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Public Governors

John Morrissey

John Morrissey

Governor's Personal Statement

I have had the honour of serving as public governor for Amber Valley South for almost three years. As you will know the Trust has had much adverse publicity: though not undeserved this has, I have felt, tended to overshadow the great work that has throughout been done for and with those who have needed our help (and their families). Derbyshire Healthcare has more than ninety clinical teams in the field and it has been my privilege to visit more than half of them to learn first-hand about their work and observe their enthusiasm. I have lived for most of my life in Amber Valley. I went to school in Belper where I worked for thirty-seven years as a GP. The Trust has always, of course, been in partnership with other organisations and this is now more obviously a necessity than ever in the past. I have observed how the Trust is always trying to work more efficiently while striving to improve its services. I have attended public meetings in Heanor and Belper where local services have been discussed. Attendance at Board meetings has shown how the complex organisation evolves while maintaining the human touch. I have felt that my local connection has helped me as your representative on the Trust's Council of Governors of which I have been lead governor in the past year. Governors have become better informed, better trained and more effective in their role of representing the public interest and holding the Trust Board to account.

Dr John Morrissey

LEAD GOVERNOR

Amber Valley

Amber Valley

Email: governors@derbyshcft.nhs.uk

Election Period:  Feb 2017-Jan 2020

Carole Riley

Carole Riley

Governor's Personal Statement

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

Mrs Carole Riley

DEPUTY LEAD GOVERNOR

Derby City

Derby City East

Email: governors@derbyshcft.nhs.uk

Election Period:  Mar 2016-Mar 2019

 

 

VACANT

GOVERNOR

Amber Valley

Amber Valley

 

 

VACANT

GOVERNOR

Bolsover and North East Derbyshire

Bolsover and North East Derbyshire

Martin Rose

Martin Rose

Governor's Personal Statement

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

Martin Rose

GOVERNOR

Bolsover and North East Derbyshire

Bolsover and North East Derbyshire

Email: governors@derbyshcft.nhs.uk

Election Period:¬† 8 November 2017 ‚Äď 7 November 2020

Lynda Langley

Lynda Langley

Governor's Personal Statement

Lynda's area of expertise is that of business management, administration, logistics, accounts and customer service. Her role included being an NVQ Assessor. Part of her responsibility was that of internal quality assurance, therefore, she is acquainted with the standards required within the workplace. Having taken early retirement from her lecturing post, Lynda now has sufficient time to collaborate with patients, carers and staff to work towards an increase in public satisfaction.

Mrs Lynda Langley

GOVERNOR

Chesterfield

Chesterfield

Email: governors@derbyshcft.nhs.uk

Election Period:  Mar 2016-Mar 2019

Adrian Rimington

Adrian Rimington

Governor's Personal Statement

I am a person of lived experience in mental health. I also run two mental health self-help groups, Rethink MASH and Rethink Good Companions. The aims of the group are to promote wellbeing and to avoid admission to acute inpatient mental health units by keeping ‚Äúwell‚ÄĚ. I also serve on the Diocesan Mental Health Steering Group for the Church of England. I hold the Bishop‚Äôs badge for services to mental health. I am also well known throughout the county as a Mental Health Activist. I featured in The Derbyshire Times last September, campaigning against people on benefits paying Council Tax. There are many mentally ill people on benefits, mental health being the largest cause of disability. I bring my experience to the Council of Governors, and will ‚Äútell it as it is‚ÄĚ from a patients point of view in order to improve matters.

Mr Adrian Rimington

GOVERNOR

Chesterfield

Chesterfield

Email: governors@derbyshcft.nhs.uk

Election Period:  April 2018-Sept 2020

Gillian Hough

Gillian Hough

Governor's Personal Statement

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

Mrs Gillian Hough

GOVERNOR

Derby City

Derby City East

Email: governors@derbyshcft.nhs.uk

Election Period:  Mar 2016-Mar 2019

Moira Kerr

Moira Kerr

Governor's Personal Statement

I said to you three years ago, I will not stay silent until Derbyshire's needs are met. Since then I have been proactive as a governor during difficult times, such as when our most senior managers betrayed the Trust through failure to follow due process and lost an expensive Employment Tribunal. I researched what should have happened, and be happening, and was one of the most informed and outspoken governors during this process. I continually seek information to assure myself that the Trust's processes and best practice are now being followed and have been thorough and fearless in questioning. New challenges lie ahead. Government is asking for savings across the NHS and told Trusts to work together and share services. Negotiations are going ahead for us to merge with Derbyshire Community Trust. This makes sense as both work across the whole of Derbyshire and our mental health and community children's services can benefit from services from one provider, if merging is handled properly. MH continues to be underfunded; waiting times long and services not available but following my repeated requests governors met with the CCG's chief executive and made clear what we expect for MH. We need to ensure that in a merged trust MH, the biggest service provided, gets the priority and funding it needs. Governors can work towards this and I would like your vote for Derby City West as I am in a good position to make this happen. Feel free to contact me at any time.

