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Below are all our governors. To learn about the governors representing your area, visit the 'find your constituency' page.
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.
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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.
PUBLIC GOVERNOR and Lead Governor
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.
Term of office: October 2019 - Mar 2022
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.
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 Oct 2019 - 30 Sept 2022
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.
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 October 2019 – 30 September 2022
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.
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
Term of office: June 2018-June 2021
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.
VACANT - Staff Governor: Admin and Allied Support
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 2019 – Nov 2022
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.
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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