Western Governors

Our Western Governors represent Prudhoe, Crawcrook and Greenside, Chopwell and Rowlands Gill, Ryton, Crookhill and Stella, Winlaton and High Spen, Blaydon, Whickham South and Sunniside, Whickham North, Dunston Hill and Whickham East, Dunston and Teams.

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.

 

Leslie Brown
I care very much about our local health services.
I have lived in the Gateshead area and worked in legal services for 30 years.
I would like to contribute to the Council of Governors inquisitive and balanced thinking. Also, my aim is to communicate with local people – collecting their opinions and helping our communities to have a say in Trust decisions and its future.
My priorities will be on how our Trust is supervised, responds to the needs of individuals and delivers within restricted budgets. Most of all I want to enhance our Trust’s performance. I hope to be alert to the many whose voice matters. I believe patients, carers and those who work in and serve our Trust, deserve Governors who will undertake their duties responsibly and with care.

 

Jenny Gill
For the last three years as a Governor I’ve been working with patients and staff at Queen Elizabeth Hospital; and it has been simply amazing, exciting, challenging and a privilege.
Sitting on the Remunerations Committee enabled me to share in the complex and efficient appointment of both our new Chief Executive and our new Chair of the Board.
Since January 2019 I’ve been Lead Governor and I have worked at ways of maintaining good relationships we have within the Council and finding ways of supporting each other. I enjoy meeting members of the public in focus groups to encourage membership and to share our plans, hopes and dreams for the future. I very much value the opportunity to continue representing the folk of Western Gateshead for a further three years.

 

Grace Henderson
Our NHS service provides care and treatment to everyone in our community: I am passionate that the voices of all are heard by its decision makers.
The Council of Governors ensures that democracy is at the heart of Gateshead Foundation Trust and since 2016 it has been my privilege to represent Western Gateshead members on that Council.
During that time I have served on committees, attended Board meetings and regularly visited wards to hear patient’s comments. I’ve participated in Rapid Progress Improvement Workshops in which we spend a week focused on achieving best patient care in a ward or area, and I am involved in Patient Led Assessment of the Care Environment as well as Patient Environment Action Group meetings.
I am delighted to again have the opportunity to represent Western Gateshead members and build on all I have learned in the past three years.

 

Chris Hulley
The National Health Service is the jewel in the crown of our democracy.
The Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Gateshead is a shining example of excellence and a major asset of the community.
I can think of no higher honour than to serve as a Governor representing my community.

 

Mick Lamport
I am a retired police officer disabled in the course of my duty. I use an electric wheelchair and a walking stick to aid getting around. I have a lot of contact with the NHS because of my disabilities, I have found the service invaluable to my health.
I became a governor to help others access the benefits available from the NHS, to give something back to the community that has helped me so much. If I can make a difference to the service and help others, I find this rewarding.

 

Janice Todd
I’ve been an active governor for the Western constituency for four years.
In this time I’ve gained significant knowledge of the services the QE Hospital has to offer the community.
I have seen the wide range of services, from catering to pathology, and met the dedicated staff delivering them.
I have developed many of the skills for the role. I’m actively involved in Board of Directors’, Council of Governors and various Trust Committee meetings such as the Safeguarding Committee.
I am proud to be a governor and am grateful for the opportunity to continue to support the Trust.

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