Caring, safe and excellent

Skip navigation
Skip to main content Skip to footer Accessibility help

Board of Directors

Chair, Martin Howell

health directors: Picture: Ric Mellis


Martin has enjoyed a long career in the UK Steel Industry after completing a BSc in Chemistry at the University of Bristol. He retired from Corus as Director of Construction in 2006.

Martin was appointed Chairman of Oxford Health NHS FT in 2010. Prior to this he was a Non-Executive Director of NHS South Central Strategic Health Authority. As well as his work for the Trust, Martin is currently a Governor of Oxford Brookes University and a Board Member of Thames Valley Crime Stoppers.

Stuart Bell CBE, Chief Executive

health directors: Picture: Ric Mellis


Stuart Bell was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust on 1 October 2012.

Stuart was previously the Chief Executive Officer of South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLaM) and was in post for 13 years. He has 30 years’ NHS experience. Before working at SLaM, Stuart was Chief Executive of Thameslink NHS Trust and Lewisham and Guy’s Mental Health NHS Trust.

Earlier in his career he worked at Charing Cross and Whittington hospitals before moving to the South West Thames Regional Health Authority in 1990. Stuart was instrumental in the development of King’s Health Partners in London – one of the academic health sciences centres with a major mental health involvement – prior to joining the Trust.

In 2008 Stuart was awarded a CBE for services to the NHS and he is an Honorary Fellow of King’s College London and an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists. Stuart is also the Chairman of the Picker Institute (Europe).

Dominic Hardisty, Chief Operating Officer and Deputy Chief Executive

Dominic Hardisty


Dominic Hardisty was appointed Chief Operating Officer and Deputy Chief Executive at Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust in February 2016.

Dominic was previously Deputy Chief Executive of Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.  His background includes 20 years as a leader and entrepreneur in the private sector as well as, since 2009, at several NHS acute and community trusts.  These roles have included leading teams to transform services across acute, community, mental health and children’s/young people’s pathways, as well as leading on responses to CQC inspections and formation of partnerships across primary, acute, community and social care.  He holds a degree from Oxford University and an MBA from Harvard Business School..

Mike McEnaney, Director of Finance

health directors


Mike commenced his financial management career in consumer goods with Hoover adding multinational experience gained in the oil and consumer lubricants sector with Burmah Castrol. He has substantial experience at the executive level gained as Finance Director of Honda’s UK manufacturing operations, Avis’s UK car rental business and a private equity backed global business. Together with the financial experience gained in manufacturing and commercial organisations, he has experience of managing IT and HR. 

Ros Alstead, Director of Nursing and Clinical Standards

Ros Alstead


Ros has worked in the NHS for 35 years, graduating from London University and St George’s Hospital with a degree in general nursing, followed by qualifying as a registered mental health nurse. She had experience as a nurse in both inpatient and community settings before becoming a general manager and completing her MBA at Ashridge Business School. Ros now has over 20 years’ experience at director level.

Ros was Chair of the National Mental Health Nurse and LD Directors and Leads Forum until December 2012. She was a panel member of the Richardson Committee reforming the Mental Health Act, and was also the NHS Panel member on the Kerr Haslam inquiry.

Mark Hancock, Medical Director

Mark Hancock 


Dr Mark Hancock has worked with Oxford Health in a number of roles since 1999, and he was appointed the Medical Director in April 2016. He has previously been the Deputy Medical Director, since May 2013. In recent years, he has been psychiatric lead for medium secure services (2013-14) and associate clinical director for forensic services (2011-2013). Mark is Trust lead for Clinical Risk Assessment and Management, the Trust’s Caldicott Guardian and Chief Clinical Information Officer.

He completed the Nye Bevan programme with the NHS Leadership Academy in 2014.


Dr Anne Grocock,

Non-Executive Director

health directors: Picture: Ric Mellis


Anne was appointed Non-Executive Director in February 2008. She has an MA(BA) in Zoology, and a DPhil from the Department of Agriculture, both University of Oxford. Her background is as an academic and senior administrator within the University of Oxford.

Her special interests in the Trust include chairing the Oxford Health Charity Committee.  Anne also chairs the Nuffield Oxford Hospitals Fund. She is a member of the Standards Committee of the General Optical Council. She has held non-executive posts on the Defence Storage Distribution Agency (MOD) Audit Committee and the Defence Estates (MOD) Audit Committee. Prior to joining the Trust Anne was the Executive Director of the Royal Society of Medicine.

Chris Hurst, Non-Executive Director

health directors: Picture:Chris Hurst



Chris was appointed in April 2017 and is a consultant and executive coach with 25 years’ board experience, working in both executive and non-executive roles. He is a chartered accountant and has worked in the banking and technology sectors, in local and national government and as a Deputy CEO in the NHS. He is a Board Trustee of the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA) and a non-executive director of a small digital development company.

