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Council of Governors

Council of Governors

Our Council of Governors (CoG), which is chaired by the Trust Chair, is made up of twenty five elected governors (public and staff) and six appointed governors from partner organisations representing our key stakeholders.

The Council of Governors is a valued and effective body, advising the Trust on issues that are important to our patients, members and the wider community. The Council works with the Trust to ensure it provides the highest quality services for our patients.

The CoG is not responsible for the day-to-day running of the organisation but works with the Board of Directors to influence the Trust’s future plans, ensuring that the voice of members and partners help inform the Trust’s decision-making. However, the Council of Governors is an integral part of the Trust’s Governance Structure.

Robert Cannon, Public Governor: City Region North

Rob is local resident of Aintree hospital where he spent some time as a volunteer. He decided to become a public Governor in the hope that he could help to support staff and work towards improving patient care.

Rob took early retirement in 2016, after working for over 30 years in the public sector where he dealt directly with the public, his work experience enabled him to develop good interpersonal skills to engage effectively with a variety community groups. Rob is a committed trade unionist and continues to be involved with Unison. He was also a founding member of the Aintree Tinnitus Support Group.

He says: “I believe in the NHS and I strongly oppose privatisation of public sector patient care. Patient dignity will always be my number one priority as a Governor.“

Term of Office

Three years (expiry date 2 December 2022)
First appointed/elected 2 December 2019

 

Paul Denny, Public Governor: City Region North

Profile coming soon.

 

 

 

 

Ray Humphreys, Public Governor: City Region North

Ray decided to stand for election after his positive experience as a patient at Aintree University Hospital and also worked for a number of years as a Healthcare Assistant. He was a Governor at Aintree from August 2017 and is keen to take his experience forward into the new merged organisation.

Ray previously worked in Public Transport before taking early retirement.  This allowed him the opportunity to become involved in a number of diverse voluntary roles including his local City Farm, Railways, National Trust, Church and at Aintree Hospital.

He said: “I’m always ready for a challenge and I think the new Trust has great potential. If I can help in any way to improve the Patient Experience, it will have been worthwhile.”

Term of Office

Two years (expiry date 2 December 2021)
First appointed/elected 2 December 2019

 

Juliette Kumar, Public Governor: City Region North 

Juliette lives with her husband and two children in Liverpool and works in the city.  Juliette is driven by a desire to do whatever she can to ensure that any changes required to merge the two hospitals keep staff, clinicians, patients and their families at the heart of decision making. 

Juliette is an Associate Director for Improvement and Education for the Innovation Agency, the Academic Health Science Network (AHSN) for the North West Coast.  Her work means that has valuable insight into cutting edge innovations that have the potential to make health and care services safer, more efficient and provide a better experience of care.  She started out her career in the NHS as a nurse and has worked across the North West in a number of roles relating to strategic change and large scale improvement. Juliette worked at Aintree for a couple of years in 2008 and has good insights into its operational workings and culture. During this time she met and worked with a number of professionals and clinicians who work hard day in and day out to deliver high quality health care services. 

She said: "It is a real privilege to serve as a governor for the newly merged hospitals and I will do what I can to support this organisation to reach its vision and be successful."

Term of Office
Three years (expiry date 2 December 2022)

First appointed/elected 2 December 2019

 

Andrew Moran, Public Governor: City Region North

Having spent many days visiting family at Aintree and Royal Liverpool hospitals and seeing the excellent treatment and care that they received, Andrew wanted to do what he could to ensure that these high standards were maintained at Aintree, Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen hospitals for all. 

Andrew is a research associate at the University of Liverpool and has a background in human and animal nutrition and gastrointestinal physiology. He is active in his local Labour Party branch and has previously been a public governor at the former Aintree University Hospital Foundation Trust and a volunteer in the Mersey Trains Customer Community.

He says: “I am very proud to have been elected as a Public Governor and want to ensure that Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust continues to offer excellent treatment and care for everyone in the city region, especially in the turbulent times ahead.”

