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.
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.
With 30 years police experience, Giles was Chief Constable of Sussex Police from 2014 to 2020. As well as his operational responsibilities, Giles has led significant national programmes and was vice-chair of the National Police Chiefs’ Council, as well as chair of its Workforce Coordinating Committee for six years. Giles received national recognition from the British Association of Women in Policing for his national contribution to equality and his support for diversity and inclusion of LGBT communities. He holds the Queen's Police Medal (QPM) awarded to police in the United Kingdom for gallantry or distinguished service.
Lesley joined Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust as a Non-Executive Director in July 2021. She holds qualifications in both district nursing and health visiting and has had a long NHS career working mainly in community services as a clinician and a Board member. Prior to retirement from executive roles, Lesley was Chief Operating Officer/Deputy Chief Executive of Kent Community NHS Foundation Trust having joined the organisation within weeks of its creation and been part of the leadership team that took Kent Community to Outstanding in 2019.
Mark joined Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust as a Non-Executive Director in July 2021 following a 30-year career with Lloyds Banking group. At Lloyds Mark gained experience of general management across retail and business banking as well as holding senior roles covering procurement, supply chain, transformation, strategy and risk. Mark is also a Non-Executive Director at Supply Chain Co-ordination Ltd and The Kemnal Academies Trust.
Dipesh started his career in 2006 at Barclays Investment Bank, where over eight years he held several roles culminating as Vice President of UK and Ireland. Since 2014, Dipesh has been at the Royal Bank of Canada where he currently is the Director and Head of UK and DACH Solutions. Dipesh holds senior roles covering distribution, governance, technology strategy and transformational change of the business.
Dipesh plays an active role in the voluntary sector and has worked on various community projects. He is passionate about mentoring and diversity.
Mandy joined the Trust as a Non-Executive Director in January 2023, after working for 25 years as a management consultant. She focused predominantly in retail and consumer-product businesses, designing and leading major business change so brings new perspectives to the Trust. She was a Vice-President of Capgemini Consulting responsible for Strategy and Transformation and then the Business Planning Director of Tesco. Mandy is now a freelance business consultant, trainer and executive coach. She is passionate about building collaboration and engagement of people into all aspects of delivering change.
Interim Chief Executive as of July 2022
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.
Interim Chief Financial Officer as of July 2022
Joined in August 2019
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.
Joined in June 2020
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.
Joined October 2019
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.
Joined in 2019
Prior to joining the Trust Diarmaid was Digital Lead at Public Health England for five years. Whilst there he was responsible for introducing new agile ways of working and helping the organisation adopt a service design approach. The services he helped support and develop included the FoodSmart app, Couch to 5k, London GoodThinking, Public Health Outcomes, NHS Health Checks, NHS Apps library, NHS.UK, GOV.uk and many more.
Prior to that role, Diarmaid worked in many areas of the private sector delivering digital transformation for a number of large organisations such as Tui Travel, AOL and Investec Investment Bank and also smaller digital disruptors such as Zopa and Interactive Investor. He is passionate about maximising the use of digital technology to improve the services offered by organisations and most importantly their end users (and for the NHS its patients).
Diarmaid joined Sussex Community in May 2019 and has since made wide changes to the digital workings within the Trust. He has led a number of innovations and improved the way we work digitally.
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
Caroline was appointed 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.