Central Governors

Our Central Governors represent Bridges, Saltwell, Deckham, Lobley Hill and Bensham, Low Fell, High Fell, Chowdene, Lamesley, Chester-le-Street, Ouston amd Pelton, Birtley and Washington.

Below you'll find a little bit of information on why our governors got involved and what they offer to the Trust. Click on the question to reveal their answers.



Eileen Adams

I have resided in the Gateshead area all my life.

For over 20 years, I was employed by Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust and have been aware of the successful changes made to the hospital and local services.
I have recently retired and would hope to represent the interests of patients and the local community to ensure a continuous and excellent service is provided.


John Bedlington
After serving 32 years as a fire officer, 24 years as chair of healthcare charity LIVErNORTH and 9 years as a hospital governor, I believe I understand public service, healthcare and accountability.
Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust is providing an excellent service to the borough and beyond, however, the entire NHS is having to meet unprecedented challenges and undergo significant changes.
If elected, I will endeavour to provide strong governance to ensure that healthcare in Gateshead is provided and sustained at the highest possible level with patients, carers and the public having an effective voice on the Council of Governors.


Helen Jones

I am a recently retired teacher and headteacher in special education and I am keen to use my knowledge, skills and enthusiasm to develop and support other areas of public service.
I have experience of governance systems for schools and for an FE College which would be of beneft in this role

As a member of the local community i have a personal commitment to my local hospital and to the NHS in general. I have a particular interest in ensuring access to generic services for children and adults with learning diffculties and disabilities and particular skills in this area.


Margaret Monaghan
It would be a privilege to give something back to the NHS and especially the QE to repay in some small way the excellent treatment they provide.
With time and commitment to give 100% to this role I would bring all of my skills learned in HR, Counselling, specialising in bereavement and mental illness and advocacy work for the most vulnerable members of society to actively listen and represent the views and opinions of the people in Central Gateshead where I have lived all my life...giving them a voice.


Abe Rabinowitz

As a volunteer in a number of local charities as well as being a Patient Advocate at The DASH Group; a local Patient Support & Advocacy Group and having recently been an inpatient at the QE Hospital, I am familiar with the workings of Hospitals both as a patient and as a patient support.

 I will use the position of Governor, in addition to my existing experience, to better ensure that EVERY patient receives the best level of care EVERY time. 


John Stephens
It is a privilege to have the opportunity to be involved with the continuing development of the Trust delivering the best quality care for the people of Gateshead.
I have been fortunate to work as a physiotherapist within the Trust earlier in my career and more recently receive excellent care as a patient.
I am familiar with quality assurance / enhancement processes within my current employment (Northumbria University) in pre-registration education across a range of healthcare professions, as an External Examiner for another University and also through involvement with the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (the professional body for physiotherapy). 


Karen Tanriverdi

Living in Gateshead all my life I have in the past had need of hospital care for both family and myself and always experienced a high standard of care.
Now recently retired I would welcome the opportunity to give something back.
Through working in administration I have an understanding of many business aspects and have a common sense approach to life.
I also have a strong empathy with people and believe these strengths together would enable me to fulfll a worthwhile position within the trust to the beneft of staff and patients alike.

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