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The Council of Governors consists of public governors and staff governors who have all been elected by their constituencies. It also includes nominated representatives from the Local Authority, University and other partnership organisations. You can find out more about the role of our governors here.

Results of the 2016 governor elections will be available at the end of September.

Below you will find a list of our current governors.

Elected Governors - Public

Public: City of York

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Margaret worked in the NHS as a nurse, midwife and senior manager for a total of 43 years before retiring in 2011.  She gained invaluable experience in the delivery of healthcare and in seeking and responding to the views of staff, patients and their families/carers and in working with a range of people from many different organisations. 

Since her election to the position of Governor in October 2012, she has worked with her Governor colleagues to ensure that the Trust continues to hold the patient at the centre of all it does.  In April 2014, Margaret was elected Lead Governor by her colleagues. 

By attending meetings and being involved in various committees and groups she has been able to see how the Directors and Non-executive Directors fulfil their roles and how strategic plans are developed and put into action. 

Following re-election, Margaret has welcomed the opportunity to develop and take forward the role of both Governor and Lead Governor in the Trust representing members and the community.  She ensures that the views of patients and their families/carers continue to be sought, considered and taken account of when discussing services. She is fully committed to the role of Governor working with the Trust and its staff, willing to both congratulate and challenge the Trust on actions being considered or taken when delivering healthcare. 

 Margaret Jackson
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Robert believes in holding people to account and that frontline staff should have a voice with regards to how services are delivered, but most importantly, he believes that patients and their families should be at the heart of everything the Trust does. 

Robert feels that as a Governor he offers the Trust, fellow members and patients:

·         His whole hearted commitment to ensuring the Trust delivers safe, effective and high quality care

·         His belief in effective and robust governance and the importance of ‘speaking truth to power’

·         His professional knowledge of what great leadership in the NHS looks like

Robert is a York resident with a young family who has much to thank the NHS for – in particular the health and wellbeing of him and his loved ones (3 children born at York, numerous A & E visits and surgical procedures etc) and his career in leadership selection (he works for NHS Leadership Academy which is like a business school aimed at developing new leadership behaviours in the NHS).

He believes his career experience of questioning and assessing NHS executives and senior leaders means as a Governor he is comfortable challenging the Board at York to assure patients, families and staff that they are doing all they can to provide first class, safe and value for money services. 

 Robert Wright
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From the age of 18 until retirement, Helen’s career has been firmly rooted in the NHS.  A registered nurse, nurse teacher with a master’s degree in education, she spent many years working in a clinical and teaching capacity For thirteen years she worked as a Senior Civil Servant in the Department of Health and was responsible for over 40 staff and a multi-million pound budget. 

Helen is very familiar with the work required of a Governor having sat on the Board of the UK Sector Skills Council for Health and she was subsequently appointed as a Director of Strategy and Planning with the same body.  It is these skills plus those of communication that she brings to the position..

Helen’s links with York Teaching Hospital are predominantly through patient experience both personally (following a mild stroke) and also through caring for her elderly mum who has since passed away.   

Helen believes that giving time and commitment to the role of Governor can bring real benefits to promoting excellence in patient care. She believes the Governor community is highly valued and able to draw on a variety of experience and contributions.

 Helen Fields

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John moved to York some 40 years ago which was prior to his retirement in 1990 after being a Personnel and Administration Manager with British Rail for 40 years in various locations including Rotherham, Sheffield, Doncaster, Nottingham, Leeds and finally York.

In 1980 John joined the worlds largest service organisation that of Lions Clubs International as a member of York Lions Club.  He was appointed Club President in 1985, Lions District Governor for Yorkshire and Derbyshire 1990/91 followed by the National Drug Awareness and Life Skills Officer for three years.

John was a Board Member of the Charity TACADE (The Advisory Council for Alcohol and Drug Education) from 1993-2003. Tacade produced Educational and Life Skills material for Primary and Secondary Schools.  John has been a School Governor and Pupil Mentor at Lowfield School, Acomb, and York.

 John Cooke

Summer 2016 Elections

2 vacancies available

Public: Bridlington

 Clive Neale.jpgClive has lived in Burton Agnes, near Bridlington for 8 years, since he took early retirement.  He started his working life by training as an accountant and subsequently moved on to take a degree in computing science, both of which qualifications have enabled him to have a wide and varied business career. 

Clive worked in the service and distribution industry for many years in a number of diverse roles, latterly at Board level.  In the final part of his career, he worked for the Department of Health, initially in policy areas including the National Tariff.  He then moved to a Senior Business Manager role in one of the largest directorates within the department and his responsibilities included forward planning, governance, human resources and finance. 

Since moving to the area he has become involved in the community through the Village Sports Association and the Bowls Club, both of which he chairs.  He is also a member of Bridlington U3A, having served as vice chair for 3 years. 

His background in the private sector and in central government, together with an enquiring, open mind and a determined commitment help to serve the community in the role of Public Governor for the Bridlington area.

