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Below are all our governors. To learn about the governors representing your area, visit the 'find your constituency' page.
Public Governor and Lead Governor
Term of office: Feb 2017-Jan 2020
I have had the honour of serving as public governor for Amber Valley South for almost three years. I have lived for most of my life in Amber Valley. I went to school in Belper where I worked for thirty-seven years as a GP. The Trust has always, of course, been in partnership with other organisations and this is now more obviously a necessity than ever in the past. I have observed how the Trust is always trying to work more efficiently while striving to improve its services. I have attended public meetings in Heanor and Belper where local services have been discussed. Attendance at Board meetings has shown how the complex organisation evolves while maintaining the human touch. I have felt that my local connection has helped me as your representative on the Trust's Council of Governors of which I have been lead governor in the past year. Governors have become better informed, better trained and more effective in their role of representing the public interest and holding the Trust Board to account.
Term of office: June 2018-June 2021
Karen has lived in Amber Valley for the past 13 years and is familiar with the area and community. For the past 11 years Karen has been a school governor – firstly within an infant school and currently as the vice-chair within a secondary school. In these roles Karen has gained experience of school governance, recruitment, working with stakeholders and being a critical friend. Currently Karen is a registered Social Worker working with adults within Derbyshire. This role involves safeguarding and multi-disciplinary working with partnership agencies including health professionals and agencies. On a personal note Karen has a parent living with dementia which gives her insight into the services both her parent and their carers need.
Bolsover and North East Derbyshire
Term of office: November 2018-June 2021
Rob is a retired Primary School Head teacher with experience as a school governor for over 30 years. Rob thoroughly enjoyed his years in teaching both as a classroom teacher and as a school leader. He has lived in Derbyshire since 1977. Rob is passionate about the NHS and sees his role as public governor as an ideal opportunity to give something back to support our public services. As public governor Rob hopes to champion the needs of the local population. He feels strongly about our healthcare service and believes the NHS is at a critical stage in its history and at great threat from a lack of investment. On a personal level Rob has a parent living with vascular dementia which gives Rob insight into their needs.
Term of office: Mar 2019-Mar 2022
Lynda's area of expertise is that of business management, administration, logistics, accounts and customer service. Her role included being an NVQ Assessor. Part of her responsibility was that of internal quality assurance, therefore, she is acquainted with the standards required within the workplace. Having taken early retirement from her lecturing post, Lynda now has sufficient time to collaborate with patients, carers and staff to work towards an increase in public satisfaction.
Term of office: April 2018-Sept 2020
I am a person of lived experience in mental health. I also run two mental health self-help groups, Rethink MASH and Rethink Good Companions. The aims of the group are to promote wellbeing and to avoid admission to acute inpatient mental health units by keeping “well”. I also serve on the Diocesan Mental Health Steering Group for the Church of England. I hold the Bishop’s badge for services to mental health. I am also well known throughout the county as a Mental Health Activist. I featured in The Derbyshire Times last September, campaigning against people on benefits paying Council Tax. There are many mentally ill people on benefits, mental health being the largest cause of disability. I bring my experience to the Council of Governors, and will “tell it as it is” from a patients point of view in order to improve matters.
Derby City East
Julie is a recently retired Community Matron with 44 years’ experience in the NHS, in both hospitals and the community. Julie’s passion for caring first started at school, when undertook voluntary work at Kingsway Hospital, which then led to a career in nursing. In recent times Julie has had extensive contact with NHS Trusts both professionally in her role as a nurse and caring for an elderly parent with Alzheimer’s Disease.
Bob describes healthcare as his passion, having previous experience as an NHS governor and being Chair of the Patient Group at his GP surgery. Bob and his family have personal experience of some of the services offered by the Trust. He firmly believes that patients must be at the fore of all services offered and that being a governor will allow him to be part of the voice of patients. Bob has lived in Derby for the last 30 years.
Derby City West
I said to you three years ago, I will not stay silent until Derbyshire's needs are met. Since then I have been proactive as a governor during difficult times, such as when our most senior managers betrayed the Trust through failure to follow due process and lost an expensive Employment Tribunal. I researched what should have happened, and be happening, and was one of the most informed and outspoken governors during this process. I continually seek information to assure myself that the Trust's processes and best practice are now being followed and have been thorough and fearless in questioning. New challenges lie ahead. Government is asking for savings across the NHS and told Trusts to work together and share services. Negotiations are going ahead for us to merge with Derbyshire Community Trust. This makes sense as both work across the whole of Derbyshire and our mental health and community children's services can benefit from services from one provider, if merging is handled properly. MH continues to be underfunded; waiting times long and services not available but following my repeated requests governors met with the CCG's chief executive and made clear what we expect for MH. We need to ensure that in a merged trust MH, the biggest service provided, gets the priority and funding it needs. Governors can work towards this and I would like your vote for Derby City West as I am in a good position to make this happen. Feel free to contact me at any time.
