2022 governor elections results declared: we have recently held elections to our Council of Governors. Voting closed on 17 March and the results were declared on 18 March. Learn more in latest news.

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

Angela Kerry

Angela Kerry

Public Governor

Amber Valley

Email: dhcft.governors@nhs.net

Term of office: 21 March 2022 - 31 January 2025

Governor's Personal Statement

Angela has lived in Amber Valley most of her life and brings a wealth of experience on mental health to the governor role. She has worked in the local voluntary sector for 35 years, the last 20 years in mental health. Angela recently retired and is looking forward to using the skills she developed during her working life to benefit people who use mental health services, their carers and the organisations that deliver care. She is passionate that all communities should be included in developing services that make it easier for everyone to access and benefit from care that is tailored to individuals’ needs. Angela was previously an appointed governor on the Council of Governors representing the voluntary sector.

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.

Ivan Munkley

Ivan Munkley

PUBLIC GOVERNOR

Bolsover and North East Derbyshire

Email: dhcft.governors@nhs.net

Term of office: 21 March 2021 - 31 January 2025

Governor's Personal Statement

Ivan is a life-long resident of Bolsover District and is passionate about representing people with mental health issues. Ivan has experience of mental health illness in his family and in his work life he supports people with hidden disabilities in order to improve peoples’ day to day lives. He supports individuals, families and carers to cope with and manage life changes. Ivan is keen to help improve services for people who are unable to represent themselves.

Jill Ryalls

Jill Ryalls

PUBLIC GOVERNOR

Chesterfield

Email: dhcft.governors@nhs.net

Term of office: 21 March 2022 - 31 January 2025

Governor's Personal Statement

To be confirmed

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.

Graeme Blair

Graeme Blair

Public Governor

Derby City East

Email: dhcft.governors@nhs.net

Term of office: 21 March 2022 - 31 January 2025

Governor's Personal Statement

Graeme has lived and worked in Derby since 2011, prior to this he was in the Royal Navy for nearly 20 years. Graeme has lived experience as a carer for his daughter who sadly took her own life. Since then he has become a passionate advocate for mental health. He is determined to help others and support the NHS any way he can. Graeme is involved with the National Suicide Prevention Alliance where he uses his lived experience to help develop awareness of and improvements in suicide prevention. Becoming a Trust Governor has been an aspiration of Graeme’s for some time now as he sees it as a way of giving something back, supporting others and being actively involved in improving mental health services.

Jane Elliott

Jane Elliott

PUBLIC GOVERNOR

Derby City East

Email: dhcft.governors@nhs.net

Term of office: 21 March 2022 - 31 January 2024

Governor's Personal Statement

Jane is keen to be involved in the next chapter of the NHS and sees her role as public governor as an opportunity to support our services. As a governor she hopes to be able to help to improve services and feedback issues or concerns from members. Jane works for a charity that provides homes for retirement living which she is very passionate about. Jane cares about people and wants to make a difference.

Ogechi Eze

Ogechi Eze

PUBLIC GOVERNOR

Derby City West

Email: dhcft.governors@nhs.net

Term of office: 21 March 2022 - 31 January 2025

Governor's Personal Statement

Ogechi arrived in Derby in 2014 where she trained to become a GP; and where she now works and lives. She believes in sustaining the NHS and increasing its effectiveness in providing healthcare. She also believes that the NHS can do more to support people with mental health issues. Ogechi has lived experience of mental ill health and understands the issues that people face. She is passionate about the NHS providing better support to people with mental health issues. Ogechi is looking forward to working together with the people of Derby City West, sharing in our stories and ensuring proper representation.

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: 21 March 2022 - 31 January 2025

Governor's Personal Statement

This is Andrew’s second term as public governor for Erewash. Prior to retiring Andrew worked for nearly six years for Queen’s Medical Centre covering hospital wide IT support. Prior to this Andrew worked in statistics having graduated in Maths and Statistics followed by a masters in Operational Research which enables him to analyse data. Andrew has also taught at night school and has undertaken a variety of care-orientated voluntary roles. Andrew is passionate about improving care for those with mental health issues. On a personal level Andrew has lived experience of suffering with depression.

Vacant seat for a public governor

Erewash

Email: N/A

Term of office:

Governor's Personal Statement

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.

Hazel Parkyn

Hazel Parkyn

PUBLIC GOVERNOR

South Derbyshire

Email: N/A

Term of office: 21 March 2022 - 31 January 2025

Governor's Personal Statement

To be confirmed

Annette Gilliland

Annette Gilliland

PUBLIC GOVERNOR

Rest of England

Email: dhcft.governors@nhs.net

Term of office: 21 March 2022 - 31 January 2025

Governor's Personal Statement

To be confirmed

Dr Laurie Durand

Staff Governor: Medical

Email: dhcft.governors@nhs.net

Term of office: 21 March 2022 - 31 January 2025

Governor's Personal Statement

To be confirmed.

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.

Cllr Martyn Ford

Cllr Martyn Ford

Appointed Governor

Email: dhcft.governors@nhs.net

Term of office: 25 January 2022 - 24 January 2025

Governor's Personal Statement

To be confirmed

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.