Public governors

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Term ends: September 2023

I would carry on with the work of bridging the gap between the public in Allerdale and the Executives of the Trust in the same way as I did previously for the CPFT for many years; when I Chaired the Mental Health SIG and a member of the Nom Comm. 

My career was an NHS Practice Manager for over 35 years.  Then I managed a Rape Crisis Centre for over 5 years.   I am a Reader in the C of E Church and a Volunteer on several Charities including Mental Health, as well as a Dementia Champion and I am a qualified Person Centred Counsellor.   I also serve my community as a non-paid Town Councillor and am a Trustee of the Word Heritage Maryport Senhouse Roman Museum.   

I believe in equality for all, at all times. None of the volunteering I do is a paid post. I have great pride in my Cumbrian roots and have never moved more than 8 miles from my birthplace. However I have been privileged to travel to some wonderful global places.   I would like to think my volunteering contributes something to the better welfare of those who choose to live in our beautiful County.   The NHS is precious to all, and I pledge to try and make it as good as I can do through my input.    

Declaration of interests

Political Party: Labour. Financial of other interest: None.


Leslie Blacklock

Term ends: September 2022

As a recently retired Staff Governor for CPFT I feel I can continue to play an active role in the development of Healthcare in Cumbria.

As the longstanding Chair of a Social Club in Workington as well as a Branch officer for the Unite Union, I have contributed towards our local communities over many years.

As a lifelong supporter of the NHS, I promise to uphold the best traditions of the NHS and support the future provision of NHS care for all our people.

Declaration of interests

Political Party: Labour Party. Financial of other interest: None


William Miskelly

Term ends: September 2022

I believe that I have a singular and distinctive perspective to contribute to the Trust. My life has led me down many and varied different roads, and they have all made me who I am today. I am an objective person with empathy, which serves me well in life.

As a person who likes to keep up with current affairs, I follow the news in its numerous forms. I enjoy all forms of history and always feel to desire to increase my knowledge and expand what I know, whether that was the past, new discoveries or new perspectives that make us question the world and view it a different way. Previously, I have been involved in a myriad of voluntary projects, ranging from youth projects and social activities with the elderly, to outdoor activities for people struggling with mental health and gardening schemes for the learning and physical disabled.

The knowledge and experience that I have gained from my life should be imparted to others to hopefully help make a difference to an organisation that is at the heart of the British community. There are always lessons to be learned and always successes to be proud of. I have personal experience of the NHS, from a child's view as well as an adult. I have so much to be grateful for from NHS care, and am regularly in the system so I have an honest opinion on improvements. The NHS is an amazing social invention that should be preserved.

Derrick Bates

Term ends: September 2023

Having worked for the NHS I am cognisant of the need to care for both patients and staff. I am also aware of the constraints inherent in the public sector. I have a drive to improve services to our patients.

Apart from a short commercial stint as an IT & Security Consultant I have been in public service since 1968. I served for 24 years in the Army, 9 years with Cumbria County Council and 9 years with the NHS as an information & cyber security officer. I am retired and enjoy reading, music, golf, our motorhome and walking. I am a voracious reader of technical journals, thrillers and science fiction.

I have many years’ experience in business and public sector organisations. I am driven to succeed and to improve processes and outcomes. I am also keen on providing guidance to individuals on career matters. If elected I would endeavour to represent, clearly and passionately, the interests of patients, their families, visitors and the healthcare community. As a public governor it is vital to remember what the role is intended to deliver. It is also important that NCIC is helped in achieving its stated goals.


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Term ends: September 2021

Governors help the community, young to older, from mental health, children, families, specialised support services and all other services including the disabled. I would like to be involved because of the great changes at the joining of the two services.

NCIC is essential to us all in every area of our lives. We need education on the use of websites and local sites. Information on how to use them, better for everyone. Better access to buses, facilities, car parks etc. Patients can misunderstand instructions on their treatment or ignore it altogether. This is wrong for the patient and staff. Patients must ask “why” if they don’t understand or be aware that treatment is to help their recovery and help the staff involved. I’ve seen this myself having been a patient and a volunteer in the hospital and in welfare work.

Having been a patient over the last few years I am able to understand the joining together of the two Trusts. Maybe unknown to some. How will it work out? The New Board needs help of us all. This is where the Governors come in. They are the go-between the public, staff and the Board etc. Having been a Governor in the past I know how much work and time will be involved and I know that I am able to do it. Governors must have integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness and honesty for the job; do it well.


