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Our Council of Governors (CoG), which is chaired by the Trust Chairman, is made up of 18 elected governors (public and staff) and three appointed governors from partner organisations representing our key stakeholders.

The Council of Governors is a valued and effective body, advising the Trust on issues that are important to our patients, members and the wider community. The Council works with the Trust to ensure it provides the highest quality services for our patients.

The CoG is not responsible for the day-to-day running of the organisation but works with the Board of Directors to influence the Trust’s future plans, ensuring that the voice of members and partners help inform the Trust’s decision-making. However, the Council of Governors is an integral part of the Trust’s Governance Structure

  • Pam Peel-Reade, Lead Governor, Public Governor

    Pam previously served a 6-year term on the Council of Governors (3 years as Lead Governor).  She believes that much work still needs to be done to listen to Trust staff and patients, to find out what they feel about hospital services.  Pam believes that Governors have a role to play in ensuring that staff are properly supported and that patient care is centred on their needs rather than on the routines of the hospital.

    Prior to semi-retirement, Pam worked in the public and private sectors including the steel industry, conference organisation, industrial and scientific laser technology, European funding and disability arts.  Much of Pam’s working life was spent in Brussels, but she has also lived in Africa.

    Pam said:  “Factors including a national, very difficult financial climate; the pressures placed on health & social care providers; and the need to reshape local services mean that it is vital that Governors listen to and keep informed the people who elected them.”

    Term of Office

    3 years (expiry date 31 July 2020)

    First appointed/elected 1 August 2014

     

  • Sharon Bird, Public Governor

    Sharon represents the public on the Council of Governors. She decided to stand as a Governor because she has knowledge of working in the NHS over a long period of time, as well as involvement in the voluntary work which gives her the experience and qualities to represent the local community and ensure the patient’s holistic needs are at the centre of care.

    With her nursing experience of intensive care, infection control, senior manager of legal, complaints and risk management Sharon is equipped with the knowledge and skills to be the patient’s advocate at strategic and operational levels of the Trust.

    She said: “It is an honour and privilege to be elected as a public governor at Aintree University NHS Foundation Trust.  I will endeavour to work proactively with other Governors and the Board of Directors to ensure the patient’s voice is heard and that they receive a quality service first time every time.”

    Term of Office

    Please change Sharon Birds term of office to:

    3 years* expiry date 31 July 2021

    First appointed/elected 1 August 2018

    *Six year term of office

  • Mike Bowker, Public Governor

    Mike represents the public on the Council of Governors. He decided to stand as a Governor because he cares passionately about the care provided to patients and wants to see the Trust continue to provide quality services.

    Mike is a Health Care Assistant at Aintree Hospital having previously worked in law and the Department of Work and Pensions. He has also served in the 1st Battalion Irish Guards being stationed throughout the world.

    He said: “It is a privilege to be elected as a Governor for the Trust and I will endeavour to do my utmost to ensure that the Trust continues to provide high quality care to its patients as well as represent the views of my local community.”

    Term of Office

    3 years (expiry date 31 July 2020)

    First appointed/elected 1 August 2014

     

  • Elaine Carter, Public Governor

    When the hospital became a Foundation Trust, Elaine was keen to join the public membership and over the past year of observing meetings, reading reports and hearing about the focus groups she felt inspired to contribute to the council of governors’ excellent monitoring and improvement work.

    Elaine has worked in the NHS since 1977 both as a nurse and doctor and can bring clinical and patient experience from a range of settings in Liverpool, London and overseas.  Having trained at Liverpool University Medical School, Elaine has been in practice as a local GP for 16 years and is aware of the local health needs.

    She said “I believe it is important to have clinical priorities across all the hospital's plans”. 

    Term of Office

    3 years (expiry date 31 July 2020)

    First appointed/elected 1 August 2017

  • Jennifer Ensor, Public Governor

    Jenny retired as a Medical Practitioner recently and now wishes to provide voluntary support to Aintree and contribute to the provision of a first class health service for the local community provided by the Trust.

    During Jenny’s 40 year career she has worked in A&E, General Practice, Occupational Medicine and Disability Assessment.  She has also sat on Medical Appeal Tribunals and from 1992 to 2000, she served as a Non Executive Director of the Trust.

    She says "As a local resident I am aware of the health needs of the people in this community and look forward to helping to preserve the excellent reputation of this Hospital."