Term of Office

Three years (expiry date 2 December 2022)

First appointed/elected 2 December 2019

 

Karl Roberts, Public Governor: City Region North

Karl was born to profoundly deaf parents and started his NHS career at Fazakerley and Walton Hospitals (Aintree). 

During the last seven years his family have received treatment and care at Aintree and Royal Liverpool Hospitals, Karl has witnessed first-hand the compassionate care received by his family, Karl is keen to do ensure that high standards of treatment and care maintained at Liverpool University Hospitals.

Karl is a senior NHS leader and manager within NHS England and Improvement and Honorary Lecturer at Liverpool John Moores University, Department of Nursing and Allied Health; he is passionate about the involvement of people and their experiences of care.

He says: “I am very proud to have been elected as a Public Governor and want to ensure that Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust continues to offer high standards of treatment and compassionate care for everyone in the city region, especially those who are seldom heard or involved in healthcare services.”

Term of Office

Three years (expiry date 2 December 2022)

First appointed/elected 1 July 2020

 

Anne Trevor, Public Governor: City Region North

Anne decided to stand for election to the new Trust after serving as an elected Public Governor for Aintree Hospital from May 2018 to September 2019. As a Governor, Anne seeks to represent the public, the majority of whom she believes wish to see an adequately public-funded world class NHS as envisioned at its creation.  Including the NHS principles of free care based on need and not ability to pay.

Anne has worked in both the public and private sectors in the past. She lives in West Derby and both her children were born at Aintree (Fazakerley) Hospital.

She says: “Although there are many reasons to celebrate NHS achievements, there are also many unprecedented challenges facing this most valued institution. I am concerned about private outsourcing of services and the presence of profit-making businesses within our NHS. I wish to be informed and engaged in the future plans of the Trust in order to fulfil my role.”

Term of Office

Two years (expiry date 2 December 2021)
First appointed/elected 2 December 2019

 

Dorcas Olanike Akeju, OBE, Public Governor: City Region South

Dorcas is a Registered Nurse and Midwife and she practised as a Midwife  in Liverpool for over 30 years  at both Hospital and community settings. During her working life  she developed different  initiatives such as setting up a special clinic for women whose first language was not English.. She was passionate about her job and  was one of the first midwives to implement Changing Childbirth. She was a School Governor for 7 years , staff Governor at the Liverpool Women’s Hospital  for 3 years and Shadow Governor at the Royal before she was currently elected to serve as a Governor for the Liverpool Teaching Hospitals.

Dorcas has been a volunteer for over 20 years working for different organisations and setting up different  charities. She won a lot of Awards but her highlight was getting the OBE from the Queen for services to NHS and Communities..

She says: “Being elected to serve for the new Hospitals  will be challenging but she believes she can use  her developed  knowledge to  meet the challenges  working with other Governors to ensure good quality care for our patients. I also believe in Equality and Diversity and that a “happy workforce will do their bests for their patients."

Term of Office

Three years (expiry date 2 December 2022)
First appointed/elected 2 December 2019

 

Ged Ashley, Public Governor: City Region South

As a service user at The Royal, Aintree and Broadgreen hospitals over many years and seeing first-hand the fantastic work staff, at all three hospitals carried out, Ged thought he should try and get involved to make certain patients continued to receive the best care available. He was a Shadow Governor at the Royal from 2011 and decided to stand again when the merger took place and the new Trust was formed. He has served on a variety of committees over the last nine years, attended Board meetings and many training events to ensure he was able to represent the hospitals members.

Ged worked in industry for nine years as an Electronics Engineer and prior to retiring, for almost thirty years, as a teacher and Head Teacher in various schools in Sefton and Liverpool. He is also a Governor at a large Liverpool Primary School.

He says: ''I'm proud of the work I did as a Governor at The Royal, Broadgreen and Dental Hospitals and look forward to  ensuring the service users of Merseyside and the wider area are well served, in these challenging times, by the new Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Trust.''

