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​Trust Board


Mark Addison

Mark has had an executive career in central government, working in senior operational and policy roles in a number of departments. He was the Chief Executive of the Crown Prosecution Service, Director General for Operations in the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, and was for a short spell the Permanent Secretary of that Department and the Chief Executive of the Rural Payments Agency. Since 2006 he has held non-executive roles, sitting on the boards of The National Archives and the Which? Council. He was the Chair of the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

Chief Executive
Patricia Miller

Patricia has worked for the NHS for 30 years and holds a Masters degree in Health Care Management. She is a graduate of the East of England Aspiring Directors Programme, the 'Breaking Through' Leadership Programme, the Athena Leadership Programme for Executive Women and more recently the Collaborative Leadership Programme at the King's Fund. Patricia joined Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust as Director of Operations in 2011, when it was in breach of its license. Patricia led the clinical teams to deliver a consistently high level of performance for two years placing them in the top 20% of Foundation Trusts at the end of 2013.  Patricia was appointed as Chief Executive in September 2014.  Whilst working in the NHS Patricia has remained passionate about improving the lives of patients and staff in ways that matter to them.  She has led a range of innovative and successful initiatives to improve patient safety and quality. Patricia, together with two CEO colleagues of neighbouring Trusts, was successful in an application for the Acute Care Collaboration Vanguard and is currently a key partner in the Our Dorset system, a wave one Integrated Care System (ICS). Patricia was named as one of 25 Rising Stars of the NHS in 2013 and one of the top 50 CEOs in 2019. Patricia is also one of only a handful of BAME CEOs in the NHS provider sector. Patricia is currently working with partners to establish a national network of rural providers to help inform national policy. She is also a member of the newly formed NHS Assembly.​

Non-Executive Director

Stephen Tilton

Stephen qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Price Waterhouse and is a Fellow of the ICAEW.  He has held a series of senior executive roles in the financial services sector specialising in regulation, risk and governance, including over 10 years as director of legal and compliance at a global private equity firm.  He joins DCH having spent nearly four years as a non-executive director at Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust where he chaired the Audit and Charitable Funds committees and was a member of the Quality and Safety committee.  Stephen is also an accomplished musician, and for 10 years was Master of Music at the Chapels Royal, HM Tower of London, having been a choral scholar at King’s College, Cambridge from where he graduated with a degree in Classics.  


Non-Executive Director
Victoria Hodges

Victoria has had an executive career of over 25 years in the retail sector, with her remit covering all aspects of Human Resources and in particular organisation design, culture, change and leadership development. She has extensive experience of working with boards to drive business strategy and performance. Her most recent role was as People & Culture Director at White Stuff, which was ranked in the 'Times Top 100 Best Companies To Work For' for nine successive years under her leadership.  

Non-Executive Director
Judy Gillow

Judy has had an extensive and successful career in the NHS in clinical, operational management, educational and Executive Director roles. She was awarded an MBE in 2010 for her work on improving hospital infection rates and in 2016 she was awarded an honorary doctorate by Southampton University for her work on developing clinical academic careers for nurses and health professionals. Her most recent post was Director of Nursing at University Hospital Southampton where she led the quality improvement agenda. She is currently Senior Nurse Advisor for Health Education England, Wessex Branch, as well as a lay member of West Hampshire Clinical Commissioning Group. In addition she is a Specialist Advisor for the Care Quality Commission.

Non-Executive Director
Sue Atkinson

Sue has considerable experience in Public Health, clinical medicine, commissioning, as a chief executive, executive director and non-executive director in the NHS and DoH.  She was Regional Director of Public Health (RDPH) for London and developed the role as Health Advisor to the Mayor and Greater London Authority.  She was previously RDPH and Medical Director of South Thames, South West Region and Wessex. Her work includes health strategy, inequalities and partnership working, including with national and local government and the third sector. Sue holds a number of non-executive and academic posts, including founding Director and Chair of PHAST (Public Health Action Support Team – a not for profit social enterprise). She is a Board Member of the Faculty of Public Health, Visiting Professor at UCL, Co-Chairs the Climate and Health Council and was a board member of the Food Standards Agency. 

Non-Executive Director
Ian Metcalfe


Ian is an experienced Finance Director and a qualified management accountant who started his career in the commercial sector, but for the past twenty years has worked as an executive and non-executive director in the not-for-profit, charity and health sectors, and more recently in arts organisations. Ian has served on a number of Boards, including eight years as a non-executive director with Royal Bournemouth Hospital, where he was Chair of a number of committees, including the project board which led the re-build of Christchurch Hospital as a health and care community. He is currently a trustee of Lighthouse, Poole's centre for the arts, and has just rejoined the Board of Activate, an arts enabling organisation based in Dorchester​.