Janet Blair

Term ends: September 2022

Janet Blair.pngI would be effective as I have problem solving skills and am able to relate to people from all backgrounds and professions Having worked with health and social services, I value cross discipline working.

Having worked in large multi-disciplinary organisation, I understand the benefits and difficulties large organisations face.

As a former Principal Environmental Health officer working for the city of Carlisle, I have had links with public health social services and the public at large. I also have worked in the hospital as a bank chaplain and a volunteer for a number of years. I have also had first-hand experience of the hospital as a patient.

I have attended A and E a number of times with a family member and had family members in hospital for long periods of time.

I am able me to see many viewpoints and have good problem-solving skills.

I have a strong interest in seeing integrated care in the community succeed and flourish for the benefit of all. I want to see staff supported and encouraged so they feel valued and can give their best to all those who need their care.

I also believe because of my experiences and skills, I have the ability to look outside the box and also am able to ask the hard questions that can help open up new options.

Keith Amey

Term ends: September 2023

During a further term I would like to concentrate on improving public engagement. I have recently set up an Engagement Special Interest Group to consider how governors can achieve maximum impact by informing, consulting and engaging the public. It is also my wish to work on opportunities offered by tele-health.

A Chartered Engineer and Company Director with a background in hi-tech innovation, company trouble shooting and change management, I have worked for British Rail, British Aerospace, Sellafield, Thorn and the former Department of Trade and Industry.

I love the local people and the stunning scenery. In addition to my NHS role as deputy lead governor for NCIC FT, I belong to many community organisations including the U3A and my local Residents’ Association. I attend an astronomy group, ring bells, participate in a French twinning and am a member of CAMRA. Fell walking and theatre visits occur as often as possible.

Many organisations deserve our support, but I believe the NHS must top the agenda, which is why I currently serve on diverse social healthcare committees and partnership groups.

Being a governor provides the contacts and opportunities to promote the public voice in shaping health and social care services.

Owing to Cumbria’s geography and rurality we need county-specific ways to provide optimum healthcare near people’s homes. My interest and work in tele-health can help minimise travel and allow patients to control their own medication. Tele-health can also speed diagnosis and allow treatment and monitoring at, or close to, home.


Les Hanley

Term ends: September 2023

I am totally committed to the provision of the best Healthcare for the people of Cumbria, both as a Patient and as a Member of the Public. I was born, brought up in Calderbridge and attended Whitehaven Grammar School. Later, with the help and support of BNFL, Salford University.

I am a retired Chartered Finance and Procurement Professional. Most of my career was in the Nuclear Industry, where amongst other jobs, I was Financial Controller of Corporate Affairs at Sellafield and a Procurement Project Manager on major Nuclear Capital Projects.

Following my early retirement, I spent fifteen years in Health. I was Chair of The Patient and Public Information Involvement Forum, and Member of the Clinical Commissioning Group.

I have been a Director of Cumbria Probation, Age UK, The Prince’s Youth Business Trust and Britain’s Energy Coast Business Cluster. Also, Cumbria LEP Health and Social Care Panel.

I am passionate about retaining and improving first class, accessible Health Care to the people of North, but especially West Cumbria. Since 2008, I have been active, and sometimes leading the fight for West Cumberland Hospital. As an advisor to the Corporate Affairs Director of the PCT, I was directly involved in the consultations which resulted in the development of WCH. I developed a Project to create a Health Campus centred on WCH and Westlakes Science Park. Much of this is now being implemented, including the Medical School. I have a great deal of experience operating at very senior level.


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Term ends: September 2021

I’ve been an active Governor for several years.  This has given me a good knowledge and understanding of services within the Trust.  I have a particular interest in the well-being of patients on hospital wards, their carers and families, health and safety, cleanliness and the overall appearance of the wards.

I volunteer for Cumbria Police and Crime Commissioner and Howgill Family Centre.  This enables me to work with a variety of people from different backgrounds, which I do so with ease.  I am passionate about working with people in the local community, and I have a lot of patience, understanding and great listening skills.  I am a strong person who very much focuses on the job, and I am an organised and disciplined person who is able to focus to the best of my ability.

I enjoy living in Cumbria, and I love walking in our countryside and Lake District.

