Below are all our governors. To learn about the governors representing your area, visit the 'find your constituency' page.  

Valerie Broom

Valerie Broom

Public Governor

Amber Valley

Email: dhcft.governors@nhs.net

Term of office: 1 February 2020 - 20 March 2022

Governor's Personal Statement

Valerie passionately believes in the NHS, its values and principles. She is looking forward to representing the people of Amber Valley to ensure that the Trust meets the healthcare needs of the communities it serves, and is committed to helping the Trust improve the services it provides. Valerie would like to use her dual experience as a service user and as an organiser and senior manager with the trade union Unison to help achieve the best possible mental health care for the people of Derbyshire. Since her retirement Valerie has worked with a number of voluntary organisations, bringing her into contact with a wide range of people across a number of different communities including as a parish councillor, a trustee of two charities (Rural Action Derbyshire and Amber Trust), a member of her local Patient Participation Group, and a school governor.

Susan Ryan

Susan Ryan

Public Governor

Amber Valley

Email: dhcft.governors@nhs.net

Term of office: 1 February 2020 - 31 January 2023

Governor's Personal Statement

Susan is passionate about the NHS and believes that access to high-quality services is important to every community. Susan has 36 years’ experience as a professional mental health clinician, manager and commissioner. She has managed complex services and understands the multiplicity of people’s requirements. She moved to Amber Valley a year ago and enjoys being part of a vibrant community, and as an advocate of the NHS it’s important to her that Amber Valley communities have equitable access to mental health and wellbeing. Susan is looking forward to representing the views of the community and supporting Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Trust in the development of services for Amber Valley and across Derbyshire.

Rob Poole

Rob Poole

PUBLIC GOVERNOR

Bolsover and North East Derbyshire

Email: dhcft.governors@nhs.net

Term of office: 1 June 2021 - 31 January 2024

Governor's Personal Statement

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 the COVID-19 pandemic has shown the enormous debt owe to NHS and its workforce. Rob believes that we must protect the future of the NHS, ensuring it is fit for purpose and resourced appropriately. The NHS needs to be regenerated putting the health of patients above all other interests and challenging inequalities so that all of us get the healthcare we need and deserve. This will be Rob’s second term of office on the Council of Governors.

Vacancy - Bolsover and North East Derbyshire

Email: N/A

Term of office: N/A

Governor's Personal Statement

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Lynda Langley

Lynda Langley

PUBLIC GOVERNOR and Lead Governor

Chesterfield

Email: dhcft.governors@nhs.net

Term of office: 21 March 2019 - 20 March 2022

Governor's Personal Statement

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.

Ruth Grice

Ruth Grice

PUBLIC GOVERNOR

Chesterfield

Email: dhcft.governors@nhs.net

Term of office: 1 June 2021 - 31 January 2024

Governor's Personal Statement

Ruth brings a wealth of skills and knowledge of mental health to the governor role. Her patient involvement started with Mencap Chesterfield followed by employment with Derbyshire County Council working with people with learning difficulties. As a disabled person herself she became the national chairperson of Leonard Cheshire Disability visiting day and residential units. Ruth served for nine years as a governor for Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, which gave her insight of challenges of NHS healthcare provision. Currently she volunteers for Healthwatch Mental Health Together, attending conferences on urgent care provision, mental health needs for older people, veterans needs and those with autism. Ruth feels that the isolating effects of the COVID-19 pandemic mean that we need to reach out to even more people with urgent mental health issues to reduce the risk of suicide. Her personal goal is always to see lives empowered whether that be staff, management, service users and their family members, and those who care for them. She is part of the enter and view team at the Hartington Unit, the Trust’s Patient Experience Committee and the Patient Liaison Group. All these experiences have taught Ruth a great deal about mental health concerns and challenges. She is passionate about equality and person centred care within the NHS.

Julie Lowe

Julie Lowe

Public Governor

Derby City East

Email: dhcft.governors@nhs.net

Term of office: 21 March 2019 - 20 March 2022

Governor's Personal Statement

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.

Carole Riley

Carole Riley

PUBLIC GOVERNOR

Derby City East

Email: dhcft.governors@nhs.net

Term of office: 1 October 2019 - 20 March 2022

Governor's Personal Statement

This is Carole’s second term as a governor representing Derby City East and she is looking forward to continuing to represent Trust members and the public on the Trust’s Council of Governors. Carole has experience of working in the health service, in industry, and as a school governor for more than 40 years – she is also a volunteer leader in the largest young people's charity supporting and delivering skills for life. Carole is passionate about the NHS and improving services to ensure that the people of Derbyshire receive appropriate care and support. She is keen to be involved in ‘joined up care’ in Derbyshire, which aims to bring together health and social care organisations across Derbyshire, with the ambition to provide the best care and services for people and make them as efficient and effective as possible. Carole is in awe of the passion and skills of Trust staff and their initiatives to improve care, many of which have been nationally recognised.

