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Lena Samuels

FCMI, MCIPR, Independent Governor

Board of Governors

Role at Solent

Lena was appointed Independent Governor in February 2017, and is a member of the Audit Committee.


Born and educated in London, Lena started her career as a lecturer in further and higher education before moving into education management, where she ran a training centre for young people at risk of social exclusion. She has worked on a number of skills development projects for the unemployed, women returners, small- and medium-sized businesses, and is a former chair of Southampton City College.

Lena is currently Chair of South Central Ambulance Service. She is also a producer for BBC Radio Solent and a director of Wessex Media Group, which provides communications and training internationally in leadership, human rights and child protection on behalf of organisations such as the British High Commission, the National Crime Agency, Bramshill Policing Advisers, UNICEF and UN Women.


Lena is a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute (FCMI), and a member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (MCIPR).

Committee membership

  • Audit Committee