Southampton University Hospitals NHS Trust has announced two additions to its board of directors.
Lena Samuels has been appointed to a non-executive director post from 1 March 2009 until 28 February 2013, while Peter Hollins takes up the advisory position of designate non-executive director.
Ms Samuels, who previously served as associate non-executive director at SUHT from January 2008, brings a wealth of corporate governance experience to the Trust Board through her time as governor and chair of the board of Southampton City College and in her current trustee roles at Wheatsheaf Trust and the Hampshire & Isle of Wight Community Foundation.
She also runs a media and PR business as well as working locally in Southampton at BBC Radio Solent.
Mr Hollins, a graduate in chemistry from Hertford College, Oxford, has a history of senior marketing and general management roles, serving as chief operating officer of European Vinyls Corporation in Brussels from 1992 to 1998 and chief executive officer of British Energy from 1998 to 2001.
From 2001 onwards, he held various chairmanships and non-executive directorships, but opted to return to an executive role in 2003 and has since then served as chief executive of the British Heart Foundation.
On authorisation as a Foundation Trust, it is proposed that Mr Hollins will be put forward to the Members' Council for formal appointment as a non-executive director and then become an equal member of the board.
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 Samuels and Mr Hollins hold no other ministerial appointments and are not involved in any political activity.
Both appointments have been made in accordance with the OCPA Code of Practice and both will receive a non-executive director remuneration of £6,005 per year.
Issued: 7 April 2009
Posted on Tuesday 7 April 2009