Our Executive Directors
Peter is the chief executive of Somerset NHS Foundation Trust. Peter joined Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust in 2005 as director of finance and performance. He then became deputy chief executive of the acute trust in 2008 and took on the responsibility of chief operating officer in 2010. Following the alliance between Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust and Somerset Partnership Foundation Trust in May 2017, Peter became chief executive of both organisations in November 2017. Prior to joining Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust, Peter was director of performance at Dorset and Somerset Strategic Health Authority, and also worked in both commissioning and provider organisations prior to that. Peter is also a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.
Chief Operating Officer (acute hospital services)
Matthew joined Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust in 2014 as director of operations and was appointed as chief operating officer in 2015. He was appointed as chief operating officer (acute hospital services) on the joint executive team for Taunton & Somerset NHS Foundation Trust and Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust in 2017 following the establishment of the alliance between the two trusts. Matthew is responsible for the day-to-day running of the hospital and for its performance in meeting the required national standards. Matthew has worked in the NHS in the South West since 1998. Prior to coming to Taunton, he managed medical and surgical services at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital, and was part of the management team when that trust became one of the country’s first foundation hospitals. He led the trust’s delivery of new models of care for older people, which included a strong focus on integration with services outside hospital. He helped establish the Peninsula Medical School in Exeter, of which he became an honorary fellow, teaching undergraduate medical students about healthcare management. He was also involved in the commissioning of specialist services and the development of joint working for health authorities across Devon and Cornwall. Matthew joined the NHS on the national general management training scheme, after graduating from Oxford University. He is a trustee of Hospiscare, the palliative care provider for Exeter, East and mid-Devon, and a visiting specialist at Plymouth University Medical School.
Director of Governance and Corporate Development
Phil joined Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust in 2012, having worked in the NHS since 2000. He went on to become the director of governance and corporate development for both Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust and Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust in October 2017 before the two trusts merged in April 2020 to form Somerset NHS Foundation Trust. He worked for the Somerset Heath Authority before becoming director of corporate services for Taunton Deane Primary Care Trust and then director of corporate services and communications for NHS Somerset from 2006 – 2011. He previously worked for the Treasury Solicitor’s department, the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman and AXA PPP healthcare.
Director of People and Organisational Development
Isobel started her career at Musgrove Park Hospital in 1988 and held several senior human resources and organisational development management roles, including at associate and deputy level, until she was appointed director of people and organisational development in 2018 for both Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust and Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust before the two trusts merged to form Somerset NHS Foundation Trust in April 2020. Isobel has played a key role in developing the Trust’s system of distributed leadership, in ensuring that the organisation’s values are brought to life in everyday behaviour. She has overseen a number of leadership development programmes that substantial numbers of our leaders have benefitted from. Isobel is a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.
Deputy Chief Executive and Chief Operating Officer (mental health and community services)
Andy joined the NHS in Somerset in 2014 when he joined Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust as chief operating officer. Having originally qualified as an occupational therapist, he worked in a number of clinical roles within mental health across the South West before moving into leadership roles during the 1990s. Andy played a role in the establishment of a new specialist NHS mental health trust serving the Avon and Wiltshire areas and became the general manager of mental health services for a seven year period up to 2006. Following this Andy gained a broad range of experience in London and the South West in senior commissioning and provider roles in the NHS, and also in social care, with most of his work being focussed on service modernisation. Prior to joining the Trust in 2014 he was working as director of projects for a successful mental health and community foundation NHS trust in East London where he held responsibility for service modernisation and business development. Andy maintains a strong interest in care pathway redesign and service transformation and in recent years has taken on a number of system leadership roles within Somerset, centred on improving patient flow and working with partners in the development successful community alternatives to hospital admission.
Director of Finance
Pippa has over 17 years of experience in NHS finance and over ten years at deputy and director level. She has worked across regulator, commissioning and providers sectors during this period and has a broad perspective on NHS finances. Pippa joined Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust in June 2013 as director of finance and business development. She was then appointed as director of finance for Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust and Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust in October 2017 before the two trusts merged to form Somerset NHS Foundation Trust in April 2020. Pippa believes NHS resources must be used in the most efficient and effective way while ensuring patient safety is not compromised. Pippa is a fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA).