Rev Moira Kerr

GOVERNOR

Derby City

Derby City West

Email: governors@derbyshcft.nhs.uk

Election Period:  Feb 2017-Jan 2020

Christine Williamson

Christine Williamson

Governor's Personal Statement

I would like to be able to use my previous work and experience with the Trust to help involve and engage with both members and the wider public about the health and wellbeing of the people we serve. I have been involved with the Trust for over nine years as a carer, ambassador, volunteer and membership champion. I have attended over 60 public, stakeholder and carer events over the years and I continue to support membership engagement within the Trust. I have recruited almost a 1000 public members to the Trust and I have built up a positive and productive relationship within the community. I am aware of the huge challenges facing the NHS and that clinical care is at the centre of everything we do.

Christine Williamson

GOVERNOR

Derby City

Derby City West

Email: governors@derbyshcft.nhs.uk

Election Period:  1 Feb 2018 - 30 Sept 2019

Shelley Comery

Shelley Comery

Governor's Personal Statement

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

Mrs Shelley Comery

GOVERNOR

Erewash

Erewash

Email: governors@derbyshcft.nhs.uk

Election Period:  Mar 2016-Mar 2019

Shirish Patel

Shirish Patel

Governor's Personal Statement

I am a Post Graduate Engineer with businesses management experience. I also have a great interest in health and at a personal level practice Yoga and Meditation. After retirement, I have become a Therapist and offer help with Mental/Emotional and Body level issues. Through MacMillan, I have completed a course to support patients and families affected by cancer. I am actively contributing to the following charities: - The Long Eaton and District 50+ Forum ‚Äď as a Treasurer - Gujarat Samaj, an Ethnic charity (Indian Gujarati community) ‚Äď as a Committee Member and Assistant Treasurer. In the past, I have served as a Trustee on the Board of Nottingham Counselling Services. I believe that more can be done in the preventive side of health. Education and early help can prevent manifestation of serious diseases and health problems.

Shirish Patel

GOVERNOR

Erewash

Erewash

Email: governors@derbyshcft.nhs.uk

Election Period:¬† 1 September 2017‚Äď 30 September 2019

 

 

VACANT

GOVERNOR

High Peak and Derbyshire Dales

High Peak and Derbyshire Dales

Rick Cox

Rick Cox

Governor's Personal Statement

My route into community mental health started in 2012 after graduating from the University of Derby where I became director to the trustees of the Grapevine Project, as it was. I then came to manage the newly rebranded Grapevine Wellbeing Centre between 2013 and 2015 establishing many good links with community and voluntary organisations in the local and wider area and building a working relationship with the trust. During this time I played a role in the design and rollout of the Connect to Recovery and Five Ways to Wellbeing Model in Buxton. I was also recommended to stand as the Mental Health Service Receiver Representative for the High Peak on behalf of Derbyshire Voice where I attended various DHCFT stakeholder meetings, presented the work of the Grapevine at various events and was briefly involved in the early days of the DHCFT Neighbourhood Model. Up to now I’m currently on my way to becoming a fully accredited psychodynamic counsellor practicing creative elements of psychosynthesis. I am a graduate member of the British Psychological Society and Division of Counselling Psychology, student member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and Division of Spirituality.

Rick Cox

GOVERNOR

High Peak and Derbyshire Dales

High Peak and Derbyshire Dales

Email: governors@derbyshcft.nhs.uk

Election Period:¬† 8 November 2017 ‚Äď 7 November 2020

Kevin Richards

Kevin Richards

Governor's Personal Statement

Throughout my life I have been honoured and privileged to represent residents of South Derbyshire for over 35 years including within that period the Mining Industry as a full time trade union official, Local Authority as a District Councillor (19 yrs) as well as serving for several years on the South Derbyshire Community Health Council. I have been a Board member of several charitable organisations and believe I have the commitment, discipline, skills and knowledge to further serve South Derbyshire residents. I am a firm believer in the NHS and do not accept the break up and selling off of profitable sections of the service, if you want someone to fight for the continuation and improvements to the NHS please consider voting for me, if you are agreeable and support the privatisation of the NHS, then I am not your man. Thank you for taking the time to read my election statement.

Mr Kevin Richards

GOVERNOR

South Derbyshire

South Derbyshire

Email: governors@derbyshcft.nhs.uk

Election Period:  Feb 2017-Jan 2020

Rosemary Farkas

Rosemary Farkas

Governor's Personal Statement

Rosemary would like to use her dual experience as a service user and mental health professional to help achieve the best possible mental health care for the people of Derbyshire. Having received excellent care within the Trust for the past 15 years, she would like to give something back. Rosemary is also setting up a fund to assist individual service users in their recoveries.

Mrs Rosemary Farkas

GOVERNOR

Surrounding Areas

Surrounding Areas

Email: governors@derbyshcft.nhs.uk

Election Period:  Mar 2016-Mar 2019