Appointed governors

Councillor Michael White (Hampshire County Council)

Bio to follow

Declaration of interest: none


Councillor Sue Blatchford (Southampton City Council)

Sue Blatchford

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


Helen Eggleton (Southampton City Clinical Commissioning Group)

Helen EggletonI am the Southampton City Clinical Commissioning Group nominated representative to the Council of Governors. In the early 1990s, I trained as a therapy radiographer at The Royal Marsden Hospital.

With the exception of a couple of years working in health in Australia, I have had a variety of both clinical and managerial roles within the NHS. These roles have all included an emphasis on service development, quality improvement and the experiences for patient/relatives using local health care services.

Since 2013, I have been in the role of a quality manager for a CCG, working with many local healthcare providers including University Southampton Hospital. 

I hope this role will provide additional opportunities to work with the Trust to strive to ensure all patients receive the best possible care and experience from the hospital’s services they may need to use now and in the future.

Declaration of interest: none


Ellen McNicholas (West Hampshire Clinical Commissioning Group)

Ellen McNicholasEllen 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


Michelle Cowen (University of Southampton)

Michelle CowenSince 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).


Shirley Anderson (Business South) 

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