NHS Foundation Trusts have a responsibility to their members and have a Council of Governors to represent the views of patients, public, staff and partners.
The Council of Governors plays an active role in building relationships with members and represent their views to the Board of Directors, which has the responsibility of running the organisation and preparing the Trust’s strategy.
Governors provide an ‘ear and a voice’ for members, ensuring that their views are heard and that their opinions on the future delivery and development of services influence the Board of Directors’ decisions.
Governors take part in discussions regarding new service developments and membership recruitment and involvement.
They also receive the Trust’s annual report and accounts.
Governors do not deal with patient complaints, staff grievances or concerns on an individual basis.
The Trust works within the normal NHS complaints and Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) framework and all individual issues must be raised via these routes.
At the Trust we have a dedicated Council of Governors who are committed to helping to shape the development and delivery of services, for the benefit of staff and patients.
Alan has always lived in Bolton and he is proud of the town, especially the hospital and health services within the borough. He appreciates the hard work and dedication of the staff within the Foundation Trust. With a career that involves working with different people every day especially those local to Bolton he feels that he can bring this experience into his role of public elected governor.
Champak is the Managing Director of a local printing company and also holds a number of voluntary directorships in social enterprises and is the treasurer in a charitable organisation. He says “I believe in a positive approach, as a Governor I see my role as a community champion and not that of a critic. I will defend to keep the NHS as a national treasure.”
David has been a professional social worker for 32 years and has worked in a range of settings, mainly in children’s services. He has lived in Bolton since 1991 and experienced several hospital and primary care services in that time. David is an active volunteer in wildlife conservation and also takes part in many running events as a member of Horwich RMI Harriers, including reporting on them for the Bolton News. He recently completed a Masters (Health Research) on the topic of Green Exercise.
David spent his 55-year career in the civil engineering industry until retirement in 2020. From 2013 to 2017 David was a Public Governor at Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust until it merged and became Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust, where he acted as Lead Governor. Health issues regrettably led to retirement from the role. However, with renewed vigour, David nominated himself for the position of Public Governor at Bolton NHS FT and was fortunate to be elected.
Derek previously worked for the health service and for many years was a member of the Bolton Community Health Council, he was also the Councillor for Kearsley representing the community on Bolton Council. Derek currently works with adults who have learning difficulties. He has always had an interest in the Health Service.
Grace has a lifetime of NHS service as a Nurse, Midwife, Senior Manager and Associate Director. She also worked across the North West Region as Link Supervisor of Midwives, inspecting and auditing maternity services and for a period of time held responsibility for health care services at Styal Prison. Following her retirement, she joined the Board of Trustees at Bolton Hospice and is now Vice Chair and Nurse on the Board in a voluntary capacity which she finds very fulfilling and rewarding.
Iqbal retired as a HM Principal Specialist Inspector of the Health and Safety Executive in 2016 and has been a Trustee on the Bolton Hospice Trust Board since 2019 and a Bench Chairman with the Greater Manchester Judiciary since 2005. Furthermore, he has also been appointed Bolton NHS FT Governor representative on the board of the Integrated Care Services Bolton. These roles provided him with a vast amount of experience which he brings to his role as Trust Governor.
Jack is a former company director who has lived in Bolton for over 50 years. As a previous Governor who has been re-elected Jack played an active role in helping the Trust to maintain high standards of care and in successfully integrating community services. Jack believes that as a local resident and user of the NHS he fully understands the needs facing the health of the community and how to balance them against the challenges facing the NHS.
Jane has worked as a nurse, health visitor and teacher, she retired from the NHS in 2019, however she remains in education working as a Lecturer at the University of Bolton where she continues to work with and teach nurse teachers. Jane firmly believes in equality and a health service that is fair and works for everyone.
Janet has lived and worked in Bolton for over forty years and has much experience in the local community as a teacher, school governor and churchwarden. She says, “I believe the involvement of patients in the Trust helps shape the high quality healthcare which is everyone’s right; I also believe strongly in ‘giving back’ to society.”
