Trust Board

Annual General Meeting (AGM)

Our AGM was on Thursday 29 July 2021

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University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust is led by our Board of Directors. The Board is made up of a Chairman, Executive Directors and Non-Executive Directors.

  • The Chairman and Non-Executive Directors are appointed by the Trust’s Council of Governors
  • The Chief Executive is appointed by the Chairman and Non-Executive Directors
  • The other Executive Directors are appointed by the Chairman, Non-Executive Directors and the Chief Executive

Board members


Alan McCarthy

Alan McCarthy


Alan joined us in October 2018 as the chair of both Western Sussex Hospitals and Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals.

He is a chartered civil engineer with 40 years’ experience in the public sector, including five years as chief executive of Brighton and Hove City Council.

Alan retired from full-time employment in 2009 and embarked on a mixed portfolio of non-executive positions including being chair of Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust for eight years and a year chairing Brighton and Hove PCT.

In 2020 Alan was awarded an MBE for services to the NHS

Chief Executive

Dr George Findlay

Chief Executive

Dr George Findlay became Chief Executive of UHSussex on 1 June 2022.

George was formerly the Chief Executive of Medway NHS Foundation Trust, where he oversaw an improvement programme that removed all CQC “inadequate” ratings and moved the emergency department from “inadequate” to “good”.

Prior to taking up the post of Chief Executive at Medway, George was our Deputy Chief Executive and Chief Medical Officer.

He was a pivotal member of the executive team of our legacy Trusts, Western Sussex Hospitals and Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals, providing leadership, stability, and a dedication to Patient First improvement through to our merger.

George contributed to Western Sussex Hospitals becoming the first non-specialist acute trust in the country to be rated ‘Outstanding’ in all the key inspection areas assessed by the Care Quality Commission. He was also part of the leadership team at Brighton during the period when the Trust exited special measures and climbed three inspection ratings to Outstanding for Caring and Good overall.

A specialist intensive care consultant, George is an experienced clinical leader at national and regional level, and a Fellow of the Health Foundation’s GenerationQ leadership develop and quality improvement programme.

Dr Andy Heeps

Deputy Chief Executive and Chief Operating Officer

Before joining University Hospitals Sussex as Chief Executive, Dr Andy Heeps was interim chief executive at North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust.

Andy is an experienced consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist. Prior to working at North Mid, he was divisional director for the specialist medicine division at Barking Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust.

He has also held leading roles in clinical and operational areas such as associate medical director for Quality Improvement and as acting medical director.

Executive Directors

Ellis Pullinger

Interim Deputy Chief Operating Officer

Before joining University Hospitals Sussex as interim chief operating officer, Ellis Pullinger was interim chief operating officer at London North West University Healthcare and previously chief operating officer at St George’s.

Ellis began his NHS career in 1996 and has held senior positions across London. Ellis’s previous roles include Divisional Director of Operations and then Assistant Chief Executive at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, leading and managing the successful transition of pathology services to North West London Pathology in 2017.

Ellis has also worked for Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust, Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals and Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

Dr Maggie Davies

Dr Maggie Davies

Chief Nurse

Maggie joined Western Sussex Hospitals as Deputy Director of Nursing in 2014 from Brighton & Hove Clinical Commissioning Group, where she was Head of Primary Care Strategic Development. 

She has extensive nursing experience, including as a district nurse and an oncology nurse for Macmillan Cancer Support. 

In her time at Western Sussex, Maggie championed patient safety and nurse recruitment and completed a doctorate in Clinical Practice. 

Darren Grayson

Chief Governance Officer

After working in the NHS for almost 30 years, including 14 as a chief executive of three primary care trusts, an acute trust and an integrated acute and community trust, Darren joined the Good Governance Institute (GGI) in 2017, first as a special advisor and from 2019 as an executive partner.

In his NHS career, Darren worked in health authorities and trusts in Yorkshire, Oxfordshire, Kent, Surrey and Sussex.

As well as his chief executive roles, he had a stint as a director in a strategic health authority, as well as undertaking project work with the Department of Health and the No10 Delivery Unit.

