Appointed governors

Councillor Michael White (Hampshire County Council)

Bio to follow

Declaration of interest: none


Councillor Barrie Margetts (Southampton City Council)

Barrie MargettsI am the appointed councillor representative for Southampton City Council. I represent the Coxford Ward in the city and am an Emeritus Professor at the University of Southampton Medical School. My area of professional expertise is public health nutrition.

In the past I sat on the UHS nutrition steering group. As a city councillor I sit on our health and overview scrutiny panel. My particular interest as a governor is to focus on staff wellbeing and relations between UHS and local residents.

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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