Our board

The Trust Board oversees the work of our hospitals.

The Board comprises non-executive and executive members. The Chairman and non-executive members are appointed by NHS Improvement on behalf of the Secretary of State for Health. The executive members 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 – 10am
  • Wednesday 31 May – Boardroom, St Mary’s Hall, Royal Sussex County Hospital, Brighton – 10am
  • Wednesday 26 July – Boardroom, St Mary’s Hall, Royal Sussex County Hospital, Brighton – 10am
  • Wednesday 27 September – Boardroom, St Mary’s Hall, Royal Sussex County Hospital, Brighton
  • Wednesday 29 November – Boardroom, St Mary’s Hall, Royal Sussex County Hospital, Brighton

Annual General Meeting (AGM)

Wednesday 26 July – Boardroom, St Mary’s Hall, Royal Sussex County Hospital, Brighton – 3:30pm

AGM Agenda


  • Wednesday 31 January – Boardroom, St Mary’s Hall, Royal Sussex County Hospital, Brighton – 10am
  • Tuesday 28 March – Meeting Room 4, Downsmere Building, Princess Royal Hospital, Haywards Heath

Board members

Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals (BSUH) and Western Sussex Hospitals (WSH) agreed a Long Term Arrangement, effective from 1 April 2017, through which WSH provides management support to BSUH. As part of this arrangement, the WSH Chairman, Executive Directors and Non-Executive Directors are also members of the BSUH Board.

Chairman and Chief Executive


Mike Viggers was appointed Chairman on 1 April 2017. Mike is also Chairman of the Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Board.

Previously, he was Deputy Chairman and Senior Independent Director at Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.

He brings extensive experience as a senior director for blue chip companies in the private sector, including a period as Operations Director for Parker Pen.


Marianne was appointed Chief Executive on 1 April 2017. She is also Chief Executive of Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, having previously been Interim Chief Executive of the Royal West Sussex NHS Trust during the final months before its merger with Worthing and Southlands Hospitals.

She was previously at NHS South East Coast, where she was Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Commissioning and Delivery, prior to which she was Chief Executive at Kent and Medway Strategic Health Authority.

Her many roles in the NHS have also included a joint appointment in West Sussex as Head of Commissioning Social Services and Director of Strategic Development for the Health Authority.

Executive Directors


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.


Dr Findlay was appointed Chief Medical Officer in April 2017. He joined WSH as Medical Director in January 2014 from one of Wales’ largest integrated NHS organisations.

He is an experienced clinical leader at national and regional level and a specialist intensive care consultant.

In 2011, he was one of 18 people selected to participate in the Health Foundation’s GenerationQ leadership and quality improvement programme, where he gained valuable skills and knowledge in clinical leadership and quality improvement.

From 2008 to 2014, Dr Findlay was clinical adviser to the Welsh Government on organ donation and transplantation,  drafting and consulting on new legislation which culminated in the historic introduction of ‘presumed consent’ in Wales on 31 December 2015.

In addition, Dr Findlay led the National Confidential Enquiry into Patient Outcome and Death (NCEPOD) over a 10-year period – an enquiry which aimed to identify and make recommendations to improve remedial factors in health care.

His work led to more than 20 national publications that significantly shaped health care standards and policy.

His training as a medical student was at Dundee University, after which he entered the RAF as a medical officer on a short service commission, before returning to the NHS in 1995.

You can follow him on Twitter: @georgefindlay99

Nicola Ranger joined us in April 2017. She was previously the Director of Nursing and Quality at Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust.

Karen was appointed Chief Financial Officer in April 2017.

She started her NHS career as part of the service’s Financial Management Training Scheme and subsequently worked in several NHS organisations in London, including Guy’s and St Thomas’, Northwick Park and St Mark’s hospitals. Karen worked at BSUH for 12 years before moving to WSH as Director of Finance in 2014.


Denise was appointed as Chief Workforce and Organisational Development Officer in April 2017. She holds the same post at Western Sussex Hospitals.

She joined Royal West Sussex NHS Trust in February 2008 as Director of Human Resources and Organisational Development and was appointed to Western Sussex Hospitals after the merger with Worthing and Southlands.

She originally hails from Liverpool and has worked in the public sector for her entire career, most recently at Hampshire Primary Care Trust (PCT), where she was involved in major change programmes.


Pete was appointed Chief Delivery and Strategy Officer in April 2017. He holds the same post for Western Sussex Hospitals.

He started his career as a management consultant with PWC and has held several senior positions in the NHS, including as Head of Operations and Delivery for Cardiff and Vale University Health Board.

Non-Executive Directors

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

Joanna was appointed to the BSUH Board on 1 April 2017. She holds the same position at WSH.

Joanna worked in the financial services industry for more than 25 years, beginning her career in private banking at Credit Suisse before moving to corporate banking and structured finance. After an exciting time working in IT during the years that led to European Monetary Union (EMU) and the extraordinary challenge of Y2K at the turn of the century, Joanna moved into HR, with a particular focus on strategic planning and change management. Most recently, Joanna worked at the European Investment Bank (EIB), with responsibilities for performance management, talent management, learning and organisational development, sitting on the EIB’s Equal Opportunities joint-committee.

Joanna has a degree in psychology from St Andrews University.

Jon was appointed to the BSUH Board on 1 April 2017. He holds the same position at WSH.

Resident of Horsham, Jon has had a career with BT of more than 20 years to date and in that time has held roles in financial, marketing, general management and regulatory governance up to board level.

He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and a member of the Institute of Engineering and Technology.

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.

Lizzie was appointed to the BSUH Board on 1 April 2017. She holds the same position at WSH.

Lizzie is a qualified chartered public finance accountant, with over 20 years’ experience as an external auditor working across the UK public sector at national and local levels. She worked as a senior manager for the Audit Commission and most recently for Ernst & Young LLP, a global accountancy/consulting firm. Her expertise includes supporting and influencing boards across a wide range of public sector organisations to strengthen their strategic, governance, financial and value for money arrangements.

She currently has a varied portfolio of independent adviser/member roles with the National Police Chiefs’ Council, the Ministry of Justice, the Local Government Boundary Commission and a national procurement company. She is also the treasurer and trustee of a national children’s charity and a university lecturer in governance and audit.

Mike was appointed to the BSUH Board on 1 April 2017. He holds the same position at WSH.

Mike became a Non-Executive Director at WSH when he retired from his clinical role as a consultant gynaecologist for the Trust, which he had held since 1992.

After qualifying and initial training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Mike spent 12 years as a GP before retraining to become a Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, and was appointed in Worthing in 1992.

In 2013 Mike was elected as a Staff Governor representing the Trust’s medical workforce on the Council of Governors.

Outside of his gynaecology role, Mike has also been chair of the BMA local negotiating committee, chair of the Sussex gynaecological tumour group, a member of the speciality training committee of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and chair of the medical advisory committee of Goring Hall Hospital.

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.