Karen Geoghegan

Karen Geoghegan

Chief Financial Officer

A graduate of the NHS Financial Management Training Scheme Karen worked in several NHS organisations in London, including Guy’s and St Thomas’, Northwick Park and St Mark’s hospitals.

She then worked at Brighton & Sussex University Hospitals for 12 years from 2002, holding a number of posts including Interim Chief Financial Officer. In 2019, Karen was named Finance Director of the Year in the National Healthcare Finance Awards.

David Grantham

David Grantham

Chief People Officer

David’s role is leadership on HR, OD, learning and education for the Trust’s staff across its seven hospitals. He previously spent 7 years as CPO at the Royal Free London and 4 years as HR Director at Kingston Hospital. He has worked at national level too leading for NHS Employers on medical workforce issues. He now chairs the employer’s team negotiating on the consultant contract.

He is a board member of the Healthcare People Management Association’s (HPMA) London & SE Academy, seeking to support professional development in HR and OD. He is current Honorary President of the National Association of Medical Personnel Specialists (NAMPS).

Before joining the NHS in 2004 David worked for the British Medical Association on policy matters and representation of doctors’ interests. He is a law and politics graduate.

Dr Charlotte Hopkins

Chief Medical Officer

Charlotte graduated from UCL Medical School in 1997. She was appointed as a sexual health and HIV consultant in 2010 at Whipps Cross University Hospital – Barts Health. She has a passion for clinical leadership and quality and safety improvement in healthcare and has experience with engaging and leading frontline clinicians through change. She has an MSc in Leadership and Management in Healthcare with Brighton University and is a graduate from the Nye Bevan Leadership programme with the NHS Leadership Academy.

Charlotte joined UCLPartners in April 2013 as a Clinical Lead for quality and led quality improvement work on the deteriorating patient across five trusts in Essex. She has worked as an Associate Medical Director for Quality and Safety as well as the Clinical Director for both Paediatrics and The Emergency Department at Whipps Cross. She was appointed as the Deputy Chief Medical Officer for Barts Health Trust and took up her role in July 2018.

Charlotte joined University Hospitals Sussex in January 2022 as the Chief Medical Officer.

She believes we have two jobs the one we do and the one where we improve it.

Non-executive Directors

Lucy Bloem

Non-Executive Director

Lucy Bloem joined the Trust in September 2021, having previously been a NED for South East Coast Ambulance Service where she was the Senior Independent Director and chaired their Quality and Patient Safety Committee for almost 5 years.

Her business career has been working across many countries in the oil and gas industry starting with Shell before moving into consulting where she is a partner in Deloitte’s Consulting practice and before that with Accenture.

Lucy, who lives in Surrey, has been a NED in the NHS for eight years and is a seasoned committee chair, having experience of CQC inspections as Chair of a Quality Committee.

Patrick Boyle

Non-Executive Director

A resident of Peacehaven, Patrick has had a long career in the UK public service. He brings to the Trust 30 years senior leadership and governance experience at CEO level in Central Government and the NHS.

Jackie Cassell

Non-Executive Director

Joanna Crane

Senior Independent Director

Joanna worked in the financial services industry for more than 25 years, beginning her career in private banking at Credit Suisse before moving to corporate banking and structured finance.

After an exciting time working in IT during the years that led to European Monetary Union (EMU) and the extraordinary challenge of Y2K at the turn of the century, Joanna moved into HR, with a particular focus on strategic planning and change management.

Most recently, Joanna worked at the European Investment Bank (EIB), with responsibilities for performance management, talent management, learning and organisational development, sitting on the EIB’s Equal Opportunities joint-committee.

Jon Furmston

Non-Executive Director

Jon has worked in the telecommunications industry, for BT and Openreach, in a series of financial, marketing, regulatory and corporate roles. Most recently, he joined Openreach to help in its set up as it legally separated from its BT parent. He is currently Openreach Limited’s Company Secretary as well as having responsibility for Internal Audit, Safety, Governance and Regulatory Monitoring

Jon has a telecommunications degree from Queen Mary College, London University and is a qualified management accountant.

Claire Keatinge

Non-Executive Director

Claire Keatinge joined the Trust in July 2021 and was previously a Non-Executive Director of the Northern Ireland Prison Service and chaired its Audit and Risk Committee; she was also a Consumer Advocate with the Consumer Council for Water.

