WORKFORCE: A charity chief executive and a former partner in a consultancy firm are among the new additions to the board at Southampton University Hospital.

Following the retirement of Keith Bamber, Peter Hollins, chief executive of the British Heart Foundation, has become a non-executive director at the trust having held a designate NED position since March 2009. Nick Marsden has taken up the position of vice chair and senior independent director having held a NED position since June 2007.

Two new designate NEDs have been recruited to replace Mr Hollins and Paul Bradshaw who is retiring from the board at the end of May. Simon Porter and Lynne Lockyer commenced with the Trust on 1 January 2011. Following Paul Bradshaw’s departure, Simon Porter will move into a full Non-Executive Director role and serve on the Trust Board for four years from 1st June 2011 until 31st May 2015, while Lynne Lockyer will remain a designate until Foundation Trust authorisation.

In his report to the board chief executive Mark Hackett sates: “Simon Porter, a former partner in Ernst and Young, will bring strong commercial and financial skills. “He also has very strong local Southampton ties and is passionate to help us achieve our objectives.

“Lynne Lockyer, a former chair of Eastleigh and Test Valley South Primary Care Trust and before that vice chair of the South West Hampshire Health Authority has a wealth of primary healthcare experience. She also has a strong background in human resource management, having held the position of course director at Portsmouth University until the end of January 2011.”