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Meet the Governors

Governors are your voice, representing your interests and views, and if you would like to contact a Governor directly, e-mail details are listed below each pen portrait.  Alternatively you can contact the Foundation Trust Membership Office. If you have a specific concern or complaint, please contact our Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS).

Lead Governor

David Edwards - Public Governor (Greater Manchester)i

David Edwards

Lead & Public Governor (Greater Manchester) - Term of Office Ends September 2016

Excellent treatment at Manchester Royal Eye Hospital prompted David to stand for election as a Governor. He is committed to promoting the highest standards of patient care and safety across CMFT, by engaging with Trust staff, Governors, Members, patients and their families through various events and initiatives including:

  • Membership of the Governors' Patient Experience and Membership Groups, and the Remuneration and Nomination Panels
  • Attending 'Patient Listening' events
  • Attending  CMFT promotions such as the annual Young People's Event
  • Taking part in hospital ward accreditations
  • Sitting on Trust Panels so as to gain assurance of good governance.

This experience has given David a fundamental understanding of not only where CMFT excels but also how Governors can represent Members in highlighting where improvements are needed and where assurance is required.

From his career in civil engineering and running his own company, David feels that he has developed good business acumen and interpersonal skills.  In addition, he regards effective communication, broad mindedness and a high degree of inquisitiveness as key attributes to successfully fulfilling the role of Lead Governor.

Contact E-mail:  governor-david.edwards2@cmft.nhs.uk


Public Governors

Manchester Public Governors

Jayne Bessant - Public Governor (Manchester)

Jayne Bessant

Public Governor (Manchester) - Term of Office Ends September 2017

After training as a nurse at Manchester Royal Infirmary, Jayne has worked in the NHS and charitable healthcare sector for 30 years. Since 2002 she has worked in senior management within the hospice sector and is currently Chief Executive of St Ann's Hospice. Jayne is committed to making a positive contribution to ensure equitable and high standards of care for patients and their carers/families at all stages of their lives.

Since being elected as a Governor in 2009, she has chaired the Organ Donation Committee and the Patient Experience Group. She now sits on the Patient Experience Group and is also working with members of the Trust to review and develop the complaints process.

Contact E-mail:  ft.enquiries@cmft.nhs.uk


Peter Dodd - Public Governor (Manchester)

Peter Dodd

Public Governor (Manchester) - Term of Office Ends September 2016

Chair of the Governors' Patient Experience Group

Peter is now semi-retired, having survived a major stroke in 2006, that left him disabled. Peter's first hand experience of the Manchester Royal Infirmary and NHS, both as an inpatient and an outpatient, makes him ideally placed to be an advocate of good quality healthcare for the entire community. His experience enables him to communicate the views of ordinary people to health professionals. As a life-long trade unionist, Peter also believes strongly in the importance of staff morale and welfare.

As a Governor and Chair of the Patient Experience Group, Peter has been able to raise important issues such as patient dignity, hospital food quality standards, outpatient and discharge medication waiting times.

As former Chair of the Membership Group, Peter has assisted the Trust with the strategy for recruiting members and for engaging with the wider community.

Peter is a lay member of the National Institute for Health Research, a lay member of the Manchester Employment Tribunal Service, and Chair of an insurance company.

Contact E-mail:  governor-peter.dodd@cmft.nhs.uk


Patrick McGuinness

Patrick McGuinness

Public Governor (Manchester) - Term of Office Ends September 2017

Patrick has taught in local comprehensive schools for over thirty years and also served as a governor at three schools. He is a lay officer for a teacher trade union and now works part-time.

As a patient at Manchester Royal Infirmary (MRI), Patrick decided to become a Trust Member and supports the Foundation Trust ethos that decision-makers are accountable to the communities that they serve and respond to their needs via the democratic process (Council of Governors).  With his service in education governance, Patrick feels he has the skills to be effective in holding the Non-Executive Directors to account for the performance of the Board.

Patrick hopes that his experience as an active trade union representative will enable him to be effective in engaging with Members and communicating their views.

