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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, 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 members and to find out what they feel about hospital services. She decided to stand again as a Governor because she wants to ensure that care is centred on the needs of the patient 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.

    Currently Pam is the Chair of the Organ Donation Group, and she is involved in the Falls Prevention Collaborative at the hospital.

    Pam said: “I am committed to ensuring the Trust delivers good patient care to all. I feel very privileged to have been chosen by local people to represent their views in the decision making process at Aintree.”

    Term of Office

    3 years (expiry date 31 July 2017)

    First appointed/elected 1 August 2014

     

  • Tracey Barnes, Public Governor

    Tracey represents the public on the Council of Governors. She decided to stand as a Governor because she is passionate about improving the patient experience and safeguarding the high standards the hospital has achieved for future generations.

    Tracey is a Registered Nurse with 18 years’ experience working within the NHS, with a particular interest in infection prevention and control. She currently works as a senior lecturer at Edge Hill University, teaching both pre and post registration health care professionals.

    She said: “I feel it is essential that the needs of the local community are represented and reflected in the hospitals strategic planning and believe that quality health care is a right that all patients should expect from their local hospital.”

    Term of Office

    3 years (expiry date 31 July 2018)

    First appointed/elected 1 August 2012

  • Sharon Bird, Public Governor

    Sharon is an elected public governor. 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

    3 years (expiry date 31 July 2018)

    First appointed/elected 1 August 2015

  • Mike Booth, BSc, MRSPH, Public Governor

    Mike decided to stand as a Governor representing the public after having a life-saving operation at Aintree Hospital and wanting to be involved with the Trust’s exciting future.

    Mike joined the navy after leaving college and later worked in social welfare for 30 years. Prior to working in social welfare, he was an engineer for GEC-Marconi with responsibility for staffing and budgeting. He has worked extensively in the local community for various groups on numerous local committees.

    He said: “I am determined to ensure that the problems of managing a huge concern like AUHFT do not obscure the focus on the front line staff dealing with patients and that moving services out into the community is managed sensitively.”

    Term of Office

    3 years (expiry date 31 July 2017)

    First appointed/elected 1 August 2014

  • 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 2017)

    First appointed/elected 1 August 2014

     

  • Tony Byrne, Public Governor

    Tony represents the public on the Council of Governors. He has been a volunteer at Aintree University Hospital for 6 years since recovering from a life-threating incident. During this time, he has worked alongside the cardiac rehabilitation and patient complaints and advice departments. This has given him a broad understanding of the needs and concerns of key stakeholders including patients and front-line medical staff.

    Tony brings a wealth of corporate experience to the role having worked within strategy, change management and quality processes. He has managed large and complex projects in utilities, transport and emergency services. He has also been Chair of Governors at a primary school and is the vice chairman of Aintree’s University of the Third Age.

    He said: “I am pleased to have been elected as a governor and am committed to working to improve the quality and service to our patients through my skills and experience.”

    Term of Office

    3 years (expiry date 31 July 2018)

    First appointed/elected 1 August 2015

  • Gerry Hill, Public Governor

    Gerry previously served on the Council of Governors from 2009 to 2012. He decided to stand as a public because he is passionate about care for patients and the significant role that Governors undertake to serve the members of the community.

    Gerry has worked in the heavy construction industry for many years before taking up studying where he gained a Diploma in Social Work and BA (Hons) degree at Liverpool John Moores University

    He said: “As an elected Governor I will strive to keep a watchful eye on all aspects of patient care and the smooth running of our great Hospital.”

    Term of Office

    3 years (expiry date 31 July 2017).

    First appointed/elected 1 August 2014

  • John Johnson, Public Governor

    John is an elected Governor representing the public. He decided to stand as a Governor because of the care he has experienced as both an in-patient and out-patient in the Hospital.

    John has extensive experience working in the local community and is a trustee for a mental health care provider. For many years John has been involved in the governance of a local Autistic Society and has developed both national and international links. He has also served as a governor for a local college and two schools and has been actively involved in the management of the local scouting group and church.

