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stmaryshospitalnhsNew expertise has been recruited to the Board of the Island’s NHS Trust which oversees the unique integrated ambulance, community, hospital, mental health and learning disability services provided on the Island.    

Isle of Wight NHS Trust and with NHS Improvement have appointed a new Non-Executive Director and a new Executive Director. Vaughan Thomas joins the Trust Board as a Non-Executive Director and Jon Burwell joins the Trust Board as Executive Director of Strategy and Planning.

Vaughan has been a frequent visitor to the Island since 1986 and more recently has bought a home here. Vaughan is a Chartered Accountant with experience as a professional advisor, chief executive, and entrepreneur. He has various roles as director, non-executive director and trustee. Vaughan brings a range of valuable skills and experience to the role of Non-Executive Director at Isle of Wight NHS Trust. He was previously a Partner at PriceWaterhouseCoopers and European Chief Executive at CB Richard Ellis.

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Mr Thomas said:

“I am delighted to have the opportunity to serve the Isle of Wight NHS Trust. It is a real privilege, and I look forward to working with the rest of the Board and executive team.”

Meanwhile Jon Burwell has experience of the NHS across a range of organisations having previously worked for Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust and University Hospitals Southampton NHS Foundation Trust. Most recently Jon worked for NHS Improvement, the NHS Trust oversight body, covering the local region which includes the Isle of Wight. As part of this role Jon attended the Programme Board of the Island’s ‘My Life a Full Life’ programme.

Mr Burwell said:

“I am delighted to be joining Isle of Wight NHS Trust at a particularly challenging but exciting time. I look forward to working with Trust colleagues, partners and patients on our improvement journey towards sustainable Health and Social Care for the island’s population. With my Board colleagues, I hope to provide the necessary support, strategic leadership and direction to create an environment for success.”

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The Chair of Isle of Wight NHS Trust, Eve Richardson, said:

“I am delighted that Vaughan and Jon have joined the Trust Board.   I am sure that they will make a big contribution to the work of the Board.  Health and care services on the Island face significant challenges and I know that Vaughan and Jon will work to support our committed and enthusiastic staff who deliver some excellent care to Islanders and visitors.”

Speaking about the role of Non Executive Directors Eve said:

“Non-Executives in the NHS bring a different perspective and insight, together with essential skills developed outside the NHS.  That has been very valuable in the past and I am sure will continue to be so.  We hope to announce another associate appointment shortly.”

The Isle of Wight NHS Trust Board now comprises of:

Non-Executive Directors Executive Directors

• Eve Richardson, Chairman
• Dr Nina Moorman, Non-Executive Director
• Charles Rogers, Non-Executive Director
• David King, Non-Executive Director
• Jessamy Baird, Non-Executive Director
• Vaughan Thomas, Non-Executive Director
• Lizzie Peers, (Non-Voting) Non-Executive Financial Advisor to Trust Board
• Karen Baker, Chief Executive
• Chris Palmer, Executive Director of Financial & Human Resources
• Dr Mark Pugh, Executive Medical Director
• Alan Sheward, Executive Director of Nursing & Quality
• Shaun Stacey, Chief Operating Officer
• Jon Burwell (Non-Voting), Executive Director of Strategy and Planning
• Mark Price (Non-Voting), Company Secretary

More information about the Trust is available in the 2015/16 Annual Report which can be found on the Trust website at

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