Public Governors - Nottinghamshire County

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. 


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.


Susan Kernahan Susan Kernahan

Declarations of Interest - No interest declared

About me:

I am delighted to have been elected as a Governor and thanks to all those who voted for me.

I am passionate about everything that I do and I get my energy, motivation and satisfaction through working with people and teams to achieve improved outcomes for people.

I was born in Nottingham and trained as a Nurse at The City Hospital and QMC. I entered the commercial healthcare sector early in my career and have had the pleasure of working for global market leading companies, where I progressed my career from sales to Managing Director.

I previously worked as a trustee for a health care charity and currently I am a volunteer for Improving Lives, a charity in Nottingham who support individuals that have a wide range of social needs. As a patient member of my local GP practice and through attendance at local QIPP meetings, I feel I am close to the views of service users, which I believe will allow me to represent them effectively in my Governor role. In addition to my voluntary roles I work as a self-employed health care consultant. In all my roles, both commercial and voluntary, I have supported individuals with many issues and challenges relating to body image, mental health, addiction, domestic violence and loneliness.

I am proud of our NHS and take my role as a Governor very seriously. I will execute my duties through working with the team of other Governors, Non-Executive and Executive Directors of the trust, to provide the best possible care and support to the citizens of Nottinghamshire.

Last but of foremost importance to me, I aim to live life to the full with my wonderful husband Charles, our families and friends and Stanley our Kerry Blue Terrier.


Tad Jones Tad Jones

Declarations of Interest - no interest declared

About me:

I was born in Nottingham and live in Redhill. I went to local schools before going to Liverpool to study pharmacology, St Andrews for a biochemistry PhD, and then returning for a MA in international relations at Nottingham Trent. I have worked in the NHS since 2009, first at the City Hospital and QMC, and currently work for the Health Research Authority in Nottingham. 

As a Governor I want to make sure every person involved with the Trust is treated with dignity, compassion and respect. Everyone has a right to be heard and I will listen to these voices to guide me. 


Teresita Martin-Browning Teresita Martin-Browning

Declarations 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 Astle

Declaration of Interest - listed below

  • 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

John Wood John Wood

Declaration of Interest - No interest declared

About me:

I first became a member of the Trust in December 2009 as a result of encouragement from my daughter, who has worked as a qualified nurse in the NHS for many years (currently as a Nottingham based Community Psychiatric Nurse).

I worked for 30 years in senior Personnel Management positions, initially within the printing industry and subsequently at Board level in the food and drink sector.

Following a successful career within private business I then ran my own Human Resources consultancy for several years, carrying out assignments for many blue-chip clients, before finally retiring.

Since 2005 I have also been heavily involved as a volunteer in the Neighbourhood Watch movement, and recently completed a 2 year period as Chair of Nottinghamshire Neighbourhood Watch.

During my working life and subsequent involvement within the voluntary sector, I amassed a wealth of experience at senior management level.


Jim Aleander  Jim Aleander

Declaration of Interest - No interest declared






Julie Walton Julie Walton

Declaration of Interest - Director at Julie Walton Consultancy Limited





Dean Repper Dean Repper

Declaration on Interest -

  • Company Director at Trent Psychological Therapies Services
  • Company Director at ARC Community Interest Company