Term of office: 1 Feb 2018 - 30 Sept 2019
I would like to be able to use my previous work and experience with the Trust to help involve and engage with both members and the wider public about the health and wellbeing of the people we serve. I have been involved with the Trust for over nine years as a carer, ambassador, volunteer and membership champion. I have attended over 60 public, stakeholder and carer events over the years and I continue to support membership engagement within the Trust. I have recruited almost a 1000 public members to the Trust and I have built up a positive and productive relationship within the community. I am aware of the huge challenges facing the NHS and that clinical care is at the centre of everything we do.
Term of office: May 2019-Mar 2022
Christopher has a general interest in the Trust and is looking forward to representing Trust members and the public and sharing their views of the Trust with the Council of Governors. Christopher was first elected as a governor in 2011 when the Trust was granted foundation trust status.
Term of office: 1 September 2017– 30 September 2019
I am a Post Graduate Engineer with businesses management experience. I also have a great interest in health and at a personal level practice Yoga and Meditation. After retirement, I have become a Therapist and offer help with Mental/Emotional and Body level issues. Through MacMillan, I have completed a course to support patients and families affected by cancer. I am actively contributing to the following charities: - The Long Eaton and District 50+ Forum – as a Treasurer - Gujarat Samaj, an Ethnic charity (Indian Gujarati community) – as a Committee Member and Assistant Treasurer. In the past, I have served as a Trustee on the Board of Nottingham Counselling Services. I believe that more can be done in the preventive side of health. Education and early help can prevent manifestation of serious diseases and health problems.
High Peak and Derbyshire Dales
Term of office: Mar 2019-Jun 2021
Carol has personal experience of mental health and learning issues through her family and work. She is aware how important early support and advice is and that we need to combat the stigma attached to talking about, and seeking help for our mental health. As well as a general interest in the work of the Trust, Carol has a number of particular interests in mental health and learning issues. Carol has a small business in the area and as such has contacts with other small businesses.
Throughout my life I have been honoured and privileged to represent residents of South Derbyshire for over 35 years including within that period the Mining Industry as a full time trade union official, Local Authority as a District Councillor (19 yrs) as well as serving for several years on the South Derbyshire Community Health Council. I have been a Board member of several charitable organisations and believe I have the commitment, discipline, skills and knowledge to further serve South Derbyshire residents. I am a firm believer in the NHS and do not accept the break up and selling off of profitable sections of the service, if you want someone to fight for the continuation and improvements to the NHS please consider voting for me, if you are agreeable and support the privatisation of the NHS, then I am not your man. Thank you for taking the time to read my election statement.
Rosemary would like to use her dual experience as a service user and mental health professional to help achieve the best possible mental health care for the people of Derbyshire. Having received excellent care within the Trust for the past 15 years, she would like to give something back. Rosemary is also setting up a fund to assist individual service users in their recoveries.
Staff Governor: Medical
Farina is one of the Trust’s consultant psychiatrists and is a passionate advocate of quality improvement through innovation. Farina believes that a dynamic and responsive Council of Governors can be instrumental in embedding the right values and promoting a healthy culture in any organisation.
Staff Governor: Allied Professions
Term of office: Sept 2017 – Sept 2020
April is passionate about recovery; to enable and empower patients to take control of their life and wellbeing. She would like to make positive changes for the people she cares for and the team she works within, through her role as a staff governor. April is an experienced Senior Occupational Therapist working in the community.
Staff Governor: Admin and Allied Support
This is Kelly’s second term as a staff governor. She strongly believes that it is vital that the staff voice is heard. She feels that it is an absolute honour to represent her constituency, which includes admin, clerical, Estates & Facilities Management and corporate staff. She is looking forward to continuing to represent the views of her constituency and take any issues raised with her to the Council of Governors, with an aim to improve working lives and to improve our patients’ experience. Kelly is fully committed to the role and the duties it entails, such as holding the Non-Executive Directors to account and attending and contributing to the Council of Governor meetings and Governance Committee. Kelly is also a member of the Engagement Group and the Staff Forum. She believes that she is in a position to really do the role of staff governor justice and is readily available for staff to approach her with any issues that concern them. Kelly feels confident in representing the views of others.
Term of office: July 2018-June 2021
Tony has been working within mental health services for over twelve years and joined Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust in August of 2017 as a Nursing Assistant based on Cubley Court Male. Tony is passionate about working within mental health services, developing them to create an environment that supports and nurtures its staff team so they are better equipped to meet the needs of our client group. Tony is a great believer in communicating with people to create change and is looking forward in his governor role to create connections with the wider Trust team to ensure that their voice is heard when developments are being considered. Tony has recently taken up the role of Nursing Ambassador for our Trust and he has also been a member of the Care Maker programme since 2014 both of which are led by NHS England – allowing Tony to gain a wider understanding of the drivers at a national level.
Staff Governor: Nursing
Term of office: June 2018-June 2021
Jo trained as a RMN in 1974 in Nottingham, and since qualifying she has worked for the Trust in both parts of the county. Jo currently works as a Ward Manager/Senior Nurse on one of the acute wards on Hartington Unit. Jo is passionate about working on the frontline in acute wards. Jo holds the Trust values very much to her heart and completely believes that by putting colleagues first, we can achieve a more positive, happy and productive place, which can only positively impact on our care delivery to our patients. In her staff governor role Jo is looking forward to representing staff at forums at a higher level and ensuring that their views are made known. As a governor she is committed to representing both the interests and views of her colleagues.
