Meet your Governors

Nottinghamshire Healthcare has a Council of Governors which consists of 37 Governors comprising:

  • 20 elected public Governors
  • 8 elected staff Governors
  • 8 appointed partner Governors

Find out more about your Governors by visiting the pages on the left. 

If you would like to contact a Governor in your constituency please go to the 'Contact a Governor' page of this website or email 

Public Governors - Nottingham City

Jenny Britten - Lead Governor

Jenny BrittenDeclaration of interest - no interest declared.

About me:

I was a practice manager with a background in psychology. I have a longstanding interest in mental health issues prompted by a family member's need and have a particular interest in removing stigma and rehabilitation. I was a governor before Foundation Trust status was achieved when I was able to learn and understand the role of Governor and something about Nottinghamshire Healthcare. At that time I chaired a communications working group aimed at improving communications between members and the Trust. I was also on the Governor group that helped shape and develop the Members' Council.

I can bring this experience, honesty, objectivity and some understanding of business to the role and hope that as a public Governor and part of the Council I can help promote the best possible service for patients, represent the members while understanding and scrutinising the Trust's operation.


Lorna Marshall

Lorna MarshallDeclarations of interest - no interest declared

About me:

I have been a member of the trust for 10 years.  My background is in both the NHS and the private sector where I worked as a R.G.N and also Nursing Home Manager

I have been a carer for my son for the past 18 years, Wayne has an enduring Mental Health illness. I have also been a service user myself. I feel I have a wide experience within the trust and hope to use this in my role as a Governor. I also hope to be more involved in the volunteering department.


Rebecca Cassidy

Rebecca Cassidy Declarations of interest - no interests declared

About me:

I am a youth worker with experience of working with young people aged 11 to 25 across Nottingham City in the voluntary sector. I have a history of giving back to the local community through volunteering, organising and running events as well as consulting with young people around their needs.

I have ran awareness workshops around mental and physical health to challenge stigma and discrimination. I am also a Mind e-campaigner and on the Time to Change young people’s virtual panel committee.

I have a passion for empowering individuals to achieve goals they thought were not possible due to the obstacles they face whether this be a learning difference or a mental health condition.

I will bring my lived experience of mental health, knowledge of local voluntary and statutory youth services, holding the Trust to account and place the views of the constituents at the fore of all governor decisions.  


Jean-Rene Agbodjan

Jean-Rene AgbodjanDeclarations of interest -  no interest declared

About me:

I am a teacher by initial profession, a theologian and minister by call and a writer by duty to the generations.

I am keen of human beings wellness (a WRAP facilitator since 2009), wellbeing and happiness. My motto is Human Beings Rather and this  also is the title of my book published in 2011.

Caring for Human Beings is my main concern and priority and this is what I have being doing through education, training and communications for decades now. And these are the skills and know how I will bring with me to the Governor position in order to be always part of the solution.


We currently have two Governor vacancies in the Nottingham City constituency.

Public Governors - Nottinghamshire County

Derek Brown

Photograph of Derek Brown public governor for nottinghamshire healthcareDeclaration of interest - no interest declared.

About me:

I am a retired Local Government Senior Manager who worked in both Finance and IT departments. I worked in Nottinghamshire Local Authorities for 38 years and was committed to providing local services for local people, with good governance and achieving best value for public monies.

Since retiring, amongst many things, for the last six years I have been a volunteer at the Adolescent Unit at Thorneywood in Nottingham. I am particularly interested in mental health issues that affect young people and the best service provision locally for our young people, their family and friends

I also feel passionately about anti stigma, inclusion and good service provision that values all and is supportive and relevant for all age groups. 

Having worked in a Local Authority environment under tight budgetary control, I am extremely interested in the financial management of the Trust for the best provision for service users. I have always been a great believer that the greatest asset any organisation is the staff team and know through experience that valuing, respecting and listening to the staff team, leads to innovative, safe, caring and responsive services for local people.

On taking up this new position on the Council of Governors, I hope to contribute to the development and progress of Nottinghamshire Healthcare.

I am an active listener who likes to put ideas into action. I am looking forward to meeting and listening to patients, family, friends, carers, staff and the members of Positive I have been elected to represent about their ideas and thoughts regarding the services and the future of the Trust and the people it serves. 