Hayley became the executive director of patient care at Musgrove Park Hospital in September 2015, having joined the trust as deputy director of nursing in July 2013. Hayley went on to become the chief nurse for both Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust and Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust in November 2017 before the two trusts merged to form Somerset NHS Foundation Trust in April 2020. Prior to becoming an executive, Hayley worked in senior clinical leadership roles in the South West, London and the South East. Hayley’s early professional career centred in critical care, first as an intensive care nurse and later, following a period of training at Birmingham Medical School, as one of the very first physician’s assistants to practise in the UK. As part of Hayley’s role at Somerset NHS Foundation Trust, she has executive responsibility for safeguarding, patient safety and quality (jointly with the chief medical officer) and patient experience. Hayley is board safety champion for children, maternity and neonates.
Director of Strategic Development and Improvement
David joined Musgrove Park Hospital in 2016 as director of finance and went on to become the director of strategic development and improvement for both Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust and Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust in October 2017 before the two trusts merged to form Somerset NHS Foundation Trust in April 2020. David was previously director of operational finance at North Bristol NHS Trust from June 2014. Before that he spent six years at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, most of them as assistant director of finance. He originally joined the NHS in 1998 on its graduate financial management training scheme.
Dr Daniel Meron
Chief Medical Officer
Daniel joined us in December 2019 from his role of chief medical officer of Solent NHS Trust, which provides mental health, community and primary care services to people living in Southampton, Portsmouth and some parts of Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. He was also deputy medical director at University Hospital Southampton Foundation Trust, a large teaching hospital providing secondary and tertiary acute services in Wessex. Daniel combined senior leadership roles with active front-line clinical work as a consultant in liaison psychiatry in Southampton General Hospital, as well as being actively engaged in research at the School of Medicine, University of Southampton.
Our Non-Executive Directors (NEDs)
Colin Drummond, OBE, DL
Chairman from 1 April 2020 – 31 March 2023
Colin was appointed chairman of Somerset NHS Foundation Trust on 1 April 2020 following the merger between Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust. He was chairman of Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust from 2014 and is also pro-chancellor and chair of governors of the University of Plymouth. From 1992 to 2013 Colin was chief executive of Viridor, one of the UK’s leading recycling, renewable energy and waste management companies, and an executive director of Pennon Group PLC. He was then chairman of Viridor until the end of 2014. Prior to joining Pennon, Colin was chief executive of Coats Viyella Yarns Division, an executive director of Renold PLC, a consultant with the Boston Consulting Group and an official with the Bank of England. Colin was chairman of the Government’s ‘Living with Environmental Change’ Business Advisory Board from 2009 to 2015 and of the Environmental Sustainability Knowledge Transfer Network from 2007 to 2013. He was master of the Worshipful Company of Water Conservators for 2007/08 and chair of the ‘WET 10’ City Livery Companies from 2008 to 2013. From 1997 to 2015 he was a trustee, and is now honorary vice president, of the Calvert Trust Exmoor. Colin holds an MA from Oxford University and an MBA from Harvard Business School where he held a Harkness Fellowship. He was appointed an OBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours 2012 for services to technology and innovation, and a Deputy Lieutenant (DL) of Somerset in 2016.
Non-Executive Director from 1 May 2019 – 30 April 2022
David undertook a number of managerial roles within the NHS and has solid experience in acute, mental health and community services, specialising in risk, governance and compliance. Prior to his work in the NHS, David was a director and company secretary at a leading insurance company, with overall responsibility for information technology, human resources, facilities, compliance and governance. David is a chartered engineer and holds a BSc (Hons) in Engineering and he is a member of the British Computing Society.
