Appointed governors

Councillor Keith Mans (Hampshire County Council)

Councillor Keith Mans is a former RAF pilot who spent 10 years working for the John Lewis Partnership after leaving the RAF and before he entered Parliament as the MP for Wyre in Lancashire in 1987. Whilst in Parliament, Keith was PPS to the Secretary of State for health as well as being a member of both the defence and the environment select committees. After leaving Parliament in 1997, Keith was CEO of the Royal Aeronautical Society until his retirement in 2009.

Councillor Mans was elected to the County Council in 2009 and was previously executive member for communities and external relations. He is now deputy leader of the Council and executive lead member for children’s services. He’s also the County Council’s representative on the enterprise M3 local enterprise partnership. 

Outside the Council, Keith was formerly chairman and is now vice-patron of the Oakhaven Hospice Trust, vice-president of the Air League and a trustee of the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance Trust.

Declaration of interest: none

Dr Mark Kelsey (Southampton City Clinical Commissioning Group)

I am the Southampton City Clinical Commissioning Group nominated representative to the Council of Governors. Having arrived in the city as a student, I trained as a GP locally and have subsequently practiced locally for the last 14 years. I am also a school governor and have previously served on the executive committee of Southampton Voluntary Services. Combined with working for the CCG since its inception in 2012, this has given me a good breadth of experience of healthcare in the city. University Hospital Southampton is an important institution in the city and I am keen to ensure the local community gets the best possible service from the hospital both now and in the future.

Declaration of interest: none

Michelle Cowen

Michelle Cowen (University of Southampton)

Since the early 1980s, when I qualified at St Thomas' in London, I have worked in a variety of clinical, managerial and educational roles within nursing. I am currently employed as director of programmes for nursing sciences at the Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Southampton, and act as the university's appointed governor.

My ‘day job’ means that I am responsible for all of the pre-registration nursing education within the faculty. I have had long links with the Trust, since I moved down from London. Being so closely involved with the Trust means that I can feed back into the university issues that we need to be aware of, but also share with fellow governors what is happening in relation to healthcare education.

Declaration of interest:

  • director of programmes (pre-registration nursing) in the Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Southampton
  • practice academic coordinator at University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust (divisions A, B and D).


Sue Blatchford

Councillor Sue Blatchford (Southampton City Council)

Apart from teacher training in Birmingham, I’m a lifelong Southampton resident. I worked for Hampshire careers service in the Southampton careers office, leaving in 1992 when I was first elected as a Southampton city councillor for the city centre ward of St Lukes. I then represented the Sholing ward in the east of the City from 1996 until 2010 and again from 2011 until 2015. As a councillor I carried out various roles in a variety of service areas; I also had the honour of being the 792nd Mayor of Southampton in 2014-15.

I decided to give up politics in 2015 and do something different, so I became a volunteer at UHS and a reading mentor in school, although I’ve been a school governor since 1988 and chair of governors of Woodlands Community College since 2009.

I was re-elected to the Council in 2016 for the Woolston ward and took the opportunity of becoming an appointed governor at UHS. Apart from the health and wellbeing issues raised by the community, I have a different perspective of UHS from my volunteering in the SoMove project for older persons, being a mealtime assistant, and in the Children’s Hospital play centre.

I also have a sister with multiple sclerosis who is profoundly disabled and have experienced the carers interface with UHS.

Declaration of interest: none



Ellen McNicholas (West Hampshire Clinical Commissioning Group)

Ellen is the director of quality and nursing at West Hampshire CCG. She joined the CCG from Solent NHS trust where she was on secondment as operational director for community teams in Portsmouth. Her substantive post was deputy director of nursing.

Ellen trained in Glasgow and her main interests were general medicine and community nursing, but she also worked in intensive care. 

She has managed a range of services including prison healthcare, dentistry, community teams, GP out of hours services, walk-in centres and minor injury units and mental health care. She also spent nearly seven years away from nursing as a police officer.

Declaration of interest: none


Shirley Anderson (Business South) 

Bio to follow.