Linda Bennet

Linda BennettDeclaration of interest - no interest declared

About me:

I am a semi-retired registered nurse, brought up and now residing again in Newark, Nottinghamshire. I love God, family, people, animals, the natural world, nursing and trying to keep fit.

I have nursed at hospitals in Derby, Nottingham, Saudi Arabia, and more recently in Newark. Previous careers have spanned microbiology in the brewing industry in Newark, childrens’ social services with Nottinghamshire County Council, planning in the nuclear industry in Derby, co-owner and manageress of Greek taverna Xante, carer for my father after a stroke, and my mother with dementia.

I am painfully aware of the huge task the Trust is faced with, in restoring satisfactory care in our hospitals and communities. Our staff, agencies and volunteers are working incredibly hard within the continual financial restraints.

I am really pleased to have been elected to the Council of Governors. I look forward to keeping abreast of the agenda and developments, and seeking out and representing public concerns.

My personal passions lie with the demise of care provision for the frail, disadvantaged and elderly, and support for our over-worked health professional and care staff.


Susan Kernahan

Susan KernahanDeclarations of Interest - No interest declared

About me:

I am delighted to have been elected as a Governor and thanks to all those who voted for me.

I am passionate about everything that I do and I get my energy, motivation and satisfaction through working with people and teams to achieve improved outcomes for people.

I was born in Nottingham and trained as a Nurse at The City Hospital and QMC. I entered the commercial healthcare sector early in my career and have had the pleasure of working for global market leading companies, where I progressed my career from sales to Managing Director.

I previously worked as a trustee for a health care charity and currently I am a volunteer for Improving Lives, a charity in Nottingham who support individuals that have a wide range of social needs. As a patient member of my local GP practice and through attendance at local QIPP meetings, I feel I am close to the views of service users, which I believe will allow me to represent them effectively in my Governor role. In addition to my voluntary roles I work as a self-employed health care consultant. In all my roles, both commercial and voluntary, I have supported individuals with many issues and challenges relating to body image, mental health, addiction, domestic violence and loneliness.

I am proud of our NHS and take my role as a Governor very seriously. I will execute my duties through working with the team of other Governors, Non-Executive and Executive Directors of the trust, to provide the best possible care and support to the citizens of Nottinghamshire.

Last but of foremost importance to me, I aim to live life to the full with my wonderful husband Charles, our families and friends and Stanley our Kerry Blue Terrier.


Tad Jones

Tad JonesDeclarations of Interest - no interest declared

About me:

I was born in Nottingham and live in Redhill. I went to local schools before going to Liverpool to study pharmacology, St Andrews for a biochemistry PhD, and then returning for a MA in international relations at Nottingham Trent. I have worked in the NHS since 2009, first at the City Hospital and QMC, and currently work for the Health Research Authority in Nottingham. 

As a Governor I want to make sure every person involved with the Trust is treated with dignity, compassion and respect. Everyone has a right to be heard and I will listen to these voices to guide me. 


Teresita Martin-Browning

Teresita Martin-BrowningDeclarations of Interest - no interest declared

About me:

I am Teresita Martin-Browning, originally from Manila, Philippines. I came to the UK in 1974 to commence nurse training at Saxondale Hospital. I have worked in adult mental health, on wards and in the community and in forensic units. I have worked as Enrolled Nurse, Staff Nurse, Deputy Ward manager, Community Psychiatric Nurse (CPN) and Clinical Team Leader.

When I was involved in Practice Development research, I was passionate about valuing the opinion and experiences of service users, carers and staff. As a Governor I will maintain that passion.

The last project I took part in before I retired was “Releasing Time to Care” which set out to identify efficiencies in practical tasks that would enable staff to focus more on therapeutic time spent with service users. My specific project in that initiative was to devise a new method for safe and efficient administration of medication. What could be more important than having valuable therapeutic time.

As an ambassador for the trust I will maintain my positivity, openness and honesty to support the vision and the objectives of the trust. I will however challenge and decision-making that I don’t think will benefit the public.


