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Tuesday 18 December 2018
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Public Governors

John Morrissey
John Morrissey

Dr John Morrissey

LEAD GOVERNOR

Amber Valley

Email: dhcft.governors@nhs.net

Election Period: Feb 2017-Jan 2020

Governor's Personal Statement

I have had the honour of serving as public governor for Amber Valley South for almost three years. As you will know the Trust has had much adverse publicity: though not undeserved this has, I have felt, tended to overshadow the great work that has throughout been done for and with those who have needed our help (and their families). Derbyshire Healthcare has more than ninety clinical teams in the field and it has been my privilege to visit more than half of them to learn first-hand about their work and observe their enthusiasm. 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.


Carole Riley
Carole Riley

Mrs Carole Riley

DEPUTY LEAD GOVERNOR

Derby City East

Email: dhcft.governors@nhs.net

Election Period: Mar 2016-Mar 2019

Governor's Personal Statement

Carole started her working career as a midwife and spent over 20 years working in the industry. She has been a volunteer in a national youth organisation for over 40 years and she also has 35 years experience in school governance, gaining transferable skills that she hopes will enable her as a governor to be a critical friend, challenging the Trust to deliver a caring, compassionate and efficient mental health service


Karen Smith
Karen Smith

 Karen Smith

GOVERNOR

Amber Valley

Email: dhcft.governors@nhs.net

Election Period: June 2018 – June 2021

Governor's Personal Statement

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.


Martin Rose
Martin Rose

Martin Rose

GOVERNOR

Bolsover and North East Derbyshire

Email: dhcft.governors@nhs.net

Election Period: 8 November 2017 – 7 November 2020

Governor's Personal Statement

Martin moved to Derbyshire 12 years ago. He is passionate about the NHS and would like to keep it as it is whilst helping to improve the services provided to the general public. Whilst Martin lived in Doncaster he set up a garden centre and landscape business and during this time he helped to set up a hospice centre with the local MP. Martin was a Branch Secretary for AUEW Engineering Union for 27 year and was also member of Doncaster Royal Infirmary, and Chair of Governors at three senior schools.


Rob Poole
Rob Poole

Rob Poole

GOVERNOR

Bolsover and North East Derbyshire

Email: dhcft.governors@nhs.net

Election Period: November 2018 – June 2021

Governor's Personal Statement

Rob is a retired Primary School Headteacher 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.


Lynda Langley
Lynda Langley

Mrs Lynda Langley

GOVERNOR

Chesterfield

Email: dhcft.governors@nhs.net

Election Period: Mar 2016-Mar 2019

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.


Adrian Rimington
Adrian Rimington

Mr Adrian Rimington

GOVERNOR

Chesterfield

Email: dhcft.governors@nhs.net

Election Period: April 2018-Sept 2020

Governor's Personal Statement

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.


Gillian Hough
Gillian Hough

Mrs Gillian Hough

GOVERNOR

Derby City East

Email: dhcft.governors@nhs.net

Election Period: Mar 2016-Mar 2019

Governor's Personal Statement

I am good at listening to others, then taking forward concerns to create change. Having a service which meets the needs of service users is critical to me, and to the longevity of the service. I have worked for 20+ years in Housing for a central London Local Authority and three Housing Associations so have experience of leading and training teams as well as delivering support. As a volunteer I have experience of organising successful events which over 13,000 customers and involved 250+ volunteers over 10 days. I am therefore able to work at many levels and bring a balanced package of knowledge with me. I moved to Chaddesden in 2010 having lived previously in Northern Ireland, London and the Isle of Wight. I have experience of the superb service provided at Derby Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and have been a member of Derby’s Carer’s Hub. When my daughter was at primary school I was part of the Parent Teachers Association and spent time assisting children with their reading ability. I like to get involved and improve things for everyone.


Moira Kerr
Moira Kerr

Rev Moira Kerr

GOVERNOR

Derby City West

Email: dhcft.governors@nhs.net

Election Period: Feb 2017-Jan 2020

Governor's Personal Statement

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.


