Our Board of Directors

Des Holden

Des Holden, Chief Medical Officer

Des joined the Trust as Chief Medical Officer on 2 January 2024, from Health Innovation Kent, Surrey and Sussex where he was Chief Executive Officer.

Des was the Medical Director on the Board at Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust from 2011 until 2019 when the CQC inspection awarded the trust an outstanding rating overall.

Prior to that he was a consultant in Obstetrics, and the medical director, at Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust.

Des is a non-executive director of the Southeast Health Technology Alliance (SEHTA) and an international advisor to Public Intelligence, the Danish organisation running citizen engagement and living lab co-design for new technologies.

He is a visiting professor at the University of Surrey, in the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences. He remains a strong supporter of the NIHR Applied Research Collaboration Kent, Surrey and Sussex where for the last four years he has held the role of implementation lead.