Alyson Coates, Non-Executive Director

health directors: Picture: Ric Mellis


Alyson was appointed by the Council of Governors in April 2011. She takes a particular interest in the strategic direction of the Trust and in clinical and financial governance. Originally a biochemist, Alyson spent most of her career as an equity analyst at an international investment bank, specialising in the healthcare sector.

Prior to joining the Trust, Alyson was Vice-Chair and Chair of the Audit Committee at South Central Strategic Health Authority. She was a member of the Auditing Practices Board of the national independent financial regulator, the Financial Reporting Council and External Advisor to the Audit Committee of the Olympic Lottery Distributor. Alyson is an independent Governor of Oxford Brookes University where she chairs the Finance and Resources Committee.

Professor Sue Dopson, Non-Executive Director


Prof Sue Dopson


Sue is Rhodes Trust Professor of Organisational Behaviour and Faculty Dean at Saïd Business School. She is also Fellow of Green Templeton College, Oxford, and Visiting Professor at the University of Alberta, Canada. She is a noted specialist on the personal and organisational dimensions of leadership and transformational change, especially in the public and healthcare sectors.

Sue teaches on the Oxford Advanced Management and Leadership Programme, the Oxford Strategic Leadership Programme, and Consulting and Coaching for Change. She has worked closely with organisations ranging from the UK Department of Health to Roche Pharmaceuticals. As a founding director and current member of the Oxford Health Care Management Institute, she is involved in the development of courses for the NHS.

Sir Jonathan Asbridge, Non-Executive Director

health directors: Picture: Ric Mellis


Sir Jonathan was appointed Non-Executive Director on 1 July 2014. He was the first president of the UK’s Nursing and Midwifery Council. From early experiences as a St John Ambulance cadet in Cardiff, he went on to become a state registered nurse at St Thomas’ Hospital, London. After a career in nursing at Singleton Hospital, he moved to Addenbrooke’s Hospital, becoming General Manager, then Director of Clinical Care services. He later became Chief Nurse at Barts and the Royal London Hospitals. In 2003 he was appointed National Patient Champion for A&E Experience at the NHS Modernisation Agency. He has also worked at Llandough Hospital and the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford.

Sir Jonathan is a member of the Royal College of Nursing, Amnesty International, and the Standing Nursing and Midwifery Advisory Committee. He is a trustee of the Nurses Welfare Service and Senior Nursing Editor for the Journal of Clinical Evaluation in Practice. In June 2006 he was knighted in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

Mike Bellamy, Non-Executive Director

health directors: Picture: Ric Mellis


Mike was appointed by the Council of Governors in February 2009 and has taken a particular interest in how the Trust can deliver high quality services in a consistent and reliable way. He worked in the NHS for 32 years including 18 years as a Chief Executive. Since leaving the NHS, Mike has carried out a variety of projects for organisations including the World Health Organisation, National Patient Safety Agency and the Healthcare Commission, as well as working as Regional Director for the peer review programme of the National Cancer Action Team for six years up to 2010.

He has previously served as a Non-Executive Director of the Blood Services Authority and the Buckinghamshire Hospitals NHS Trust. He was on the Board of Bucks New University for 10 years including three as Deputy Chairman up to 2008. He then joined the Board of the University of West London.

Sir John Allison KCB CBE, Non-Executive Director

Sir John Allison KCB CBE


Sir John was appointed to the Board on 1 April 2015, having previously been appointed Associate* Non-Executive Director from 1 October 2014.

He had a long distinguished career with the Royal Air Force, retiring with the rank of Air Chief Marshal. Subsequently he was a Director of Jaguar Racing Ltd and then a Project Director for Rolls Royce Plc. He was also a member of the Criminal Injuries Compensation Appeals Tribunal for 13 years. Sir John was elected President of Europe Air Sports in 2004 and served for 5 years. He was President of the Light Aircraft Association from 2006 to 2015.

Sir John is a Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath and a Commander of the Order of the British Empire. Between December 2005, and March 2013 he served as Gentleman Usher to the Sword of State; the officer of the British Royal Household responsible for bearing the Sword of State on ceremonial occasions.

*Non-voting member while an Associate Non-Executive Director



Kerry Rogers, Director of Corporate Affairs and Company Secretary

Kerry_03 Cropped SMALL


Kerry Rogers joined the Board of Directors* as Director of Corporate Affairs and Company Secretary on 1 September 2015.

Kerry has held Director level roles in the NHS prior to coming to Oxford Health NHSFT, most recently with Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in the Midlands.

With over 20 years’ experience in business and finance in both public and private sectors, Kerry champions good governance and in her company secretary role provides the essential interface between our Board and all of our stakeholders.

Prior to joining the NHS in 2005, her early public sector career was as an Inspector of Taxes. She then went on to be a finance director and company secretary in the private sector, contributing to the strategic direction and operational excellence of businesses.

*Non-voting member


Last updated: 30 May, 2017

Home News Sitemap Search Support and advice Getting help Raising a concern Terms and conditions Contact us Access keys