 Clive Neale
 Patricia Stovell - Photo.jpgPat has worked within the NHS for 35 years.  Having trained at Halifax Royal Infirmary, West Yorkshire and once qualified she joined the QARNNS as she wished to travel. 

Leaving the Armed Forces after 4 years service, she moved to the South to continue with her career.  A change in direction led her into community nursing where she completed her conversion to RGN 1st level, gained a diploma in Professional Practice, and then obtained a Degree Hons in Specialist Practice District Nursing, becoming a district nursing sister and later the manager of a ‘virtual ward’. 

Pat retired and moved North again with her husband and has lived in Bridlington since 2012.  Having time on her hands she decided to seek employment within York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, working at Bridlington Hospital for 18 months on the elective orthopaedic ward. 

 Patricia Stovell

Summer 2016 Elections

1 vacancy available.


Public: Selby

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Ann wanted to become a governor to make a difference especially since as a family they have had some negative experiences with medical treatment. She decided that instead of doing nothing, she wanted to be part of a change and as a Governor she has been party to some really positive changes. It is hard to summarise in so few words, but she feels that some of the highlights include:

Being on the Fairness Forum; promoting equally and reducing health inequalities. Engagement with Dementia Services, Human Resources, Patient Experience Team, Safeguarding Teams for adults with learning difficulties, Visual Impairment Teams, Fairness Champions and LGBT Network. Being a member of the Nominations and Remunerations committee; involved in policy forming regarding appointments and salaries of the Chair and Non-Executive Directors. Involvement in Constitutional Review. Involvement in Community Service Group including development nof the Selby and Malton Hubs. Having input into the Food and Drink Strategy. Attending Ellerby’s opening, York Hospital’s improved restaurant. Involvement in Listening Week; recording opinions and experiences from staff, carers, volunteers and patients. Attending the National Governors Forum in London. Attending the wonderful AVS team’s Christmas Party and Remembrance Service at Selby Hospital.

Ann is now on her second term as a governor and continues to be deeply involved with her portfolio. 

 Ann Bolland

Summer 2016 Elections

1 vacancy available


Public: Ryedale and East Yorkshire

 Jeanette Anness Photo.jpgJeanette had a career as a nurse in the NHS, latterly as a Diabetes Specialist. She is committed to obtaining the best health care services for the people of Ryedale and East Yorkshire. Since her election as a Governor in 2012, she has worked to ensure the Trust fulfils its commitment to put patients at the centre of all it does.  Jeanette finds the role of Public Governor very rewarding.

By attending meetings and various groups Jeanette has been able to see how the Board of Directors make strategic plans and implements them.  The quarterly Council of Governors meeting provides an opportunity to receive reports and to question the Chief Executive and other senior staff. 

Jeanette is a member of the Governors Community Services Group, which reviews the service delivery particularly the new developments. These become ever more significant with the pressing need for collaborative working between Health and Social care.  Jeanette is also a member of the Nominations and Remunerations Committee, which were responsible for appointing the current Trust Chair.

Jeanette chairs the Derwent  Surgery Patient Group meetings in Ryedale and attends the Scarborough & Ryedale CCG Patient Group, where there is an opportunity to present the views and concerns of patients and their families. 

 Jeanette Anness

 Sheila Miller Photo.jpgShe has been a Governor for the Ryedale area since September 2012 and has experience of over 20 years working within the community on various patient groups, hospices and inspections which helps her to fulfil her role. 

As a Governor she has been invited to sit on various groups enabling her to be involved in the work of the Trust.  She sits on the Derwent Surgery Patient Group which offers feedback to the Trust from various residents in Ryedale, the Transport Group which involves ensuring patients and families know of the various concessions available for long term illnesses and finding ways of helping patients access all our hospitals in a more efficient way.

Sheila has also taken part in PLACE inspections which help to ensure the environment, cleanliness and food offered to patients in all our hospitals is the best possible standard.  Sheila also sits on the Annual Plan Group which comments on the Trust’s strategy.

She monitors any plans for Malton Hospital and the community services in Ryedale.

 Shelia Miller 

Summer 2016 Elections

1 vacancy available


Public: Hambleton District
Summer 2016 Elections 1 vacancy available.

Public: Scarborough

 Diane Rose - Photo.jpgDiane states that ‘on entering this world her parents had to pay a maternity delivery nurse and the payment was more than a week’s wage.  Eventually, men walked from all over the country to hand in a petition to form a health service’.  She feels that having always been enthusiastic about health and education issues, being a Governor is an exciting chance for local people to have the NHS they want in their own area.

Like many people she has benefited from the Trust, having had arterial stents some 16 years ago and feels that her husband and family have also benefited ad they have needed appointments with specialists from time to time. Having experienced illness, she feels that she has the ability to empathise, listen, answer questions, and pass on people’s views and worries on issues raised.

