Public Governors - Nottinghamshire County

Steve How

Steve How

Declaration of interest:

  • Director of Exarca Health Ltd
  • Business Development Director for Wilmington Healthcare

About me:

I have been an active Governor Member of Nottinghamshire Healthcare since 2010. I was a member of the Governor Steering Group, and have taken an active interest in developing ways in engaging with the public and membership across the health region, through GP practices.

I have also been involved in developing assurance training for the Governors in the Trust, particularly focusing on key responsibilities designated by the 2012 Health and Social Care Act, and how we manage this across the diverse functions that Nottinghamshire Healthcare provides.

As a member of the public I have been a patient and carer under services within the Trust. I have previously been a member of a Council of Governors in South Staffordshire and Shropshire Foundation Trust (2008-10). I was Chair of the strategy group and involved with the remunerations committee.

I work in allied health professions as a partnership consultant, developing integrated services across the country and have a strong understanding of healthcare provision and the NHS environment. I am involved in training and development of governance and ethics for the pharmaceutical industry.

But above all I am a parent and grandparent, who wants the best for my family who all live in Nottinghamshire.

 

Carol Burkitt

Carol Burkitt

Declaration of interest:

  • Director of Ballon Rouge Limited Company
  • Chief Executive Officer for APTCOO (A Place To Call Our Own) Charity and Company Limited by Guarantee

About me:

For the past two years I have been CEO for a charity serving families living with children with special educational needs, disabilities and life limiting conditions. This has allowed me to use creativity, innovation and in its broadest terms “thinking differently” to its full capacity. 

I have a successful track record of being ambitious, and positive about change taking a lead in organisational and people management projects including Improving Working Lives, PALS (Patient Advice and Liaison Service) and the Transforming of Community Services.

Over the past three years I have discovered within the voluntary sector a wealth of untapped resources. Replacing competition with collaboration will improve the quality and reach of patient centred services that will reflect value for money, high quality and equally importantly, care and compassion.

I am looking forward to my position serving on the Council of Governors, my ambition is to work better together with other like-minded individuals enjoying the opportunities of being part of the development and progress of the Trust.
 

Anita Anstle

Anita Anstle

Declaration of interest:

  • Managing Director of Wren Hall Nursing Home with 50% shareholding

About me:

I was previously a Non Executive Director of Ashfield Primary Care Trust and a Trustee of Skills for Care (a national organisation responsible for workforce development across social care).

I am a provider of specialist dementia care to older people. I am passionate about developing the workforce to secure high quality services.

 

photograph of Mike Holmes public governor for nottinghamshire healthcare

Mike Holmes

Declaration of interest - no interest declared.

About me:

My interest in mental health was awakened by my experience of caring for a family member with a mental health condition. This was the experience which led to the beginning of my association and work with the Trust, nearly two years ago.

Although my loved one has been fortunate enough to make a full recovery, I am only too aware that for many millions of people in this country, poor and vulnerable mental health continues to be a source of great hardship. This is the driving force behind my continuing participation in the voluntary work of the Trust.

My particular interests within the field are ensuring that the rights of carers are respected, that they are fully acknowledged and supported in their roles, and that their own emotional wellbeing is safeguarded. I am also deeply aware of the particular challenges that young carers face in their duties, as well as the vulnerability of young people to poor mental health in modern society, due to a variety of social, economic and technological pressures.

In my working life, both voluntary and paid, I have become aware of the sheer scale and diversity of the talents and experience of people in the voluntary sector. One of my goals is to help the Trust widen and deepen their involvement with volunteers, comprising of patients, carers and sector partners, in order to build mutually-supportive communities which can help ensure both better outcomes individually, and a greater understanding of mental health in wider society.

photograph of Maxine Robinson public governor for nottinghamshire healthcareMaxine Robinson

Declaration of interest:

  • Founder and Managing Director of Support For Survivors
  • Funding received from the Institute of Mental Health and Nottingham City and County Council

About me:

Born in Nottingham, but have lived in Nottinghamshire for many years, I have a son, my Persian cat, love living and being next to nature.