Non-Executive Director from 1 November 2017 – 31 July 2020
Barbara joined Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust as a non-executive director in November 2014, bringing a wealth of experience from the commercial and voluntary sectors and her own business. She worked for global technology company IBM for 22 years in several business areas at senior level and with many corporate clients from multiple industries in the UK and overseas. She attended various executive development courses at INSEAD, Harvard, MIT and Oxford and was active in mentoring and female career development and retention. Her business development work in Africa was recognised with a Nelson Mandela New Women in Business award. In Europe she was nominated for the European Business Women of the Year Award for her work with strategic alliances. On leaving IBM, Barbara worked as a consultant for a not-for-profit sector skills organisation working with schools to encourage girls into the IT industry. She was a volunteer for St Margaret’s Hospice providing bereavement listening ear services and held trustee positions for charities supporting preventative health, adults with learning difficulties, and a listening ear service for parents who have lost a child. Barbara is currently a trustee for the Somerset Eating Disorders Charity (SWEDA).
Non-Executive Director from 1 August 2017 – 31 July 2020
Barbara Gregory is a chartered accountant who has worked at senior management level in the NHS since 1993, including 15 years at Board level in many different parts of the health system. She has an excellent working knowledge gained from first-hand experience of the health and social care system including working in strategic transformation programmes. Barbara has also worked closely with senior colleagues from local authorities on the integration of provision and commissioning and on the opportunities for the devolution of expenditure to providers as part of the potential development of accountable oare organisations/systems. Barbara was appointed as a joint non-executive director in June 2018 for Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust before the two trusts merged to form Somerset NHS Foundation Trust in April 2020.
Kate Fallon,, Senior Independent Director
Non-Executive Director from 29 May 2018 – 30 June 2021
Kate was appointed as a non-executive director on 1 July 2015 and came to the Trust with great experience in the strategic direction and transformation of services within the NHS. She established a new NHS Trust in 2010, which trebled in size in 2011 and became the first community trust to be licensed by Monitor as a Foundation Trust in November 2014. Previously, Kate transformed her own GP practice, taking it from a traditional reactive business to a forward-planning, innovative “beacon site”, with a sustained Investors in People accolade. Kate is currently a trustee of the Board of Skills for Health and a member of the Board of the National Skills Academy for Health. In 2015 she was included in the HSJ “Top 50 NHS Chief Executives” list, being recognised for her approach to service transformation and the integration of services across NHS boundaries. Kate was appointed as a joint non-executive director in June 2018 for Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust before the two trusts merged to form Somerset NHS Foundation Trust in April 2020.
Non-Executive Director from 29 May 2018 – 31 March 2021
Stephen joined the Trust in February 2013 as a designate non-executive director until his formal appointment on 1 April 2013. He has lived in Wookey for nearly 40 years after joining Clarks Shoes for his main career. On leaving Clarks, Stephen developed a portfolio of organisational development consultancy work and community activity, including being elected leader of Mendip District Council. In the NHS he has undertaken non-executive director roles with Bath and West Community Trust, Mendip Primary Care Trust (PCT), North Somerset PCT and finally as chairman of a cluster of PCTs across Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire. Stephen is chairman of YMCA Mendip and a trustee of a day care centre for older people. Stephen was appointed as a joint non-executive director in June 2018 for Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust before the two trusts merged to form Somerset NHS Foundation Trust in April 2020.
Deputy Chair, Non-Executive Director from 1 August 2017 – 31 July 2020
Jan spent the early part of her career with Unilever, in an international perfumery business covering sales, marketing and general management roles, including two years in the USA. She has over 20 years’ experience of the NHS in Somerset, initially in public health and later as deputy chief executive for NHS Somerset, until she became managing director of the South, Central and West Commissioning Support Unit. Jan retired from this post in 2016. Jan has worked at senior level with all of the major health and social organisations in the county, including primary care, local authorities and the voluntary sector. She also has significant experience of structural change, having led the merger of three commissioning support units in 2015. Jan was appointed as a joint non-executive director in June 2018 for Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust before the two trusts merged to form Somerset NHS Foundation Trust in April 2020.
Non-Executive Director from 1 April 2020 – 31 March 2023
Following a degree and PhD in chemistry at Oxford University (where he used A.I. to design anti-cancer drugs), Alex started his career promoting apprentice partnerships as chief executive of an educational charity in London. In January 2016, he jumped from a successful career in intellectual property law to become chief executive of Mind (the mental health charity) in his home county of Somerset, where he now farms with his young family. Alex also holds various trusteeships and directorships in the property, education and third sectors.