Meet our Senate and Network clinicians

Senate Chair

Prof. William Roche

Professor William Roche chairs the Clinical Senate. He is the Southern Regional Lead for the Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management and Professor of Pathology at the University of Southampton.

He qualified in medicine and science at University College Dublin and undertook postgraduate studies as a Research Fellow of the University of Sydney before coming to Southampton. His research interests are in airways disease and malignant disease of the pleural cavity. He has contributed to the understanding of the cellular and molecular changes in allergic diseases including asthma and allergic eye disorders. Professor Roche introduced case-based teaching and computer assisted learning to the pathology component of the undergraduate medical curriculum.

He established the Wessex Postgraduate Education Programme in Pathology, has served as speciality regional advisor for the Wessex Deanery and chaired the Wessex Regional Associated Speciality Education Committee, leading the introduction of the Calman reforms of the training grades in cellular pathology. As departmental director of Cellular Pathology at University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust, he led a £4.7 million redevelopment programme.

Professor Roche was Medical Director of University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust from 2006 to March 2009, leading on improvements in Trust performance and clinical care. He was Medical Director for South East Coast Strategic Health Authority from April 2009 to March 2013 and Responsible Officer for NHS South Central and South East. As well as successfully implementing medical revalidation, he led on implementation of a regional trauma system, engagement of medical leaders and quality improvements.

Senate Council Member and Clinical Lead CYP

Dr. Subha Muthalagu

Dr. Subha Muthalagu is Clinical Lead for Wessex Strategic Clinical Network for Children and Young People’s Mental Health Services since December 2017. She has been a Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist for Hampshire Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) since 2006 and is currently based at New Forest CAMHS, Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. She has previously been the Professional Lead for Psychiatry in Hampshire CAMHS.

Dr. Muthalagu is passionate about improving services for children and young people and has promoted collaborative and joint working between multidisciplinary professionals and partner agencies to improve quality of care for children and young people and their families accessing CAMHS.

She has led a number of service improvement initiatives including designing care pathways (ADHD, Disability, Transition) for children and young people. She has successfully led the Health Foundation Innovating for Improvement project ‘Bringing CAMHS closer to home’ that involved designing a novel service in partnership with community pharmacies to improve physical monitoring, access and support for children and young people on psychotropic medications.

Senate Council Member and Clinical Director MCYP

Prof. Minesh Khashu

Prof. Khashu is a Neonatologist at Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and Prof. of Perinatal Health at Bournemouth University. He is Clinical Director for the Maternity, Children and Young People Clinical Network, NHS England Wessex. He is also a senate member for the Neonatal CRG for South of England.

Prof. Khashu describes himself as a clinical leader reimagining healthcare with a focus on system wide transformation, continuous Quality Improvement and Patient Centred Care. He has experience of clinical management and leadership at hospital, regional, national and global level including strategic change, system redesign, large scale quality improvement and development of international guidance and multi stakeholder collaboration.

Senate Council Member and Clinical Director CVD

Dr. Richard Jones

Dr. Richard Jones is Clinical Director of the Cardiovascular Services Strategic Clinical Network. He trained in Cardiology at the University Hospital of Wales, as well as in Jersey, Portsmouth and Southampton. He has been a Consultant Cardiologist at Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust for 15 years. During that period he was Clinical Director for Cardiac Services for three years and Chief of Medicine for three years. 

Dr. Jones has a Masters Degree in Leadership from the Royal College of Physicians and Birkbeck College, University of London and is passionate about health service improvement.

Senate Council Member and Clinical Director MHND

Dr. Denise Cope

Dr. Denise Cope MRCGP FRCPsych is the Clinical Lead for the Mental Health, Dementia and Neurological Conditions Strategic Clinical Network in Wessex. She previously held the position of Clinical Lead for Mental Health and Wellbeing for the South West Strategic Health Authority.

She is an Associate Medical Director at Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust. She is the Trust Lead for Appraisal and Revalidation and has been a Consultant Old Age Psychiatrist since 1992. She is an Associate Dean with the Wessex Deanery and previously held the post of Programme Director for General Adult and Old Age Psychiatry Training.

Senate Council Member and Clinical Director MHND

Dr. Chris Kipps

Dr Christopher Kipps is Clinical Director for the Strategic Clinical Network at NHS England (Wessex) for Mental Health, Dementia and Neurological conditions.