I was mentored by the previous Chief Executive of Nottinghamshire Healthcare, Professor Mike Cooke CBE. I was able to explore and tap into further strengths and skills, not realising how powerful self belief, positivity and knowledge really can impact on one’s ability and empowerment when it comes to personal development and leadership. My mentoring gave me the skills to improve on my ability to interact with debates and dialect. The importance of listening as well my approach when it comes to being and having an effective voice, empowered me to speak locally, nationally, internationally, as well as being invited to Westminster to speak on my specialism. Discovering that I can be influential, when it comes to making change within our communities. I was then asked to co-facilitate a piece of work with the Trust’s safeguarding team, have spoken at NHS trust conferences and seminars and now deliver specialist training programmes.

Chair of a charity based in Newark from 2011-2013, I am now founder and Managing Director of my own charity, ‘Support for Survivors’, supporting survivors of childhood sexual abuse to reach their potential thus reducing the distress through a wealth of holistic and therapeutic interventions.

I have a track record of working with vulnerable people throughout the East Midlands and was recognised by the Sheriff of Nottingham for my voluntary work, winning the first ever Sheriff of Nottingham Award. I was also invited to Buckingham Palace by HRH Duke of York, 18 individuals specifically chosen who represented the breadth and diversity in direct voluntary delivery to our communities.

As Governor, I am looking forward to representing you to Council, bringing much wealth, drive, enthusiasm and vision, working, as well as helping to shape and secure positivity within Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.

 

Photograph of Derek Brown public governor for nottinghamshire healthcare Derek Brown

Declaration 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. 

 

John CollinsJohn Collins

Declaration of interest - no interest declared

About me:

I started my nurse training in 1975, working in clinical practice and then holding senior general managerial roles, including chief nurse and director of primary and community services in Essex. I left the NHS and established a consultancy company, providing support to primary care trusts and GP practices across the country. I managed a transformation project in South London on behalf of the Home Office, NHS Lambeth and Metropolitan Police transforming the management of drug using offenders from the criminal justice system to treatment based programmes.

I returned to full time clinical practice in 2012, completing my nursing career as a specialist nurse in the Bassetlaw community services until I retired. I now work part time as a specialist adviser with the Care Quality Commission inspecting hospitals, primary and community services and care/nursing homes. I am married with one married daughter and a three year old granddaughter. I live in Retford. I am a volunteer independent custody visitor across Nottinghamshire and a street pastor.

 

Linda BennettLinda Bennet

Declaration 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.

 

Paul RadinPaul Radin

Declaration of interest:

  • Trustee of Bassetlaw MIND 

About me:

I've been an Involvement Volunteer for Nottinghamshire Healthcare for over four years now, trying my best to positively influence NHS services on behalf of those who use them.

I am regularly invited to contribute to NHS projects all over the country, always as an ambassador for the NHS service user community in Nottinghamshire. I’ve helped with the NHS Citizen programme at NHS England, the Integration Agenda at The King’s Fund in London, Digital Technology at MindTech at The Institute of Mental Health in Nottingham, and locally I’m a Trustee at Bassetlaw Mind. I’ve been particularly active in the areas of NICE guidance and mental health research, but my primary aim is to bring the voice of patients closer to the people who make decisions in our NHS. For me, this is about democracy in healthcare. The NHS is a public service, funded with public money, and as such the people who use those services should have meaningful opportunities to influence decision making at senior levels. Also, the Governor role is a perfect opportunity to guard the Trust’s integrity. To make sure that what the Trust does, matches what the Trust says. There is no one more passionate about our NHS than me.

I promise to do my very best to help our bit of the NHS to be as good as possible, so that when we need it, when our families and friends need it, the NHS will be there for us.

John FerrisJohn Ferris

Declaration of interest - no interest declared

About me:

I am a retired academic professor and have been a resident of Nottingham since the 1970s. Since I left school at 15 I have had a wide range of employment which has provided me a range of experiences. I have had a longstanding connection with the Trust when my son was receiving services for serious mental health issues. In addition to this I have been an active member of the charity Rethink and have been Chair of Second Base housing association which formed part of NACRO. I have always been a community activist and I am a practicing Buddhist. With the experiences I have gained over many years as a carer for my son I feel I have much to contribute to how mental health services are provided. I am keen to continue being active within my community and represent issues important to them. My wife recently passed away and I learnt a lot from her as she was an occupational therapist employed by Nottinghamshire Healthcare. The skill and experiences I have gained over my lifetime would be valuable to contribute to this important role. I care passionately about what happens to the NHS especially in the area of mental health. I have campaigned over many years to support my community and I would like the opportunity to continue this as an active and honest Governor.