The Board of Directors

Peter Horn

Peter Horn, Chair

Appointed June 2017 to May 2020
Reappointed June 2020 to May 2023



  • Leads the Board and ensures the team has the necessary balance and diversity of skills, experience and perspective to deliver excellent care at the heart of our community.
  • Chairs meetings of the Trust Board, Board Nominations & Remuneration Committee and Council of Governors.

Previous experience

Peter joined the Trust in June 2017. For the past six years he has chaired a community interest company providing high quality NHS community health services in Medway and North Kent. He has broad experience of the NHS working in both executive and non-executive roles.


maggie ioannou

Maggie Ioannou, Non-Executive Director

Appointed December 2013 to December 2020




  • Senior Independent Director.

Previous experience

Maggie Ioannou is a nurse by background, and has extensive professional leadership experience in community nursing, including at board level. 

In her last post she was director of nursing, quality and safety for Surrey Primary Care Trust (PCT). In this role she provided leadership on clinical quality and safety during a time of significant change, spanning the separation of the PCT’s responsibilities to commission as well as providing community services, through to the transition to the new system of clinical commissioning groups, established in April 2013.


stephen lightfoot

Stephen Lightfoot, Non-Executive Director

Appointed September 2013 to September 2022




  • Deputy Chair.
  • Chair of Resources Committee.
  • Participates in other business activities, that require non-executive director input, on an as required basis.

Previous experience

Stephen Lightfoot has been a Non-Executive Director and Deputy Chair at SCFT since September 2013 and is also a Non-Executive Director of the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA). Stephen has extensive commercial experience. Prior to joining SCFT, he had a 30 year career in the pharmaceutical industry including senior UK and global business management roles.


janice needham

Janice Needham, Non-Executive Director

Appointed February 2015 to July 2021 




  • Chair of Charitable Funds Committee.

Janice is an independent management consultant working primarily in the not-for-profit sector, with notable clients including the Big Lottery Fund and the Carers Trust. She brings extensive and wide-ranging management and senior level experience gained across government, local council and the voluntary sectors. She has served on the management boards of three national charities, held a director level position with Voluntary Services Overseas (VSO) and worked as a statistician with the Department of Health.


david parfitt

David Parfitt, Non-Executive Director

Appointed July 2014 to July 2021




  • Chair of Audit Committee.
  • Leads for the non-executive directors on procurement.

Previous experience

David is a chartered accountant with broad commercial experience in complex and customer-orientated organisations undergoing significant change including the Granada Group, the TSB and Lloyds Banking Group, where he became risk, control & and accounting director (retail).

He brings strong experience in human resources, organisational development, strategic and change management and governance.

In addition, he has direct experience of the NHS, first as a non-executive director of Luton primary care trust (PCT) and latterly as a lay member (audit and governance) of NHS Luton clinical commissioning group.


elizabeth woodman

Elizabeth Woodman, Non-Executive Director

Appointed February 2015 to January 2021




  • Chair of Quality Improvement Committee.

Previous experience 

Elizabeth brings legal knowledge and significant experience of working  on strategy at senior and board level in large organisations. Originally Elizabeth qualified as a solicitor in a magic circle City  law firm and then moved to a tax practice at an accountancy firm where she requalified as a chartered tax advisor. Elizabeth then became an executive remuneration consultant for a large firm of actuaries specialising in executive incentive schemes and board governance.  She has spent much of her working life in professional publishing and online information businesses, bringing to market a number of successful online products aimed at professionals. Elizabeth was vice president accountable for revenue and strategy at Thomson Reuters Legal, UK & Ireland until September 2014. Until May 2019 she was Chief Executive of a well known barristers’ chambers in London that specialised in public law.

Elizabeth combines her role at SCFT with being Managing Director of Kapow Primary Limited an online education publisher.


siobhan melia 2020

Siobhan Melia, Chief Executive

Joined in May 2013




  • Ensures we meet our service, regulatory and statutory obligations.
  • Accepts accountability for standards of clinical governance and care.
  • Works with the board to develop and promote our vision, values, aims, strategic thinking and objectives through effective dialogue with our staff, partners and other external organisations.
  • Provides advice to the board and information to perform all clinical, governance and financial duties.
  • Strong performance management, focused on continuous improvement and delivery of services.
  • Leads the work programme to prepare the organisation to become and operate as a thriving NHS foundation trust.
  • Establishes effective working relationships and communications to ensure staff are motivated, developed, supported and respected.

Previous experience

Siobhan Melia was appointed as Chief Executive of Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust in September 2016. She was previously Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Partnerships and Commercial Development at the organisation.

Siobhan has worked in the NHS for over 21 years in a range of roles. She has a clinical background obtaining her postgraduate degree in podiatry from the University of Brighton and has fulfilled a number of different clinical leadership roles. Subsequently Siobhan undertook senior management and Board level roles at a large NHS community health provider in Berkshire. In 2012 she received her MBA (Health Executive) from Keele University.

