Public Governors - Nottingham City
Jenny Britten - Lead Governor
Declaration of interest - no interest declared.
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.
Declaration of interest - no interest declared
I have lived and been educated in Nottingham since I was nine years old, having emigrated from Jamaica to join my parents in the early 60s.
I have worked for the majority of my life in the public sector, whilst at the same time doing voluntary work in the African Caribbean community.
I have held a number of voluntary public positions in previous years. I have chaired a number of sub committees i.e. Recruitment and Selection, Grievance and Discipline, undertaken the Hays Evaluation (pay structure). I have chaired a black board member group for the National Probation Service. I have been the vice chair of the Independent Advisory Group (critical friend to the police), I am currently a director of the Renewal Trust; currently working with a Chayah Development Project a black project working with young girls, young women and young men who have been affected by gun crime. My role is from a management perspective.
I have done a lot of work for the British Heart Foundation and have been regularly used in their publication to raise the issue of high blood pressure within the African Caribbean community.
I have held senior and middle management positions; managed staff; managed a training programme (Local Authority), managed budget in excess of £3/4 million. I started training as a person centred counsellor – however I felt the need to give back to the organisation which trained me.
I have personal experience of alzheimer’s/dementia and how it affects families and the person suffering from it, as I looked after my mother for many years before it became too much for me and she was admitted to a nursing home.
I am passionate to ensure that all members of the community and society have access to a diverse range of service irrespective of who they are.
I am extremely passionate about equality and diversity and would look to see that the Trust is adhering to its own equality and diversity policy and procedures.
I hope that by being elected as a Governor that I will be able to use my skills and knowledge to influence how the Trust works within the wider community and to address the needs of those members of the community who are marginalised.
Declaration of interest - no interest declared
My life has been varied, I experienced many things that have given me a wealth of knowledge, with an ability to be compassionate and understand.
I set up and ran my own recruitment agency, which I gave up when my daughter became terminally ill. I then worked as a mental health recovery worker. Now I have taken early retirement.
Within the last two years I have been practicing mindfullness, just completing a one year course with will enable me to teach mindfulness cognitive thearpy. This is a recognised path to stop reoccurring depression. My motivation is a willingness to contribute to making things better, I would like this opportunity to help the Trust be the best it can. I decided to stand as I believe I have the skills, insight along with a caring attitude to be a good Governor, for the first time in a while I have the time to give to this cause. My work in this role will be tireless, I have the enthusiasm to do a good job along with the skills needed. I have a varied spectrum of knowledge. I look forward to the role to help Non Executives keep their promise to the Board and the public
Declarations of interest:
- Director Inter County Services Nottingham
- Director Wrightway Midlands Limited
I was educated at Haywood Comprehensive School in Nottingham and upon leaving school served for eight years in the British Army at various locations around the world, including Northern Ireland. After my military service I started a career within the waste management industry, ultimately setting up my own company which I have operated for the past 19 years.
I have always admired our NHS for the amazing treatement and facilities it has to offer and the care it has provided for myself, my family and others.
I am very excited about the future of Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and its direction to maintain high levels of patient care. I am particularly keen to see the new children and young people's development open within the city in the coming months.
I have gained extensive knowledge through the various roles I have fulfilled within my working life which will stand me in good stead to be a good public Governor in representing the views of our members.
Declarations of Interest - no interest declared
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.
Declarations of Interest - no interests declared
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.