PhD.

Medical Director –  Dr Marianne Illsley

Dr Marianne Illsley is an experienced Oncologist who combines her clinical work with an interest in leadership and management. She was appointed as Consultant Clinical Oncologist at Royal Surrey in January 2000 and her main clinical interest is in the treatment of lung and oesophageal cancer.

Marianne has contributed to clinical leadership for most of her Consultant career; initially as Head of Service for radiotherapy, and subsequently  Clinical Director for Oncology. As Trust Cancer Lead, she was instrumental in the development and growth of Royal Surrey’s St Luke’s Cancer Centre. Marianne is currently joint Medical Director at the Trust. She is also on the Professional Standards Board at the Royal College of Radiologists, where she is Radiotherapy Governance Lead, and sits on the SouthEast Clinical Senate, advising on broader healthcare issues within the Kent, Surrey and Sussex area. She has a founding fellowship from the Faculty of Medical Leadership and management.

Marianne’s first degree was from the University of Cambridge in 1984 and she then qualified MB BS from Guy’s Hospital Medical School in 1987. Marianne trained in Oncology in London at Barts, St Thomas’, The Royal Marsden (where she was a research fellow) and in Brighton.

Chief Nurse – Jo Mountjoy

Jo was appointed as Chief Nurse on 1st January 2019.

Having qualified as an Enrolled Nurse in June 1990, Jo converted her qualification to Registered Nurse in 1994. Her initial nursing experience was in orthopaedic nursing and she transferred to Accident & Emergency nursing in January 1991,  she has worked in this speciality at a number of acute settings in London and in the region.

Jo initially worked for the Trust from November 1990 until January 1997. In November 2004, she returned to the Trust, where she has held a number of positions including, Accident and Emergency Senior Clinical Nurse Manager, Head of Nursing, Deputy Director of Nursing, Acting Chief Nurse. She has a MSc in Healthcare Management.

Jo has recently married and was previously known as Jo Embleton.

Chief Operating Officer – Bob Peet

Bob Peet joined Royal Surrey in June 2017 as Chief Operating Officer from working as the Transformation Director for the Surrey Heartlands STP (Sustainability and Transformation Plan).   Previously, Bob has undertaken senior roles covering both Operations and Strategy, most recently at Ashford St Peter’s Hospitals and prior to that at Buckinghamshire Hospitals and at Guy’s and St Thomas’s Hospitals.   Bob’s early career was in the Army.

Director of Human Resources – Louise Hall

Louise is our Director of HR and Organisational development and joined the Trust in January 2019, having previously worked at Frimley Health and the South London and Maudsley NHS Trusts.  She has over 27 years of experience in HR and has worked in the private and public sectors, doing operational as well as strategic change roles.  She has a special interest in culture change and staff health and wellbeing, including mental health. Louise is local to the Trust and has always been an advocate for our acute and community services and is married with three children.

Director of Transformation (non voting) – Nick Sands

Nick has served as Deputy Chief Operating Officer since joining the Royal Surrey in 2017.

Before joining the Trust Nick worked with PricewaterhouseCoopers in their healthcare consulting business – supporting strategy and transformation programmes within the UK and Middle East.  Prior to that Nick spent five years at King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust where he managed a range of clinical services, including their emergency department.

He spent the early part of his career in the automotive industry working with McLaren and Toyota, learning about how to develop a culture of continuous quality improvement.  Nick has a first degree in Manufacturing Engineering from the University of Loughborough, and an MSc in Healthcare Management from the University of Surrey.

Director of Strategy (non voting) – Joe Mills

Joe joined Royal Surrey in 2017 having been in Strategy roles in the largest community Trust in Central London for three years previously and for the independent social and health care provider, Care UK, for three years prior to that. During this time he learnt what could be achieved by linking up all elements of health and social care and the third sector around patients and he was very excited to continue this work for Guildford & Waverley by bringing the adult community services contract to Royal Surrey.