    He said: “I believe my experience of working in the management and governance of other organisations, combined with my knowledge of the local community, enables me to provide a unique contribution to the future development of the hospital.”

    Term of Office

    3 years (expiry date 31 July 2017).

    First appointed/elected 1 August 2011

  • Tony Kneebone, Public Governor

    Tony has previously served as a Governor for a 6 year period (2 years as Lead Governor). He decided to stand again after a mandatory 1 year break because he has been a patient at Aintree Hospital over the years and knows how well they treat patients. He wishes to return some of this goodwill by serving again as a Governor.

    Tony’s previous experience includes being a school governor and for 26 years he has been a Justice of the Peace. He also helps chair the Sefton independent schools appeal panel.

    He said: “As a Governor I hope to represent the local people of Maghull and listen to their comments as well as looking at the hospital overall as part of the Council of Governors.”

    Term of Office

    3 years (expiry date 31 July 2018)

    First appointed/elected 1 August 2015

  • Brian Lawless MBE, Public Governor

    Brian represents the public on the Council of Governors. He decided to stand as a Governor because he has previously used the services at the Hospital both as an in-patient and out-patient. He found the services to be excellent and wanted to give something back through his Governorship to help move the Trust forward.

    Brian background is in education and the voluntary sector and he received an MBE for his services to education.

    He said: “As a public governor I want to represent the patients and users of the Hospital and ensure that the Trust continues to provide quality services as well as gain a deeper understanding of how the hospital operates.”

    Term of Office

    3 years (expiry date 31 July 2017)

    First appointed/elected 1 August 2014

  • 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 2017)

    First appointed/elected 1 August 2014

  • Julie Naybour, Public Governor

    Julie represents the public on the Council of Governors. She decided to stand as a Governor because of her belief that the NHS is one of the most important institutions in the country and all must play a part in preserving it.

    Julie has worked with people in many different capacities; after studying Business Studies, her career so far has included careers guidance, acting, and running a music department for an Arts Channel on BskyB where she specialised in the legalities of music copyright.

    She said: “I’m sure everyone will agree the NHS is one of the most important services in this country. It is therefore imperative that standards are constantly reviewed, and maintained or improved, accordingly. I consider it an honour to play a role, no matter how small, in working towards this endeavour.”

    Term of Office

    3 years (expiry date 31 July 2018)

    First appointed/elected 1 August 2012 Click to read more...

  • Stephen Thornhill, Public Governor

    Stephen became a Governor to support his local community and help develop hospital services that will benefit all. Through his own experiences, Stephen has come to value the NHS and this has encouraged him to become involved in improving healthcare on a local level. He is committed to developing an active FT membership that is representative of all communities the hospital serves, and to ensure members views are heard

    Stephen brings with him substantial experience of working in large organisations including local government National Grid and British Gas, and he is also a volunteer for the Coroners Court Support Service. Through these experiences, he has gained a thorough understanding of how large organisations interact with the communities they serve which helps in his role as a Governor.

    He said: “I am privileged to have been elected as a Governor again by the local community. Being a Governor has given me a deeper understanding of the health challenges the Trust faces and a greater insight into the efforts that all the staff make to improve and deliver the best service they can.”

    Term of Office

    3 years (expiry date 31 July 2017)

    First appointed/elected 1 August 2011

  • Rosemary Urion, Public Governor

    Rosemary represents the public on the Council of Governors. She decided to stand as a Governor as she is keen to be involved in maintaining very high standards of healthcare and helping to implement further changes for the better.

    Rosemary is a recently retired registered nurse with over 50 years’ experience in the NHS. For the last 20 years she worked as a practice nurse in a GP surgery looking after patients with varied problems including diabetes, asthma and cardiovascular disease.

    She said: “As a Governor I will be able to represent the needs of local people and take part in further planning to continue to make this Trust a centre of excellent care.”

    Term of Office

    3 years (expiry date 31 July 2018)

    First appointed/elected 1 August 2015

  • Helen Frankland, Staff Governor

    Helen is a member of Staff representing Nursing on the Council of Governors. She decided to stand as a Governor to have the opportunity to be involved in shaping the future of the Trust. She cares passionately about the NHS and wants the Hospital to provide a high quality service for patients and staff.