    Term of Office

    3 years (expiry date 31 July 2020)

    First appointed/elected 1 August 2017

  • Jim Ford , Public Governor

    Jim stood to become a Governor because he believes passionately in the principle of the NHS and feel that his extensive external and internal experience should assist the Trust in maintaining and enhancing its success.

    A third of Jim’s career was spent in General Practice, he has also been a Senior Civil Servant at the Department of Health and then the Department of Work and Pensions as well as a Consultant in Occupational Medicine, delivering healthcare in a large range of manufacturing, service, and transport industries, including at Aintree itself.

    He says “The NHS faces especial challenges at present with the combination of the growth of demand caused by an ageing population and a squeeze on staffing and finance brought about by Austerity and Brexit. I hope to be able as a Governor to support the Trust in maintaining its success in delivering quality-assured healthcare to a deprived locality.”

    Term of Office

    3 years (expiry date 31 July 2020)

    First appointed/elected 1 August 2017

  • Ray Humphreys, Public Governor

    Ray decided to stand for election after his positive experience as a patient at Aintree University Hospital. He is also a volunteer at the Trust and feels that he can contribute to its smooth running with his experience as a Healthcare Assistant.

    Ray previously worked in Public Transport before taking early retirement.  This allowed him the opportunity to become involved in a number of diverse voluntary roles including his local City Farm, Railways, National Trust, Church and at Aintree Hospital.

    He said “I hope to be able to make a difference based on my experience and the fact that I have a sympathetic ear".

    Term of Office

    3 years (expiry date 31 July 2020)

    First appointed/elected 1 August 2017

  • Colin Maher, Public Governor

    As someone that was born and raised in Aintree, as well as bringing up his own children in the area, Colin wanted to give something back to the NHS.  He is passionate about the NHS and ensuring the patient remains at the centre.  With a background in technology and working alongside the NHS for several years, Colin has witnessed first-hand the variations across the different NHS Trusts. He wanted to stand as a Governor in order to make sure that Aintree Hospital represents the very best of the NHS in the area.

    Colin brings a broad range of experience having originally trained and qualified as an engineer within Aerospace. For over 20 years he has worked within the IT sector, with the NHS and other Public Sector organisations to change the way they work, improve care and reduce costs.  His roles have included strategy development, management, and transformation - bringing innovation and thought leadership to the NHS and Public Sector.

    He says “As someone who was born and still lives in the area, I have had the benefit of the great care provided by Aintree Hospital for many years and I value the service the NHS provides. Having worked with the NHS, I am keen to bring my skills and experience to the Governor Team in order that I may contribute further to the continued development of Aintree Hospital”

    Term of Office

    3 years (expiry date 31 July 2020)

    First appointed/elected 1 August 2017

  • Rose Milnes, Public Governor

    Rose is a Governor representing the public. She decided to stand as a Governor because she is passionate about the care patients receive including their journeys through Aintree Hospital.

    Rose is the Chief Executive of Woodlands Hospice Charitable Trust, which provides specialist palliative care. The Hospice and Aintree work very closely particularly with End of Life services and developments.

    She said: “My aim as a Governor is to bring information and experience around End of Life services as well as my skills particularly in finance and human resources. I intend to utilise my skills and experience to bring fresh thoughts and ideas to Aintree and challenge existing practices where appropriate.”

    Term of Office

    3 years (expiry date 31 July 2020)

    First appointed/elected 1 August 2014

  • Andrew Moran , Public Governor

    Having spent many days visiting family at Aintree and seeing the excellent treatment and care that they received Andrew wanted to do what he could to ensure that these high standards were maintained at Aintree for all.

    Andrew is a research associate at the University of Liverpool and has a background in human and animal nutrition and gastrointestinal physiology. He is active in his local Labour Party branch and is a volunteer in the Mersey Trains Customer Community.
     
    He says “I am very proud to have been elected as a Public Governor and want to ensure that Aintree University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust continues to offer excellent treatment and care for everyone, especially in the turbulent times ahead.”

    Term of Office
    3 years (expiry date 31 July 2021)
    First appointed/elected 1 August 2018

  • Anne Trevor , Public Governor

    Anne decided to stand for election as a Public Governor in the year that the NHS celebrates its 70th birthday. As a hospital Governor Anne seeks to represent the public, the majority of whom, she believes, wish to see an adequately public-funded world class NHS as envisioned at its creation.

    Anne has worked in both the public and private sectors in the past. She lives in West Derby and both her children were born at Aintree (Fazakerley) Hospital.

