Meet the board

Feature Block - Our Values

Our Values

We put our patients first by working as one team; leading and listening; and striving for the best. 

Meet the board

Colin Drummond, OBE, DL, chairman

DRUMMOND Colin March 2015Colin was appointed Chairman of Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust in 2014. He is also Pro-Chancellor and Chair of Governors of the University of Plymouth. From 1992 to 2013 Colin was chief executive of Viridor, one of the UK’s leading recycling, renewable energy and waste management companies, and an executive director of Pennon Group PLC.  He was then Chairman of Viridor until the end of 2014. Prior to joining Pennon, Colin was chief executive of Coats Viyella Yarns Division, an executive director of Renold PLC, a consultant with the Boston Consulting Group and an official with the Bank of England.  Colin was Chairman of the Government’s ‘Living with Environmental Change’ Business Advisory Board from 2009 to 2015 and of the Environmental Sustainability Knowledge Transfer Network from 2007 to 2013.  He was Master of the Worshipful Company of Water Conservators for 2007/08 and Chair of the ‘WET 10’ City Livery Companies from 2008 to 2013. From 1997 to 2015 he was a Trustee, and is now Honorary Vice President of the Calvert Trust Exmoor.

Colin holds an MA from Oxford University and an MBA from Harvard Business School where he held a Harkness Fellowship. He was appointed an OBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours 2012 for services to technology and innovation, and a Deputy Lieutenant (DL) of Somerset in 2016.

Non-Executive Directors 

Stephen Harrison, vice-chairman

HARRISON Stephen March 2015Stephen joined the Trust in February 2013 as a designate non-executive director until his formal appointment on 1 April 2013. He has lived in Wookey for nearly 40 years after joining Clarks Shoes for his main career. On leaving Clarks, Stephen developed a portfolio of organisational development consultancy work and community activity, including being elected leader of Mendip District Council. In the NHS he has undertaken non-executive director roles with Bath and West Community Trust, Mendip Primary Care Trust (PCT), North Somerset PCT and finally as chairman of a cluster of PCTs across Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire. Stephen is chairman of YMCA Mendip and a trustee of a day care centre for older people.  

Dr Kate Fallon, senior independent director


Kate was appointed as a non-executive director on 1 July 2015 and came to the Trust with great experience in the strategic direction and transformation of services within the NHS. She established a new NHS Trust in 2010, which trebled in size in 2011 and became the first community trust to be licensed by Monitor as a Foundation Trust in November 2014. Previously, Kate transformed her own GP practice, taking it from a traditional reactive business to a forward-planning, innovative “beacon site”, with a sustained Investors in People accolade.

Kate is currently a Trustee of the Board of Skills for Health and a member of the Board of the National Skills Academy for Health. In 2015 she was included in the HSJ “Top 50 NHS Chief Executives” list, being recognised for her approach to service transformation and the integration of services across NHS boundaries.

Huw Williams 

Williams HuwHuw was appointed as non-executive director designate on 1 July 2015. His position was made definitive as of 1 January 2016. Following graduation he joined Goldman Sachs International in London, progressing from analyst to executive director in the investment banking division, before moving to Goldman Sachs’ private equity arm from 2004-07. He advised on a large number of public and private take-overs and mergers, stock market flotations and public and private debt financings. From 2007-09 he worked for a US private equity fund (Cerberus Capital Partners) as a partner in its European business. Since then, he has focused on being an angel investor, investing in a wide range of private start-up companies, mostly in the UK.  

Antony Durbacz

DURBACZ Antony December 2016Antony was appointed as a non-executive director in November 2016. He is a chartered accountant with 25 years' commercial experience as a finance director with major international companies. Antony has held executive leadership roles in blue chip companies in both the UK and Europe. He brings experience of all aspects of business management including financial control, business development, strategic planning and corporate governance. Antony is also a non-executive director of Knightstone Housing Group.


Barbara Gregory, joint non-executive director 

 Barbara Gregory Pic 07 10 16Barbara Gregory has worked at senior management level in the NHS since 1993, including 15 years at Board level in a number of organisations in different parts of the health system – including as a Director of Finance in an NHS organisation that manages similar services to the Trust.  She has an excellent working knowledge gained from first hand experience of the health and social care system and has also been involved in the Strategic Transformation Programme in Cornwall.

 Barbara has also worked closely with senior colleagues from the Local Authority on the integration of provision and commissioning and the opportunities for the devolution of expenditure to providers as part of the potential development of Accountable Care organisations/systems.

Barbara is a joint Non-Executive Director on the Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust and Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust Boards.


Jan Hull, joint non-executive director

Jan HullJan Hull spent the early part of her career with Unilever, in an international perfumery business covering sales, marketing and general management roles, including two years in the USA.

She has over over 20 years experience of the NHS in Somerset,  initially in Public Health and later as Deputy Chief Executive for NHS Somerset, until she became Managing Director of the South, Central and West Commissioning Support Unit. Jan retired from this post in 2016.

She has a good level of knowledge of the services provided by the Trust, and the strategic context in which the Trust operates, gained from experience both of directly managing community services, and from her commissioning responsibilities.

Jan has worked at senior level with all of the major health and social organisations in the county, including primary care and the voluntary sector. She also has significant experience of structural change, having led the merger of three Commissioning Support Units in 2015.

 Jan is a joint Non-Executive Director on the Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust and Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust Boards.


Executive Directors

Peter Lewis, chief executive

Peter Lewis NEW 2  (1)

Peter is the Chief Executive of both Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust and Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. The two trusts are in a formal alliance and planning to merge in order to improve the care and experience of patients by integrating community, mental health and hospital services, and to remove some of the barriers that frustrate hard-working NHS colleagues.