Diane states that she is from a hard working background, having secretarial/accounts knowledge and having also been self-employed. As well as working full time Diane was an evening class Lecturer at two local schools for over 20 years.

Diane feels passionately about giving back something to our NHS and feels all of the skills she has learned would help her to be able to work as part of a team/group as and when the Trust evaluates the delivery of care and services.

Diane Rose 
 David Wheeler Photo.jpgDavid has lived in East Ayton since 1996 and spent his childhood in Old Malton.  He has returned to his roots following retirement as the UK Managing Director of a global Swedish company. 

David is also a volunteer at Scarborough Hospital and has been involved in a number of areas including patient and public involvement, the orthopaedic development at Bridlington and patient surveys. 

David sees being a Public Governor of the Trust as a way to continue to actively serve the community. 

 David Wheeler

Public: Whitby

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Stephen has been the Governor for Whitby and Esk Valley for 4 years. During that time he has endeavoured to work with the Trust after the merger, to enhance community and hospital services both at Whitby and Scarborough.

Significant improvements have taken place at Scarborough Hospital with a new modern ward, department upgrades and car parking.  He feels York Trust have worked very hard to develop the efficiency of community services in Whitby and the Esk Valley.

Stephen continues to work hard as a Governor within the Trust to further develop Scarborough Hospital, to provide high quality services to Whitby and Esk Valley residents when they make their choices for treatment.  He is committed to working with the Trust to offer local consultant clinics across a range of services in Scarborough and Whitby.

Stephen has involved himself in many of the Trusts vital committees and this has been very important in developing his understanding of the structure and management of one of the largest geographical Health Trusts in England.

 Stephen Hinchliffe

Appointed Governors - Partner Organisations

Partner: North Yorkshire and York Forum

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 Michael Beckett

Partner: University of York

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Rowena has been appointed as a stakeholder governor on behalf of the University of York. She is Professor of Health Economics in the Health Policy Team in the Centre for Health Economics and has a PhD in Economics (2002) from the University of York and an MCom Degree in Economics (cum laude) (1997) from the University of Cape Town, South Africa.

Rowena’s research interests include health policy reforms, funding of health services, incentives and performance measurement with a particular interest in mental health services. Recent research projects include topics such as the use of composite performance indicators, quality indicators for people with serious mental illness in primary care, how to fund mental health providers and the performance of Foundation Trust hospitals.

Rowena attends the Nominations/Remuneration Committee as part of her governor role, but is also very interested in promoting closer working with the Trust around research. 

 Rowena Jacobs

Partner: North Yorkshire County Council

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Chris Pearson 

Partner: East Riding of Yorkshire Council

Partner: City of York Council


Elected Governors - Staff

Scarborough and Bridlington:

 Noble_Helen_GovPhoto May 16.jpgHelen was successfully appointed as a governor for the staff constituency at Scarborough Hospital (including Bridlington) in October 2012.  She thoroughly enjoyed her first term as a staff governor and felt she had been able to contribute and support staff through the acquisition of Scarborough and York Hospitals Foundation Trust.  This is an extremely important role which involves making sure that Scarborough and Bridlington based staff feel involved in the strategic direction of their organisation, something that she feels very passionate about. 

Helen qualified as a Registered General Nurse in 1988 and went onto train as a Midwife, qualifying in 1991.  She has worked in a number of different roles within the maternity services and after almost 20 years, with a passion for governance and a strong interest in the quality and safety agenda she applied for a role within the Governance Team taking on the role of lead for safety and quality.  Her current role following the acquisition with York Hospital Foundation Trust has been as the Head of Patient Safety across the Scarborough and Bridlington sites.  Over the past several years she feels she has contributed and raised the profile of Patient Safety amongst her colleagues. 

Helen Noble 
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 Andrew Bennett


Mick Lee Photo.jpg Mick came to the Trust from a military background having served with the Royal Air Force for 31 years as a fire-fighter.  He has been with us for almost 8 years now and feels that during that time he has become more fully aware of and appreciative of, the Trusts aims and objectives.  He feels that there is so much negativity surrounding the NHS, with articles appearing in the national press almost on a daily basis.  If we are to believe what we read, then it would appear that the organisation is always going to be under pressure to deliver its primary role within society, that of being able to deliver free first class health care to all.    

As a member of staff himself, he feels that we should all be justifiably proud of what the Trust has achieved.  Mick’s role as the fire safety advisor enables him to meet and get to know many people across all staff disciplines; he sees at first hand the professionalism and dedication of staff.  The one thing which is only too apparent, is how focussed they are in putting the welfare and care of the patients first, above all else. 

There is no doubting that as an organisation we are constantly expected to operate under huge financial pressure in order to deliver more for less and it is only right that we should be held to account because of those expectations.  But let us not lose sight of the fact that despite those pressures both from within at a trust level and externally from a national level the one constant we share is our continued commitment to our patients.

 Mick Lee

Summer 2016 Elections

1 vacancy available



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Sharon Hurst

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