Contact E-mail:  governor-patrick.mcguinness@cmft.nhs.uk


Susan Rowlands - Public Governor (Manchester)

Sue Rowlands

Public Governor (Manchester) - Term of Office Ends September 2016

Sue worked for over 30 years in local government, as a social worker and manager, playing a key role in establishing a multi-agency service for disabled children in Manchester.

Sue continues to build on the valuable experience and knowledge she gains as a Governor, as the work of the Council of Governors and Executive Directors becomes ever more complex and diverse, and is looking forward to the challenge of the North-West Health Devolution.

Sue is a member of the Patient Experience Working Group and has been involved in internal reviews and ward accreditations, which examine standards of care.  Sue also attends a regular clinical meeting focusing on children with medical complexities/disabilities.

Sue believes strongly in the importance of the Trust continuing to deliver high-quality services that are speedy, efficient and cost-effective, as well as free at the point of delivery.

Contact E-mail:  governor-susan.rowlands@cmft.nhs.uk


Sue Webster

Sue Webster

Public Governor (Manchester) - Term of Office Ends September 2017

Chair of the Governors' Corporate Citizenship Group

A Governor since 2009, Sue is keen to continue using the experience and knowledge she has already gained.  Sue is Chair of the Governors' Corporate Citizenship Group, which considers the Trust's role as a responsible organisation. The group has focused on what matters to staff, patients and local communities and has championed access to employment for young people, reducing waste and ensuring through cultural partnerships, the Trust's hospitals are uplifting places to visit and recover.

Taking early retirement from a telecommunications company, has enabled Sue to devote more time to her interests in health, education and the arts in Manchester. Her commercial experience is in strategy, change and partnership working.  She is using these skills to encourage good communication, collaborative working and fresh thinking.  Her aim as a Governor is to represent members in the drive to provide the best possible healthcare for Manchester people and their families.

Contact E-mail:  governor-sue.webster@cmft.nhs.uk


Abebaw Yohannes

Dr Abebaw Yohannes

Public Governor (Manchester) - Term of Office ends September 2017

A Reader in Physiotherapy at Manchester Metropolitan University, Abebaw brings the perspective of allied healthcare professionals plus strategic knowledge of the NHS and wider health and social care system to the Governor role.

A registered physiotherapist for over 20 years, he has carried out research with patients suffering from respiratory diseases and mental health problems, publishing over 70 articles nationally and internationally.  Abebaw wishes to support the Trust in implementing its healthcare strategies, and delivering better, more innovative services and care.

Abebaw is passionate about improving the quality and safety of patient care through innovative ways of working. He hopes to build strong relationships between the Trust and the local community, foster teamwork and use his strong communication skills to engage with people from all backgrounds.

Contact E-mail:  governor-abebaw.yohannes@cmft.nhs.uk


Trafford Public Governors

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Nik Barstow

Public Governor (Trafford) - Term of Office Ends September 2018

Nik has been actively involved in public engagement in the NHS in Manchester for 25 years, as a Community Health Council Chief Officer and then managing Local Involvement Networks and HealthWatch bodies. He works for a locally-based health charity.

Nik believes the NHS shows what equality and co-operation can achieve.  He particularly wants to see collaboration between NHS Trusts, Social Care Services, and the voluntary and community sector to help improve services. He is a strong advocate of the view that health and care should be a comprehensive, publicly owned, funded and provided service meeting clinical and care needs free at the point of use, and feels should be democratically controlled.

In his Governor role, Nik will represent members and the public by ensuring that patients', carers' and community views are heard and acted on, raise awareness of equality issues and support the Trust to actively reduce health inequalities and encourage collaborative working between hospitals, community health and social care services.

Contact E-mail:  governor-nik.barstow@cmft.nhs.uk


Cheryl Rivkin

Cheryl Rivkin

Public Governor (Trafford) - Term of Office Ends September 2018

Cheryl trained as a Dentist and was Clinical Director for Manchester Community Dental Services in CMFT until her retirement in 2014.  She was responsible for delivery of clinic-based and domiciliary dental care for adults and children with additional needs.  She has extensive experience of working with vulnerable people of all ages and priority groups, their families/carers, plus a broad range of stakeholders.