Peter joined the Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust in 2005 as Director of Finance and Performance. He became Deputy Chief Executive of the acute trust in 2008 and took on the responsibility of Chief Operating Officer in 2010. The trust formed an alliance with Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust in May 2017 and Peter became Chief Executive of both organisations in November 2017. Prior to joining Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust, Peter was a Director of Performance at Dorset and Somerset Strategic Health Authority and has also worked in both commissioning and provider organisations prior to that. Peter is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.



Andy Heron, deputy chief executive and chief operating officer (mental health and community services)

Andy Heron, Chief Operating OfficerAndy joined Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust in January 2014 worked in health and social care for 27 years having originally qualified as an occupational therapist (DIP.COT). Having initially worked clinically in Cornwall and North Somerset he went on to manage mental health services prior to managing mental health services in Bristol from 1999 – 2006 where he took a central role in integrating NHS and social care services and a modernisation programme that included complete service redesign and the comprehensive re-provision of the mental health estate in the city.

Following this Andy gained a broad range of experience in London and the South West in  senior commissioning and provider roles in the NHS and also in social care where he worked at the level of service director with responsibility for services to people with  physical and sensory impairment, learning disabilities and mental health problems. Prior to joining the Trust in 2014 he was working as director of projects for a successful mental health and community  foundation NHS trust in East London with portfolio responsibility for service modernisation and commercial and business development.

Andy maintains a strong interest in care pathway redesign and service integration and is also lead director for restrictive interventions.


Matthew Bryant, chief operating officer (acute hospital services)

BRYANT Matthew 3Matthew joined Musgrove Park Hospital in 2014 as director of operations and was appointed as chief operating officer in 2015. He is responsible for the day-to-day running of the hospital and for its performance in meeting the required national standards.

Matthew has worked in the NHS in the South West since 1998, managing medical and         surgical services at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital, and being part of the management team when that trust became one of the country’s first foundation hospitals. He led the trust’s delivery of new models of care for older people, which included a strong focus on integration with services outside hospital.

He helped establish the Peninsula Medical School in Exeter, of which he became an Honorary Fellow, teaching undergraduate medical students about healthcare management. He was also involved in the commissioning of specialist services and the development of joint working for health authorities across Devon and Cornwall.

Matthew joined the NHS on the national general management training scheme, after graduating from Oxford University. He is also a trustee of Hospiscare, the palliative care provider for Exeter, East and Mid-Devon.


Pippa Moger, director of finance 

Pippa Moger, Director of Finance and Business DevelopmentPippa joins the joint executive team from her post as director of finance for Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. She joined the NHS in 2002 as a management accountant at South Somerset Primary Care Trust where she remained employed until the restructuring of Primary Care Trusts in 2007 by which stage she had been promoted to assistant director of finance. In 2007 Pippa joined NHS South West as assistant director of finance responsible for strategic development of costing and Payment by Results for the South West.

In March 2009 Pippa joined Yeovil District Hospital NHS Foundation Trust as assistant director of finance and on leaving the Trust in 2013 had been interim director of finance. Pippa believes NHS resources must be used in the most efficient and effective way while ensuring patient safety is not compromised.

Pippa is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA).


Dr Daniel Meron, Chief Medical Officer

CMO Dec2019Daniel joins us from his role of Chief Medical Officer of Solent NHS Trust, which provides mental health, community and primary care services to people living in Southampton, Portsmouth and some parts of Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. He was also Deputy Medical Director at University Hospital Southampton Foundation Trust, a large teaching hospital providing secondary and tertiary acute services in Wessex. He combined senior leadership roles with active front-line clinical work as a consultant in liaison psychiatry in Southampton General Hospital, as well as being actively engaged in research at the School of Medicine, University of Southampton. 


Hayley Peters, chief nurse

PETERS Hayley Oct 15Hayley has over 25 years of experience in the NHS and joined Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust in July 2013 as deputy director of nursing. Hayley became acting director of nursing at Musgrove in September 2015, and then director of patient care in December 2015. Before this, Hayley worked in senior clinical leadership roles in the south west, London and the south east. Hayley’s early professional career centred in critical care, first as an intensive care nurse and later, following a period of training at Birmingham Medical School, as one of the very first physician’s assistants to practise in the UK.

As a senior nursing leader in the southwest, Hayley has developed a growing interest in nursing and enabling elderly and frail people to stay safe and reach their full potential through personalised care and service integration. Hayley is passionate about excellence in patient care and aspires to improve patient safety, quality and patient experience.


David Shannon, director of strategic development and improvement

David Shanon CroppedDavid joined Musgrove Park Hospital in 2016 as director of finance.

David was previously director of operational finance at North Bristol NHS Trust, from June 2014. Before that he spent six years at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, most of them as assistant director of finance. He originally joined the NHS in 1998 on its graduate financial management training scheme. 



Phil Brice, director of governance and corporate development 

Phil Brice, Director of Governance and Corporate Development

Phil joined Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust in 2012, having worked in the NHS since 2000. He worked for the Somerset Heath Authority before becoming director of corporate services for Taunton Deane Primary Care Trust and then director of corporate services and communications for NHS Somerset from 2006 – 2011. He previously worked for the Treasury Solicitor’s department, the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman and AXA PPP healthcare. Phil is a member of the NHS Top Leaders’ programme.



Isobel Clements, director of people and organisational development


Isobel started her career at Musgrove Park Hospital in 1988 and held several senior human resources and organisational development management roles, including at associate and deputy level, until she became director of people and organisational development for the Trust in 2018. 

She has played a key role in developing the Trust’s system of distributed leadership, in ensuring that the organisation’s values are brought to life in everyday behaviour, and in overseeing a leadership programme in which over 900 colleagues at the hospital have now taken part. Isobel is a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.