Board of Directors

Elizabeth Padmore - Chairman

Elizabeth Padmore

Liz Padmore read both Philosophy, Politics and Economics and Jurisprudence at Brasenose College, Oxford. She has extensive experience at the Board level in private, public and not-for- profit sectors.

She was previously a strategy partner at Accenture where she created and ran their global strategic think tank. Specialising in scenario planning, strategic communications, corporate social responsibility and relationship management.

Liz is Chairman of Hampshire Hospitals NHS FT; a Barclay Fellow of Green Templeton College, Oxford where she chairs the Remuneration Committee; Chairman of Housing Solutions; a director of Youth Business International where she also serves on the audit committee and chairs the accreditation committee; Council of Management and Governor of the Ditchley Foundation where she sits on the Finance & General Management Committee.  She was previously a member of the Board of IPSA where she chaired the Remuneration Committee; on the Council of Chatham House; a Director of National Australia Group Europe and Clydesdale Bank plc and the advisory board of IMD.

Liz is a member and previous vice chairman of Forum UK [part of the International Women’s Forum]; a member of Women Corporate Directors and an elected FRSA (Fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts Manufacturing and Commerce).

Liz was awarded the Sunday Times public sector Non-Executive Director of the Year Award in 2013.

Alex Whitfield - Chief Executive

Alex Whitfield

Alex started her career in operational management at ExxonMobil’s Fawley Oil Refinery and holds an engineering degree from Cambridge University. After 13 years at Exxon, Alex moved to the NHS.

Alex has held senior roles in both the former Basingstoke and Winchester organisations over a number of years and so she already knows many of our staff. Her first NHS role was at North Hampshire Hospital in 2005 and during her time there she covered areas as diverse as project management, governance, productivity and operational management of the Emergency Division. She went on to become chief operating officer at Winchester.  

Since 2012 Alex has been chief operating officer for Solent NHS Trust which provides community based physical and mental health services in Southampton, Portsmouth and parts of Hampshire. 

Alex is married with two teenage children, both of whom were born at the Royal Hampshire County Hospital. Her husband runs a micro brewery in Botley, brewing and selling real ales around Hampshire. 

Dr Andrew Bishop - Chief Medical Officer

Dr Andrew Bishop

Andrew qualified from Cambridge in 1987, and joined the hospital in February 1999 as a consultant cardiologist, extensively developing the cardiology service at the hospital and establishing the angiography service. Andrew was the clinical director for medicine and elderly care services, before becoming the Foundation Trust’s Chief Medical Officer in 2004. 

Julie Dawes - Chief Nurse

Julie DawesJulie qualified at St James Hospital in Leeds and has worked as a nurse for 37 years. She graduated from Southampton University with a Masters Degree in 2005.

Her clinical background was mainly in cancer and palliative care and is passionate about patient care and drives hard to maintain high standards of care. She has worked in several organisations including UHS, Portsmouth Foundation Trust, Calderdale and Huddersfield and more recently Southern Health. This is Julie's fourth board position.

Julie lives locally where she is married with three children and relaxes from work by walking her dogs and sailing.


Malcolm Ace - Chief Financial Officer

Malcolm AceMalcolm read Modern History and Economics at Jesus College, Oxford and graduated in 1983.

He qualified as an accountant in 1987 while working for the University of Manchester. In 1999, he was appointed Director of Finance at the University of Portsmouth and in 2004 became Director of Finance at the University of Southampton.  

In 2014, Malcolm left Southampton to join the NHS Executive Fasttrack programme and was based in Salisbury NHS FT during this time. Immediately before joining Hampshire Hospitals in May 2016, Malcolm was Interim Director of Finance at the University of Surrey.

Julie Maskery - Chief Operating Officer

Julie MaskeryJulie was appointed Chief Operating Officer in July 2017, having joined the Board of Directors as Director of Transformation and Performance two years earlier.

Prior to this, Julie held a number of senior roles across HHFT, including Head of Human Resources, Education and Medical Staffing. She then moved into operational management and was the Operational Director for both the Surgical and Medical Divisions.

Julie joined the NHS in April 2008 on the National NHS Gateway to Leadership programme. Prior to joining the NHS, she had worked for 15 years in local government in Leisure and Environmental Services.


John MacMahon - Non-Executive Director

John MacMahon

In a career spanning investment, private and commercial banking, John held senior positions in Grindlays Bank and its parent Australia and New Zealand Banking Group in London, Tokyo and New York. In 2004 he was a founding partner of Salisbury-based Gore Browne Investment Management which provides discretionary wealth management to private clients, family trusts and charities and he continues in that role.

Gary McRae - Non-Executive Director

Gary McRaeGary is a Chartered Accountant and brings a wealth of experience from the private sector to HHFT. He previously worked as Finance Director of NSC, a privately-owned business based in Camberley providing training, simulation and consultancy products. Prior to this, he was the Director of Corporate Development and Legal at Laird PLC. He has also worked for British Aerospace Defence, the Dowty Group and Ernst & Young. Gary is currently a NED of SAS International.


Paul Musson - Non-Executive Director

Paul Musson NED Website

Paul Musson was Chief People Officer at Colt Technology Services, where he had a clear remit to drive the people and performance agenda ‘top down’ across Colt’s business and service units.

Paul was a key member of the strategic project team supporting the implementation of the new strategy and operating model through concept and design to execution.  Paul has over 22 years’ experience in Human Resources, working at a leadership level, having held corporate roles at global FTSE 100/S&P 250 companies, BAE Systems and Weatherford International. 

Prior to this Paul spent 20 years in the military in various leadership roles and was involved in two major reorganisations of the Army; his service also included 4 years in Special Forces as a Team Leader. Paul retired as a Captain in 1999.

Jane Tabor - Non-Executive Director

Jane Tabor NED - Submitted

Jane has over 20 years commercial experience developing and leading major UK and European technology, services and software businesses for IBM. She held many senior executive positions within IBM, leading multi-national, multi-disciplinary teams to develop and deliver growth working extensively through complex business partnerships and managing major client relationships.

In addition to Hampshire Hospitals, Jane serves as a non-executive director of First Wessex, where she is the Chair of the Governance and Renumeration Committee, and on the governing council of Loughborough University, where she is on the Finance, Nominations and Remuneration Committees. She is also a Trustee of Winchester Science Centre and an Audit and Assurance Committee member for England Athletics. 

Previously Jane was a non-executive director at the Isle of Wight NHS Trust and was a Board member with two not-for-profit organisations – AbilityNet and the IBM Charitable Trust.

Jeff Wearing - Non-Executive Director

Jeff Wearing

Jeff Wearing has over 20 years of experience at board level, working within the Ministry of Defence and telecommunications industry with Vodafone; he has specialist skills in starting and operating new businesses, quality management, customer service, risk management and corporate governance. Jeff Wearing is also a Trustee of the charity Hope for Tomorrow and was previously a non-executive director at Winchester and Eastleigh Healthcare NHS Trust.