Meet your Governors

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

  • 21 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

Steve How                                                                 

Declaration of interest - no interest declared.Steve How

About me:

I believe that we (as citizens, patients and carers) should be actively ensuring the NHS is engaging service users and carers in developing services and assuring quality, as we understand, first-hand our needs, and can help the NHS in achieving more effective and efficient care. Independent public service assurance is essential and, I believe, requires a deep understanding of the healthcare environment. Coupled with a commitment to engage with the trust, a willingness to reach out to a public network, the ability look in from the outside without an agenda and then to speak up. As a service user, I have long been committed to supporting local health and care in Nottingham.

I have extensive experience in public engagement and assurance with the health sector, previously as an NHS governor, with Nottinghamshire Healthcare (2010-2019) and previously, South Staffordshire and Shropshire NHSFT (2007-2010). As Chair of the Citizens Council, I was a board member of the Mid Notts Integrated Care Partnership (2017-2019). I have been very active in developing public engagement and experience across Nottingham with the Integrated Care System.


Helen Drury                                                                   

Declarations of interest - no interest declaredHelen Drury

About me:

I have worked with the Involvement Team historically and have a passion for areas such as Mental Health, a subject close to my heart.

I have worked as a teacher within the Nottingham inner city Comprehensive schools for thirty years, and also have an interest and passion in relation to the subject of Special Needs, a complex area that is in need of as much support and improvement as possible.

I am a former Nottingham Magistrate of seven years, involving complicated decisions and coming into contact with a cross section of society.

I am a school Governor of a primary school, which currently allows me the opportunity to observe and gain an insight into this age group, as an extension of the experience with older children. I am Supportive of the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service.


Anthea Mutepfa

Anthea MutepfaDeclarations of interest -  no interest declared

About me:

Like many others, I have been fortunate enough to receive excellent services when accessing Nottinghamshire Healthcare. Furthermore, I have actively participated in Patient and Public Involvement both as a patient and clinician. I am an advocate for excellent service quality for all, proven in my clinical experiences where I gained an understanding of the obstacles to good service quality and how they may be overcome through Patient and Public Involvement initiatives. I look to carry forth my drive for accountability in following the Trust's vision and values through the Council of Governors.

In my clinical training I essentially grasped a thorough understanding of the way in which the NHS commissions its services through the various frameworks outlined by NHS England. Looking back at the white paper, Equity and Excellence: liberating the NHS, I have the comprehension to prudently assimilate the status quo of services provided by Nottinghamshire Healthcare through the various indicators set by the NHS Outcomes Framework, Public Health England and the Department of Health. In my previous tenure as a member of the NHS West Midlands Healthcare Scientist Trainee Board, I acquired experience of working as a team in negotiating action plans to address meeting agendas. I am confident in my ability to participate productively in the council of governors which equally shares such responsibilities.

Olorunyomi Adeyemi

Declarations of Interest - no interest declared

About me:

I worked for the Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS trust from 2004. During the time of working for them, I noticed the need for representation in some important areas. There is a need for a change and as an agent of change for both BAME and entire ethnic groups I wish to bring about positive change.

I am a dual Qualified graduate nurse (RGN, RMN) BSc(Hons) PGCert with a Post Graduate qualification in Counselling Studies. I have completed a master training in Counselling from The University of Nottingham. 


Lina Song-Appleton Lina Song-Appleton

Declarations of Interest - no interest declared

About me:

I immigrated from China to the UK over 30 years ago. During the past decades in the UK as a British citizen, I have shared with many other citizens in the country receiving higher education, bringing up my children and enjoying the country's welfare system. I truly believe that UK's NHS is the best model for human development. The view of such is not only from my own life experience, but also my research on various healthcare systems across the world that include East Asia, Africa, America and that of EU. I believe my knowledge in the area would contribute to the management of NHS.

I am an economist with an expertise in public policy. My PhD received in the University of Oxford focused on the policies of migration and human resource management. My over 30 years' research career allows me a skill of policy evaluation in both quantitative and qualitative methods. My academic background as a professor in economic and social policy has given me an insight to judge in detail whether a good healthcare system is efficient and effective; and whether the system funded by the tax-payers has benefited all those entitled.



Public Governors - Nottinghamshire County

Jim Aleander

Jim Aleander - Lead Governor

Declarations of Interest - 

  • Managing Director of Principalian Properties Ltd
  • Chair of Cruse Bereavement Support, East Midlands

About me:

I was delighted to be elected as a governor for the county area in May 2019 and became Lead Governor in 2020. My background is in the education sector, so there has been much to learn about the Trust and the world of NHS governance. This Foundation Trust provides a remarkable set of highly skilled and professional services across a range of health needs.