Stuart Mourton

Stuart Mourton

PUBLIC GOVERNOR

Derby City West

Email: dhcft.governors@nhs.net

Term of office: 1 October 2019 - 20 March 2022

Governor's Personal Statement

Dr Stuart Mourton is a senior lecturer at the University of Derby in the field of Sport Science and is a firm believer in the importance of optimum physical and mental health for all sections of the population. Stuart believes that the support the Trust provides to residents in Derby is a vital element in maintaining and developing the overall wellbeing of our city. Stuart would like to engage with all groups represented within Derby City West constituency, to ensure all sections of his community are being served effectively and efficiently by the Trust. Stuart would like to be part of a move back towards a more inclusive society; representing a wide range of individuals across the community is an integral part of this. Stuart believes that by working together, both within our communities and with various organisations and institutions we can re-ignite the belief in, and success of ‘Our Society’. He would like to ensure that the Trust is providing for us all equitably, and ensure that those who struggle to have their voice heard are represented. The NHS can be a truly wonderful support mechanism, if managed effectively, and he wants to do my part in ensuring this happens here in Derby. He is currently a volunteer coach with the Special Olympics, a member of the Strutts Park Community Group, and a father to a two-year-old.

Orla Smith

Orla Smith

Public Governor

Derby City West

Email: dhcft.governors@nhs.net

Term of office: 1 February 2020 - 31 January 2023

Governor's Personal Statement

Orla Smith has lived in Derby city for 15 years. Orla has 20 years’ experience of working in secondary schools in Ireland. During her teaching career she was head of school pastoral care and came to understand the importance of good mental health in young people so as to equip them with life skills. Following her move to Derby Orla has completed a degree in counselling and psychotherapy and currently works in school counselling. Orla feels that her professional and personal life experiences have led her to value the importance of good mental health. In her governor role, Orla is looking forward to representing the people of Derby City West, and ensuring that the voices of service users and their carers are heard.

Andrew Beaumont

Andrew Beaumont

PUBLIC GOVERNOR

Erewash

Email: dhcft.governors@nhs.net

Term of office: 1 October 2019 – 20 March 2022

Governor's Personal Statement

Andrew has recently retired and worked for five years for Queen's Medical Centre, covering hospital-wide IT support. Andrew has a first degree and master's degree in Maths. He has worked in IT in a variety of organisations (Boots, MoD, Ferranti and Loughborough University) over the years. Andrew was also a teaching assistant for Derbyshire County Council, working with special needs playgroups, and has undertaken an eclectic range of care-oriented voluntary roles. He is a committee member for Happivale – a social group of adults with inclusion issues in Long Eaton – and also attends British Computer Society meetings. Andrew has also co-hosted a support group for people with mental health problems. Andrew feels that mental health research is severely under-funded On a personal level, Andrew suffered with depression in the past and is acutely aware of the effect mental illness has on everyone you meet.

Christopher Williams

Christopher Williams

PUBLIC GOVERNOR

Erewash

Email: dhcft.governors@nhs.net

Term of office: 3 May 2019 - 20 March 2022

Governor's Personal Statement

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.

Julie Boardman

Julie Boardman

Public Governor

High Peak and Derbyshire Dales

Email: dhcft.governors@nhs.net

Term of office: 1 February 2020 - 31 January 2023

Governor's Personal Statement

Julie lived in Hayfield in the High Peak for many years and has recently moved to Tideswell in the Derbyshire Dales. She has always been interested in health and studied health related subjects at university. Julie was a volunteer at Disability Stockport for 12 years and is currently volunteering at Sheffield Hospital on the chemo day care unit. Until recently Julie was a full-time carer for her mother who was diagnosed with vascular dementia several years ago. Of all Julie’s life experiences, caring for her elderly mother was the saddest and most challenging thing she has ever had to do. Julie is aware that as the population now lives longer, dementia impacts on everyone’s life at some time.