I have been a carer for a family member for many years and understand the importance of excellence in care for patients and their families.  I am committed to my role as a Governor, and I have excellent communication skills and can build up a rapport with others.  I am used to dealing with the public and patients in the NHS and I understand person centred values.  I am approachable with a personable manner.  I listen carefully and work well in a team. I have the ability and professional manner to represent the Trust to the highest standard.


Carole Woodman

Term ends: September 2021

I have served previously as a public Governor for CPFT. Involved in WCCF, the Success Regime and West Cumbria Voice for Health Care. My understanding of the challenges facing both Trusts in our rural healthcare system would continue to help me make an effective contribution as Governor.

I run a small farm with my husband and younger son in the St Bees valley. We have 3 other children and 3 grandchildren. We have an adopted son with learning difficulties, CMT and type 1 diabetes. I am interested in young people ensuring they have the best start in life. We have previously fostered children from 2-16. I set up an independent youth club in Egremont; registered charity Egremont Youth Partnership with a special session for young people aged 16 + with Learning difficulties. I'm currently a member of the SEND improvement workshops and reference group as a parent/carer.

I have valuable experience from the groups I have been involved with and my own personal experiences. I am particularly interested in improving the engagement between members of the public, Governors and the Trust Board. I have been able to raise issues on patients’ behalf and contribute to the important discussions taking place.  I feel I can make a difference and work with community groups and professionals to do the best we can with our limited resources. Working with community groups and involving patients is the way forward. Currently trying to re-establish Joint League of Friends for WCH.

Declaration of interests

Political Party: Labour. Financial of other interest: None.

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Term ends: September 2020

Committees: Governor’s Advisory Committee

I'm a great supporter of the values of the NHS and I am passionate about ensuring that people are able to access the services they need. I am conscious of the current economic climate and the effect this is having on service delivery.

As a governor I have had the opportunity to gain a thorough and comprehensive understanding of the work of the Trust, to influence its future direction and monitor and evaluate its performance.

As a scientist by training, I am particularly interested in opportunities to review and evaluate the systems and processes currently in place. I am also interested in exploring ways to improve services and sharing best practice.

It’s crucial that the flexibility awarded to the Trust in how it delivers its services, results in efficient, high quality healthcare for all.


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Term ends: September 2020

I want to make a positive difference in the way that patients are treated. I have been a service user for a number of years and I have experienced the ups and downs of how services are delivered. I use this experience to help make sure there are more ups than downs for the people that will use the Trust’s services in the future.

I am particularly interested in improving the aftercare of patients following hospital stays and how they are supported. I am also interested in the work of the crisis team and home treatment team.

I am involved in the learning disability biannual audit programme, visiting and auditing services with the aim of improving access for people with learning disabilities and sharing best practise.

I am involved with work for the Accessible Information Standard (AIS) and have also joined the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) representative group. I provide a patient’s perspective and bring an open and honest approach that I hope people value. 


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Term ends: September 2023

25 years in non-Executive roles in the NHS have given me a good understanding of its challenges, constraints and opportunities. I now also have a better grass roots perspective from my two years as a Governor, work with third sector health providers and being a carer this year.

My working life has been in the private sector (Shell), public sector (FE, NHS, Government agencies) and the third sector (Chair of a Homeless charity and of Cumbria’s 3rd sector Network, Trustee of CVS and Citizens’ Advice and Cumbria County President of St John Ambulance). Have lived in Cumbria since 2008 and for 5 years ran a very successful B&B and holiday self catering barn. Have also had long involvement with the Army Reserves, and currently chair the Cumbria Armed Forces Covenant Partnership. I have spent much of this year caring for my partner suffering from terminal cancer.

A governor has an important role in terms of holding the Trust Board to account and in raising issues of concern about service delivery. The opportunity to draw on one’s own experiences and those of others in the community to seek better services for us all is the main motivation. From March to September this year caring for my partner during terminal cancer I have also seen and experienced first-hand both the strengths and the weaknesses of the local system thus broadening and deepening my understanding about how services are currently being delivered.


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Term ends: September 2020

I will listen to the membership and support or challenge the Board to benefit all patients and stakeholders. I have taken an interest in NHS issues for many years and believe in the vital importance of its service.

I was a public governor for North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) for 4 years. In this role, I was an active member of the shadow council and gained experience and skills relevant to being a member of a governor council.