Anita Astle

Anita AstleDeclaration of Interest - listed below

  • Managing Director of Wren Hall Nursing Home
  • 50 percent ownership of Wren Hall Nursing Home
  • Director of Nottinghamshire Care Association
  • Co-researcher of funded research with Nottinghamshire Healthcare


John Wood

John WoodDeclaration of Interest - No interest declared

About me:

I first became a member of the Trust in December 2009 as a result of encouragement from my daughter, who has worked as a qualified nurse in the NHS for many years (currently as a Nottingham based Community Psychiatric Nurse).

I worked for 30 years in senior Personnel Management positions, initially within the printing industry and subsequently at Board level in the food and drink sector.

Following a successful career within private business I then ran my own Human Resources consultancy for several years, carrying out assignments for many blue-chip clients, before finally retiring.

Since 2005 I have also been heavily involved as a volunteer in the Neighbourhood Watch movement, and recently completed a 2 year period as Chair of Nottinghamshire Neighbourhood Watch.

During my working life and subsequent involvement within the voluntary sector, I amassed a wealth of experience at senior management level.


Jim Aleander

Jim AleanderDeclaration of Interest - No interest declared






Julie Walton

Julie WaltonDeclaration of Interest - Director at Julie Walton Consultancy Limited





Dean Repper

Dean RepperDeclaration on Interest -

  • Company Director at Trent Psychological Therapies Services
  • Company Director at ARC Community Interest Company

Public Governors - South Yorkshire and East Midlands

Pam Beech Pam Beech

Declarations of Interest - no interest declared






Paul Longhorn Paul Longhorn

Declaration of Interest - no interest declared







Public Governors - The rest of England and Wales

George Ross

George RossDeclaration of Interest - no interest delcared

About me:

I am a previous employee of Nottinghamshire Healthcare Trust; leaving in 2014 after 13 years at Rampton Hospital. Before this, I worked in many different hospitals and trusts and have great deal of experience in understanding the problems and concerns of patients, carers and staff.

I believe the NHS to be a great institution which can deliver exceptional care. However, the pressures on it are significant. And these are unlikely to lessen in the near future.

I hope my input as a governor of the trust can help foster a culture of openness and transparency through meaningful communication among patients, their carers, staff and the community.


Gbenga 'Gbemiga' Shadare

Gbenga ShadareDeclaration of Interest:

  • Director of Africa@UK Limited and African Research Alliance
  • Director 3AAG Limited

About me:

Since 2010, I have been an active member of the Nottinghamshire NHS. I graduated from the University of Nottingham (Masters) and am currently completing my doctorate degree at the University of Sheffield. My research interest includes public policy, social policy, political sociology, social work in developing contexts and the evolution of the welfare state. I am fully in support of keeping the NHS core principles and values as they are, but with significant investments that will produce innovations and improvements in critical areas.

 I am extremely passionate about service excellence and innovation and this will drive me during my tenure as Governor. I hope to bring this special interest and other expertise to the Board, in the hope that it would allow me engage with others in exploring ways we can collectively improve on service user engagements and service delivery across all levels at the Trust. I hope to actively engage with the public and membership across the health region whilst I am on the board. 

With my previous executive management and leadership experience in areas as diverse as finance, banking, asset management, risk management, security printing and management consulting, I am hoping to bring these skills to bear in my role as a Governor working with other colleagues to ensure that our NHS Governance is anchored on service excellence principles of transparency, quality service and commitment to optimising resources. I am currently an international development practitioner working in developing regions to help improve public health, social and educational outcomes within disadvantaged communities. 

I am a father and have a very fulfilled relationship with my partner.

Staff Governors

Dr Pallab Majumder

Dr Pallab MajumberConstituency - Medical

About me:

Dr Pallab Majumder; MBBS; MRCPsych; MD; PhD  

Dr Majumder works as a Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist for Nottingham City CAMHS Looked After Children’s Team. He is also an Honorary Assistant Professor at the University of Nottingham and his research and academic interests include mental health of refugee children, mental health of looked after children and post graduate medical education. Dr Majumder also works as the Training Programme Director for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry training scheme in Health Education England – East Midlands.