Term of Office

Two years (expiry date 2 December 2021)

 

Alison Cohen, Public Governor: City Region South

Alison was interested in becoming a Governor of LUH as she saw this as a time of huge opportunity for health in Liverpool. Alison believes that the opening of The Royal College of Physicians Northern branch in Liverpool will help to attract more doctors to visit the area and will enable Liverpool to showcase its enormous potential as a place to live and work.

Alison worked at Alder Hey Children's Hospital for over 30 years as a physiotherapist where she had first-hand experience of working within an NHS Foundation Trust, she also spent 33 years as a Magistrate, finishing up solely sitting on the Family Panel.

She said: “I see this as a chance to try and create an amalgam of two super hospitals and be part of creating one streamlined service for the people of Merseyside and beyond.”

Term of Office

Three years (expiry date 2 December 2022)
First appointed/elected 2 December 2019

 

Sheila Coleman, Public Governor: City Region South

A Liverpudlian for nearly 50 years, Sheila has a good track record of both civic and communal service. She was appointed a Magistrate in 1983 and served on many court related committees. Sheila has always been a fervent advocate of the NHS. Most of her adult life has been spent working in some aspect of the service.

Sheila worked for 20 years in her husband's teaching and training practice. The role involved constant contact with patients, practice staff and consultant staff within the major Liverpool hospitals. She served as a Shadow Governor on the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust since 2011. In this role she regularly attended Trust Board meetings as an observer and participated in a number of Trust meetings, representing the views and interests of members of the public.

Sheila says: “I have developed good relationships with staff within the Trust and relish the opportunity to bring forward the experience and training gained as a shadow Governor into my new role substantive governor."

Term of Office

Three years (expiry date 2 December 2022)
First appointed/elected 2 December 2019

 

Kieran Foulkes, Public Governor: City Region South

Kieran has a passion for patient safety, experience and care delivery throughout patient’s lives, especially at their most vulnerable times. He decided to stand as a Governor as he is committed to promoting equality and diversity, particularly for the LGBTQ+ community and reducing the barriers to accessing good quality healthcare for all.

Kieran works in Quality & Improvement at Woodlands Hospice. He has a Public Health background and studied the Public Health MSc in Liverpool John Moores University. Previous to his role at Woodlands Hospice, Kieran worked across Merseyside in various care settings in a care capacity.

He Says: “It truly is an exciting time for healthcare delivery in Liverpool and I am honoured to have the opportunity to be a part of ensuring excellent care is available for everybody.”

Term of Office

Three years (expiry date 2 December 2022)
First appointed/elected 2 December 2019

 

John Lloyd-Jones,Public Governor: City Region South

In recent months, John has ‘traded in’ both of his old hips for brand new ones at Broadgreen Hospital. He received excellent treatment and care there, and is delighted with the outcome. He welcomes this new opportunity to contribute to the further advancement of his local Trust, where his enjoyment of walking was restored.

Before retirement, John was working in the NHS for nearly 40 years, within the HR function, and at various locations throughout the UK. Since retirement, he has continued working with the NHS as a Lay Member, and Lay Assessor with Health Education England. His personal interests include sport,  following events in rugby, tennis, athletics, table tennis, cycling and football, more closely. It has also been known for him to help out on the allotment occasionally.

He says: “This is a time of great challenge and opportunity for the new Trust, and I look forward to working with colleagues to help realise it’s potential. This will lead to the enhancement of acute healthcare provision in Liverpool.”

Term of Office

Two years (expiry date 2 December 2021)
First appointed/elected 2 December 2019

 

 

Doreen Schlechte, Public Governor: City Region South

Doreen’s background is in education having been a teacher and lecturer in Mathematics, with some years spent in training school governors on their role and responsibilities.  

She first became involved with the Royal and Broadgreen Hospital Trust following some poor experiences.  During several years as a member of the Trust’s Patients’ Council she worked with others to help improve the patient experience.  In many ways this was successful and a marked improvement was noticed.  Over the years her personal experience has changed greatly.