I have experience serving on committees with a number of charities. I am up to date with the issues surrounding the provision of health services in Cumbria. I am a Community First Responder for NWAS and a Heartstart instructor.

I am interested in all aspects of the Trust, particularly community health and the specialist services. Following attendance at meetings of Success Regime, I am interested in following the subsequent progress. Within specialist services I am interested in work relating to learning disabilities, autism, acquired brain injury rehabilitation and palliative care.

Stephen Newton

Term ends: September 2020

I have achieved a lot over the past 6 years as a public governor for CPFT attending Board, Council, members meetings and listening events.  I have used these for training purposes to help educate myself in this role.  I have raised issues and questions at the Board and Council meetings.      

I have raised questions and issues to the Board and Governors Council that are important to me and to the people of Furness.  I work with three organisations in Furness; MIND, Love Barrow Families and the Barrow Men's Group and I have been asked to raise debate on medication.  I work closely with MIND to help people with mental health issues to try to improve and help themselves to get well.

I had epilepsy when I was young and was on medication for a lot of years and was pleased when I was advised that I was clear of epilepsy.

I bring a lot of benefits and knowledge from my role as public governor and I would like to do more mental health training to support myself and others in my area. I recently passed the Walk Leaders course and am now a fully qualified Walk Leader for Active Cumbria and I also recently achieved Safeguarding Level 1 certificate.



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Term ends: September 2022

I already have 7 years’ experience as a public governor with Hospital Trusts and been involved in the evolution of a Trust supporting integrated care. My focus is the provision of best care for patients and their carers and to ensure the Trust has systems in place to provide this.    

I have strong associations with healthcare in Cumbria having trained as a nurse at the Cumberland Infirmary, and held Director of Nurse Education and Vice Principal posts in South Cumbria and Lakeland College of Nursing and Midwifery respectively. I have a Masters Degree (Distinction) in Community and Health Ethics, which gives me the confidence to speak up for patients when healthcare decisions are being made. I have thirteen years’ experience as a Magistrate, chairing in both Family and Adult courts, tutoring with the Open University, and working as an Independent Member of Eden District Council.          

My entire working life was in health care, both in nursing and nurse education, and I therefore have a great deal of experience in dealing with health related issues. I have worked for 7 years as a public governor, four of these as a Deputy Lead Governor so I have been actively involved in a range of issues following the move to Partnership Trusts. My motivation is to try and ensure optimal care for patients within a system that provides support for its staff. We must try and end the dreadful bullying and harassment associated with the modern NHS.

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Term ends: September 2020

Before moving to Lancashire, I was a governor at Cheshire and Wirral NHS Trust. I am no keen to use my knowledge and experience of being a governor in Lancashire and help to create and support grassroots projects in urban and rural areas that address both mental and physical health.

I have organised events for seniors about dementia, financial planning in older age, residential care, enduring power of attorney, keeping fit and eating well. I’ve been involved in promoting research and in interviewing and selecting non-executive directors.

As an older person in a rural area, I'm keen to help improve health services at all levels for isolated older and disabled people in rural communities. As a service user, I am supportive of the hard work and dedication of NHS staff and I would promote the best terms and conditions of service.

I have knowledge and experience in listening, observation and problem solving. I have been a creative leader in many different situations and organisations. From responding to communal unrest in Hulme and Moss Side in 1981 as Rector of Hulme, to creating a Scarecrow Festival and Village Trust on the Wirral.

As an ethicist, I was Chair of Unilever Research Ethics Committee and have experience of dealing with complex corporate issues. I was also a fundraising trustee of Hornby Village Trust.

Christopher Mason

Term expires: Sept 2023

As a current member of NHS Staff I will bring my 'can do' attitude to the role. Embracing the challenges that a hospital and its internal and external stakeholders come across enabling a patient journey.       

Currently I work as a Member of Staff within a Community NHS Department engaging with internal and external stakeholders on a daily basis. My role has developed over time in the company and has allowed an expansion of my skill sets. My job brings me into direct contact with patients, so I have an understanding of the issues faced. As a current patient within the NHS I have been able to experience the both sides of the journey faced.       

I have decided to stand as a Governor as I feel my current role and personal experience in the NHS allows me to be an advocate for change. My approachable attitude will allow both patients and staff to discuss change, to discuss the highs and lows of their experiences without prejudice.  During my role in the NHS I feel upset and angered when a patient's journey has been less than adequate. I take their feedback and look for a solution.