Non-Executive Director
Dave Underwood

Dave is an experienced senior leader having worked first at the Civil Aviation Authority as an Air Traffic Control Scientist and Research Manager before joining the Met Office, in 1998, to lead their Civil Aviation Business.  Over 20 years with the Met Office Dave undertook a range of senior executive roles including Group Head of Public Sector Business, Deputy Director of Technology and Information Systems and latterly Deputy Director of High Performance Computing.  In addition to his executive roles Dave has more than 10 years non-executive leadership experience gained in the fields of Environmental Business, Further Education (serving on the Board of Exeter College) and most recently as a Non-Executive Independent Advisor to the Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Foundation Trust with regard to their MyCare Technology enabled Transformation Programme. Dave is passionate about delivering effective leadership of change and promoting the benefits of careers in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine.

Chief Medical Officer
Professor Alastair Hutchison


Alastair joined DCH in July 2018 from Manchester Royal Infirmary, where he was Clinical Head of Division for Specialist Medicine and Clinical Professor of Kidney Medicine (University of Manchester). He has worked in clinical leadership roles in Manchester for over 15 years, including being Clinical Director for Renal Medicine, the Royal College Tutor in Medicine, Associate Clinical Head of the Division of Medicine, and most recently the Clinical Head for Specialist Medicine. He has clinically supervised the development and introduction of new IT systems as well as having a major interest in infection control. Alastair has wide-ranging experience in managing complex clinical services, and is actively involved in research into acute and chronic kidney disease with around 100 publications in peer-reviewed journal and books. He has written chapters for both the Oxford Textbook of Medicine and the Oxford Textbook of Clinical Nephrology.​

Chief Financial Officer

Paul Goddard

Paul is a fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and has over 30 years' experience in NHS finance. He joined the Trust in June 2018 from University Hospital Southampton FT where he spent over 10 years rising from Assistant Director of Finance to the role of Director of Finance which included a directorship of one of the wholly owned subsidiaries. He has worked extensively across the NHS sector at a senior level within both provider and commissioning organisations and also gained valuable experience working in a commercial role within a large US owned facilities management company. ​

​Chief Operating Officer
Inese Robotham​


Inese joined DCHFT in November 2018 from Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust where she held a variety of roles, the last one being Acting Chief Operating Officer. She has worked for the NHS for over 18 years in both highly performing and challenged organisations and has led a number of complex service redesign and improvement initiatives. Inese is passionate about improving the quality of patient care and experience and holds a Masters Degree in Leadership for Healthcare Improvement from the University of Birmingham. She is also a Leadership Fellow with the Health Foundation.​

Chief Nursing Officer
Nicky Lucey


Nicky joined DCHFT from Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust where she was Director of Nursing and Quality. During her career Nicky has held a number of senior roles, including director of clinical standards at Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust. Her wealth of experience includes having successfully led many initiatives, such as workforce redesign involving education and career development, as well as patient care improvements. Nicky, who trained at Uxbridge, Middlesex, also has an MBA from Solent University. She has a professional background in cardiothoracic and critical care.

Director of Strategy, Transformation and Partnerships
Nick Johnson

Nick joined DCHFT from University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust where he was responsible for strategy and commercial development projects, including establishing an innovative commercial development joint venture, for which he was a Board Member. Prior to that he was responsible for business development and bid management at a large, multi-national infrastructure and support services provider focussing on strategic public private partnerships. Nick has also worked in a number of local authorities delivering innovative strategic partnerships, contract management and service transformation. Nick has a MSc from Warwick Business School and started his career on the National Graduate Management Scheme for Local Government.

Chief Information Officer​
Stephen Slough

Stephen joined DCHFT as the first CIO on the Trust Board.  He is a Chartered Fellow of the British Computer Society and a Leading Practitioner for the newly launched national FED-IP digital healthcare leadership framework, and brings experience from a variety of national, European and global leadership roles he held for Siemens over a 20 plus year career in the private sector, before joining the NHS in Dorset in 2016. Since joining the NHS he has led the creation of the digital transformation portfolio for the Dorset ICS, driving forward the digital agenda for the county with an ambition to provide sustainable digital services to the staff and public alike.  Living close to Dorchester with his family he is a Scout Leader and a volunteer with Dorset Search and Rescue in his spare time.​​

Register of Directors' Interests 2020-21