New Forest, Eastleigh and Test Valley - four representatives


9 Nigel DicksonDr Nigel Dickson

Educated at Borden Grammar School in Kent and Guy’s Hospital Medical School. Completed Leicester GP training scheme  followed by 8 years as a GP partner in a large Derby City centre practice. Active in medical education as Derby GP tutor. Moved to Southampton in 1992 as a GP clinical lecturer and then Clinical director at Aldermoor Health Centre. Member of Southampton and SW Hampshire research ethics committee. Appointed as a single handed GP at St Denys Surgery in 1997 retiring in 2015. Worked throughout career in postgraduate medical education as GP trainer and latterly as a GP appraiser being appointed Fellow of the Royal College of General Practitioners in 2006. Member of executive committee of Southampton Primary Care Trust.   I was an elected member of the Hampshire Local Medical Committee for over 25 years. Since retiring I have served as a Trustee of the Romsey Cancer Charity (Jane Scarth) from 2015.

Declaration of interests:  Trustee of Romsey Cancer Support Charity, Fellow of Royal College of General Practitioners, Member of British Medical Association


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 interests: none


Cerrie GrayCerrie Gray 2

I am delighted to have been elected as a governor. Southampton General Hospital has been my local hospital for all my life and one of my earliest memories is of having an operation here aged 4. As a parent now myself, I have spent much time here with my own daughter who has been looked after by the nephrology and gastric team for the past 15 years. It was her experience within the hospital and her upcoming transition to adult services that really made me want to become a governor as a means of paying back for all her years of care.

I originally trained in accounting but switched careers when my children were little. I took up a position as a school matron within a independent school and recently qualified as a children’s nurse and now work within a health visiting team as a community health nurse.

Due to the time spent in the hospital both as a parent but also as a student nurse, I have experienced how the hospital works from both perspectives and this has fuelled my interest in the patient experience. 

I have previously served as a trustee of a local charity and also as Chair of my Children’s school PTA. 

Declaration of interests: Community health nurse, Southern Health Foundation Trust

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 interests: none