As a governor I believe our most important contribution is to represent patients and members to the best of our ability. The Trust gives us every opportunity to engage with services, ask questions and contribute to its plans and direction.

ln my professional life I have been a Principal of Colleges of Further Education and served as a National Leader of Governance in that sector. I have experience of contributing to governance in the education and charity services, including until recently as a trustee at Portland College, Mansfield, which serves people with disabilities. I chair the Nottinghamshire branch of Cruse, the bereavement services charity.


Teresita Martin-Browning

Tess 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.


Julie Walton

Julie WaltonDeclarations of Interest - no interest declared







Sally Savage Sally Savage

Declarations of interest - no interest declared

About me:

I qualified as a nurse in Nottingham in 1986 and worked in health and social care until my retirement earlier this year.  I am committed to contributing to the wellbeing of my local community and feel my skills and experience could help the Trust to improve for the benefit of that community and individuals. I am particularly passionate about giving all our children and young people the best start in life, and experience has taught me that the people who know best about what would help are the young people and families themselves and the staff who work directly with them.  As a Governor I would be privileged to ensure as wide a range of views as possible influence decision making at every level. 


Julie Thorpe Julie Thorpe

Declarations of interest - no interest delcared

About me:

I am an experienced advocate and a champion for clear communication and ensuring there is shared understanding. I believe in honesty, integrity, openness and plain speaking.

Since 2011 and immediately after the Winterbourne View Panorama exposure I have worked with the Care Quality Commission, NHS England and a number of Clinical Commissioning Groups on their Expert by Experience Initiatives to raise the profile of the voices of people who use services and their carers. 

I have lived experience as a carer - in learning disability, autism, behaviour that can be seen as challenging, dementia and end of life care. 

I have lived experience of working in the public, private, and voluntary sector, for the last 15 years as a Director of a social enterprise. 


Jasvinder Singh Lidder Jasvinder Singh Lidder

Declarations of interest - no interest declared

About me:

With 43 years of working in the NHS, I retired as a consultant in old age Psychiatry. I have experience of the demands of the private sector, and difficulties in the current climate of successfully obtaining the necessary finances. Showing accountability, and objectivity in being open to all kinds of communications is a very delicate skill set, which I believe I have. Listening with honesty to the needs of the community involved requires a show of intregrity which at times can be difficult and somewhat frustrating on account of high level management confidentiality. By exercising informed judgement and taking into account outcomes of previous mistakes, one can show great skill for adjustment, moulding and balance to enable the safe delivery of effective realistic goals.


Public Governors - South Yorkshire and East Midlands

Ajay Aggarwal

Ajay AggarwalDeclaration of Interest - no interest declared

About me:

My motivation is to work for the community, to focus on ethnicity and health, to identify and develop specific health agendas (e.g. Mental health, diabetes, cardio -vascular disease, cancer, drugs, alcohol, and social isolation), try to develop a common strategy to address the requirements of different BME groups and beyond, to understand more about the health and social care principles and challenges faced by the NHS at different levels.

I have been involved in the voluntary sector for a long time and have associated with different organizations at different levels. This has given me opportunities to scrutinize and challenge established narratives, to think independently, analytically, to maintain the confidentiality, to promote an effective communication, and to initiate a meaningful dialogue to understand their concerns. 

I have a very good understanding of cultural diversity and awareness of working with different groups in the community. I can share my vision to promote equity and diversity, dignity and respect through positive action and inclusion, to support marginalized section of the society and to deliver best health services to all.


Dan Willmott Dan Willmott

Declaration of Interest - no interest declared

About me:

I have been in public service for the majority of my adult life working in a number of managerial and technical roles. My number one aim has always been professional, open, and committed to the task however large or small.  During my life, I have lived in many different communities, this will provide me with a good understanding of the audience in the East Midland from an urban to a rural community. Look to the future, my aim is to ensure that the NHS moves forward, learns from the past both positive and negative points, take all learning points and move forward with a clear vison and openness to benefit all our communities.

I have worked in many diverse and challenging roles, with this experience over the last 35 years, I can bring this experience and knowledge of working with different and diverse communities from across the globe in challenging environments.