Staff Governor: Nursing
Al has been working as a Registered Nurse within our Trust since April 2000 and currently works as a Night Coordinator based at the Radbourne Unit in Derby. In this role, Al supports all levels of staff to ensure that the Trust continues to offer high quality care for the patients. Al is passionate about supporting colleagues and patients alike and is committed to making a difference.
Term of office: Aug 2018 - July 2021
Wendy is currently the Head of School of Nursing and Professional Practice at the University of Derby. Wendy trained as a nurse, and progressed to a career in District Nursing specialist practice. Subsequently, Wendy supported students on specialist community programmes as a Practice Teacher and Practice Educator. Wendy currently practices as a Hospice at Home Nurse for a local hospice alongside her academic role. Wendy’s expertise predominantly lies in the following clinical areas: community, palliative and end of life care, tissue viability, higher level practice and clinical leadership. Wendy’s research interests include the role of the practice educator and the support they require in the assessment of higher level practice, the impact of cohort sizes on teaching and learning, and the developing role of the advanced clinical practitioner within general practice, community, acute and out of hours care settings.
Term of office: Nov 2017 – Nov 2020
I am one of the appointed governors for the voluntary sector. I have worked in a variety of roles in voluntary organisations for thirty years, and have been Manager of Derbyshire Mental Health Forum for seventeen years. Previously I worked in Community Transport and Councils for Voluntary Services. In my current role I support a range of mental health and non-mental health charities across Southern Derbyshire, including Derby City, and represent their interests to commissioners and other statutory and private services. Our membership is 67 organisations but we also provide information through Forum News bulletins and Mental Health Awareness training to a much wider range of people across all types of organisations. Over the years we have supported our members to work more closely with DHCFT in areas such as advocacy, training, patient and carer representation and race equality. I am a member of the Co-ordination Group for Mental Health Together run by the local Healthwatch, which supports patient and carer involvement in planning. I also sit on the multi-agency Suicide Prevention Partnership Group and work closely with Derbyshire Public Health on other prevention and lifestyle services that improve people’s mental health and wellbeing. I am a member of the Joined Up Care Derbyshire’s STP mental health programme group and wish to support them to provide more meaningful services to people close to where they live. I have lived and worked in Derbyshire all my life (apart from a brief time ‘over the border’ in Eastwood, which as a Derby County supporter I prefer not to dwell on!) I am therefore very passionate and committed to ensuring that mental health services meet the needs of our local communities.
I have been Derbyshire Voluntary Action’s (Formerly NDVA) Mental Health Liaison Worker since 2005. My role is to represent and support voluntary sector service providers and user led organisations across the north of Derbyshire. I am pleased to have been appointed as a DHCFT governor. I am particularly interested helping DHCFT to foster close links and partnerships with all providers to ensure the best possible services for the people of Derbyshire.
Term of office: Sep 2017 – Sep 2020
Until his retirement in 2003, Jim ran a successful transport, haulage and freight logistics company which was based in Derbyshire and travelled Europe-wide. Jim became interested in helping the local community during that time and was a Scout Master for 25 years. He enjoyed helping and giving guidance to the young people involved in Scouting and was particularly interested in encouraging the young people to be involved in first aid techniques – a practical, lifelong skill. Jim is currently involved with helping local facilities in his area to become dementia friendly and encouraging a dementia-friendly community. Jim became involved in local politics some 20 years ago, has been a Borough Councillor for the last eight years and elected to the County Council in 2017. As the County Council provides a governor representative on the Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust Council of Governors, Jim was particularly pleased to be asked to fulfil this role. As appointed governor for the Trust, Jim is enjoying the chance to expand his knowledge of the NHS as a whole and the services offered locally, whilst having the opportunity to help raise awareness of these within his local community.
Term of office: Nov 2016 – Nov 2019
Dr Gemma Stacey qualified as a mental health nurse in 2004 after completing the undergraduate Master of Nursing program at the University of Nottingham. She went onto work for the Nottinghamshire Healthcare Trust in a range of recovery orientated community servicers. In 2006 Gemma commenced a part time research post at the University of Nottingham which involved managing an action research project exploring service user involvement in the assessment of student nurses in practice (SUSA). She has gone onto implement and evaluate a range of educational initiatives centred on lived experience. This complements Gemma's doctoral research interest in the socialisation of student nurses and the educational factors which influence the development, maintenance and expression of person centred values. She is the leader of the Critical Values Based Practice Network who conduct research into this area along with an explicit focus on the perception and influence of power and hierarchy amongst professional groups. Gemma is currently employed as an Associate Professor in the School of Health Sciences at the University of Nottingham where she is the Lead for Graduate Entry Nursing.
Term of office: June 2018 - June 2021
Roy Webb is a Councillor for Derby City Council and has represented Allestree Ward in Derby City since 1985 as both county and city councillor.
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