Joe’s role is to support Trust strategy development and delivery and ensure that we have partnerships with stakeholders, both public and private, which enable us to best serve our patients across the services we run. Joe has an undergraduate degree and an MBA from Cambridge University and is married with two young children.

Chair – Sue Sjuve

Sue Sjuve was appointed Chair of the Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust on 1 March 2017. Prior to her appointment she was Chair for five years at  Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust and has been a non-executive director of Surrey Primary Care Trust. Sue is also a non-executive director of Saxon Weald, a housing association in Sussex, and is Chair of the Makaton Charity.

Sue started her career at Guys Hospital Paediatric research unit as a research technician, but her  executive career was spent mostly in financial services where she held director level roles in The Woolwich, Barclays plc and the National Australia Group. Her skills and experience cover programme management, risk management, marketing, sales, customer relationship management and diversity and inclusion. She loves working in the NHS.

Deputy Chair – Andrew Prince

Andrew Prince is a healthcare professional specialising in non-clinical support for integrated care across acute and community settings. He is Development Director in the Serco Global Healthcare Centre of Excellence. In this role he is responsible for the migration of good practice across Serco’s healthcare operations in the Middle East, Asia Pacific and the UK. This brings responsibility for strategic partnerships, particularly with technology firms, for thought leadership and the development of new service propositions.

Andrew is Deputy Chair of the Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and has served on the boards of two other trusts: as Senior Independent Director of Frimley Health and as Deputy Chair of North Hampshire Hospitals.

Non-Executive Director – Gaenor Bagley

Following a 30 year career in professional services, where she held a variety of leadership positions including at Board level, Gaenor now has a portfolio of Non-Executive Director roles.  Her other current roles include

  • Non-Executive Director, Member of Audit and Finance Committee and Chair of Risk Committee – TKAT Multi-Academy Trust.
  • Non-executive Board Member – Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
  • Trustee of Chartered Management Institute and Chair of Chartered Management Consultant Oversight Board, a board with members from the Chartered Management Institute and the Management Consultants Association which will govern the design and delivery of a new Chartered Management Consultant Award.
  • Member of Advisory Board for Leeds University Business School

Most of Gaenor’s professional career has been as an M&A tax advisor with PwC.  Having led the UK M&A tax practice from 2008 to 2011, she was appointed to the Executive Board of PwC UK in 2011 to be Head of People, with responsibilities for developing the firm’s People and CSR strategy. Alongside this role she was the Global Head of Learning and Development, responsible for the development strategy for the PwC network firms. From July 2016 until her retirement in December 2017 Gaenor was Head of Corporate Purpose at PwC UK, leading on PwC’s CSR agenda.

Prior to joining PwC Gaenor was a Corporate Finance Advisor at S.G. Warburg. She joined from EY, where she qualified as an accountant in 1989.

Non-Executive Director – Howard Webber

Howard’s career began in the Home Office and has included periods in several departments, working on areas as diverse as counter-terrorism and consumer protection. He has been head of policy at the Arts Council and Chief Executive of the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority. Alongside his role at the Royal Surrey, he chairs an inner-city housing association. He has degrees from Birmingham and Harvard Universities, and has recently graduated from King’s College London with a PhD in modern British history.

Non-Executive Director – Martin Hedley

Martin was appointed on 3 March 2016 and currently manages an advisory company providing executive coaching, mentoring, business transformation and customer experience development, based in his hometown of Guildford. Having enjoyed an extensive expatriate career, primarily in the United States and the Gulf Countries, he brings experience from British Airways, American Airlines, JPMorganChase and Citibank. Having led consulting companies since 2002 he has brought his expertise in transformation, enterprise technology, service excellence and quality to several industries. His involvement in healthcare started at St Louis University in 2004 when he led transitional learning about safety from airlines to medicine.

He is a member of a Board Advisory firm based in New York City and runs the Peak Performer Forum, an online service dedicated to building leadership skills in remote parts of the world. He is also a director of two start-up companies involved in social media and edtech.