Staff governors

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Term ends: September 2023

As a staff governor I will attend meetings and feedback to staff. I will have sit in session to feed back to staff and listen to issues.

The recent merger means that front line staff need to have a voice in higher management.

I have worked at The WCH for nearly 30 years as a student, staff nurse and now clinical endoscopist, performing nearly 1000 procedures a year.

I was a shadow staff governor when we were last heading for foundation trust status with Northumbria.

I was heavily involved in the implementation and design of the endoscopy unit at WCH.

I am a keen musician and enjoy playing golf socially, walking my springer spaniel and spending time with my family.

Previously as a shadow governor I was instrumental in helping implement management wall chart with names faces and contact details of line managers, so staff could see the line of management and a version of this still exists in the trust.

I was surprised previously that as a staff governor I was able to listen and discuss issues with higher management and I was able to question issues that were raised and sometimes questioned some statements made to clarify positions that I will feedback at sit in sessions in the local hospital etc.


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Lead Governor, Term ends: 2020

I’m your Lead Governor linking you to the Board so your voice is heard and your commitment is seen.

I'm an Allied Health Professional by background and I’m passionate about getting a fair deal for all staff groups and patients. I live and work locally and I’m determined to make sure the best services are available within the community for our families. I want to keep letting the Board know what’s getting in the way of us caring for the community we love.

I'm a carer for a son with chronic ill-health. I'll make sure that as staff, we can work in partnership to deliver the best quality care together locally. Especially when our patients have complex needs that are shared between Care Groups. I'm determined to let the Board understand the impact change has on us and for us to be seen as the solution.

As Lead Governor I've worked tirelessly on your behalf for the past 5 years. I will continue to work tirelessly to make sure we are all treated with the same kindness we show to our patients and service users when coming to work.


Clare France

Term ends: September 2022

Within my role with North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust one of my key responsibilities is keeping staff safe at work. I am passionate about effective risk management and feel I could make a significant contribution with my knowledge of the legislative framework and statutory requirements.

I am a Copeland resident who enjoys spending time with my husband and 3 children (and two crazy dogs!). I have been a Trustee for the Whitehaven Sea Cadets for nearly two years and help with decision making and fundraising opportunities. The Whitehaven Harbour Youth Project do so much for our children in the local community and I try to stay involved and volunteer/support the Project where I can.

I enjoy flower arranging in my spare time and preparing wedding flowers/bouquets. I have created bespoke arrangements for weddings all over Cumbria and have done for about 10 Years.

It would be a great opportunity to work with other Governors and management to meet and put actions in place to help with the challenges the NHS faces. I am passionate about our NHS and the national institution that we stand for. 

I feel I could bring a different perspective to the board from a Health and Safety point of view which in turn would help ensure the Trust fulfils its legal obligations, and will support the future strategy of shaping our NHS.

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Term ends: September 2023

As a staff governor of North Cumbria Integrated NHS foundation Trust I would actively engage with the various staff I would be representing to ensure the very real challenges they face on a daily basis are heard and addressed in order to both improve patient care and staff wellbeing.

I was born in Yorkshire and spent some of my childhood in Africa. I completed my physiotherapy degree in Newcastle and have worked in the NHS for over 20 years, in five different trusts in acute and community settings.

I moved to Cumbria in 2002. I am married with 3 children and a dog!! In my spare time I enjoy going for walks with our dog and having adventures in the lakes for with friends and family. I love music and singing (just ask my team!!) and am actively involved in our local church where I oversee the music.

I am standing for election as a staff governor because I feel it is crucial that the opinions and experiences of our staff in this trust are heard in order to positively shape the future of local healthcare provision. Our workforce is vast and diverse and with that comes immense potential to create exceptional teams.

I firmly believe that if staff are truly known and valued for who they are as individuals and allowed to use the unique strengths that they bring to a team, then they will both gain more fulfilment from their job and provide quality services.


Neil Racher

Term ends: September 2022

I will make myself available for all Governor activities to ensure I can ask questions\query decisions to ensure we North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS FT are doing the best we can for Patients and Staff.

I am married with a daughter at primary school.  My wife, daughter and I moved to Cumbria 7 years ago for a better quality of family life, which we are achieving.