She joined Sussex Community in October 2013 from Telefonica UK, where she headed up their Telehealth division.


mike jennings 2020

Mike Jennings, Chief Financial Officer

Appointed director of finance and estates October 2016




  • Financial management, establishing sound financial policies, procedures and reports that effectively manage the business and financial risk.
  • Leads and develops high quality finance, estates, facilities, procurement and internal audit functions that improve organisational performance.
  • Ensures financial resources are used effectively to maximise quality healthcare whilst meeting financial obligations and ensure income is maximised.
  • Ensures our estate is managed efficiently and effectively, and in compliance with all statutory and mandatory requirements.
  • Ensures soft facilities management services (transport, portering, catering, housekeeping and switchboard) are managed effectively and efficiently, developing to meet changing needs.

Previous experience

Mike is a qualified accountant and a fellow of the ACCA. He began his accountancy career working in the financial services industry, then in higher education and then began his NHS career in 2002. He moved from Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust in 2009 and joined Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

At Western Sussex he was Deputy Director of Finance and interim Finance Director before joining their executive team permanently in 2014 as Commercial Director.


sara lightowlers 2020

Dr Sara Lightowlers, Medical Director

Joined in August 2019




  • Provides, develops and champions medical, dental and pharmacy leadership.
  • As Responsible Officer ensures that the Trust adopts best practice with respect to appraisals, revalidation, education and continuous professional development of the medical and dental workforce.
  • Caldicott Guardian.
  • Works with the Chief Nurse to develop and ensure appropriate clinical governance of the Trust and governance of the Trust’s Research and Innovation programme.
  • Works with the Chief Nurse, and other clinical leaders to address professional issues across the medical and dental, nursing and allied health workforce with particular responsibility for the medical, dental and pharmacy workforce plans.
  • Works with the Chief Pharmacist and is responsible for medicines management and pharmacy.
  • Works with the Chief Operating Officer to provide professional advice on operational issues.

Previous experience

Sara graduated in Medicine from University College London in 1988. She completed her postgraduate training in North West and South West Thames regions. For the past 22 years she has worked as a Consultant in Geriatric and General Medicine, held a number of clinical and educational leadership roles and most recently has been Medical Director for Newham Hospital, part of Barts Health NHS Trust.


donna lamb 2020

Donna Lamb, Chief Nurse

Joined in June 2020




  • Professional leadership of nurses and allied health professionals.
  • Infection control management.
  • Patient experience and involvement.
  • Safeguarding.
  • Quality standards.

Previous experience

Donna began her career in acute care before moving to community services with a London PCT and Sure Start Centres.

After a short time working as an Associate Inspector for the Healthcare Commission, Donna moved to Redbridge Children’s Trust as a Nurse Manager.

From there, Donna moved into a quality and governance role before joining the Nursing and Midwifery Council as a Fitness to Practice panellist. In 2013 Donna joined Hounslow and Richmond Community Healthcare NHS Trust as an Assistant Director of Quality and Governance and the patient safety and safeguarding lead.  In 2017 Donna was seconded into the role of Director of Nursing and Non-Medical Professionals before being appointed substantively.

Donna is a senior nurse, midwife and health visitor and is also a scholar of the Florence Nightingale Foundation.

She has a passion for listening to patients, their families and carers and is committed to shaping and delivering effective improvements to staff engagement and quality of care.


kate pilcher 2020

Kate Pilcher, Chief Operating Officer

Joined October 2019




  • Delivery of national and locally agreed targets.
  • Leadership and management of operational Areas.
  • Corporate responsibility for strategic and operational development.
  • Delivery of service and performance improvement in line with business plans.
  • Working with partner organisations to develop an integrated delivery framework across health and social care.
  • Executive lead for emergency planning.

Previous experience

Kate started her career in the NHS as a midwife and health visitor before working in several operational roles within children and adult services, including Head of Children’s Services and Area Director.

Kate was appointed interim Director of Operations in October 2017 to support the Trust’s Chief Operating Officer, with a particular focus on supporting colleagues internally who manage and provide patient services. This role was made substantive in May 2018. In October 2019 Kate was promoted to Chief Operating Officer.

Kate has an Msc in Leadership and Management. She has been with the Trust since it was formed in 2010.


caroline haynes 2020


Caroline Haynes, Director of HR and OD

 Joined in 2017


  • Ensures we meet our service, regulatory and statutory obligations with regards to all aspects of Human Resources

  • Is responsible for Organisational Development (OD), facilitating organisational success by aligning structural, cultural and strategic goals to respond to the needs of the NHS now and in the future

  • Ensures that Communications and Engagement puts patients at the heart of all services delivered by SCFT and that all staff are engaged with the work of the Trust

  • Leads the Occupational Health service ensuring that staff are well at work and have access to the support that they need to remain that way Is responsible for Learning and Development

Previous experience

Caroline was appointed as Director of Human Resources and Organisational Development in November 2017.

She was previously Deputy Director of HR and OD at the organisation. Caroline has worked in the NHS for over 20 years in a range of roles in HR and OD. She has an MA in Human Resources Management and has previously worked in acute, specialist and mental health NHS trusts.

She joined Sussex Community in March 2016.