Chair: Stuart Bell – Oxford Health CEO

Stuart Bell was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the OHFT on 1 October 2012. He was previously the Chief Executive Officer of South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust and was in post for 13 years. He has 30 years NHS experience. Before working at South London, Stuart was Chief Executive of Thameslink NHS Trust and Lewisham and Guy’s Mental Health NHS Trust. Earlier in his career he worked at Charing Cross and Whittington hospitals before moving to the South West Thames Regional Health Authority in 1990. Stuart was instrumental in the development of King’s Health Partners in London – one of the academic health sciences centres with a major mental health involvement – prior to joining the Trust. In 2008 Stuart was awarded a CBE for services to the NHS and he is an Honorary Fellow of King’s College London and an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists. Stuart is also the Chairman of the Picker Institute (Europe).

Diane Hedges – Director of Delivery and Localities, OCCG

Diane is an experienced commissioner and Director having worked in most types of organisations across the NHS. Before joining OCCG, Diane worked independently running her own company as a change consultant and interim Director. Assignments included Strategic Adviser to Surrey CCG on acute services and leading a public consultation in Bromley. She was responsible for the establishment of Bromley Healthcare, a new Social Enterprise transferring all community services from the local Primary Care Trust (PCT). Diane was Chief Executive of a PCT in Berkshire for many years whilst also leading the commissioning function for the three PCTs in the area. She has held a range of senior roles in a Strategic Health Authority, Department of Health, Local Authority, Primary Care Group and General Practice.

Dr Joe McManners – Clinical Chair, OCCG

Joe is Clinical Chair of Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (OCCG). He is also a GP at Manor Surgery, Headington and trains GPs. He previously worked with homeless people at Luther Street medical practice and hopes to use his role on the OCCG as an opportunity to decrease inequalities, to increase integration between health and social care and make health services more suitable to older patients. 

David Smith – Chief Executive, OCCG

David joined the NHS in 1975. He is a qualified accountant and has a lengthy track record of service transformation and financial turnaround. Prior to joining OCCG David held a joint role in Kingston, South West London, as Chief Executive of the Clinical Commissioning Group and Director of Health and Adult Services for the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames. Earlier in his career David held a number of Finance Director, Commissioning Director and Chief Executive posts.

Andrew Stevens – Director of Planning and Information, OUH

Andrew joined the NHS in 1982 as a national general management trainee. After posts in North Wales and Manchester, he spent two years as Secretary of the Community Health Council in Swindon. Andrew moved to Hampstead Health Authority in 1988 and undertook a variety of senior planning-related roles in the hospital and community sectors. He project-managed the Royal Free's first wave NHS Trust application before becoming the Trust's Director of Business Planning He is the lead executive for the FT application process and for EPR implementation.

Lay rep: Helen Van Oss

Helen is a retired GP of 30 years’ experience. She is now a committed member of Patient Participation Groups to improve and smooth services for patients and GPs.

Lay rep: Rosalind Pearce, CEO Healthwatch Oxfordshire

Cllr Judith Heathcoat – OCC

Judith has served in local politics at all levels for over 26 years. At the town level she was Deputy Mayor. At district, Deputy Chairman of Planning. At the county level she has served the Faringdon Division, with Cabinet status since 2007.

Dr John Black – Medical Director, SCAS

John joined the Board of the South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SCAS) in 2010 as Medical Director, having previously joined SCAS in 2007 as Divisional Medical Director for Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire. His role is to support the strategic clinical direction of South Central Ambulance Service NHS as well as to provide expert clinical advice to the Board and, together with the Director for Patient Care, to provide assurance on the standards of clinical care delivered. John represents of The College of Emergency Medicine and currently chairs the Intercollegiate Board for Training in Pre-hospital Emergency Medicine (PHEM), which has over seen the General Medical Council approval of this new medical sub-specialty, and the approval of new postgraduate PHEM training programmes in England, Scotland and Wales. John is a member of the National Ambulance Service Medical Director’s Group, and is also a member of the Army Reserve (Defence Medical Services). John was appointed a Queen’s Honorary Physician (Civilian) in 2009 and Honorary Consultant Civilian Adviser in Emergency Care to the British Army in 2013.