Dr Mike Marriott

Constituency - Allied Health Professionals

Dr Mike MarriottDeclarations of interest:

  • Parent Governor for William Lilley Infant School, Stapleford
  • Academic Staff at Nottingham Trent University, which is seeking to develop arrangements related to training and research with the Trust
  • I oversee a programme of Clinical Research in the Trust, but hold no financial power in this regard  

About me:

I am a clinical psychologist, and have worked with the Trust since first qualifying in 2007. Since that time, I have worked for various parts of the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS), most recently having helped to set up the new Eating Disorder Team. I now work primarily for Nottingham Trent University lecturing in the Department of Psychology, but maintain a clinical role in the Eating Disorder Team. I am passionate about the importance of supporting people at their times of most significant need, and I believe that the Trust is a wonderful vehicle for this to be done well; equally, I am passionate about the importance of our staff feeling competent, safe, and able to exercise their professional skills in meeting the varied needs of the community we serve.


Helen Caldwell

Helen CaldwellConstituency - Allied Health Professionals

Declaration of Interest - no interest declared

About me:

I am a physiotherapist who has worked within the NHS for the past 9 years. Prior to this I worked in the private advertising/marketing sector, gaining an MBA along the way, so feel I bring a business head alongside my clinical background. Within my clinical role, I have rotated throughout different specialities, both acute & community, physical health & mental health and have worked with some wonderful, kind and compassionate AHPs on the way. This, along with a strong belief in the NHS, has spurred me to want to become a staff governor to ensure our staff feel safe & supported, to deliver the best possible care for our patients. AHP’s are fundamental to the progressive changes facing the NHS, and as such it is vital for their viewpoints to be heard.


Graham Woodward

Graham WoodwardConstituency - Nursing

Declaration of interest - no interest declared




Corrine Hendy

Corrine HendyConstituency - Clinical Support

Declaration of interest:

  • Co-Chair Open Dialogue Nottingham community group service user/carers group 
  • Co-applicant on NIHR programme grant for five year RCT in NHS 

About me:

I have been employed as a peer support worker for six years, working in inpatient and community teams. In 2011 I developed an interest in Open Dialogue, a family therapy based approach which has achieved remarkable outcomes for people in distress. I co-founded a group with a vision to explore how we could implement this locally. In partnership with the Trust we have held five conferences led by international leaders free of charge for over 480 members of the public and staff. As an associate lecturer at the University of Nottingham I teach nursing students dialogical ways of working. I believe passionately in a system that promotes and actively seeks the voice of staff and people who use services to collectively build upon what has been achieved so far. I have listened to staff comments and opinions over the years and I know the dedication and commitment my colleagues and peers have to deliver high quality care to the people and families we support. I feel very honoured to be considered for the position of staff Governor and represent my colleagues over the next two years. I bring a wide breadth of experience and common sense approach to issues faced by staff and the organisation. In the past I have worked for HMRC on a national project to support staff wellbeing on behalf of the chair recognising and celebrating achievements


Tony Bradstock

Tony BradstockConstituency - Non-Clinical Support

Declaration of interest - no interest declared

About me:

I started working for the Trust in 2009 at Bassetlaw Hospital, before moving to my current position of an associate lecturer in the Education Team at Rampton Hospital. I have been working within mental health services for 20 years. Initially in homelessness; working in drop-in centres, hostels, with rough sleepers and managing an outreach and resettlement project. In becoming a Governor Member I will ensure that the views of the Trust's service users, carers and staff contribute to the Trust's future direction, growth and development. I will to do this by visiting areas, meeting teams and responding to and feeding back on issues raised. I have particular interests around increasing the educational opportunities for our service users and also want to promote the excellent developmental opportunities available for staff. As a Governor Member, I believe I can offer a representative perspective on developing and enhancing services in line with the Trust's priorities and services user needs.

We currently have one Governor vacancy in the clinical support constituency.

Partner Governors

Paddy Tipping

Paddy TippingDeclaration of interest - listed below

Police and Crime Commissioner for Nottinghamshire

Non Executive Chair for Nottinghamshire LIFTCos

Chair for Nottinghamshire Community Foundation

Class - Police and Crime

About me:

Former MP Paddy Tipping, Nottinghamshire’s first Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), was re-elected with an overwhelming majority in May 2016. Chair of the Police Reform and Transformation Board and the Business Enablers sub-committee, he has been at the forefront of the debate on police funding and the calls for modernisation of the police service. He is the Labour-party’s lead on police finance matters and also sits on the Board of the Police ICT company. In addition, he was asked to Chair the Governance Sub-Committee of the Specialist Capabilities Programme which is currently examining how best the Police can respond to new challenges in the changing policing landscape. As an MP he served in a several government positions, undertook a number of efficiency studies for the then Prime Minister Tony Blair and was closely involved in the Lawrence Inquiry.