Following on from that work she became a public shadow governor for the Trust from its inception almost nine years’ ago.   She has seen the efforts made to maximise the positive and minimise negative elements.  As a public Governor of the new Trust she hopes to continue with efforts to help ensure its work will improve experiences of patients and staff. 

She said: “The merged Trust might well present challenges but it is an exciting time with opportunity to draw on the best of the experiences of the two previous Trusts.”

Term of Office

Two years (expiry date 2 December 2021)

First appointed/elected 2 December 2019

 

David Blanchflower, Public Governor: North West England and North Wales

David was born in Liverpool and has a track record of both civic and communal service  having been a magistrate for 28 years and served on the Merseyside Magistrates Courts Committee. He has been a school governor and served on the Valuation Tribunal, Social Security Appeals Tribunal, and South Sefton Community Heath Council.

David for much of his working life was employed as a engineer in the electricity supply industry working at several power stations in North West England and also in North Wales. Since retirement he has been a volunteer with the National Trust and also Liverpool City Stars. For the past twenty years he has been honorary treasurer for a national charity dedicated to productivity improvement.

He says: "It’s truly an exciting time for healthcare delivery in Liverpool and I am honoured to be part of ensuring excellent care is available for all. I believe that my life experiences have given me a greater understanding of the need to genuinely listen to people in order to appreciate their own prospective and incorporate a broader vision of ideas and common objectives which will assist me in undertaking my role as a Public Governor."

Term of Office

One year (expiry date 2 December 2020)
First appointed/elected 2 December 2019

 

Alison Child, Public Governor: North West England and North Wales

Profile coming soon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fiona Daglish, Staff Governor: Allied Health Professionals, Scientists and Technicians

Fiona stood to become a Governor because she believes strongly in fair and equitable access to services for our wide and diverse community and wishes to ensure that all staff are supported during the evolution of the new Trust and in the continuing development of high quality services.

Fiona completed her Physiotherapy degree at Manchester in 1990 and has since worked across the North West and at the Royal and Broadgreen sites since 1995.

She is currently a clinical specialist physiotherapist for Limb Reconstruction, an Advanced Therapy Practitioner role within the Trauma and Orthopaedic Specialty, based at Broadgreen Hospital. She is developing links across the new Trauma unit with therapy colleagues at Aintree and the MTC to continue improving quality services for these patients.

She says: “It is an honour to represent and support all my AHP and scientist colleagues during this exciting period for our new organisation. Although new to the corporate governance role, I have extensive experience of governance within education and hope to use this experience to ensure the staff are well represented.”

Term of Office

Three years (expiry date 2 December 2022)
First appointed/elected 2 December 2019

 

Sarah Dyson, Staff Governor: Allied Health Professionals, Scientists and Technicians

Sarah qualified as physiotherapist in Liverpool in 1989, and has worked in numerous trusts across the North West as well as in London.

Sarah has been in her current role as a clinical physiotherapy specialist in critical care since 2002. She is the chair of the Cheshire and Merseyside Critical care Network Physiotherapy group and is passionate about patient centred care and rehabilitation for critically ill patients.

She said: ”I feel very privileged to have the opportunity to be a staff governor for the new Liverpool University Hospitals NHS FT, and look forward to being able to support my colleagues and service users alike through my governor activities.

I am new to the governor role but do have experience of working with the Health Care Professions Council and the Intensive Care Society, and hope that my work with these organisations will enable me to fulfil my governor duties to the best of my ability for the benefit of all”

Term of Office

Two years (expiry date 2 December 2021)

First appointed/elected  2 December 2019

 

Dr Bhavna Kalpesh Pandya, Staff Governor: Medical Practitioners and Dentists

Bhavna works as a consultant nephrologist at Aintree Hospital since 2005. She has led on a number of areas in the trust and in the region to support implementation of department of health initiatives such as for chronic kidney disease and as the trust lead for long term conditions. With her passion to 

provide support to kidney patients she set up Aintree Kidney Patients Association as a charity. Patient Safety and Quality at every level is my passion she says. To help this she obtained MSc in Quality Improvement in 2019.