He is a Consultant Neurologist with subspecialty interest in behavioural neurology and cognitive disorders. He has worked for University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust since 2007, and leads the Cognitive Disorders service. He is the clinical lead for Neurology at Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, regional DeNDRoN (Dementias and Neurodegenerative Disease Research Network), and Huntington’s disease, Specialty Group lead for Nervous System Disorders for Hampshire and Isle of Wight CCRN and a theme lead in the Wessex NIHR-CLAHRC. He is an Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer at the University of Sydney, and is the principal investigator for a number of clinically-based research studies in Huntington’s disease and dementia. He has a particular interest in improving processes to support clinical excellence.

He trained in general neurology in Sydney before working as a movement disorder fellow for a year and obtaining a diploma of clinical epidemiology. He spent a year as a clinical fellow in Oxford before completing a PhD in Cambridge in Cognitive Disorders and moving to Southampton.

Senate Council Member and Clinical Director Cancer

Mr Matthew Hayes

Mr Matthew Hayes is Clinical Director of the Strategic Clinical Network for Cancer within NHS England (Wessex), having previously been Medical Director of Central South Coast Cancer Network. He was closely involved in the NHS Next Stage (Darzi) review, chairing the Planned Care group for South Central Strategic Health Authority in 2007 to 2008.

In his previous role he facilitated an international collaborative project in colorectal cancer pathways across Wessex, Scotland, Singapore and Australia which continues to influence national priorities in colorectal cancer care.

He trained in surgery and urology in Wessex, Bristol and London prior to his appointment as a Consultant Urological Surgeon at University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust in 2002. He is now also an Honorary Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Medicine, University of Southampton.

He is President of the Wessex Urology Support Group and a Patron of the ‘Simon Says’ children’s bereavement charity.

Senate Council Member

Dr. Hayden Kirk

Dr. Hayden Kirk is a Consultant Physiotherapist and lead for the Southampton Stroke Early Supported Discharge Team and Community Neurological Rehabilitation Teams for Solent NHS Trust (South West Hampshire). He was previously a Clinical Lead for the South Central Cardiovascular and Stroke Network and currently sits on the Wessex Clinical Senate and Cardiovascular Strategic Clinical Network Community Rehabilitation Group.

A strong advocate for increased patient representation in the NHS, he has chaired and presented at numerous regional and national patient events. His clinical areas of interest are in complex rehabilitation and spasticity management and he works in multidisciplinary spasticity clinics in South West Hampshire. His research interests are in models of rehabilitation and he has published papers evaluating the effect of behavioural change programmes, post stroke and Transient Ischaemic Attack (TIA or ‘mini stroke’).

Senate Council Member

Dr. Nigel Watson

Dr. Nigel Watson MB BS FRCGPDCHDRCOG trained as a GP and is currently the Chief Executive of Wessex Local Medical Committees (LMC), which represents 3,000 GPs working in 450 practices in Dorset, Hampshire, the Isle of Wight and Wiltshire. The LMC now also represents the GPs of Jersey and Guernsey.

He continues to practice as a GP part-time and is a senior partner. He is the practice lead for heart disease, epilepsy and has a role to enforce the Quality and Outcomes Framework.

Dr. Watson has represented Hampshire and Isle of Wight nationally for over 16 years and served on a number of General Practitioner Committee (GPC) sub-groups including those for information technology, practice finance, contracts and regulations. He also sits on the commissioning sub-committee.

Following the publication of the White Paper and the Health and Social Care Bill, the Department of Health established a group of leading GPs, which includes representatives from the BMA, RCGP, NHS Alliance, National Association of Primary Care and the Family Doctors Association. Dr. Watson sits on this group, working with the Department of Health to assist in transforming proposals into something that will work at a local level.

Senate Council Member

Mr Frank Rust

Mr Frank Rust has been co-opted to the Council to help us better understand the patient and the public perspective, while NHS England (Wessex) is in the process of setting up a citizen’s panel – to advise the Senate among other things.

He is currently a member of the Performance Screening Group for Medical Practitioners (2004 – present). Since 2013, he has been a member of the Hampshire County Council Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee and a member of Safe and Healthy People Select Committee for the Wessex Region.

His patient and public involvement experience includes serving as Chair of the South East Region Community Health Council (1992 – 2003), Chair of the Hampshire Patient and Public Involvement Forums (2003 – 2008) and Chair of Hampshire LINks (2008 – 2013).

His health care assurance experience includes the following roles: Governor of Frimley Park NHS Hospital Foundation Trust (2003-2004, 2007-2011), Chair of the Hampshire Continuing Care Appeals Panel (2006-2009), Member of West Surrey and North East Hampshire Health Authority (1982 –1989) and as a Mental Health Act Manager (an independent visitor protecting the rights of patients when they are deprived of their liberty) at Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.