Claire has wide experience working with and for older people and is an experienced Board Member – most recently as Commissioner for Older People for Northern Ireland; Director Northern Ireland; Alzheimer’s Society; University of Leicester as an adviser on Active Ageing; Board Member of Dunhill Medical Trust; and leading community development and public health with Age NI.

Lizzie Peers

Non-Executive Director

Lizzie is a qualified chartered public finance accountant with more than 20 years’ experience as an external auditor working across the UK public sector at national and local levels. She worked as a senior manager for the Audit Commission and most recently for Ernst & Young LLP, a global accountancy/consulting firm. Her expertise includes supporting and influencing boards across a wide range of public sector organisations to strengthen their strategic, governance, financial and value for money arrangements.

She currently has a varied portfolio of independent adviser/member roles with the National Police Chiefs’ Council, the Ministry of Justice, the Local Government Boundary Commission and a national procurement company. She is also the treasurer and trustee of a national children’s charity and a university lecturer in governance and audit.

Lillian Philip

Associate Non-Executive Director

Lillian works in energy and utilities, beginning her career in residential pricing at EDF before moving to risk management and finance, where she led transformational change programmes. She is now a product lead in data and innovation with a specific focus on strategic planning for big data capabilities.

With experience of several corporate restructures, Lillian is passionate about inclusion and a positive change culture.

Trust Board Meetings and Papers

Social distancing requirements mean public Board meetings can’t be held in-person during the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead, we’re broadcasting live video of these meetings for anyone to watch on Microsoft Teams. A link to the live feed will be posted on this page before each meeting.

Questions from the public will be answered at the end of each meeting. Email your questions to our Company Secretary, Glen Palethorpe, at least two days before the meeting.

Trust Board meeting dates

Venue or link information will be shared within a week of the meeting date.

Trust Board Meetings in Public

  • Thursday 4 August 2022, 10.00 – 13.00
  • Thursday 10 November 2022, 10.00 – 13.00
  • Thursday 2 February 2023, 10.00 – 13.00
Reports presented at the public Trust Board meeting

Every meeting

  • Chief Executive’s Report
  • Trust Integrated Performance Report covering each of the five patient first domains of Patient, Quality, People, Sustainability and Systems and Parterships
  • Reports from the Chairs of each of the Board Committees
  • Board Assurance Framework
  • Company Secretary’s Report

As appropriate during the year

  • Nursing Staffing Capacity Report
  • Maternity Report
  • Infection Prevention and Control Board Assurance Tool
  • Learning from Deaths Report


  • Adult Safeguarding Annual Report
  • Children’s Safeguarding Annual Report
  • Medical Appraisal and Revalidation Annual Report
  • Organ Donation Annual Report
  • Quality Strategy and Quality Report Update
  • Annual Workforce Race Equality Scheme Report
  • Annual Disability Equality Scheme Report
  • Gender Pay Gap Report
  • Emergency Preparedness and Resilience and Response Assurance Documentation
  • Patient Experience Annual Report and Strategy
  • Operational Plan
  • Capital Plan
  • Annual Declaration of Compliance with the Trust’s License
  • Trust Constitution – Approval

The Trust’s Annual Report and Annual Accounts are presented to the Board at the Annual General Meeting .

Annual Report and Accounts

UHSussex Annual Quality Accounts

NHSI Provider Licences


To make sure our decision making is open and transparent, all Board and Council of Governors members must declare any business interests they have and any positions of authority they hold in a charity or voluntary body in the field of health and social care, or any other body contracting for NHS services.

This is to make sure any conflicts of interest are clear and can be managed according to our relevant policies.

University Hospitals Sussex directors’ and governors’ interests

Trust Board and governance information previous to April 2021

University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust was established on 1 April 2021 through the formal acquisition of Brighton & Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust (BSUH) by Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (WSHFT), which then changed its name to reflect its new status.

Find governance information about BSUH including Board papers, annual reports and meetings on the BSUH website.

Find governance information about WSHFT including Board papers, annual reports and meetings on the WSHFT website.

Also, please view our Publication Scheme for more useful links to documents.