Cheryl also worked as a Specialist in Paediatric Dentistry at the Children's Hospital until her retirement, when she then went on to train as a counsellor.

Cheryl feels confident that her first-hand knowledge of both hospital and local services, her commitment to equal access, quality care and improved patient experience will be valuable in her Governor role.  She aims to fully represent members' interests and make a useful contribution to the development of Trust plans for integrated care for the benefit of all.

Contact E-mail:  governor-cheryl.rivkin@cmft.nhs.uk


Christine Turner

Christine Turner

Public Governor (Trafford) - Term of Office Ends September 2018

Christine has extensive experience of working within the health care sector. A retired qualified nurse with 39 years' experience, she completed two degrees in Nursing Studies whilst working and bringing up two children.

A local councillor in Trafford for eight years, Christine has experience of engaging with the public and representing their interests. She has also held organisations to account, in her role as a Board Member of Age UK Trafford.

Passionate about good quality patient care, Christine believes that a good experience when visiting or staying in hospital is everyone's right.  She is enthusiastic about helping our Trust to achieve this in her role as Governor.

Contact E-mail:  governor-christine.turner@cmft.nhs.uk


Greater Manchester Public Governors

Ivy Ashworth-Crees

Ivy Ashworth-Crees

Public Governor (Greater Manchester) - Term of Office Ends September 2018

A retired NHS manager and also a renal transplant patient, Ivy has served as a Governor for six years.  She has a good working knowledge of the Trust, including its structures, processes and culture.

Ivy has enjoyed helping to improve patient experience and care, particularly by working with teams in the outpatients department to enhance the quality of care. She is passionate about improving patient satisfaction and sees her role as seeking assurance from the Board of Directors and ensuring any issues are acted upon.  She is keen to remain involved in service developments within the Trust and believes that good customer service is essential to effective patient care.

Proud to be a Governor of this very forward thinking, modern organisation, Ivy believes that CMFT truly deserves international recognition for its strong academic links and pioneering research activities.

Contact E-mail:  governor-ivy.ashworth-crees@cmft.nhs.uk


Carol Shacklady

Carol Shacklady

Public Governor (Greater Manchester) - Term of Office Ends September 2017

Carol has recently retired as leader of the postgraduate physiotherapy course, now at Manchester Metropolitan University but previously based at MRI.  She is keen to continue her links with patient care and supporting the Trust's services.

Over many years, Carol has been a teacher and mentor to clinicians studying to raise their levels of clinical practice. As a Governor, she aims to help make a difference to the quality of working practices for the benefit of both patients and staff.

Carol brings to her Governor role the skills of scrutiny, interviewing, counselling and acting as a critical friend, along with experience in team organisation, planning, administration and chairing meetings. Her significant working knowledge of primary and secondary care patient services, and NHS governance and health care policies, are also an asset.

Contact E-mail:  governor-carol.shacklady@cmft.nhs.uk


Barrie Warren - Public Governor (Greater Manchester)i

Barrie Warren

Public Governor (Greater Manchester) - Term of Office Ends September 2016

Barrie is a trained and qualified industrial chemist.  Much of his work over the last 30 years has been in the field of silicone rubber, where he has had some contact with the NHS and medical industry through supplying products such as catheters and tubing for various uses.

His interest in becoming a Governor is to help improve the NHS and particularly the effectiveness of the Trust's hospitals and services.

Barrie feels it's important to bring a greater level of common sense and business acumen into the running of the NHS, and local services, to make best use of the money available.  He wants clinicians and nursing staff to advise on spending and services, but mainly to concentrate on the medical aspects of the system.

Additionally, Barrie thinks it is important to restore the NHS to being the force for the greater good that was envisaged in 1948 when it was set up.

Contact E-mail:  governor-barrie.warren@cmft.nhs.uk


Rest of England and Wales Public Governors

Alan Jackson - Public Governor (Rest of England & Wales)i

Alan Jackson

Public Governor (Rest of England & Wales) - Term of Office Ends 2016

Alan wanted to become a Governor to represent the views and feelings of children and families of children who are regular patients, and children with continuing healthcare needs in particular. His daughter has been a regular patient in Royal Manchester Children's Hospital (RMCH) for the last seven years.

