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Council of Governors

Details of our Governors who represent public and staff at the Trust

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 that we work closely with.

The Council of Governors helps to hold the Trust to account to local people. They are the link between the hospital and our local communities within Warrington, Halton and other local areas – ensuring that local people can input into decisions and plans. 
Governors are involved in shaping and endorsing our strategy, monitoring performance and engaging with the public.

Our Council of Governors is made up of the following representatives:

  • 19 Public Governors - elected by the public members and representing the local community
  • 5 Staff Governors - elected by our hospital staff members
  • 4 Partner Governors - nominated by organisations we work closely with in Warrington and Halton.

Governor Elections 2022

Voting for our 2022 Governor elections is now closed.

You can download the contested results here.

You can download the uncontested results here.
 

The Council of Governors meets formally four 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 observe the Board Committees 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, people; and communications and membership. 

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 out unannounced ward inspections across the Trust where they monitor standards of our care and talk to patients and staff.

They also engage with their local communities and attend other events and meetings to ensure they can put forward views that are representative of their local communities

You can access minutes and agendas of our council of governors meetings here

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 Interests for the Council of Governors please contact WHH.foundation@nhs.net  

If you want to contact your Governor, please email WHH.foundation@nhs.net with your query or with a request for them to contact you and tell us the area that 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.

Our Governors also regularly attend events where they are happy to speak with people about their views.


Full list of the elected Governors

Warrington North

It’s a privilege to represent my constituency as Governor and Lead Governor of the Council of Governors. 

In my 6 years as a Governor, I have gained considerable knowledge and experience of the workings of our NHS hospitals. 

I’m passionate about WHH and wish to ensure the public receive the best value for money Services and Facilities available.

I focus on the standards of patient care, being an ambassador for both patients and public, making myself available to all members of the Community. 

I listen and put forward views to the Trust to secure continued high standards of care and a full range of services the citizens of Warrington need. 

I wish to ensure that Health Inequalities are addressed across the Health and Social Care systems in Warrington.

I want to extend and improve our engagement and communications with you, our constituents, so that your views are heard.

I am a retired engineer who went into local politics 45 years ago as a Parish Councillor for Culcheth, Glazebury, and still am an ACTIVE Parish Councillor for not only Culcheth & Glazebury but Croft Parish Council as well.

I was a Cheshire County Councillor for 13 years and when Warrington became a unitary authority in 1974 I became a Borough Councillor for over 15 years.

On my retirement from the borough council, I became a Public Governor representing Culcheth, Glazebury, Croft & Poulton on North Warrington & Halton Hospital Governors Board and at present am in my 2nd term of office. I am presently Chairman of the Engagement Group as well as Deputy Lead Governor. I enjoy what I do and hopefully that reflects in my commitment to the hospital and its patients.
 

I came to Warrington as a young working mother of two children, who are now grown with children of their own. My mother lived with us for 14 years before receiving dementia care prior to her death in 2014.

Diabetes, cardiac/lung disease treatment and prostate cancer have all impacted on my family life, so I have personal experience of many aspects of the healthcare services in Warrington.

My special interest is in ‘Carers’ whether that be for children, the elderly or Veterans. Now retired, I worked for the Ministry of Defence for 40 years and hold our Armed Forces in very high regard.
 

For the past 17 years I’ve lived in the Fairfield/Howley area.

I have two stepsons and two granddaughters.

I’ve been working as a Custody Officer for the past 27 years. 

During this time, I’ve trained with Mind and I am the Mental Health Champion for the Northwest in my company.

I’ve also done training with Barnardo’s which has qualified me to work with juveniles and young people.

Personally, I enjoy meeting people, going to different places, working as part of a team and experiencing new adventures.

I’m hoping my time as a Public Governor for the Trust will be productive and I’m looking forward to the new adventures and challenges that lie ahead.

Warrington South 

My family and I have come to Warrington and Halton Hospitals our whole life for medical care, and I am proud of the NHS and our local hospitals. 

In fact, I started my career working in WHH’s Pathology Service.

Following that, I worked for many years at United Utilities in various roles.

On retiring I joined WHH Volunteers, as a simulated patient in the Clinical Education team, then as a member of the gardening team in The Forget Me Not Garden.  

In 2019 I became a Public Governor to represent the interests of Trust members and the public, and to respond to the specific needs of our community.  

I am particularly interested in preventative healthcare, screening and promotion, making it as easy as possible for everyone to access these services.  

I look forward to meeting you and hearing any concerns, ideas for improvement or even praise!

