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lenasamualsnhstrustboardMore 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 has appointed Lena Samuels, as an Associate Non Executive Director. She joins Vaughan Thomas, who recently joined as a Non-Executive Director and Jon Burwell, who joined the Trust Board as Executive Director of Strategy and Planning.

Lena Samuels brings a range of experience in communications and marketing to the Trust having worked for the Hampshire Cultural Trust, the County Air Ambulance Trust (who helped fund the Helipad at St. Mary’s Hospital), Wessex Media Group and the BBC. Lena lives just across the Solent in Lymington and is a frequent visitor to the Island. Lena was a Non-Executive Director at University Hospitals Southampton NHS Foundation Trust between 2008 and February 2016 and a Lay Advisor with Wessex Deanery between 2009 and 2013.

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Ms Samuels said:

“It’s a wonderful opportunity to be joining the Trust and to be given the privilege of contributing to its future direction. Putting the patient and the care needs of people on the Isle of Wight is a top priority, along with supporting the staff and volunteers who help the trust to do this. I am therefore delighted to be joining Isle of Wight NHS Trust who are dedicated and passionate about achieving this and look forward to working with partners and key stakeholders in the community.”

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

“I am delighted that Lena has joined the Trust Board.   I am sure that she 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 Lena 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:

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“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.  The appointment of Associate Non-Executive Directors enables us to bring in additional expertise.”

Appointments are made in accordance with the Commissioner for Public Appointments’ Code of Practice including open advertising of the positions. Ms Samuels’ appointment runs for 2 years from 5th October 2016 to 5th October 2018.  The position attracts remuneration of £6,157 per annum.

All non-executive appointments are made on merit and political activity plays no part in the selection process. However, in accordance with the original Nolan recommendations, there is a requirement for appointees political activity (if any declared) to be made public. Ms Samuels is a member of the Labour Party.

The requirements for Non-Executive Directors and remuneration can be found on the NHS Improvement website at


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