Andrew Elphick – CEO, Principal Medical Ltd.

Andrew joined Principal Medical Limited as Chief Executive in January 2016. With an extensive career in both national and international industry, Andrew brings a wealth of commercial experience to the OHTP and PML boards.

Dr Stephen Smith – Medical Director, Principal Medical Ltd.

Stephen completed medical school training at St Bartholomew’s Hospital, London in 1990. After gaining further experience in acute medicine Stephen moved into general practice and became a GP in 1995 and joined the GP partnership in the Windrush Medical Practice in Witney in 1996. Stephen helped to design and project manage the new Windrush Health Centre which was opened in 2012 by The Prime Minister. Stephen has a special interest in strategic development of primary care services. He joined the Board in June 2015.

Cllr Ian Hudspeth – OCC

Ian was elected as a County Councillor in 2005, retaining his seat in 2009. In 2007 he became Cabinet Member for Transport. From 2009 to 2011 his portfolio was Growth & Infrastructure covering strategic planning including transport, housing waste and the green & clean agenda. He was elected Leader of the County Council in May 2012. He was a District Councillor at West Oxfordshire District Council from 2002 to 2012.  He served on the Cabinet from 2003 to 2006 with responsibility for Community Health & Safety implementing the new Licensing act regulations. He was a member of Bladon Parish Council from 1998 to 2009. Ian is married with a young daughter who attended the Marlborough school and now works in London. Before becoming involved in politics Ian enjoyed playing golf but he still manages to watch Oxford United occasionally.

Dr Ben Riley – Chair of the Board of Directors, Oxfed

Ben is an experienced GP and a medical director at the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP), where he leads the national curriculum for the training of GPs. He has additional experience in caring for people with cancer and is a Trustee of the Lymphoma Association. He has published a book on GP training and is the author of the RCGP's Social Media Highway Code. Dr Riley is the Chair of OxFed, the Oxford Federation of General Practice and Primary Care, a health network organisation that links the NHS general practices across Oxford city.

Will Hancock, CEO – South Central Ambulance NHS Foundation Trust (SCAS)

Will is the Chief Executive for SCAS, and is responsible for leading its transformation into a modern provider of emergency and urgent health care. In June 2006 he led the merger of the four ambulance services covering Hampshire, Oxfordshire, Berkshire and Buckinghamshire and in March 2012 the organisation achieved Foundation Trust status. He also leads nationally for the ambulance services in England on Finance, Mental Health Issues and Procurement & Outsourcing.

Dr Paul Roblin, CEO of BBOLMC and BBOLMC Board Secretary

Paul represents the GPs of the Thames Valley. He is the LMC Secretary for each of the three counties of Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire. He is also a locum GP in Oxford City.

Dr Jonathan McWilliam, Director of Public Health – Oxfordshire County Council 

As Director of Public Health, Jonathan’s long term goal is to achieve a vision of ‘One Oxfordshire’ in which all organisations work together within a shared set of priorities to improve health for the long term. He is guided by the definition of public health which is to ‘improve health and prevent disease through the organised efforts of society’. 

Peter Clark – County Director, OCC

Peter began his career in local government as a specialist child care lawyer. In 1985, he held various roles within Oxfordshire County Council before becoming head of Legal Services in 2002. Peter is now county director at the council and is responsible for over 4,000 staff and an annual budget of over £500m. For over 20 years Peter was the vice chairman of Oxfordshire Safeguarding Children Board and since 2004 has been a committee member and past president of the Berks, Bucks and Oxon Local Law Society. He was Deputy District Judge for four years and since 2012 has been Assistant Coroner for Oxfordshire.