Our board

The Trust Board oversees the work of our hospitals.

The Board comprises non-executive and executive members. The Chairman of the Board of Directors and non-executive members are appointed by the Appointments Commission on behalf of the Secretary of State for Health. The executive directors are appointed by the Nomination and Remuneration Committee of the Board of Directors.

Board meeting dates

Meetings are held in public. If you would like to attend, it would be helpful if you could advise us in advance by contacting Melanie Woodfield-Bailey, Assistant Trust Board Secretary, by email at melanie.woodfieldbailey@bsuh.nhs.uk or in writing at the following address:

Trust Headquarters, St Mary’s Hall, Eastern Road, Brighton, BN2 5JJ

Members of the public have the opportunity to ask questions at the conclusion of the meeting. Questions should be submitted in advance to the Assistant Trust Board Secretary at the above address.

All meetings will begin at 9am unless otherwise indicated.


    • Thursday 23 February – Euan Keat Dining Room, Princess Royal Hospital, Haywards Heath
    • Thursday 30 March – Boardroom, St Mary’s Hall, Royal Sussex County Hospital, Brighton
    • Thursday 27 April – Meeting Room 4, Downsmere Building, Princess Royal Hospital, Haywards Heath
    • Thursday 25 May – Boardroom, St Mary’s Hall, Royal Sussex County Hospital, Brighton
    • Thursday 29 June – Boardroom, St Mary’s Hall, Royal Sussex County Hospital, Brighton
    • Thursday 27 July – Meeting Room 4, Downsmere Building, Princess Royal Hospital, Haywards Heath
    • Thursday 31 August – Boardroom, St Mary’s Hall, Royal Sussex County Hospital, Brighton
    • Thursday 28 September – Boardroom, St Mary’s Hall, Royal Sussex County Hospital, Brighton
    • Thursday 26 October – Meeting Room 4, Downsmere Building, Princess Royal Hospital, Haywards Heath
    • Thursday 30 November – Boardroom, St Mary’s Hall, Royal Sussex County Hospital, Brighton

Board members

Antony Kildare, Interim Chairman of the Board of Directors

Antony Kildare joined the Board in August 2013 and became Interim Chairman in May 2016.

He is currently Chief Executive of Aquaterra, an innovative not for profit organisation which delivers leisure, fitness, sports and wellbeing services that benefit communities. An experienced Chief Executive, he has a strong commercial background in UK wide regeneration, business investment, complex programme, project and service development and delivery. His previous appointments include CEO of a large economic development company, Industry Director for Government, Public Sector and Not for Profit business at Ernst & Young LLP, a period at the DTI where he led on a UK wide Governmental review, Chief Executive of Renaissance Yorkshire and Executive Director of East Midlands Regional Development Agency. Antony has held a number of trustee and non executive roles during his career.

Antony is Chair of the Finance, Business and Investment Committee and member of the Charitable Funds Committee.

Evelyn Barker, Chief Executive

Evelyn joined the Trust in January 2017.

After qualifying from Queen’s University Belfast, Evelyn began her career as a clinical pharmacist working in a number of London hospitals before becoming Chief Pharmacist at Heatherwood & Wexham Park Hospital.  She progressed through a number of operational divisional management roles there, ultimately becoming Acting CEO in 2009.  Evelyn then went on to become Chief Operating Officer / Deputy CEO at Gloucestershire NHS Foundation Trust, and has since been undertaking interim executive assignments, in a number of challenged organisations.

Most recently she has been the interim Chief Operating Officer at Cambridge University Hospital for just under 2 years.

Evelyn brings a wealth of executive Board experience with over 13 years at a number of Foundation Trusts.

Kirstin Baker, Non-Executive Director

Kirstin joined the Board in June 2016.  She has had a long career in the civil service and was most recently HM Treasury’s Finance and Commercial Director, overseeing the Treasury’s finances and corporate services and sitting on the Treasury Board.

Kirstin previously worked as a senior policy official in the Treasury, heading the team responsible for coordinating public spending and managing many of the Treasury’s interventions in individual banks in the wake of the 2008 crisis. Kirstin’s earlier career was in European policy and she worked as a competition official in the European Commission and in policy advisor roles in the Cabinet Office and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. More recently, Kirstin was seconded to the Scottish Government, leading work on infrastructure investment.

Kirstin is a member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants. She was awarded a CBE in 2011 for her work during the financial crisis.  She is Vice-Chair of the Council of Sussex University and a non-executive member of the board of UK Financial Investments.