Originally from Wales, I have lived in Appleton, Warrington for more than 20 years.

I have a long association with the hospital, having given birth to my son there 28 years ago!

I am semi-retired, having spent many years auditing hospitals and primary care facilities throughout Europe.

As a former director of The Institute of Clinical Research I understand the importance of governance and standards in clinical practice and teach Good Clinical Practice in the NHS, universities and pharmaceutical companies.

I genuinely want to use my skills and enthusiasm to listen to patients’ feedback and effect change to aid the patients’ experience and enable best practice in our hospital.

In my spare time I sit on a Health Research Ethics Committee.
In addition, I have authored articles and books on clinical research and co-authored The Oxford Handbook on Clinical and Healthcare Research.

Outside of work I’m a member of a church and village choir.

I have been a near lifelong resident of Penketh and Great Sankey - I moved here from Liverpool when I was 8 years old.

After university I became a teacher and Deputy Headteacher, working in several different primary schools across Liverpool.

Subsequently, I accepted a role working in school improvement with Liverpool City Council.

I am a husband and father.

I was delighted to be voted in as governor at WHH in 2016, and I am now serving my second term.

I care passionately about the NHS and marvel at the incredible work that all the staff at WHH do, every single day. 

As a public governor, I will always endeavour to support the work of the Trust, by acting as a critical friend, to ensure that the residents of Warrington and Halton get the timely, high-quality health care that they need at our hospitals.

I’m proud to have been elected as public Governor for WHH Trust representing our community where I’ve lived with my family for 27 years. 

My wife, who is an NHS Key Worker, and I have two adult daughters who have both lived with type 1 Diabetes from a young age, supported throughout by our fantastic local NHS. 

I’ve enjoyed a successful career with over 20 years Board level experience in both Public and Private sector complex organisations, including driving service improvements for vulnerable citizens, in partnership with local communities.

I led a UK team to successfully reduce UK Pensioner Poverty, increasing take up of benefits and services. 

Also, supporting Cheshire, Warrington, and Greater Manchester Authorities with their local Public Service transformation initiatives including Health and Wellbeing partnerships. 

I am now delighted to represent our community, ensuring our NHS is ‘fantastic for us all’. 

Runcorn

I have devoted my career to health, having practised and have worked within the NHS, industry, county councils and retail, advising companies on Health & Safety legislation and carrying out statutory and non-statutory medicals, health surveillance and case management.  I started up my own Occupational Health Consultancy in 1996 and still work on a consultancy basis.


I have knowledge of the demands of a large organisation, understanding of the need for financial control and the importance of excellent patient/employee care.


I have good working relationships with the members of the Board and the Senior Management Team.


As a practising Christian, I have attended All Saints’ Church, Daresbury, for 20 years and am a Lay Reader, conducting services and providing pastoral care.


I have lived in the area covered by the Trust for 33 years, so am keen to ensure residents have access to high-quality and timely health services.
 

I have lived in the area for over 30 years.

I became a Governor to try and keep as many services as possible in our hospitals and to try and keep these local where possible.

I wish to keep these to the high standard we have by talking to patients’ staff and people in the area to get their views and concerns.

Bio to follow

Widnes

I’ve lived in Widnes for 28 years.

I’m married and have a son.

He attended Farnworth and then went on to go to Wade Deacon High School – where I became a Parent Governor. 

After retiring as a Project Manager/Director I began to focus my time on voluntary work.

I’m a trustee at Halton Haven Hospice, and I’m a trustee at AGE UK Mid Mersey - both of these roles I take seriously due to their importance to the local community.

Furthermore, I’m proud to be a Public Governor at the Hospital Trust, as I have a keen interest in what happens in Halton.

I don’t represent the Hospital Trust, but I do provide a link between the Trust and the local community.

I care and listen to what the community says.

Rest of England

Bio to follow.

 

 


Staff Governors

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

Medical - Akash Ganguly (Consultant Radiologist)
Nursing and Midwifery - Jonathan Cliffe, Midwifery Team Leader
Staff Support - Julie Astbury (Assistant Practitioner Physiotherapy)
Clinical scientist or Allied Health Professional - Vacant
Estates, Admin and Managerial - Gemma Leach, Head of Workforce Systems and Intelligence

All our elected Governors (staff and public) are part of our membership. Find out about becoming a member and what this means.


Stakeholder/Partner 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 Paul Warburton
Halton Borough Council – Councillor Alan Lowe
University of Chester - Currently vacant
Warrington + Vale Royal College – Nichola Newton
Warrington Sikh Gurdwara - Kuldeep Singh-Dhillon