Janice and her family all live in Bolton and use the services of the Trust, including the hospital. She is a retired Chartered Accountant with some professional experience of health sector audit. She is in her second term as a Public Elected Governor at Bolton. She is extremely keen to put something back into her local NHS trust and to see it thrive and improve further, as well as engage with users and maintain financial security.
Jim has worked with the Council of Governors since its inception and is passionate about the care provided through both the hospital and community services. He is actively involved in a variety of health related bodies contributing to improving the livelihood of many different people. Jim is passionate about public engagement and the rights of the public to have a say in how our health and care services are delivered.
Kantilal was a Civil Servant who worked for 10 years at Senior Management Level countrywide and in London at ministerial level and he completes a lot of work within the local community. Kantilal has been a local resident for 18 years and has personal experience of using local healthcare services, he says “I feel I am the right person to represent the views of the users of the hospital from the local area”.
Karen has been a Public Governor at Salford; MFT Manchester; and Pennine Care. She is from Manchester and has a Business degree B.Sc (Hons).
She uses her lived experience to support those in minority groups and she cares about health issues faced by younger people, those with invisible disabilities, and also about people in other minority groups like sexuality, religion and race.
Nationally, she has been involved in staff FTSU working directly with the NGO, Robert Francis, and NHS Imp/England, enabling democracy and a supportive culture for staff.
As a former NHS volunteer, she is keen to include volunteers and other types of staff.
Karen promotes modernisation, inclusion, and transparency e.g. social media, efficiency, video/online training, removing conflicts, and recording meetings. She is happy to discuss her role via her social media accounts:
Kayonda is a pastor at the Ephrata Church Community in Bolton and an academic researcher at the University of York. He has a background in health psychology and mental health research. Kayonda has been actively involved in supporting people with long-term mental health conditions within the NHS Community Mental Health Teams. As a church community leader, Kayonda is a local voice for the BAME communities in Bolton and has been leading a loneliness project that plans visits with the elderly at the rehabilitation, care homes, and hospital dementia ward to tackle social isolation and loneliness.
Margaret is a retired primary head teacher who first began volunteering with the Trust in 2013, taking part in patient-led assessments of the care environment. Margaret states “I have worked in Bolton and raised my family here, I also have grandchildren living locally and so I want the best NHS provision for them.”
Oboh is the founder and Vice Chair for the African Council UK, a group for the African community leaders in GM looking at issues affecting the African community including health. He is also the initiator and Chairman of the Pentecostal ministers across GM and the founder of Precious Gems Charity, Bolton.
Pauline has 48 years of NHS service as a Registered Nurse and has also held positions in general, community & specialist nursing, as well as management of an out-patient service and as a Nurse Advisor in Diabetes care to the Board of three pharmaceutical companies, lecturing in the UK, Europe and the USA. She is passionate about the availability of health services to meet the needs of the public and says, “I want to be actively involved in developing changes in both the hospital and community setting, ensuring that future health care needs for patients and families are met.”
Sorie is a qualified Quantity Surveyor and has a Master’s Degree of Science in construction project management. He is particularly interested in the cultural integration of patients and the workforce and is a member of the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Steering Group. He says, “One of my aims is to ensure the Trust provides an inclusive and diverse health and care service to ensure everyone has access to the same level, quality and degree of service.”
Tracey works within the Thoracic Specialist Nursing Team as Departmental Manager and has previously served two terms as a Governor. She says, “I am fully aware of my duties as a staff governor and have the network connections across the hospital to gather and disseminate vital information which facilitates the smooth running and the communication channels for staff and patients alike. I am proud to wear my Bolton uniform and fully represent the values and beliefs of the organisation.”
