Warrington and Halton Hospitals

Council of governors

Governors of the hospital meeting in a strategy session.

As an NHS Foundation Trust we have a council of governors made up of elected public and staff governors and partner governors who represent local organisations who we work with.

The council of governors helps hold the trust to account to local people. They are involved in formulating strategy, monitoring performance and engaging with the public.

The council of governors helps shape and endorse the future strategy of the trust and provides a critical link between the hospital trust and the people it serves within Warrington, Halton and other local areas - ensuring that local people input into decisions and plans for the hospitals.

Our council of governors is made up of the following representatives:

  • 16 public governors - elected by the public members and representing the local community
  • 5 staff governors - elected by the hospital staff members
  • 6 partner governors - nominated by organisations we work closely with in Warrington and Halton.

How the Council works

The council of governors meets formally six times a year in public and anyone can attend to listen to the meeting. The meeting is chaired by the trust chairman. At the meeting, the governors receive the latest performance information and have the chance to analyse it and raise questions. The formal public council of governors meeting programme is a small part of the governors’ work in the trust.

Governors have a number of committees which they chair and sit on which allows them to bring information and views to the main council meeting. These committees focus on a number of areas including quality in care, finance and communications and membership. Other agenda items include updates from those committees.

Governors also help us to formulate our annual strategic plan. They hold workshops and survey their members to ensure the plan is in line with public expectation.

They also carry our unannounced ward inspection across the hospital where they monitor standard

s of our care and talk to patients and staff.

Register of Interests

Governors are required to comply with the Trust's Standards of Business Conduct and to declare interests that are relevant to the Council. All governors should declare such interests on appointment and on any subsequent occasion that a conflict arises. Details of the register of interests are reviewed annually. To request a copy of the latest register of interestes for the Council of Governors please contact foundation@whh.nhs.uk

Making contact

If you want to contact your governor please email foundation@whh.nhs.uk with your query or with a request for them to contact you and tell us the area you live in. You can also call us on 01925 66 2139.

Our governors are happy to come and present, meet or liaise with any community organisation. Please contact us to arrange a meeting.

Full list of the elected governors

Public Governors

There are 16 public governors representing Halton, Warrington and the areas to the north and south. Each governor is from - and is elected by - the membership who lives in their constituency.

  • Daresbury, Windmill Hill, Norton North, Castlefields - Alison Kinross
  • Beechwood, Mersey, Heath, Grange - Joe Whyte
  • Norton South, Halton Brook, Halton Lea - Currently Vacant
  • Appleton, Farnworth, Hough Green, Halton View, Birchfield - Colin McKenzie
  • Broadheath, Ditton, Hale, Kingsway, Riverside - Kenneth Dow
  • Lymm, Grappenhall and Thelwall - Jeanette Scott
  • Appleton, Stockton Heath, Hatton, Stretton and Walton - Susan Kennedy
  • Culcheth, Glazebury and Croft, Poulton North - Keith Bland
  • Penketh and Cuerdley, Great Sankey North, Great Sankey South - Peter Harvey
  • Latchford East, Latchford West, Poulton South - Carol Astley
  • Bewsey and Whitecross, Fairfield and Howley - Phil Chadwick
  • Poplars and Hulme, Orford - Alfred Clemo
  • Birchwood, Rixton and Woolston - Anne M Robinson
  • Burtonwood and Winwick, Whittle Hall, Westbrook - Norman Holding
  • North Mersey - Jim Henderson
  • Rest of England - Currently Vacant

You can view more detailed profiles of our public governors at the bottom of this page.

Staff Governors

There are five staff governors, elected by hospital staff and representing the five main staff groups at the hospitals.

  • Medical - Dr Helen Bowers (Specialty Doctor)
  • Nursing and midwifery - Jo Meek (Clinical Respiratory Nurse Lead)
  • Support - Sue Lennon (assistant practitioner)
  • Clinical scientist or allied health professional - Louise Spence (Specialist Speech Therapist)
  • Estates, admin and managerial - Mark Ashton (Governance Manager)

Stakeholder Governors

Working alongside our elected public and staff governors will be five stakeholder governors. These governors are nominated by organisations or sectors that we work closely with. They include the local borough councils, local commercial and voluntary sectors.

  • Warrington Borough Council - Councillor Pat Wright
  • Halton Borough Council - Councillor Peter Lloyd Jones
  • Warrington Wolves Foundation - Neil Kelly
  • University of Chester - Dr Mike Brownsell


Public governor profiles

These biographies give you some further detail on your public governors at Warrington and Halton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Public 1: Daresbury, Windmill Hill, Norton North, Castlefields

Alison Kinross

Alison was born in Bedfordshire and relocated to Halton in 2010 with her husband. She quickly settled into the community and found new interests with passion within the village. Her working career was spent in finance and after a break to raise two daughters she returned to payroll and finance management. Alison has had first-hand experience of using the hospital services and feels that she is able to represent the views of the people of Warrington and Halton. Working with people has also provided Alison with the skills to transfer to the role of governor and face the challenges ahead within the trust to ensure the delivery of a service paitents and staff deserve whilst recognising the restraints upon the trust.