    She says “Although there are many reasons to celebrate NHS achievements, there are also many unprecedented challenges facing this most valued institution. I am concerned about further private outsourcing of services within our NHS. I wish to be informed and engaged on the future plans of the Trust in order to fulfil my role.”

    Term of Office
    3 years (expiry date 31 July 2021)
    First appointed/elected 1 August 2018

  • Terry Owen , Public Governor

    Terry is a former employee of Aintree Hospital and, prior to retirement she held the positions of Senior AED Nurse and Voluntary Services Manager. She would like to be involved in spreading the good news of achievements and improvements at the Trust and demonstrate honesty and transparency in representing the work undertaken by the Governors
     
    Terry has a wealth of experience in working together with the public, staff and patients and strongly believes that all of their views matter and should be heard.
     
    She says “In the current climate of widespread dissatisfaction with the funding of the NHS and the perceived mishandling of patient waiting times I felt a desire to offer my services as a Governor. As a former NHS professional I can see the difficulties facing both staff and patients and would strive to offer a balanced perspective”.

    Term of Office
    3 years (expiry date 31 July 2021)
    First appointed/elected 1 August 2018

  • Raj Mungur , Public Governor

    Before retirement Raj worked for the Trust for 38 year in various nursing and managerial posts.  He enjoyed training, developing and motivating the teams he managed as well as implementing new ways of working .

    He took great pride  in being part of a team  who worked hard to help the Trust achieve its targets .

    He said “It is a privilege and honour to be elected as a Public Governor, I will endeavour to help the Trust to improve patient services and maintain high standards of care.”

    Term of Office
    3 years (expiry date 31 July 2021)
    First appointed/elected 1 August 2018

  • Rob Cannon , Public Governor

    Rob is a local resident of the Trust and is heavily involved in the community. Rob cares passionately about the NHS and its future and hopes that in his role as a Governor he can help to support staff and work towards improving patient care.

    Rob took early retirement in June 2016 after working for over 30 years in local government. During his time in the Public sector he spent the majority dealing directly with the public which has helped him to develop good interpersonal skills, enabling him to engage effectively with a variety of community groups.

    Rob said “Patient care and dignity will be my number one priority in my role as a Public Governor.”

    Term of Office
    3 years (expiry date 31 July 2021)
    First appointed/elected 1 August 2018

  • Kerry McManus, Staff Governor

    Kerry represents Other Staff on the Council of Governors. She decided to stand as a Governor as she is committed to ensure that staff are fully supported to achieve the hospital’s common purpose of getting it right for every patient, every time.

    Kerry is a Stakeholder Manager, managing the Communications Team at Aintree Hospital since 2013. She also volunteers for Age UK and is particularly interested in ensuring that the delivery of care for the elderly at Aintree is of the highest standard.

    She said: “I understand what it is to act as a listening ear and a voice for staff as my role within the Communications Team focuses on providing two-way communication between the Board, staff, patients and the wider group of stakeholders that Aintree interacts with. My frequent interaction with lots of other departments means that I am aware of the valuable contribution that every single member of staff at Aintree makes.”

    Term of Office

    3 years (expiry date 8 March 2021)

    First appointed/elected 9 March 2015

  • Andrew Swift, Staff Governor

    Andrew represents the Medical Staff on the Council of Governors.  He decided to stand as a Governor as he has a great passion for the hospital and its future.

    Andrew is an Ear Nose & Throat surgeon and has worked at Aintree Hospital for 26 years.  He is infection control lead for Head and Neck and has been clinical director and a previous chair of the Medical Staff Committee.  He is currently a member of council of the Royal College of Surgeons of England.  He has served as an executive officer for ENT UK, and has contributed to the wider issues of health care throughout the UK.

    Andrew chairs the board of the Liverpool Medical Institution that currently offers many training events to all health care professionals in primary and secondary care. 

    He says, “My experience has given me financial expertise, knowledge of employment law and an ability to develop and instigate major strategic change”.

    Term of Office

    3 years (expiry date 8 March 2021)

    First appointed/elected 9 March 2015

  • Andrea Connelly , Staff Governor AHPs & Scientists

    As a staff Governor Andrea is keen to see this opportunity as the next step in demonstrating her passion for working in a Trust that cares deeply for its patients and staff in providing quality care and compassion. She looks forward to being able to support colleagues that make up the Allied Health Professions and Scientists constituency.
     
    Andrea has worked at Aintree since 2004 and is currently a Senior Occupational Therapist. This demanding role in a very busy team sees Andrea working across both medical and surgical wards, meeting the daily challenges of today’s NHS.
     
