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Southampton Connect

 “A city of opportunity where everyone thrives”

Southampton Connect is an independent partnership which brings together senior city representatives seeking to address the key challenges and opportunities for Southampton and working with the city’s key partners to improve the outcomes of the people of Southampton. It is responsible for the delivery of the Southampton City Strategy with the vision that Southampton is a city of opportunity where everyone thrives.


  • Sandeep Sesodia, Hampshire Chamber of Commerce (Chair) 
  • David Noyes, Solent NHS (Vice Chair) 
  • Councillor Christopher Hammond, Leader of Southampton City Council 
  • Sandy Hopkins, Chief Executive Southampton City Council 
  • Councillor Dave Shields, Cabinet Member for Community Wellbeing and Chair of the Health and Wellbeing Board, Southampton City Council 
  • Andrew Sherman, Department for Work and Pensions 
  • Denise Edghill, Director of Growth, Southampton City Council 
  • Anne Hendon-John, Head teacher, Polygon School 
  • Barbara Swyer, Director of Offender Services, Hampshire & IOW Community Rehabilitation Company 
  • Graham Baldwin, Vice Chancellor, Solent University 
  • Hazel Warwick, Chairman, Business South 
  • Jo Ash, Chief Executive, Southampton Voluntary Service 
  • Sue Leamore, Director of Strategic Development, Southampton University Hospitals NHS Trust 
  • Sue Harriman, Chief Executive Officer, Solent NHS Trust 
  • James Gough, Director, Southampton Cultural Development Trust 
  • Councillor Darren Paffey, Cabinet Member for Aspiration, Schools and Lifelong Learning, Southampton City Council 
  • Superintendent Kelly Whiting, Hampshire Constabulary 
  • Sarah Stannard, Principal and Chief Executive, City College 
  • Semper Giles, Chief Executive, Go Southampton 
  • Dan Tasker, Group Commander, Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service