Kirstin is Chair of the 3Ts Programme Board and a member of the Audit Committee

Graham Hodgson, Non-Executive Director

Graham Hodgson joined the board on 1 July 2016.

Graham is founder and principal consultant at CIOBureau, a company specialising in providing chief information officers, IT directors and other board level technology professionals to organisations of all sizes and sectors.

Graham, a chartered engineer and chartered IT professional, has worked on leadership teams at international blue chip organisations for over 25 years. This includes assignments across seven continents working as managing director, vice president of sales, chief operating officer, chief information officer and IT director, in both public and regulated private sector organisations.

An experienced board professional, used to working for organisations employing over 50,000 people, Graham brings a wealth of governance, finance, operational transformation and digital technology experience to the Trust. Graham has held a number of trustee and non-executive roles throughout his career.

Professor Malcolm Reed, Non-Executive Director

Malcolm Reed joined the Board on 23 February 2015.

Professor Reed qualified in medicine from the University of Sheffield in 1981.  Following postgraduate surgical training in the UK and a period of research at the University of Louisville in Kentucky, he returned to Sheffield for Higher Surgical Training.  He became Senior Lecturer and Honorary Consultant in 1992, was appointed to the Foundation Chair in Surgical Oncology at the University of Sheffield in 1999, and became Head of Academic General Surgery in 2003 and Head of the University’s Department of Oncology.

Professor Reed has a long-standing track record in cancer research, with more than 200 publications.  His main current areas of clinical research relate to the surgical management of breast cancer, with particular emphasis on breast cancer in older women.  His research also covers other important aspects of breast cancer diagnosis and treatment including projects evaluating the variation in the treatment of breast cancer.

A Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons (FRCS), Professor Reed undertakes clinics and ward rounds as well as surgical procedures including breast reconstruction and complex soft-tissue sarcoma surgery.  He was appointed as Dean of Brighton and Sussex Medical School in August 2014 and took up the post on the 1st December 2014.

Professor Reed is a member of the Quality and Performance Committee

Martin Sinclair, Non-Executive Director

Martin Sinclair joined the Board in May 2016.

Martin qualified as a Chartered Public Finance Accountant in 1985. He has spent the last 20 years in senior roles at the National Audit Office leading the external audit of major government departments on behalf of Parliament.  He has extensive experience of working internationally being lead partner on the audit of the United Nations from 2010 to 2015.

Martin has contributed to the development of accounting and auditing standards for the public sector through his membership and engagement with a wide range of professional committees and standard setting bodies.

He is now a non-executive director and charity trustee. He is the Honorary Treasurer of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy and Chair of the Finance and Audit Committee of Asthma UK.

Martin is Chair of the Audit Committee.

Steve Holmberg, Medical Director

Steve was appointed as Medical Director on 1 March 2012.

He has been a Consultant Cardiologist in Brighton for over 20 years and has previously been Divisional Director for Specialised Services and Chair of the BSUH Medical Advisory Committee.

Steve is Chair of the Cardiology Expert Working Group at the NHS Information Centre and is a Vice-President of the British Cardiovascular Society.  Until recently, he was Training Programme Director for Cardiology at the London/KSS Deaneries and a member of the Sussex Heart Network Board.

Steve is a member of the Quality and Performance Committee.

Spencer Prosser, Chief Financial Officer

Spencer was appointed into the post of Chief Financial Officer in January 2014.

He has worked in a number of local Trusts, most recently as Director of Finance/Deputy Chief Executive at Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust where he played a  key role in the Trust’s attainment of FT status in 2013.  Prior to this, he has held Board level posts at Sussex Partnership NHS FT, Western Sussex Health and Social Care NHST, East Sussex County Healthcare NHST and Queen Victoria NHS FT.

Spencer is a qualified accountant (IPFA) with a BA (Hons) in Economics. He is a member of the Finance, Business and Investment Committee and attends the Audit Committee.

Rab McEwan, Interim Chief Operating Officer

Dr Rab McEwan is our Interim Chief Operating Officer.  Rab has 24 years experience in the NHS at regional and local level, including 12 years as COO more recently in a range of Trusts, including large teaching hospitals (Guys and St Thomas; Leeds), and complex multi-site DGHs (County Durham and Darlington; Worcestershire Acute Hospitals).  Rab started his career as a lecturer and researcher in Epidemiology and Public Health (Newcastle Medical School) and has an MBA from Durham University.

Helen O’Dell, Acting Chief Nurse

Helen is currently acting up in the role of Chief Nurse.

She is a member of the Quality and Performance Committee.