Martin graduated from Newcastle University in Geomatics, is a published author and a senior member of the American Society for Quality.

Non-Executive Director – Lakh Jemmett

Lakh Jemmett is a Non-Executive Director of the Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and Non-Executive Chairman of Portsmouth Water CCG (Customer Challenge Group).

He is an experienced CEO and Board Director, having successfully built and led International Technology Businesses for the past 30 years in FTSE main market, multiple European jurisdictions and Private Equity environments.

Lakh’s experience includes the leadership of organisations in the US, Asia, Europe and South America managing culturally diverse teams in Tier 1 Technology vendors (Alcatel Lucent/Nokia ) and Service providers (COLT Plc, BT Plc, US Sprint).

Lakh has a background in IT intensive Businesses, Telecommunications and Digital Services and has worked in both regulated and unregulated environments.

He has a BSc (Hons) in Physics and a Diploma in Company Direction from the London Institute of Directors.

What Does the Board Do?

The Board sets the strategic goals and objectives for the organisation. They monitor how the Trust is performing against these objectives and make sure appropriate action is taken where necessary.

Our Board of Directors is made up of a Chief Executive and five Executive Directors who deliver the strategy and a Chair and seven Non-Executive Directors (NEDS). The Chair and NEDS are not employed by the Trust and work part-time providing advice to the Board and challenge where appropriate.

The Chief Executive is responsible for leading the organisation. She has overall accountability for the operational management of the Trust and is supported by the five executive directors.

Our Chair, chairs both the Board of Directors and Council of Governors meetings and is responsible for providing leadership and ensuring the Trust Board and the Council of Governors communicate effectively, gaining the views of Governors as necessary for consideration by the Board.

The Board is structured in line with the Trust’s Constitution which allows it to fulfil its statutory and constitutional functions and to comply with Monitor’s terms of authorisation. The balance of independent non-executive directors (including the Chairman) meets the NHS Foundation Code of Governance.

Our NEDS have a wide range of skills and experience essential for an effective foundation Trust board. They provide independent judgement and advice on issues of strategy, vision, performance, resources and standards of conduct and constructively challenge, influence and help the executive team develop proposals and implement strategies.

Board members have an appropriate balance of clinical, financial, business and management backgrounds and skills. They work together to ensure we continue our success as a foundation trust.

For a copy of the Trust Constitution click here

Board Meetings

The Board holds a meeting in public every month. The Board papers can be found here.

The dates of public meetings can be found here. Our board meetings are meetings held in public, not public meetings. This means that members of the public are not permitted to ask questions during the meeting however the Chairman may ask the public if they have any questions on matters related to the agenda at the end.

Board Committees

The Trust has established committees as a way of managing the work of the Board, thereby strengthening the Board’s governance role. Board committees focus on specific areas allowing the board to concentrate on broader and strategic ‘big picture’ issues. In addition the Trust is statutorily required to establish committees responsible for audit and remuneration. Boards of NHS organisations also have a statutory duty of quality. All Board committees are chaired by a NED. Audit Committee members are all NEDs with executive directors in attendance. The Trust has four main Committees:

Audit Committee is responsible for

  • Internal control systems
  • Assurance framework
  • Reviewing disclosure statements
  • Annual Governance Statement
  • Counter fraud
  • Whistle blowing

View Audit Committee terms of reference


Board Remuneration is responsible for

  • Succession planning for senior management
  • Performance objectives
  • Reward
  • Consulted by governors when appointing NEDs

View Board Remuneration Committee terms of reference


Finance is responsible for

  • Financial policy, management & reporting
  • Major investment decisions
  • Monitoring of performance reporting

View Finance Committee terms of reference


Quality Committee is responsible for

  • Clinical governance
  • Safety & excellence in patient care
  • Quality strategy

View Quality Committee terms of reference

The Trust’s Board Register of Interests may be viewed by clicking here.

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