Partner Governors


Paddy Tipping Paddy Tipping

Declaration 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 Gardiner

Declaration 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

Declaration of Interest:

Class - Nottinghamshire County Council


Angela KandolaAngela Kandola

Declaration 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 Thomas

Declaration 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

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.