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 completed my doctorate degree (Phd) at the University of Sheffield. My research interest includes public policy, social policy, political sociology, social work in developing contexts and welfare state theory. 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 Ola Juniad Dr Ola Junaid

Constituency - Medical

Declaration of Interest - no interest declared

About me:

I have worked for the Trust since 1987 in a variety of capacities including consultant psychiatrist, Clinical Director, Associate Medical Director and Chair of the SMSC. In addition I have been a Non Executive Director of the MHAC. I have experience as a clinician and as a senior manager. I am also currently a Trustee of a local charity, Improving Lives. I still have energy, enthusiasm and a determination to ensure the Trust provides the highest quality services possible and is a great place to work.


Rhian Saville Rhian Saville

Constituency - Allied Health Professionals                    

About me:

I am a music therapist who has recently celebrated 25 years working in Nottinghamshire Healthcare Foundation Trust. I have worked across a variety of clinical services over the years in CAMHS, Adult Mental Health and Intellectual and Developmental Disability. I have worked with the elderly and I also currently have a part time role in the voluntary sector with young adults with profound and multiple disabilities. 

I am passionate about engaging meaningfully with others and I feel can bring this diverse range of experience to the role of staff governor. AHPs form a fundamental role within our Trust. I have worked closely with many inspiring colleagues over the years and believe it is important that our voices are heard and represented effectively.



Graham Woodward

Graham WoodwardConstituency - Nursing

Declaration of interest - no interest declared

Over the past 25 years I have worked as a nurse within the Trust and want to give something back by contributing my experience, skills and abilities. I am passionate about preserving the NHS, and especially Nottinghamshire Healthcare, as a force for improving the life and well-being of our community both at a local level, and the contribution we can make nationally, as a centre of learning.

I have been a Governor for almost 3 years, now in my second term and will continue working with the Trust Board to move the trust forward.  I am particularly keen to help ensure that the Trust continues to focus on balancing the competing priorities and challenges it faces today, and in the future, whilst safeguarding its principal purpose of providing high quality health care to our community and the wider population.




Alison Fayers Alison Fayers

Constituency - Nursing

Declaration of interest - no interest declared

About me:

I've worked for the NHS for 25 years and  I'm dedicated and compassionate towards the needs of our patients.

I bring knowledge, ethics, diversity, compassion, direction and focus on local and government issues ensuring a high standard of care is delivered through evidence based practice. Ensuring staff have the support to deliver our services including in difficult times. Mentor staff to have a voice on the delivery of services to our patience's and they have the support from senior management. I have excellent communication and listening skills with an open door service ensuring both employees and patients have healthy mental and physical well being.





Linda Teague Linda Teague

Constituency - Clinical Support

Declaration of interest - no interest declared

About me:

I have been working within the NHS for 10 years. Originally this was a paediatrics Physiotherapy Technical Instructor role, recently this changed to a Therapy Support Worker.

I am hard working and a strong believer in the NHS and its values.  I have, and do, work with a wide age range of children/young people  between 3-19 years of age. I believe in offering them my full support as part of my role. I have a strong voice and believe in loyalty and honesty, both within my role and personally. I am not afraid to share my opinion, whilst still respecting other people's. I listen well to other people and hard work in any situation, with both compassion and empathy at the forefront. 


Malcolm Streets

Malcolm Streets Constituency - Clinical Support

Declaration of interest: no interest declared

About me:

I started working for the Medical Out of Hours Team  based at Bassetlaw Hospital in 2010 as a driver, Since then our service has grown to meet the increased demands of Bassetlaw such that I and my colleagues have retrained to become Health Assistant/Drivers doing GP home visits out of hours. It is very rewarding and challenging with a very steep learning curve.

On a personal note, I love rugby union, gardening and have adopted two rescue dogs (Tetley & Mable) so end up doing a lot of walking. As a staff governor, I am keen to support all the wonderful hard working staff of Nottinghamshire Healthcare. I like straight talking and don't like getting the run around. I believe in our staff and have witnessed first hand the extra mile they all go to when  looking after our patients. I am honest, hard working, a good listener with a real passion for the NHS and all that it stands for.



Non-Clinical Support


Allied Health Professionals

Partner Governors


Lucy Robinson Lucy Robinson

Declarations on interest - no interest declared

Class - Chamber of Commerce








Councillor Dr John DoddyCouncillor Dr John Doddy

Declaration of interest -

  • Owner of Hickings Lane Medical Centre
  • Director of Nowenigma Ltd
  • Director of Hopedesk Ltd

Class - Nottinghamshire County Council



Councillor Linda Woodings

Declarations on interest - no interest declared

Class - Nottingham City Council



Class - Healthwatch


Class - The University of Nottingham

2 Vacancies

Class - Third Sector Organisation



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