She enjoys teaching and training. She supports this as department Education lead and trust champion for less than full time trainees (LTFT). She is heavily involved in gender equality and diversity nationally in Renal Association, Medical Women’s Federation and as trust equality and diversity team member. In Renal Association her work has been commended and has resulted in development of equality and diversity strategy in the Association. For the past 12 years she has organised world kidney day health check-ups in Aintree and Southport Hospital for hospital staff, and in Bootle strand and Liverpool Central station for the public.

She said: “I am honored and privileged to be elected as a medical and dental staff Governor as I believe that supporting professionals who support and care for our patients is equally important to provide the best patient care and accomplish our mission together.”

Term of Office

Three years (expiry date 2 December 2022)
First appointed/elected 2 December 2019

 

Dr Emma Walker, Staff Governor: Medical Practitioners and Dentists

Emma applied to become a staff governor after her own experiences of being a patient at the Royal Liverpool Hospital, and saw first-hand the excellent care that we deliver here at the Trust.  Emma wanted to represent her colleagues in the Medical and Dental Constituency at this time of huge opportunities and challenges that we face in our new organisation.  She wants to ensure that we continue to provide high quality care to all patients.  Emma believes passionately in developing strong leadership skills in all our workforce, and believes in the potential of all our staff to make important contributions to service improvement. 

Originally from the Wirral, and having completed her medical education at Cambridge University, Emma trained as an Anaesthetist both in Manchester and in the Liverpool region.  Emma was appointed as a Consultant Anaesthetist at Aintree Hospital in 2013.  Her main interests are Anaesthesia for Head and Neck Surgery, orthopaedics, colorectal cancer and emergency surgery.  She also has a major interest in Pain Medicine, and is one of the lead consultants for the Pain Team on the Aintree Site.  She spends a good deal of her time working in healthcare leadership and management and in quality improvement.

She said: “I am honoured and delighted to serve as a Governor of our Trust in this new and exciting time and look forward to the challenge of delivering high quality of care to all in our region.”

Term of Office

Two years (expiry date 2 December 2021)
First appointed/elected 2 December 2019

 

Tracy Greenwood, Staff Governor: Nursing

Tracy believes that it is important that we listen to and value our nursing staff. As staff Governor, she is privileged to be that professional voice ensuring that patients and staff are at the centre of all we do.   

Tracy has been registered nurse for more than 30 years. She trained at the Royal Liverpool in 1988 and now work across all sites.  Currently Tracy works within the Nursing Quality Team which enables her to work with staff across all divisions and specialities, to actively be involved in shaping future developments and decisions affecting patient care.

She said: “I am very proud to be elected as a Staff Governor to represent the nursing voice for Liverpool University Hospitals.”

Term of Office

Three years (expiry date 2 December 2021)
First appointed/elected 2 December 2019

 

Peter Halliday, Staff Governor: Nursing

Peter is based at Aintree Hospital, as a Patient Flow Co-ordinator. And has worked at the Trust for the past six years.

He is passionate about the NHS and the future of the organisation. He feels that he has the ability and confidence to help support; the new Trust. Peter believes that his various roles within the organisation have equipped him with the skills to be an effective Staff Governor.

He said: “It is an honour and privilege to be appointed as a staff Governor. I will endeavour to work proactively with other governors, Non-Executive Directors and board members to ensure that staffs have their voices heard.“

Term of Office

Three years (expiry date 2 December 2022)

First appointed/elected 2 December 2019

 

Angela McShane, Staff Governor: Other Non-clinical Staff

Angela began her career in the Royal Hospital back in 2001. With no formal qualifications but a wealth of experience, she has progressed to the role of community fundraiser for R Charity and absolutely LOVES her job.

She gets to meet amazing people from all walks of life on a daily basis who have both humbled and inspired her. She works with staff across the Trust and is a familiar face around the hospital. She has been involved in countless fundraising projects over the years raising thousands of pound for the charity.