Dipak works as a Link Worker within the organisation acting as an advocate for patients from the Bolton Asian community. He is also a Unison representative which he believes has given him the knowledge and skills to ensure staff are treated equally, fairly and with dignity and respect. He says, “all staff, no matter what they do, play an important part in caring for patients which I have seen first-hand on a daily basis.”
Alan is qualified as a pharmacist in 2009 and has worked in acute NHS hospitals throughout his career. He came to work at Bolton NHS Foundation Trust in 2017 and enjoys the feeling of community that the hospital has for its staff. Alan would like to be an advocate for staff views and raise the profile of pharmacists within the organisation.
Martin has worked in Bolton as an Audiologist since 1998 and has seen many changes in the way that services operate over time, and more significantly how the roles of non-medical professionals have evolved. He says “I firmly believe that staff and staff engagement are fundamental to the development of services to keep pace with technology and patient expectations.”
Sue is a Consultant Anaesthetist at Bolton with roles in clinical leadership, governance and educational supervision in the Anaesthetics and Surgical Services Division. Through these roles and acting as a staff governor, Sue is committed to supporting the Trust in delivering the best possible care to our communities.
Kevin is a retired teacher and is now a councillor representing the area of Horwich since 2010. He is very committed to education and is proud to be the Chair of the local governing Committee of Chorley New Rd Primary Academy and Vice Chair of Rivington and Blackrod High School. Kevin is a father of three and grandfather of five and caring for his family takes up whatever time he has left after official duties.
Susan trained as a State Registered Nurse (SRN) at Bolton Hospital and held subsequent healthcare roles. She worked as Associate Lecturer for the OU facilitating the teaching and Learning of Health Service Management and Leadership and retired from the University of Salford as a Lecturer in 2020. She has published and presented Nationally and Internationally and worked with the NCT, RCM and WI on the postnatal care report which fed in to the “Better Births” report (2016).
Susan has always had an interest in Public Health and now holds the portfolio for Health and Well-being as Executive Cabinet Member at Bolton Council.
Leigh is the Chief Executive of Bolton Hospice a role which she has held since 2012 and has 23 years’ experience as a Charity CEO. She has a BA Hons in Sociology, a post graduate certificate in Charity Sector Management & Leadership and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Health Care by the University of Bolton in recognition of her outstanding contribution to health and social care over her 40-year career.
She is also a Trustee of Bury & Bolton Citizens Advice and a local Secondary School Governor, as well as currently being the Chair of the Greater Manchester Hospices Group.
Dawn has been a nurse for 32 years with 21 of those years being a Nurse Educator. This has presented her with a vast expanse of both opportunities and challenges pertaining to nursing and healthcare.
As a nurse educator she has linked with Bolton NHS Foundation Trust for 21 years and in her role as link lecturer ensured clinical placements provide a quality learning environment conducive to student nurse education.
In her current role as Deputy Director of Nursing and Midwifery at the University of Salford she provides leadership and strategic direction for academic staff to ensure the Nursing staff of the future are fit for purpose.
Jane has been engaged in health professional education since leaving school at the age of eighteen. Her clinical education and career involved her successful appointment as an adult nurse, a registered midwife and qualified health visitor in a wide variety of environments and communities in the North West of England.
She decided to embark on a career in higher education on successful completion of both undergraduate and postgraduate study. Her current role is Dean of Faculty (Health and Wellbeing) at the University of Bolton. The Faculty is diverse and includes early childhood studies, youth work and community development, allied health professional programmes, nursing, clinical and biomedical studies, sport science and dental technology.
Prior to retirement Ann had an almost forty-year career in NHS management. During that time, she had a wide experience in service and project management, business planning, strategy development and service improvement. Ann has been a Trustee of Healthwatch Bolton since 2014. The role of a local Healthwatch is to research, represent and inform the voice of patients and public, in the planning and delivery of health and social services.
Ann believes the Council of Governors has an important role to play in shaping and supporting the Trust to achieve the best possible care for the people who use, and the people who need, our services.