As managing director of a care service provider dedicated to children with continuing healthcare needs, Alan has built a professional relationship with many healthcare experts, and other families with children with ongoing needs at RMCH and other Trusts nationwide.

Alan would like to use his experience and knowledge of the care his family has received to improve the experience of others.

A professional, conscientious, honest and open individual, Alan is a people person with good communication skills and an ability to engage with people from all backgrounds.  He is committed to improving life and care for the families of children with health problems.

Contact E-mail:  governor-alan.jackson@cmft.nhs.uk


Richard Jenkins

Richard Jenkins

Public Governor (Rest of England and Wales) - Term of Office Ends September 2016

As a Governor, Richard's focus has been on maintaining and improving the care environment and the patient experience.  This is work he's extremely pleased to continue on behalf of all patients, their families, and the wider community.

As a member of various Governor Groups, Richard has taken a practical approach to improving the patient environment, taking part in ward inspections and food tastings.  He also has vast experience as an NHS patient with diabetes, liver failure (with a subsequent successful transplant in 1997), and more recently renal failure, with a successful kidney transplant at the Trust.

Richard's career as a qualified metallurgist, sales manager in various large metal manufacturing companies, and later a company director, has given him a professional background which aids his role as a Governor.  Now retired, he is also a governor at his local primary school, and a long standing committee member of the North West Kidney Patient Association.

Contact E-mail:  governor-richard.jenkins@cmft.nhs.uk


Staff Governors

Medical & Dental Staff Governor

John Vincent Smyth

Mr John Vincent Smyth

Staff Governor (Medical and Dental) - Term of Office Ends September 2018

A Consultant Vascular Surgeon at Manchester Royal Infirmary, Vince has over 15 years' clinical experience in a senior medical position.  His speciality involves balanced decision-making and working with a wide range of clinical colleagues. Vince has served as department head, represents the Trust at Greater Manchester level on the Vascular Board, and his speciality on the Greater Manchester Stroke Board. He also sits on the Audit/Quality Improvement Committee of the national Vascular Society.

As a Staff Governor for three years, Vince believes that bringing a clinical perspective to the Council of Governors has helped to enhance general awareness and further understanding of the Trust's clinical services.  In his Governor role, Vince wants to support the Trust to involve staff in shaping the Trust's future services and fulfil its vision of an engaged workforce.

Contact E-mail: governor-john.smyth@cmft.nhs.uk


Other Clinical Staff Governors

Bev Hopcutt

Beverley Hopcutt

Staff Governor (Other Clinical) - Term of Office Ends September 2016

Beverley is a Speech & Language Therapist, working at the Trust since 1983.  Her current role is as a therapy service manager but she still undertakes some clinical work.

Her experience in hospital and community settings in central Manchester and Trafford has provided valuable insight about the issues and challenges staff face in delivering high quality patient care.  Beverley draws on this experience in representing her constituency, and addressing any individual concerns brought to her attention.

A Governor since the Foundation Trust began, she's developed a good understanding of the role. The role and responsibility has developed considerably, requiring far greater scrutiny of the organisation's delivery of high quality and safe patient care whilst balancing its budget. There is also greater emphasis on patient and staff experience.

Beverley feels she's able to hold the Trust's Directors to account on all of these aspects, and is confident to speak out and challenge when necessary.

Contact E-mail:  governor-beverley.hopcutt@cmft.nhs.uk


Geraldine Thompson

Geraldine Thompson

Staff Governor (Other Clinical) - Term of Office Ends September 2017

Chair of the Governors' Staff Experience Group

A healthcare scientist, Geraldine's field of expertise is in the science of photography. She currently manages the Trust's Clinical Photography and Medical Illustration Services, and is proud to interact daily with staff, patients and stakeholders.  Geraldine was recently awarded runner up in Chief Scientific Officers award for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) engagement Healthcare Scientist of the year.

