New chair appointed at Southern Health

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Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust has appointed a new chair.

Mike Petter has been recruited to the role, having served as a non-executive director since the organisation formed in 2011.

Mr Petter, a married father-of-three, brings a wealth of experience to the role.

He is a former non-executive director of Hampshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and was involved in work to merge the two organisations, which formed Southern Health.

He said: ‘I have been involved with Southern Health from the very beginning and have seen it grow to become a leader in the local health care sector.

‘I am immensely proud of my appointment and I hope that I can help make the trust even more successful in the future.

‘There are exciting times ahead for us, from our Better Local Care pilot which is set to transform the way care is delivered in the community, to a world record attempt and a leading role in the national Crisis Care Concordat.’

Mr Petter was previously chair of the then Hampshire Primary Care Trust Provider Services and a non-executive director of the former Hampshire Primary Care Trust.

Beginning his business career as a chartered 
engineer with Geoffrey Osbourne Ltd, he now sits on a number of boards including the Guinness Partnership, one of the largest affordable housing and care providers in the country.

Katrina Percy, trust chief executive, said: ‘I am delighted Mike has been appointed as Chair of Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust. 

‘He will be a superb leader for the organisation and the wider health system.’

Mr Petter also sits on the partnership’s care and support board and is Chair of the Considerate Constructors Scheme.