Christine Williamson
Christine Williamson

Christine Williamson

GOVERNOR

Derby City West

Email: dhcft.governors@nhs.net

Election Period: 1 Feb 2018 - 30 Sept 2019

Governor's Personal Statement

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.


Shelley Comery
Shelley Comery

Mrs Shelley Comery

GOVERNOR

Erewash

Email: dhcft.governors@nhs.net

Election Period: Mar 2016-Mar 2019

Governor's Personal Statement

I have a diverse knowledge off supporting people with learning difficulties, physical disabilities along with mental health in which I have too experienced myself. My role as support worker, working for Mencap was supporting individuals to lead as independent a life as their condition allowed, enabling them to reach their full potential which is of great importance. This was achieved with consistency, care, respect and above all else empowerment. Never two days were the same and I had a sense of achievement that I found to be personally rewarding, knowing I was helping to make a difference in their day to day lives. Unfortunately at the end of January 2013 my mental health took a downward turn and I had no choice but to finish doing the job I loved. Now that I’ve given you a little insight to what kind of a person I am I hope I have given you enough confidence in me being your governor with the Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and trust is what I give to you. I hope you share the same inspiration as me to allow me to help make changes where needed by speaking up for you no matter what the situation may bring.


Shirish Patel
Shirish Patel

Shirish Patel

GOVERNOR

Erewash

Email: dhcft.governors@nhs.net

Election Period: 1 September 2017– 30 September 2019

Governor's Personal Statement

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.


Ann Grange
Ann Grange

Ann Grange

GOVERNOR

High Peak and Derbyshire Dales

Email: dhcft.governors@nhs.net

Election Period: June 2018 – June 2021

Governor's Personal Statement

Ann has been an Occupational Therapist for 30 years working in both statutory and private health services with people of all ages and a range of physical and mental health conditions. Ann’s career includes work for provider organisations and with commissioners of services – she understands the pressures and challenges for both resources and budgets. Ann has also worked as an Expert Witness to provide care and quantum reports in medico legal cases in which she has had to accurately represent the needs of patients for The Courts. Five years ago, Ann developed an innovative occupational therapy mental health service in the Derbyshire Dales and through her involvement with this she hears first-hand the health and social care issues of patients, families and carers. Ann has worked with Voluntary and Charity sectors and understands the challenges they also face. As a public governor for High Peak and Derbyshire Dales Ann wants to make a positive difference and help shape the delivery of excellent services. She feels that the needs of our community can be met in an integrated way if statutory, voluntary and private sectors all work together.


Marie Varney
Marie Varney

Marie Varney

GOVERNOR

High Peak and Derbyshire Dales

Email: dhcft.governors@nhs.net

Election Period: June 2018 – June 2021

Governor's Personal Statement

Throughout Marie’s professional and personal life, she has been instrumental in improving outcomes for people in her community. Marie began her career as a youth worker in the Derbyshire Dales area and later qualified as a Social Worker working throughout Derbyshire. Before retirement she was Area Manager for High Peak and Derbyshire Dales, working closely with both Adult and Child health service providers. Marie also had a working knowledge of the Statutory and Voluntary sectors supporting the most vulnerable in the community. My work required me to work with and support families with varying degrees of problems including both physical and mental health issues, supporting families with children who have additional needs and parents and young people with substance abuse problems. In her public governor role, Marie is keen to continue contributing to serving our most vulnerable.


Kevin Richards
Kevin Richards

Mr Kevin Richards

GOVERNOR

South Derbyshire

Email: dhcft.governors@nhs.net

Election Period:  Feb 2017-Jan 2020

Governor's Personal Statement

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 Farkas
Rosemary Farkas

Mrs Rosemary Farkas

GOVERNOR

Surrounding Areas

Email: dhcft.governors@nhs.net

Election Period: Mar 2016-Mar 2019

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.