Term of office - until June 2018

Public 2: Beechwood, Mersey, Heath, Grange

Joe Whyte

Profile to follow

Term of Office - until June 2018

Public 3: Norton South, Halton Brook, Halton Lea

Currently Vacant

Public 4: Appleton, Farnworth, Hough Green, Halton View, Birchfield

Colin McKenzie

Colin is a trustee of Halton Haven Hospice. He is a former Governor of Wade Deacon High School and was also a school appeals panel member in Halton. Colin is a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute and a member of Association for Project Management. He has experience in managerial, financial and commercial knowledge.

Term of Office - until December 2019




Public 5: Broadheath, Ditton, Hale, Kingsway, Riverside

Kenneth Dow

Kenneth lives with his partner and one of his sons close to Spinney Avenue School and enjoys many sporting events including golf. After working a Ford Motor Co/Jaguar Land Rover as an Administrative Clerk in the Press Shop at Halewood and Chairing the Ford Sports & Social Club for 5 years (19 years in total on their Committee) he took redundancy in 2010 and wanted to get more involved in the Community. Although Kenneth is semi retired he still takes occasional positions in administration around the Cheshire and Merseyside area. He has two grown up daughters and two grandchildren and has been a Gateway Volunteer spreading the progress of the forthcoming new Gateway bridge across the neighbourhood. He spent 3 weeks in Sri Lanka in September 2015 after the Tsunami on Boxing Day 2014 modernising an elderly peoples home and managed to acquire 200 computers for the local community in Ambalangoda. Kenneth hopes to revisit Sri Lanka and see what effect his visit had on the island. He looks forward to getting more involved as a Governor in his above area.

Term of Office - until June 2018

Public 6: Lymm, Grappenhall, Thelwall

Jeanette Scott

Jeanette is from Liverpool, happily married and has lived in Lymm for 20 years. She stood as a public governor as she considers that she has something to offer to the role of governor. Jeanette is a retired health visitor/safeguarding specialist community nurse and has had a great deal of operational experience across the numerous areas of the NHS that she has worked in for many years. She always aimed to ensure that users of services were offered the best possible care and considers that she has good communication skills. Jeanette would very much enjoy the challenge of advocating the views of local people and influencing the way NHS services are developed. She is aware that the NHS has implemented enormous changes and recognises it is important to ensure that the financial pressures of the NHS do not impact on patient care and services offered to patients. As a user of NHS services she supports the need of patients to receive high quality care remains paramount. She is particularly interested in ensuring that vulnerable patients have no difficulty in accessing services offered by the trust.

Term of office - until December 2017

Public 7: Appleton, Stockton Heath, Hatton, Stretton, Walton

Susan Kennedy

Susan Kennedy started work in the NHS as a medical secretary 30 years ago. She has held various jobs in the NHS since then and worked at Warrington and Halton hospitals until 2008 in the training department. Susan is currently the executive officer for the association for family therapy, an association that supports professionals working with families. She understands the importance of the NHS for us all and is committed to the service it provides for our community. As a mother of two boys, who were both born at Warrington hospital, Susan has used the NHS on a number of occasions with her family and feels it is essential that at these times of need, the experience we have of hospital care is a good experience. She has always been committed to excellent customer service, and knows that Warrington and Halton hospital can deliver this. She welcomes the opportunity to work with the hospital as a governor, to support the hospital in their work and ensure the interests of residents in the constituency are represented.

Term of office - until December 2017

Public 8: Penketh and Cuerdley, Great Sankey North, Great Sankey South

Peter Harvey

Peter has lived in Penketh since his marriage in 1965. His occupation prior to retirement in 2010 was in Sales Management and he is also a member of the Chartered Management Institute (MCMI). He has always been involved in the local community and this has included working with young people, visiting the sick and vulnerable in their homes, hospital and nursing homes since 1981, he has been part of the hospital chaplaincy team and visits the hospital two days each week. Peter has worked with staff and patients for over 30 years and has enjoyed their cooperation and friendship. With his experience and enthusiastic commitment he feels he can contribute positively to the continued success of our hospitals.

Term of office – until December 20177


Public 9: Culcheth, Glazebury and Croft, Poulton North

Keith Bland MBE

Keith has been a former Cheshire County Councillor for 13 years, at Warrington Borough for 14 years and a Parish Councillor for nearly 38 years. He was Chairman of Social Services on Cheshire County Council and knows the problems that are encountered between Councils and the NHS. Keith received an MBE for services to the community of Warrington and Cheshire in 2010.