Senate Council Member

Ms Suzanne Cunningham

Ms Suzanne Cunningham O.B.E. originally trained as a midwife in Poole and is now Director of Midwifery at University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust. She works as part of a team to ensure that the maternity service can increase the impact that it has on public health and ensuring the care delivered is evidence based and delivered with an emphasis on strong multi-professional relationships.

She is a Supervisor of Midwives and Honorary Lecturer at Bournemouth University where she was formerly Senior Lecturer; she is now a Visiting Fellow to the University’s Centre for Midwifery, Maternal and Perinatal Health which promotes the health and well-being of women, babies and their families. She was seconded to South Central SHA as the Clinical Director for Maternity and Newborn from 2008 to 2012, where she worked with the maternity and neonatal networks to advise commissioners on maternity care pathways. She is involved in reviewing Maternity services across the UK.

Senate Council Member

Dr. Daniel Meron

Chief Medical Officer, Solent NHS Trust
Honorary Lecturer, School of Medicine, University of Southampton
Works clinically in substance misuse services for Solent NHS Trust
Training in Medicine at the University of Southampton
MBA (with distinction) from Hult International Business School (London)

Senate Council Member

Dr. Lionel Cartwright

Dr Lionel Cartwright trained at the University of Oxford and joined the Harvey Practice in Broadstone, Dorset in 1985 when it was Dr Mulholland and Partners. He has been a senior partner since Dr Taylor retired. 

Dr Cartwright represents local GPs on the Local Medical Committee and part of his working week is taken up by his lead commissioning role for Cancer and End of Life services with NHS Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group. He enjoys all aspects of General Practice, especially care of young adults, families and respiratory medicine.

Senate Council Member

Dr. Adrian Higgins

Dr. Adrian Higgins trained in Manchester and has been a GP in and around Southampton since 1992. He has been involved extensively in service redesign across South Hampshire, particularly relating to Stroke services, services for Older People and the design of Urgent and Emergency Care services. Between 2007 and 2011, Dr Higgins was the Professional Executive Committee Chair for Southampton City Primary Care Trust and responsible director for Primary Care. Subsequently he worked as a Regional Clinical Lead for NHS 111, and led the clinical design and commissioning of the Hampshire NHS 111 service.

He was the Clinical Director for Unscheduled Care, Community services and Integrated Care for West Hampshire Clinical Commissioning Group and then returned to clinical practice as a GP at Southbourne Surgery in Bournemouth. Dr. Higgins was appointed as Clinical Director for Primary and Community Care for West Hampshire Clinical Commissioning Group in 2018.

Senate Council Member

Mr Michael Baker

Mr Michael Baker started his career in the financial sector working in retail banking. After seven years, he moved into public health, where he has remained for over 20 years across the South East.

Mr Baker has worked for a number of NHS organisations and has led on sexual health, substance misuse and health improvement. He has a MSc and PhD in Health Promotion, a certificate in teaching and a postgraduate qualification in psychotherapy.

In 2013, he joined Public Health England where he led on Screening and Immunisation across Wessex. He is now the Deputy Director of Healthcare Public Health in the South East providing local leadership of the healthcare public health system.

Associate Director, Clinical Senate and Networks

Sally Rickard

Sally Rickard first joined the NHS in 2004, for Service Improvement and Commissioning and spending 13 years in transformation of services. This came after a successful career in petroleum refining as a Chartered Chemical Engineer.

Sally is the Assistant Director of Wessex Clinical Senate and Networks, leading the strategic, operational development and delivery of coherent and effective network and senate arrangements, ensuring activities are aligned to and support commissioners in achieving outcome ambitions for patients and benefits to population health.

In her previous role as Network Manager for Cancer Strategic Clinical Network, she was responsible for the programme management of cancer health service improvement across Wessex, leading a programme to reduce premature mortality across Wessex. Sally published both the cancer 5 year strategic vision for Wessex and research on early detection and translation of learning to other clinical areas at a national level.

Senate Manager

Debbie Kennedy

Debbie Kennedy is the Senate Manager. She first joined the NHS after university as a regional trainee, and has worked in managerial roles in all sectors of the NHS, including primary and secondary care, mental health, learning disabilities and community health services. She has also worked in all types of NHS organisations: NHS Trusts, Health Authorities, Local Authorities, PCTs, GP Fund holders and practice-based commissioners.

Since 2002, Debbie has been working with clinicians on large complex change programmes and projects across NHS organisations at Board level. She has a Masters in Business Administration and is currently studying for a Masters in Genomic Medicine at the University of Southampton.