Chris Mitchell

Chris Mitchell

PUBLIC GOVERNOR

High Peak and Derbyshire Dales

Email: dhcft.governors@nhs.net

Term of office: 1 June 2021 - 31 January 2024

Governor's Personal Statement

Chris is a very experienced ex social care professional having been a Social Worker and manager for more than 40 years. Chris retired from his role during the pandemic, when services were paused, to become a family carer for his non-verbal 22-year-old son who has Down's Syndrome and Autism. Over his career Chris concentrated on work supporting and safeguarding vulnerable adults with Learning Disabilities, autism or mental health difficulties from young adolescents upwards. The overlap between people's social and healthcare needs has meant that Chris has always worked in multi-disciplinary teams alongside healthcare professionals, from community nurses to psychiatrists. As a result of years of frontline work and being the parent of a 'service user' himself, he has both experience and support skills to offer the Trust's members as a governor. He is familiar with services and what they should be providing and is also personally familiar with what being in need of healthcare services really feels like for individuals, their families, supporters and caring staff. Chris believes that the demands placed by the pandemic on a stretched NHS and its overworked staff has made life extra tough for people who are dependent on it for their treatment. He believes that his background will enable him to help fully represent patients, especially those who may be finding it difficult to find their way around services. He is committed to try and ensure everyone gets the highest quality of clinical treatment.

Vacancy - Public Governor, South Derbyshire

PUBLIC GOVERNOR

South Derbyshire

Email: N/A

Term of office:

Governor's Personal Statement

Statement to follow.

Rosemary Farkas

Rosemary Farkas

PUBLIC GOVERNOR

Rest of England

Email: dhcft.governors@nhs.net

Term of office: 21 March 2019 - 20 March 2022

Governor's Personal 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.

Dr Farina Tahira

Dr Farina Tahira

Staff Governor: Medical

Email: dhcft.governors@nhs.net

Term of office: 21 March 2019 - 20 March 2022

Governor's Personal Statement

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.

Jan Nicholson

Jan Nicholson

Staff Governor: Allied Professions

Email: dhcft.governors@nhs.net

Term of office: 1 June 2021 - 31 January 2024

Governor's Personal Statement

Jan is an Occupational Therapist working within a childrens team and is looking forward to representing colleagues and the service in the governor role. She has nearly 40 years clinical and managerial experience working for the NHS. Although her career has mainly been in pediatrics she has previously worked in mental health, and learning disabilities services enabling her to have some understanding of the needs of staff and service users outside her own specialty. She understands and values the positive contribution fellow Allied Health Professionals (AHP's) such as dietitians, pharmacists, physiotherapists, speech therapists and psychologists can make to service users lives. As a participant of the Trust AHP Leads meetings she is able to keep in touch with what matters to all AHP's and ensure their views are represented on the Council of Governors.

Marie Hickman

Marie Hickman

Staff Governor: Admin and Allied Support

Email: dhcft.governors@nhs.net

Term of office: 1 February 2020 - 31 January 2023

Governor's Personal Statement

Marie has worked in the NHS for more than 25 years and is passionate about the role admin and support staff can play in improving patient care. Marie has worked in libraries in different types of NHS organisations and has come into contact with all types of staff from across each of these organisations. Marie is looking forward to her new governor role, in particular representing her Admin and Allied Support staff colleagues and holding the Trust Board to account.

Kel Sims

Kel Sims

Staff Governor: Admin and Allied Support

Email: dhcft.governors@nhs.net

Term of office: 1 June 2021 - 31 January 2024

Governor's Personal Statement

This is Kel’s third term of office 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. Kel 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. Kel 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. She feels confident in representing the views of others.

Jo Foster

Jo Foster

Staff Governor: Nursing

Email: dhcft.governors@nhs.net

Term of office: 1 June 2021 - 31 January 2024

Governor's Personal Statement

Jo trained as a RMN trained on the old 1974 syllabus 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. This is Jo’s second term of office on the Council of Governors having been recently re-elected. Jo is looking forward to continue to commit representing the interests and views of her colleagues and contribute to the Trust’s decision making process.

Varria Russell-White

Varria Russell-White

Staff Governor: Nursing

Email: dhcft.governors@nhs.net

Term of office: 1 June 2021 - 31 January 2023

Governor's Personal Statement

Varria is a Lead Community Psychiatric Nurse (CPN) working with the Older Adults Community Mental Health Team. Since she joined the Trust in 2018 she has served as a Staff Wellbeing and Physical Health Champion within her Team, and is beginning to see the net benefit of engaging in these spaces and having first-hand knowledge of the key changes and improvements taking place to enhance patients and staff care. Varria cares about issues and concerns that are affecting nurses and is aware of the constraints faced by staff and how that impacts on patient care, their carers and staff morale. She is keen to make a difference by discussing these issues as a staff governor and seek assurances from the Council of Governors to bring about positive changes in the work environment. She really enjoys patient contact and working with newly qualified and student nurses in the area of mentorship and leadership. She has experience of being a governor with another NHS Trust and this has given her working knowledge of what it means to represent the voices of others in a council meeting. She feels super excited and privileged to be elected as a staff governor and being part of the conversation in leading the Trust forward in such critical times as these, given the current climate of uncertainty in the NHS and the impact of the pandemic.