Term of Office - until December 2019



Public 10: Latchford East, Latchford West, Poulton South

Carole Astley

Carole is married, has four children and four grandchildren with whom she is very close, and all live locally. She works full time as a document controller for a Multinational Engineering Company in Daresbury. Carole works for a number of local charities, for example she arranges events to raise funds for the charity Stick 'n' Step for local children in the North West of England with cerebral palsy; The Meningitis Trust and Shelter for Homeless people in Warrington providing food parcels and also assists with Warrington Credit Union. Carole also has past experience as a foster carer and has completed a Supervisor's course for Playgroup and as treasurer of the Parent Teacher Association at her children's primary school.

Her hobbies are; traveling, charity work, gardening, knitting, crosswords and helping with the care of her grandchildren. Carole plans to retire from full time work in about five years to continue with compiling her family tree which already goes back to early 1800's and expand her traveling across Britain. Having lived in Warrington for more than 30 years Carole knows the area and the hospital very well and she looks forward to its continuing growth.

Term of office - until June 2018

Public 11: Bewsey, Whitecross, Fairfield, Howley

Phil Chadwick

Phil is a lifelong resident of Warrington and he has an understanding of the diverse communities in his town. He graduated from Salford University in 2005 and is currently the Education Officer for Warrington Borough Council and a local primary school governor. He is also a qualified Health and Safety Officer and his work in the local community was recognised in 2012 when he became National Recycling Champion. He stood as a governor because he considers his skills and experience of working in the community are transferable to the governor role. Phil feels that patient care is a priority, complemented with staff moral and teamwork and looks forward to contributing to the trusts council of governors.

Term of Office - until June 2018

Public 12: Poplars and Hulme, Orford

Alfred Clemo

Alfred Clemo has been happily married to his wife Barbara for 64 years. He has three daughters, four grandchildren and two great grandchildren. His eldest daughter Carole Ann is mentally handicapped, he is well aware of caring and all its needs. He left school at 14 and took a mechanical apprenticeship. On being drafted into the army, he served in Reme in the Far East and was demobbed at the rank of sergeant. During the cold war he worked for the air ministry for 21 years, installing radar in the UK and abroad. Once the closure of Burtonwood he owned his own garage until he retired. He is the founder of the Older Peoples Forum and worked in the 3rd sector for 20 years, he has raised over £200,000 for different organisations and has been a Winwick parish councillor for many years. He is a Baptist and attends church regularly.

Term of office – until December 2017

Public 13: Birchwood, Rixton and Woolston

Anne M Robinson

Anne has worked in the Civil Service for 38 years; her final position was leading an Asset Auditing Team, questioning systems and procedures as well as care of use facilities and services. Anne was also responsible for the Quality Management systems and Training Services. Anne’s special interest is in carers, whether it be for children, the elderly or Veterans. Her working life brought her into contact with Armed Forces.

Term of Office - until December 2019




Public 14: Burtonwood, Winwick, Whittlehall, Westbrook

Norman Holding

Norman has been involved in both the private and public sector facilities management for some 30 years and wants to use his skills and experience gained in technical back of house and hotel front of house service delivery along with a wealth of management skills for the good of the community to help shape the services delivered by the trust. He has always been passionate about the health provisions that are delivered by the trust and has been actively involved in PLACE Assessments (Patient Led Assessment of the Clinical Environment) for the past 3 years covering both Warrington and Halton sites. Norman is especially interested in the facilities and standards of delivery of the wide range of services required from the trust and the achievement of the very best value for money.

Norman is about to retire and will be able to dedicate the time necessary to the role. He sees a major part of the role as being available to all members of the community in the constituency, to listen and act as a conduit to put forward views to the trust to ensure continued a high standard of care and the full range of services the citizens of Warrington need now, and for the foreseeable future.

Term of Office - until June 2018

Public 15: North Mersey

Jim Henderson

Jim has lived in the area since 1961 and is interested in becoming a Governor for Warrington and Halton Hospitals in order to contribute to the future development of our hospitals. He feels with his experience in schools and hospitals he has an understanding of the local population due to his past his past positions that included Advisory Teacher of the deaf and head of school . He had the opportunity to work in GP surgeries and before his retirement worked with children with physical and medical needs. Jim believes the patients needs should come first and would be his first priority to endeavour where possible to make the hospitals a warm friendly place to visit. Jim would like to be involved with patients, staff and the public in general listening to their needs and visiting other NHS Foundation Trusts bringing their positive points to our hospitals. Jim has recently had first hand experience of using the hospital services and hopes to make a valuable contribution to the Council of Governors.

Term of office - until December 2017

Public 16: Rest of England

Currently vacant.


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