    She says ”It is an exciting time to be working at Aintree, which is the major receiving site for Trauma in the North West, as well as  the Trust looking  forward to its merger with the Royal Liverpool Hospital. I hope I can continue to be an effective listener and enabler, as I embark on this new role. It is important to me to support and act as a voice for my fellow AHP and Scientist colleagues here at Aintree as we embrace change.

    Term of Office
    3 years (expiry date 31 July 2021)
    First appointed/elected 1 August 2018

  • Sally Aindow , Staff Governor Nursing

    Sally is passionate about patient care and decided to stand as a Governor to represent nurses and their views and experiences whilst working on the front line of the NHS.
     
    Sally qualified into the Trust in 2003 and wants to shape the future of the Trust by ensuring that staff have their views and concerns heard by the Board.  In her current role as Practice Development Lead Nurse for Surgery, Sally provides education, support, guidance and leadership and aims to equip nurses and medical staff with the knowledge and skills needed to provide safe care at all times.
     
    Sally Said “It is an absolute honour to be elected to represent nurses as a Governor at Aintree.  I would like to ensure that the Quality Strategy for Aintree remains a priority, and that patients and their families are safe and cared for to an excellent standard. I believe that quality care and safety of our patients is paramount in the minds of all of our staff and I would like to ensure that this ethos continues and improves throughout my term as a Governor.”

    Term of Office
    3 years (expiry date 31 July 2021)
    First appointed/elected 1 August 2018

  • Elizabeth Cooper , Appointed Governor Edge Hill University

    Liz has been a registered nurse for  27 years, and has spent the last 14 years as a nurse educator. She currently works for Edgehill University where she leads on pre and post registration education. Liz
    is passionate about how education can support frontline line nursing and care. She enjoys the innovative part of her role, which includes researching and implementing new ways to enhance students involvement in improving the NHS and patient care

    Liz says “The Governor’s role is an exciting opportunity to contribute to the quality of NHS services and patient care.”

    Term of Office
    3 years (expiry date 31 July 2021)
    First appointed/elected 1 August 2018

  • Cllr Paulette Lappin , Appointed Governor Sefton Council

    Paulette was elected Sefton Councillor for Ford Ward in May 2012 and is currently serving a second term of office.  She was appointed  to Sefton Council’s Cabinet In May 2015 as Cabinet Member for Regulatory, Compliance and Corporate Services.

    She  currently serves as a member of the Veterans Advisory Pensions Committee working across the North West by engaging with the issues around: pensions, community engagement and Local Authority covenants which relate to the veterans of the area.

    Paulette worked as a local government officer for 23 years’, holds a degree in public administration, is a fully qualified Company Secretary and holds an MSc in Urban renewal.

    Her work experience is wide-ranging and covers the following:
    Public and community transport, extensive involvement with the public, private and voluntary sectors: children and young people; community engagement and consultation; community education and regeneration; community safety; initiating and managing travel training programmes across Merseyside; access and equality issues; business planning; marketing and public relations; Local Authority shared services commissioning and managing tendering processes and managing European/nationally funded projects.

    Paulette also works as a Volunteer Director of Merseyside Network for Change, Waterloo Community Centre, Waterloo Town Team and Sefton CVS and Crosby & Waterloo in Bloom.

    Term of Office
    3 years (expiry date 31 July 2021)
    First appointed/elected 1 August 2018

  • Terry Jones , Appointed Governor University of Liverpool

    Terry is a Professor of Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Liverpool and an Honorary Consultant Otolaryngologist / Head and Neck Surgeon at Aintree. He is an Appointed Governor, representing the University of Liverpool.

    Having been appointed as a NHS consultant at the Trust in 2003, Terry switched to an academic post in 2006, where he was appointed Professor of Head and Neck Surgery in 2011.

    He is National Lead for the Head and Neck Domain of the 100,000 Genome Project, a Senior Clinical Adviser to the National Institute of Health Research Clinical Research Network, North West Coast and is an elected representative on the University of Liverpool Senate. He is also Director of the Liverpool Head and Neck Centre – an NHS and University collaborative Centre of Excellence for Diseases of the Head and Neck.

    He said: “I am delighted to accept this appointment and see my role as providing a clinical perspective for the lay governors as well as ensuring that clinical research and high quality medical education is promoted as being integral to high quality and safe clinical care.”

    Term of Office
    3 years (expiry date 31 July 2021)
    First appointed/elected 1 August 2018

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