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.


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.


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.


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

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.


Derek Brown

Photograph of Derek Brown public governor for nottinghamshire healthcareDeclarations 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. 


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 AstleDeclarations of Interest - 

  • 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




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. 


Noah de Sousa Noah de Sousa

Declarations of interest - no interest declared

About me:

I am a third year psychology undergraduate. During my studies I developed an interest in mental health and forensic psychology. This includes work on patient care and issues relating to the organisations providing care. Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust has one of only three high secure hospitals (Rampton) in the country. 

As a member of the Council of Governors I hope to be able to influence and improve the future delivery and development of all trust services, but especially forensic and high secure services.


Aneeta Singh

Declarations of interest - no interest declared

About me:

I have been a long term sufferer of a mental illness (Bipolar) since I was 8 years old and have an in-depth understanding of the Nottinghamshire Healthcare Trust and their care. I believe I can be a true voice for the many people who are currently going through assessments and treatments and can offer an insight into how the trust can grow and improve in a positive way, from a patient's point of view. 

I currently volunteer with the charity Shelter, and I truly believe in giving back to the community and helping others. I am passionate about promoting mental health provision and reducing the stigma surrounding it. I believe it is important to encourage people from all communities to access mental health care when they need it, and make it an inclusive service. 


We currently have one Governor vacancy in the Nottinghamshire County constituency.

Public Governors - South Yorkshire and East Midlands



Paul Longhorn Paul Longhorn

Declaration of Interest - no interest declared






Ajay Aggarwal

Ajay Aggarwal Declaration 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.

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 Pallab Majumder

Dr Pallab MajumberConstituency - Medical

Declaration of Interest - no interest declared

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.


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.

Helen Caldwell

Helen Caldwell Constituency - 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







Constituency - Nursing




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.


Ryan Knight Ryan Knight

Constituency - Non-Clinical Support

Declaration of interest - no interest declared

About me:

In my job as  Apprenticeship Officer at the Trust, I work closely with clinical and non- clinical Staff. 
Due to my Job I have great knowledge about what happens in the background on referral processing and the admin side on the job and the impact any changes could affect the admin teams as well as the community teams, I would be able to voice opinions and concerns to help with the processing.

I am friendly, outgoing easy to talk to. I feel I could represent my staff group to voice concerns or opinions and to give insight on a different prospective of the impact any changes could have.

Partner Governors


Lucy Robinson Lucy Robinson

Declarations on interest - no interest declared

Class - Chamber of Commerce






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.


Kathy Thomas

Kathy ThomasDeclarations of interest: no interest declared

Class - Third Sector Organisation (Barnardo's) 

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 .


Roshan Das Nair

Roshan Das Nair Declarations of interest - 

  • 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.


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



Class - Healthwatch


Class - Third Sector Organisation


Class - Nottingham City Council



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