Geraldine trained and has worked in the NHS approaching thirty years, with her mother and other close family members having also worked in the NHS.  Geraldine feels that she has developed a particular dedication to all that makes the NHS what it is.

As a Governor, Geraldine hopes to contribute towards the Trust's objectives as well as holding accountable those responsible when any problems appear.  Geraldine feels that she stands for everything the Trust aims to deliver, the patients it serves, the communities and staff it encompasses. She hopes to provide a voice for her own profession and all Trust staff.

Contact E-mail:  governor-geraldine.thompson@cmft.nhs.uk


Nursing & Midwifery Staff Governors

Sharon Green

Sharon Green

Staff Governor (Nursing & Midwifery) - Term of Office Ends September 2018

Sharon worked as a nurse with patients and fellow staff for 18 years in critical care and cardiology, and is currently a Practice Education Facilitator across the Trust.  A Governor since 2012, Sharon has represented the views of the Nursing and Midwifery professions at joint Staff Governor and Chairman's sessions, the Nursing Midwifery Reference Group, and on Patient and Staff Experience Groups.

She feels it is essential for nurses and midwives to have a voice and to influence decisions made by the Trust Board.  This shared decision-making process enables staff to continue to provide high quality care to our patients and their carers.

Sharon is keen to continue fostering a culture of valuing and engaging nurses and midwives in an open and transparent manner.  Her nursing background provides insight and a vital link to support the on-going organisational development of the Trust.

Contact E-mail:  governor-sharon.green@cmft.nhs.uk


Theresa Clegg

Theresa Clegg

Staff Governor (Nursing & Midwifery) - Term of Office Ends September 2018

Theresa has worked in the NHS for many years, training and working in Rochdale before joining CMFT in 2000. After varied experience in both clinical and corporate positions, she is now the Trust's Recruitment Matron.

Passionate about nursing and improving patient care and experience, Theresa aims to increase nurse recruitment and retention within the Trust and wants to use her broad experience to benefit both staff and patients, being the link between them and the Board of Directors.

Theresa is aware of the changing needs of the NHS, its staff and service users, and in her Governor role, welcomes supporting the Trust to continue to provide high standards of quality care and achieve its overall aims and vision.  Theresa is committed to also support the Trust in living its values of "Pride, Empathy, Dignity, Respect, Consideration and Compassion".

Contact E-mail:  governor-theresa.clegg@cmft.nhs.uk


Non-Clinical and Support Staff Governors

Isobel Bridges

Isobel Bridges

Staff Governor (Non-Clinical and Support) - Term of Office Ends September 2018

Isobel has worked in acute NHS hospital environments for more than 27 years, at Trafford Division's Estates & Capital Planning Directorate and then in the Estates & Facilities Management Directorate on the Central Manchester site.

She has been involved in many initiatives ranging from service redesign to collaborative involvement and engagement, with the aim of improving the overall patient experience.

Isobel feels that the NHS is an ever-evolving and rapidly changing entity which faces many challenges and as a large city centre Trust, there will be developments that will require staff engagement and involvement.

Isobel is enthusiastic, driven and truly committed to ensuring the views and opinions of her constituency are represented within the duties, responsibilities and accountabilities of the Governor role. She is keen to help drive forward changes to improve overall patient experience and positively promote health and wellbeing initiatives for the benefit of all staff.

Contact E-mail:  governor-isobel.bridges@cmft.nhs.uk


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Rev. Peter Gomm

Staff Governor (Non-Clinical and Support) - Term of Office Ends September 2016

A chaplain at the Trust for over 20 years, Peter has had the privilege of working with staff, patients and families from a wide variety of backgrounds, and contributed to the religious and spiritual care of people in both Manchester and Salford. This has given him unique insight and much practical experience of the emotional, spiritual and cultural needs of those who use the Trust's services.

Peter brings these insights to his role as Governor, and encourages the Trust in its agenda on equality, diversity and inclusion, patient care, and help to embed the Trust values into every strand of its work.

Drawing on his experience of managing the Trust's multi-faith chaplaincy team, Peter will actively support Trust staff from the city's many communities and promote awareness of the needs of those from different religious and cultural backgrounds.  Also, as the senior manager of the Bereavement and Family Support Services, he also highlights the increasingly important areas of family bereavement care and patient experience within the Trust.

