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Meet our directors

Non-executive directors​

Gary Page, Chair

I joined the Trust board as a non-executive director in 2012, becoming Chair in 2013. I spent my career in the banking industry at Barclays Bank and most recently worked with ABN AMRO for 14 years until 2008. As CEO of Global Markets I was responsible for a business with revenues of Euro 3.5 billion across more than 50 countries.

I was Chair of Trustees at Ian Mikardo High School Charitable Trust for two years until 2010 and am currently Chair of Trustees at the Hoffman Foundation for Autism which provides residential, supported living and day services for adults with Autism in North London. ​




Brian Parrott, Non-executive director

​I joined the trust in January 2012. I was a social worker and social services manager before serving as Director of Social Services in Surrey and three other local authorities. I was the chair of a primary care trust and an interim non-executive director for Monitor, the foundation trust regulator.

I'm currently the independent Chair of the Safeguarding Adults Board in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets and
Co-Chair of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services Associates Network.

I'm a trustee and former Chair of Suffolk Family Carers and was an Honorary Visiting Fellow at the University of East Anglia School of Social Work and Psychology.I am a board member of the National Development Team for Inclusion.


Marion Saunders, Non-executive director

I joined the Trust in September 2014 after having a personal interest in mental health services for many years. I'm a member of the Nursing and Midwifery Council Fitness to Practice Committee and a specialist advisor on safeguarding matters to the Care Quality Commission (CQC). 

I have previous NHS board level experience as a Chair of a Primary Care Trust and currently as a non-executive director with social housing and the insurance industry.

Despite the national picture of reduced funding for Mental Health, I am determined to ensure that what money is available is spent well and that ideas for maintaining and improving services are generated by everyone involved with the Trust.​

Tim Newcomb, Non-executive director

I joined the Trust in September 2014 after a 30-year career in the police service. As Assistant Chief Constable for Suffolk Constabulary, I led a number of high profile projects including a regional group responding to mental health challenges in communities. I'm excited about bringing my police experience of working in partnership in the mental health arena in order that we can maximise the efficiency of the service provided by the Trust.

I will ensure that the Trust maintains a relentless focus on quality of service to patients and carers, in particular being certain that feedback in respect of their issues and concerns is acted upon.

I'm looking forward to working with the Board of Directors to increase the confidence of local communities in this important section of the NHS which plays a vital role in ensuring the wellbeing of us all.

Ian Broo​kman, Non-executive director

I became a non-executive director with NSFT in December 2015.

I have spent my career working in management and finance and have held a variety of senior positions, most recently as finance director with Ormiston Families, a regional charity which supports children and young people from across East Anglia.

As well as helping to improve the finances at a range of different organisations, I also played a key role in enhancing the performance of schools and helped establish a not-for-profit start-up organisation to take over the provision of library services across Suffolk.

I hope to put the extensive experience built up during my career, as well as the knowledge I have gained by working as trustee for a national academy chain, to good use during my time as a non-executive director.

Bishop Tim Stevens, Non-executive director

I joined the Trust as a non-executive director in December 2015 after retiring as senior bishop with the Church of England.

I began my church career as a curate in East Ham and held various roles in Canvey Island, Chelmsford and West Ham before I was appointed Bishop of Dunwich in 1995. In 1999 I became the Bishop of Leicester, during which time I was responsible for managing an annual budget of £9m and leading of a diocese of one million people from a diverse range of backgrounds.

I also spent six years chairing the Bishops’ Bench in the House of Lords, where I contributed to national debates by speaking on the behalf of 26 bishops. I retired from both positions in July 2015.

I have wide experience in a variety of other public roles, and have served as chairman of The Children’s Society and Senior Appointments Group of the House of Bishops, and have also been a member of the Archbishops’ Council.

I am looking forward to focusing on health policy in my role as non-executive director and making good use of the knowledge and experience I have built up during my career.


Jill Robinson, Non-executive director

I joined the Board as a non-executive director in January 2016 having spent more than 35 years working in mental health, education and research, most recently as Executive Dean and Professor of Healthcare Practice in the Faculty of Health and Applied Science at University Campus Suffolk (UCS).