Professor Stephen Wordsworth

Professor Stephen Wordsworth

Appointed Governor

Email: dhcft.governors@nhs.net

Term of office: 1 September 2020 - 31 August 2023

Governor's Personal Statement

Stephen has recently taken up the post of Head of School for Nursing and Professional Practice at the University of Derby, and is Professor of Health Professions Education. Prior to his most recent appointment he has held a number of leadership roles in Higher and Further Education, leading on various portfolios including; learning and teaching, student experience, international partnerships and business development. He originally qualified as an Operating Department Practitioner (ODP) and worked in the NHS and independent health care sector before moving into a full-time teaching role. Stephen is heavily involved in working professional and regulatory roles, initially with the College of Operating Department Practitioners, during which time he authored a number of national policy and curriculum documents and in making the case for statutory regulation. Stephen has also held various roles with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), and is currently a registrant Council Member acting in the capacity of the Non-Executive Director. He also chairs the Education and Training Panels and Committee meetings. After completing his Doctorate Stephen has continued to pursue his research interests which centre on Higher Education policy, practice and participation, and is particularly interested in exploring marginalised groups access to health services, and student choice and access to careers in healthcare Stephen has presented at national and international conferences on a broad range of topics, including healthcare regulation and professionalism.

Jodie Cook

Jodie Cook

Appointed Governor

Email: dhcft.governors@nhs.net

Term of office: 1 October 2020 - 30 September 2023

Governor's Personal Statement

Jodie is one of the appointed governors for the voluntary sector. Jodie is employed by Erewash Voluntary Action as the Mental Health Policy Officer for Derbyshire Mental Health Forum. Prior to this role she worked as the Volunteer and Training Manager for People Potential, Possibilities. She has worked in the voluntary sector for eight years and has been involved as a trustee and chair of a community centre. In her current role she supports a variety of mental health providers and groups across Derby City and Southern Derbyshire and it is her role to represent their interests to commissioners and other services. Jodie is a member of the Joined-Up Care Derbyshire’s STP mental health programme group and sits on the Derby and Derbyshire Self Harm and Suicide Prevention Partnership Forum. Jodie has lived in Derbyshire for 13 years and is dedicated to representing the mental health voluntary sector in Derby City and Southern Derbyshire.

Rachel Bounds

Rachel Bounds

Appointed Governor

Email: dhcft.governors@nhs.net

Term of office: 13 June 2020 - 12 June 2023

Governor's Personal Statement

Rachel works as the Community Engagement Worker for Derbyshire Voluntary Action. Within the last year she has taken over managing the Mental Health Liaison Service. Her role is to represent and support voluntary sector organisations and community groups across the north of Derbyshire. She is dedicated to building strong relationships across the voluntary, public and private sector, and believes that the most meaningful work comes through innovation and collaboration. Rachel also sits on the Chesterfield Mental Health Partnership Group, a sub-group of the Health and Wellbeing Board, as well as the multi-agency Suicide Prevention Partnership Group. She is pleased to have been appointed as a Derbyshire Healthcare governor and is keen to begin working closely with the other governors.

Vacancy - Appointed Governor, Derbyshire County Council

Email: N/A

Term of office:

Governor's Personal Statement

Statement to follow.

David Charnock

David Charnock

Appointed Governor

Email: dhcft.governors@nhs.net

Term of office: 14 November 2019 – 13 November 2022

Governor's Personal Statement

Dr David Charnock qualified as a learning disabilities nurse in 1986 at the Royal Earlswood Hospital in East Surrey. Since qualifying, David has worked for health services in Surrey and Nottinghamshire. David first worked as a staff nurse in a community nursing team, and then progressed to senior management roles including Community Service Manager for a specialist mental health and learning disability trust. In 2002, David moved to the School of Health Sciences at the University of Nottingham to take up post as an Assistant Professor in Nursing. The role involves course and module leadership, teaching and assessment of undergraduate and postgraduate student nurses. In 2013 David was awarded a PhD from the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. The doctoral research focused on the construction of masculinity and the lived experience of boys and men with learning disabilities. This has led to international collaborations with academics in Australia. Postdoctoral research interests also include the mental wellbeing of caregivers who have a child with a learning disability, the needs of young people with learning disabilities at risk of entering the criminal justice system and the needs of fathers of children with learning disabilities. David has recently been appointed as the Director of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion for the School of Health Sciences and is looking forward to the new challenges this role will bring.

Cllr Roy Webb

Cllr Roy Webb

Appointed Governor

Email: dhcft.governors@nhs.net

Term of office: 1 June 2021 - 31 January 2024

Governor's Personal Statement

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.