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The Trust Board 

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.

Meetings of the Trust Board

Members of the public are invited to attend meetings of the Trust Board, which are held every other month. For further details, please contact the Chief Executive's office, telephone: 01722 336262 extension 2755. You can also find details of how to get in touch with the directors through the Trust here.

Foundation Trust Council of Governors

The Council of Governors monitors the performance of the Trust, and the Trust Board is accountable to the Council of Governors. In addition Governors have a wider role which includes ensuring that the local community and staff have a greater say in how services are developed and delivered by the NHS Foundation Trust.

Register of Interests for Board Members of the Trust

The Trust Board

Nick Marsden 

Nick Marsden - Chairman


  • Chairman of the Trust Board
  • Chairman of the Remuneration Committee
  • Chairman of Finance Committee

Nick Marsden joined the Trust in January 2014. He has been an NHS non executive director at Southampton since 2007 and a vice chairman since 2011. He has an engineering Ph.D and also commercial experience having held several senior executive roles at IBM before becoming Senior Vice President for Service at Danka Europe. He lives near Andover in Hampshire.

Executive Directors:

Cara Charles-Barks  – Chief Executive


Cara Charles-Barks has a wide range of clinical and management experience in both the NHS and Australian healthcare systems. She qualified as a registered nurse in Australia in 1991 and, having worked in London for three years, moved back to Australia where she became a nurse consultant, then clinical practice manager and subsequently Nursing Director. She was then Deputy Chief Operating Officer in Peterborough in the UK and, before coming to Salisbury, she was Deputy Chief Executive Officer and Chief Operating Officer at Hinchingbrooke Health Care NHS Trust.

Cara Charles-Barks - Chief Executive 
Christine Blanshard 

Christine Blanshard - Medical Director


Christine Blanshard graduated in Medicine from Cambridge University in 1986 and has over 25 years NHS experience. She trained in East Anglia and London, and became a consultant gastroenterologist and general physician in 1998. She has undertaken a variety of managerial roles alongside her clinical work and before joining the Trust was Director of Strategy and Associate Medical Director at Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

Christine is also the Trust’s Caldicott Guardian and is responsible for protecting the confidentiality of patient information, allowing it to be shared with other organisations or individuals only when it is lawful and ethical to do so.

Malcolm Cassells - Director of Finance and Procurement


Malcolm Cassells is a qualified accountant with extensive financial experience gained through over 35 years in the NHS. He held senior financial positions at Regional Health Authority and District Health Authority level, before joining the Trust in 1986 as Director of Finance. He lives in South Wiltshire.

Malcolm Cassells 
Andy Hyett 

Andy Hyett - Chief Operating Officer


Andy Hyett has a wide range of NHS experience. He started his career as a biomedical scientist at Dorset County Hospital in the 1990s and moved into NHS management in Winchester. He continued to progress through senior management positions in Portsmouth and then University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust where he was Deputy Chief Operating Officer. Andy lives in Southampton.

Alison Kingscott - Director of Human Resources and Organisational Development


Alison Kingscott has a wide range of HR experience in both the NHS and private sector. She has held senior NHS positions in the south west of England and was Director of Human Resources and Corporate Lead for Estates and Facilities at Weston Area Health NHS Trust before joining the Trust.

Alison Kingscott 
Lorna Wilkinson 

Lorna Wilkinson - Director of Nursing


Lorna has extensive nursing and managerial experience having started her career in 1989 and progressing through a number of nursing roles in London before moving into quality improvement and clinical governance. She was Deputy Director of Nursing, firstly in Salisbury and then in Portsmouth, before returning to the Trust in 2014 as Director of Nursing. Lorna lives in Salisbury.

Lorna is the Senior Information Risk Owner (SIRO) for the Trust who takes overall ownership of the organisation’s Information Risk Policies to ensure that personal information is held safely and securely.

Corporate Director:

Corporate Director:

Laurence Arnold - Director of Corporate Development


Laurence Arnold has almost 20 years NHS experience having worked in both commissioning and provider organisations. He joined the Trust in June 1999 from the Whittington Hospital in London and has since led on strategic planning and site redevelopment projects at Salisbury District Hospital. He lives in West Dean, near Salisbury.

Laurence Arnold 

Non-Executive Directors:

Tania Baker 

Tania Baker - Non-Executive Director


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.

Paul Kemp - Non-Executive Director


  • Chairman of the Audit Committee
  • Member of the Clinical Governance Committee
  • Member of the Remuneration Committee

Paul Kemp joined the Trust in February 2015 having completed 34 years in industry, initially as a development chemist before concentrating on finance, IT and business change leadership. Paul has worked for a number of large multinational companies, including British Airways and Cobham plc, the multinational aerospace and defence company. Paul lives in St Leonards, near Ringwood.

Paul Kemp 
Michael Marsh  

Dr Michael Marsh


Michael is a leading paediatric consultant who was the Medical Director at the University Hospital Southampton NHS FT for 6 years until 2015. Dr Marsh held various other senior positions since joining SUHT in September 1998, including director of the paediatric intensive care unit, clinical lead for paediatrics and divisional clinical director for women and children. In June 2015 he took on the role of Medical Director for Specialised Commissioning with NHS England's London Region.

Michael lives in the New Forest. He joined the Trust as a non-executive director on 1 November 2016.

Kirsty Matthews - Non-Executive Director


Kirsty has a range of previous NHS Board experience, as Non Executive Director and Chair at the Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases (RNHRD) NHS FT from December 2007, prior to being appointed as Chief Executive Officer for 6 years leading the organisation through to the point of a successful acquisition in January 2015. She has a background in NHS General management prior to completing the Bath MBA programme in 1996, subsequently worked in Business Development in the Private Healthcare Sector.

Kirsty Matthews 
Professor Jane Reid 

Professor Jane Reid - Non-Executive Director


A nurse by profession, Jane has extensive experience as an executive lead in the NHS and Higher Education. A past President of the Association for Perioperative Practice and formerly Nurse Advisor to the National Patient Safety Agency and the World Health Organisation, Jane has successfully led a number of national and international initiatives, focussed on patient safety improvement. In addition to her role as Non Executive Director, Jane is a Fellow of the Safer Care and Improvement Faculty at the NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement, Researcher Queen Mary's London and Visiting Professor to Bournemouth University. A widely published Nurse Academic, Jane now combines a portfolio of research, education and reviews, providing independent advice in support of innovation and service improvement in the NHS.

Michael von Bertele OBE


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.

Michaele von Bertele 

Associate Non-Executive Directors

Ian Downie 

Ian Downie - Non-Executive Director


  • Member of the Finance Committee
  • Member of the Remuneration Committee

Ian Downie has considerable management experience having started his career with Westland PLC in 1974. He moved to ML Aviation in 1984 as Finance Director and then became Managing Director. He is currently Strategic Development Director at Serco group.

Stephen Long - Non-Executive Director


  • Member of the Clinical Governance Committee
  • Member of the Remuneration Committee

Stephen retired as Deputy Chief Constable of Wiltshire after 30 years service. He was a diversity champion within the constabulary and a national lead for Science and Technology. Stephen lives in Wilton in Wiltshire.

Stephen Long 
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