University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust has announced a new non-executive appointment to its board of directors.
Jennifer Douglas-Todd, a former chief executive of Hampshire Police Authority and the office of the Hampshire Police and Crime Commissioner, will serve on the Trust Board for three years from 31 March 2016.
She then spent two-and-a-half years as a resident adviser for the UK in Turkey to help set-up a law enforcement complaints system before taking up the role of chief executive of the county’s police authority.After beginning her career in the probation service, Ms Douglas-Todd became director of policy and research for the Independent Police Complaints Commission, where she was responsible for establishing governance of the police complaints system during transition from the Police Complaints Authority.
During her three years in the post, she supported the authority in developing effective governance processes to increase accountability and transparency while also helping the organisation deliver cost-savings and develop closer working relations with neighbouring forces.
In 2012, Ms Douglas-Todd became chief executive and monitoring officer for the Hampshire Police and Crime Commissioner, where she led the development of the office’s vision, mission, values and organisational strategy.
She took on the role of investigating committee chair for the General Dental Council in 2014 and, in April that year, founded the Diversa Consultancy, which supports organisations with changes in business, culture and behaviour.
John Trewby, chairman of UHS, said: “Jenni brings a unique blend of skills which includes excellent knowledge of the diversity and equality agenda, energy and a commitment to public service.
“She has experienced change, challenges and high profile situations in numerous senior leadership roles and her former position within the office of the Hampshire Police and Crime Commissioner has given her an excellent understanding of the public service environment.”
All non-executive appointments are made on merit and political activity plays no part in the selection process. However, in accordance with the original Nolan recommendations, there is a requirement for appointees' political activity (if any declared) to be made public.
Ms Douglas-Todd was appointed a member of the Judicial Conduct Investigations Office by the Lord Chief Justice and Lord Chancellor in October.
Her non-executive appointment was led by the governors’ nominations committee and approved by the Council of Governors on 15 March 2016 in accordance with the requirements of the trust’s constitution.
She will receive a non-executive director remuneration of £10,000 to £15,000 per year.