My working career started in the private sector working in Thomas Cook then American Express before deciding to move into the NHS, where I wanted to use my non clinical skills to help clinical staff have more time with patients.  I have now worked in the NHS for 14 years starting at Doncaster NHS Foundation Trust to Cumbria Partnership and now in North Cumbria Integrated Care.

My reasons for standing for Governor are that I believe in the NHS and what it stands for, though it needs to change to meet the both modern and traditional patient needs, young and old.  We have a chance to do this in North Cumbria, now we have joined as one Foundation Trust. I have the luxury of working in the organisations that also treats my long term condition so have feasibility from both sides.


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Term ends: September 2020

I believe it’s important that we as staff have the means to be heard. I’ll listen to the concerns of staff and represent them at a senior level.

With changes to our services happening across Cumbria around creating a Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP), I believe my 15 years of experience in both acute and community Trusts allows me to make a valuable contribution.

I’m particularly interested in what our organisation will look like in the future and how this will affect our patients, services and staff. I am interested in how the Trust can work collaboratively and efficiently, while also achieving high standards during times of financial constraint. Finally, I want to look at how we can consistently act in line with our values of kindness, respect, ambition and collaboration.

I have 3 years’ experience of being a staff governor in Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals Foundation Trust. As a governor there, I regularly took part in listening surgeries to hear the voices of our staff and feed concerns back to the Board. I also have a Masters in Integrated Governance.

Governor vacancy

Would you like to help shape our health services? We’re looking for a staff governor to represent Furness and South Lakeland. To find out more about becoming a staff governor and to discuss current vacancies, call our Governor Support Officer Harriet Mouat on 01228 603761 or email 


Partner governors

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University of Cumbria

Term ends: April 2023

I am Head of Department for Health, Psychology and Social Studies at the University of Cumbria. I joined the university in 2002 after working in the NHS for nearly 20 years.

I worked as an Occupational Therapist in Dumfries, Glasgow and Carlisle and gained experience of working with individuals with occupational performance issues caused by their medical, neurological, surgical, orthopaedic and age-related conditions.

I have significant leadership and management experience and have also worked as a medical researcher and a research therapist.

My role as a governor enables me to suggest ways the University of Cumbria can support the Trust, as well as being a voice for Allied Health Professionals.

As one of the largest providers of healthcare professionals in the North West, the University aims to enrich the lives of individuals and communities and raise aspirations in Cumbria to ensure that local residents value health and care roles. The university provides local opportunities to become health and care professionals with programmes to become nurses, midwifes, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, paramedics and radiographers, as well as continuing professional development opportunities.

I am currently studying for my Doctor of Education (EdD) at Strathclyde University and I’m due to complete it in September 2020.

Qualifications and memberships:

MSc, PgD, PgCE, BA (Hons), DipCOT, SFHEA
Member of the Council of Occupational Therapy Education Directors
Member of the Council of Deans of Health and a member of the Council’s Regulation Advisory Group
Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
Registered with the Health and Care Professions Council as an Occupational Therapist
Professional member of the Royal College of Occupational Therapists

I currently hold 2 external examiner posts and have been an external expert for numerous university validation events around the UK:

BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy programme at the University of East Anglia
BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy programme at Queen Margaret's University

I am a Royal College of Occupational Therapists pre-registration programme accreditor.


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League of Friends

Term ends: April 2021

I moved to Cumbria from Oxfordshire in 2016. I’ve always been passionate about health. I am a founding trustee of 2 charities, 1 about education and young people; the other about health and the environment. I have also served in different capacities for many other charity and voluntary organisations.

Previously I’ve been a governor at a special needs school where I had several responsible for:

  • Chairing the Assets and Resources Committee
  • health and safety
  • asset maintenance
  • renewal and capital projects

I have also been a governor at a secondary school where I served on the finance, curriculum and HR committees.

I was a local councillor for 8 years, chairing the planning committee for 4 years and then the policy committee for 3 years as Leader of the Council. I was a town mayor from 2009 to 2010. I’m a Rotarian and I also belong to the Brampton Memorial Hospital League of Friends and I’m Director Trustee at Eden Valley Hospice and Jigsaw.

Although I’m now retired, I run my own business working with students of all ages who have either fallen behind or need an extra push. I also offer coaching and mentoring to start-up and small business. I have a degree in Education and post graduate diplomas in National and International Management and Business Excellence and Performance.

As governor, I’m passionate and committed to providing high quality community medical services to meet the needs of local people, as close to where they live as possible.