Angela sees herself very much as a people person, working out and about in the community giving talks to community groups, visiting local schools and attending third party fundraising events accepting donations on behalf of the charity. She is passionate about the hospital charity; you may see Angela in your local supermarket or shopping centre shaking a collection tin to raise money for the hospital.

She said: “The role of governor and the merger of the trusts will give me the opportunity to speak to and engaged with a wider audience and ensure that their voices are heard” She is up for the challenge and confident that she will fulfil her role to the best of her ability.”

Term of Office

Two years (expiry date 2 December 2021)
First appointed/elected 2 December 2019

 

Joanne Pepper, Staff Governor: Other Non-clinical Staff

Joanne’ s primary reason for becoming a staff governor is to give something back to the Trust and ensure staff are integral to the decisions made on services going forward.

With no formal qualifications someone saw potential in Joanne me and gave her a job in 1990.  Computers had just arrived in the hospital and paper was to be a thing of the past!

30 years on with degree in Health Informatics she hopes her skills will ensure innovation and technology is cohesive, helping staff to deliver the best care for patients in whatever role they do.

She says: “Everyone who works in the Trust is important in the patient journey”

Term of Office

Three years (expiry date 2 December 2022)
First appointed/elected 2 December 2019

 

Professor Raphaela Kane, Liverpool John Moores University, Appointed Governor 

Profile coming soon.

 

Professor Graham Kemp, University of Liverpool, Appointed Governor

Graham grew up in Essex, trained in medicine at Oxford, and after specialising in clinical biochemistry became a full-time medical academic researcher and teacher. He has spent nearly 25 years at the University of Liverpool, where he is a professor and a head of department, with particular responsibilities in research ethics, PhD training and clinical research.

He said: "The health of the public increasingly depends on high-quality clinical research, in which hospital trusts and universities both play a crucial role. Being a Governor is a valuable opportunity to support that relationship." 

Term of Office
Three years (expiry date 2 December 2022)
First appointed/elected 2 December 2019

 

Kathryn Drury, Edge Hill University, Appointed Governors

Kathryn qualified as a registered nurse in 1985. she went on to have a nursing career in gynaecology and assisted conception before completing her degree in specialist community public health nursing and moving to work with children and young people in the community.

In 2005 Kathryn became a nurse lecturer and has progressed her career in nurse education, with a specific focus on work-based and practice learning. Kathryn is a firm believer that via education and training we can develop confident and competent professionals who deliver high quality safe care.

She said: "Being a governor is an excellent way to support the trust to grow and develop the workforce in a way that allows individual staff to reach their potential and ensures patients are cared for by the best staff the region has to offer."

Term of Office

Three years (expiry date 2 December 2022)

First appointed/elected 2 December 2019

 

Anthony Carr , Sefton Council Appointed Governor

Profile coming soon.

Term of Office

Three years (expiry date 2 December 2022)

First appointed/elected 1 July 2020

 

Cllr Linda Mooney, Knowsley Council, Appointed Governor

Linda has worked within the education sector in Knowsley for 30 years, where she practiced in mainstream and special education.  In addition, she has had 30 years’ experience as a School Governor. 

Linda is heavily involved in community groups including a local networking group and working at a local level for two national charities.  She believes her special attributes are honesty, integrity, enthusiasm, passion and commitment.

Linda has been a Knowsley resident for over 60 years and always strives to do what is right and just, to improve the lives of the people who live there.  With this consideration and by listening effectively to the views and experiences of the residents, she endeavours to do her utmost to make a positive contribution in making the best decisions, sometimes, under extremely difficult circumstances.

She says “I am passionate about the NHS, it is my privilege to represent the interests of the public to develop stronger links between the trust and the community, in ensuring that the new structure provides opportunities to further improve care for all.”

Term of Office

Three years (expiry date 2 December 2022)
First appointed/elected 2 December 2019

 

Roz Gladden Liverpool City Council, Appointed Governor

Profile coming soon.

 

Val O’Donnell, Voluntary Sector, YPAS, Appointed Governor

Profile coming soon.