    Helen is a senior research nurse and wants to ensure that all nursing staff has a voice in the decision making process of the Trust. Her aim is to bring the points of view of those working on the shop floor to the Board. She also wants decisions to be informed and always with the patients’ best interests at the forefront of everything done at the Hospital.

    She said: “As a Governor I will work enthusiastically to help the trust maintain its high standards, meet future challenges and help drive the continued improvement needed to provide our patients with the best quality care.”

    Term of Office

    3 years (expiry date 31 July 2018)

    First appointed/elected 1 August 2015

     

  • Lorraine Heaton, Staff Governor

    Lorraine represents the Allied Health Professional (AHP) Staff on the Council of Governors. She decided to stand as a Governor as she is committed to fulfilling her role in enabling the Trust to be a leading provider of high quality healthcare and sees the Governor position as an ideal opportunity to demonstrate this at a Trust and public-wide level.

    Lorraine is an Occupational Therapist and has worked at Aintree since 2003. She holds a Clinical Lead role in the Acute and Emergency Care and Frailty therapy teams.

    She said: “As a Governor, my strong communication and leadership skills, and my day job based in Urgent and Acute Care allow me to facilitate a proactive and constructive approach to change, allowing AHPs to have their views and ideas heard as to how our services should and could improve in order to enhance patient and staff experience.”

    Term of Office

    3 years (expiry date 31 July 2017)

    First appointed/elected 28 November 2011

  • 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 2018)

    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 chair of the Medical Staff Committee. He has recently served as an executive officer for a national specialty organisation, and 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 2018)

    First appointed/elected 9 March 2015

  • Paul Cummins, Appointed Governor

    Paul is an Appointed Governor representing Sefton Council and acts as the liaison with Knowsley and Liverpool Councils. Aintree Hospital is Paul’s local Trust and he has great concern for the health of the local people and wants to ensure that they have access to the best quality services.

    Paul’s background is mainly in local government and the voluntary sector working at senior management level for many years.

    He said: “I believe passionately in the NHS and have a great affection for my local hospital which I want to see amongst the best in the country.”

  • Barbara Hunter-Douglas, Appointed Governor

    Barbara is an Appointed Governor representing Edge Hill University in her capacity as Interim Associate Dean within the Faculty of Health and Social Care. She is a nurse by background having worked in care of the elderly, general surgical, male genito-urinary and gynaecological areas in different capacities before joining the then, Sefton School of Nursing and, ultimately, moving into Higher Education.

    Initially, this entailed working as a Clinical Teacher with student nurses within a variety of clinical settings, before becoming a Registered Nurse Tutor and Senior Lecturer with a special interest in women’s health, end of life care, communication and legal and ethical aspects of nursing practice. Latterly, her involvement has been as Head of Applied Health and Social Care which saw a move away from the professional programmes to a wide range of non-professional ones, such as Nutrition and Health, Health and Social Wellbeing, Family and Community Studies, Child Health and Wellbeing, Psychosocial Analysis of Offending Behaviour and Counselling and Psychotherapy.

    She said: “In taking on the role of Edge Hill University’s representative for the Trust’s Council of Governors at Aintree, hopefully, it is evident that I bring a wealth of understanding of the workings and issues of the Trust. As such, I look forward to contributing positively to the Council’s requirements and to fully participating in its future direction.”

     

  • John Wilding, Appointed Governor

    John is an Appointed Governor representing the University of Liverpool in his capacity as Professor of Medicine and leads research into Diabetes, Obesity and Endocrinology. He has worked at Aintree since 1996. He is Chair of the UK National Clinical Research Network Metabolic and Endocrine Speciality Group and leads specialist services for severe obesity at Aintree - designated as a Centre for Obesity Management by the European Association for the Study of Obesity.

    He said: “It is an honour to serve as a Governor for the Trust; I hope I can help provide a clinical perspective for the lay governors and also consider it important that the Trust supports and promotes research & teaching in the NHS, so that our patients have access to the best treatments supported by high quality clinical research.”

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