New Forest, Eastleigh and Test Valley - four representatives

Reuben Pengelly

Reuben PengellyI firmly believe in the importance of a strong, effective NHS, which can continue to provide world-class healthcare. I have experienced UHS as a patient, and have worked at the hospital site for the University of Southampton for the past several years undertaking medical research. I have seen the great work that UHS does, both healthcare and clinical research for eventual patient benefit. To make sure that UHS carries on providing excellent services for those in the surrounding area, it must be able to know the needs of the area.

I have interacted with many staff at UHS, both as an outpatient here and as a colleague. As such, I have a broad lay appreciation of the work at the hospital. I have also previously served as a charity trustee. My strengths lie in the synthesis of information, and communication of this, which I hope will serve me well on the Council of Governors.

Declaration of interest: none


Andrew Grapes

Andrew GrapesI was born in Southampton and have always lived in the local area. I currently live in Totton and am now retired after working all my life in the agricultural feed industry.
I was operations manager working for a company locally and also near Reading. My responsibilities included being a health and safety officer and setting up, in conjunction with local doctors, a health surveillance programme for about 120 employees. I also ran my own haulage company for 12 years.

I am married with two grownup children and three grandchildren, and both myself and my family have experienced being patients in the Southampton hospitals.

I am very interested in actively involving myself in the Trust, where I would be able to contribute my view as an outsider to the health service.

Declaration of interest: none


Elspeth Allpress

EAllpressThe most important things that a governor can do are holding policy makers to account and listening to patients. From my own experience, patients' suggestions can lead to improvements in healthcare.

I have eight years’ experience as a governor of Royal Surrey County Hospital, and am an economics graduate, previously working in finance in the energy sector. I am married with a son and daughter. My own experience of being treated for two different cancers taught me quite a lot about medical treatment and care.

I am also interested in learning about the state of current medical research and the ways in which UHS is using and advancing medical knowledge.

Declaration of interest: none


Harry Hellier

HHellierAs an Eastleigh resident for 23 years, and with previous service as a governor for Solent NHS Trust, I understand the demographics and health challenges specific to our local constituency. This equips me to act as your voice into the UHS Trust Board. I also have a desire to encourage more youngsters to engage as Trust members, given that current public membership contains few.

Technology is seen by many as an enabler for delivering safer, improved and cost effective medical services. As a physics graduate and new technologies evangelist, I have consulted on such matters. I served as a Royal Navy officer, followed by 25 years in the IT industry, working at customer board level into major public and private sector enterprises.

Business transformation, continual improvement and ever increasing patient demand will continue to stress our Trust's business model. I offer my cross business sector experience here as a 'critical friend' to comment on the Trust's evolving strategies, plans and initiatives.

Declaration of interest: none