Rob Gardiner

Rob GardinerDeclaration of interest - 

Holds a position of authority within the Carers Federation Ltd

Class - Carers Federation

About me:

As a resident of Nottingham since 1980 I have been involved in various initiatives aimed at making tangible improvements in the lives of citizens of the city.

My working life has focused on social care and health. I worked in social work for Nottinghamshire before spending 12 years as Regional Counselling Manager for ChildLine. I am currently Deputy Chief Executive for Carers Federation having started working for them in 2005. I Chair the Trust's Community of Interest for carers, families and friends. I am a member of Nottingham City Safeguarding Adults Partnership Board and a Director of CF Trading Company Ltd. I recently became a member of the interim Board for Healthwatch Nottingham and sit on the CCG People's Council.

I have been living with my partner for over 30 years and we have two delightful boys.

Councillor Steve Vickers

Councillor Steve VickersDeclaration of Interest:

Class - Nottinghamshire County Council






Angela Kandola

Angela KandolaDeclaration of interest: Chief Executive of AWAAZ

Labour Councillor for Nottingham City Council

Class - Awaaz 

About me:

I am the Chief Executive of AWAAZ “Voice for ALL BME Communities" a Charity Incorporated organisation that delivers mental health, substance misuse, offending and homelessness and domestic violence support to the BAME communities in Nottingham. I have been working in this field since 1994 and have excellent links within the communities and faith groups. Over the years I have worked with communities to break down barriers an d stigma especially around mental health and now over 50% of referrals to our organisation are directly from the communities we serve.

I was one of the first governors before Nottinghamshire Healthcare became a Foundation Trust and served four years, so I am aware of the logistics that go with the role.

I am also a newly elected Labour Councillor for Nottingham City Council as well as an Executive Assistant for Energy and Welcome Nottingham.

I can bring a lot of experience and knowledge from a community perspective as well as from a BAME experience around accessing mainstream services as we engage regularly with the Acute wards as wells as Community Mental Health teams.


Kathy Thomas

Kathy ThomasDeclaration of interest: No interest declared

Class - Barnardos 

About me:

I began my working life as a Nursey Officer in Day Nurseries working for Derbyshire County Council and undertook various management roles across the authority until 2005 when I decided I needed a new challenge; during this time , I also became a qualified Social Worker.

I was successful in gaining a Service Manager post with Barnardo’s and have remained here since that time, this role  focussed on operational service delivery.

My current role is  that of Assistant Director – Children’s Services and as such I am  strategically accountable for a wide variety of service provision, some examples of this being; Family Support, Leaving Care, Palliative Care, CSE, Youth Inclusion, Therapy services, Young Carers and Advocacy. I also work pro-actively with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders to help influence change and shape future service delivery and design  in order to create better outcomes for children, young people and their families .


Adisa Djan

Declaration of interest:

Class - Nottingham City Council


Roshan Das Nair

Roshan Das Nair Declaration of interest - listed below

  • Member of the NIHR Health Services and Delivery Research Board
  • Received funding from Novartis and Biogen for presenting lectures
  • Vice-chair of the MS Society’s Grant Review Panel 2
  • Research & Innovation Lead (Surgical Division) – Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust
  • External Partners Lead, School of Medicine Research Executive, University of Nottingham
  • Chair of the NIHR Research for Patient Benefit East Midlands Regional Advisory Committee

Class - The University of Nottingham

About me:

I am Professor of Clinical Psychology & Neuropsychology at the University of Nottingham and the Institute of Mental Health. My research focuses on developing and evaluating healthcare programmes to support people who have multiple sclerosis, stroke, or brain injuries. I have worked as a clinician with the NHS in Nottingham since 2004, prior to which I worked in health and academic settings in Zambia and India.


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