I started my career as a mental health nurse and held a variety of roles working with young people and in the community before moving into education as a nurse teacher. I had a number of senior roles at the University of East Anglia before spending a year as a psychological therapist with NSFT. I later moved to UCS as Head of the School of Nursing and Midwifery before becoming Executive Dean in February 2014.

I have held positions on a wide variety of external bodies as well as honorary appointments in universities and in the NHS. I have also led funded research studies, supervised and examined research students and regularly review papers for publication in international journals, and am keen to put this range of experience to good use during my time as a non-executive director.

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Adrian Matthews, Non-executive director

I am a management consultant with a wealth of NHS and both public and private sector experience and joined the Trust on 1 September after taking early retirement from the East of England Ambulance Service, where I spent 23 years fulfilling a variety of director and senior management posts in finance, operations, strategy and commissioning. 

I'm a qualified accountant and also hold a post-graduate diploma in Board Direction from the Institute of Directors and works as a specialist advisor to the Care Quality Comission (CQC), assisting during inspections of ambulance trusts across the country.
I plan to use my experience in my role at NSFT.


Executive directors







Julie Cave, Chief Executive

I have nearly 30 years’ experience in the NHS, having begun my career in the south east where I worked as a regional finance trainee and financial accountant before relocating to East Anglia in 1991.

After spending four years at East Suffolk Health Authority, I moved into acute services, and held senior positions at both Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (NNUH) and James Paget University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

I joined NSFT from NNUH, where I spent six years as Director of Resources with responsibility for estates, IT, contracting, finance and performance. During this time, I was also the accountable officer for the Eastern Clinical Research Network and executive lead for cancer, which gave me the opportunity to help further develop services for the benefit of patients.

I am really pleased and excited to have joined NSFT and I’m looking forward to leading teams through the challenge of improving the quality of the healthcare we provide, while living within the financial resource available.

Leigh Howlett, Director of Strategy and Resources

I joined the Trust in August 2010 from West Essex Primary Care Trust, where I was Director of Corporate Services and also Managing Director of the Essex Shared Services Agency.

I have worked in the NHS for 27 years in management roles in secondary care, mental health and primary care. I'm responsible for developing the Trust's commercial focus, National Programme for Information Technology (NPfIT) and IT, estates and facilities, marketing, internal and external communications and strategic change.​

Jane Sayer, Director of Nursing, Quality and Patient Safety

I qualified as a mental health nurse in 1990. I have worked since in inpatient and community mental health settings and as a practice development tutor. After completing an MSc in Clinical Mental Health Nursing, I worked as a nurse advisor for learning disabilities, and completed a PhD at the Institute of Psychiatry.

I've worked for South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust as Acting Director of Nursing and Education, and for NHS London where I provided expert assurance on reprovision of learning disability services, and led a programme of research into improving the employability of newly qualified nurses. ​


Bohdan Solomka, Medical Director

I qualified as a doctor in 1988 and joined the Trust in October 1994 as Senior Registrar in Forensic Psychiatry. I worked in Suffolk as a Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist from 1997 to 2007, then in Yarmouth and Waveney from 2007 to 2014.

I have worked in the Women's Medium Secure Service since February 2014. I have been a Lead Clinician in the Secure Service since January 2013. I became Medical Director of the Trust in January 2015.

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Peter Devlin, Operations Director Mental Health and Learning Disabilities (Suffolk)

I started this exciting new joint director role between NSFT and Suffolk County Council on 1st June 2017 and I will build on the strong history of effective partnership between the organisations to further the integration of services.

I am a qualified social worker with 19 years’ experience of working in various positions across health and social care services in Suffolk. The last 14 years of my career, has been dedicated to working in integrated mental health services assuming leadership roles in a number of service development and improvement initiatives.

Debbie White

Debbie White, Director of Operations in Norfolk

I joined the Board of Directors in January 2012 following the merger of the two Trusts. In addition to leading health and social care services for Norfolk, am responsible for the Trust’s secure services.

My professional background is as a social worker and I bring a social care perspective to the Board of Directors. I led the introduction of Integrated Delivery Teams as part of the Suffolk Trust Service Strategy and I'm also the executive lead for staff health and wellbeing.