Contact E-mail:  governor-peter.gomm2@cmft.nhs.uk


Nominated Governors

Rabnawaz Akbar

Councillor Rabnawaz Akbar

Nominated Governor (Manchester City Council) - Term of Office Ends September 2017

Chair of the Governors' Membership Group

Councillor Akbar is the Assistant Executive Member for Finance and Human Resources, Chair of a Primary School Governing Body, Secretary of the Manchester Council of Mosques (MCOM) and trustee of various other community based organisations.

Rabnawaz is passionate about the NHS and his aim is to help the Trust to better understand the communities it serves. Councillor Akbar's extensive experience in the community will allow him to positively contribute to the strategic vision of the Trust.

Contact E-mail:  governor-rabnawaz.akbar@cmft.nhs.uk


Julie Cheetham

Julie Cheetham

Nominated Governor (Central Manchester Clinical Commissioning Group) - Term of Office Ends September 2018

Julie is currently the Governing Body Board Nurse for Central Manchester Clinical Commissioning Group and brings to this role a breadth and depth of nursing and strategic knowledge of the NHS and wider health and social care system.  She currently works for NHS England North Region (Lancashire & Greater Manchester) as Deputy Associate Director of the GMLSC Strategic Clinical Networks which covers Cardiovascular Disease, Cancer, Mental Health, Dementia, Neurological Science, Maternity, Children & Young People, CAMHS, End of Life and Palliative Care.

A registered nurse for over 27 years, Julie is passionate about improving the quality and safety of patient care through innovative ways of working. Julie is the chair of the Clinical Commissioning Group - Clinical Quality and Performance Committee and a member of the Governance, Audit and Remuneration Committees. Julie has led a number of high profile national projects on behalf of the Department of Health and NW Strategic Health Authority.  Julie strengths are in building strong relationships and facilitating diverse programmes of work across all sectors.

Contact E-mail:  governor-julie.cheetham@cmft.nhs.uk


Angela Harrington - Nominated Governor (Manchester City Council)

Angela Harrington

Nominated Governor (Manchester City Council) - Term of Office Ends September 2017

Angela is Head of Work & Skills with Manchester City Council and is very interested in the Trust's contribution to employment and skills, education, public health, community engagement and corporate citizenship.

Angela is proud to have served as a Nominated Governor since the Council of Governors' inception and is keen to support the Trust through future changes including Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Devolution.

Contact E-mail: governor-angela.harrington@cmft.nhs.uk


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Dr Alexander Heazell

Nominated Governor (Manchester University) - Term of Office Ends September 2018

Alexander is a Senior Clinical Lecturer in Obstetrics and Clinical Director of the Tommy's Maternal and Fetal Health Research Centre, University of Manchester.

After graduating from the University of Birmingham Medical School in 2000, Alexander commenced clinical training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology in the West Midlands. He came to Manchester to work as a Clinical Researcher in 2004. After finishing his PhD thesis in 2008 on how the placenta (afterbirth) goes wrong in pregnancy complications, Alexander finished his training as an Obstetrician in the North-West region.

Working as a Consultant Obstetrician at St Mary's Hospital in 2013, Alexander runs a specialist clinic for families who have experienced a stillbirth in a previous pregnancy and dedicates some of his time to medical research which focusses on stillbirth, looking at ways to both prevent it and also improve care.

Alexander is passionate about translating medical research into benefits for patients and has been involved in local, regional and national efforts to improve care based upon research.  Having published over 100 research papers and holding over £2M in research grants, Alexander feels enormously proud to be a University Nominated Governor as the relationship between research and clinical environments ultimately aims to improve care for patients and their families.

Contact E-mail: governor-alexander.heazell@cmft.nhs.uk



Paul Lally

Councillor Paul Lally

Nominated Governor (Trafford Borough Council) - Term of Office Ends September 2017

Paul has been a Councillor on Trafford Borough Council since 2012. His responsibilities include Chairmanship of the Safety at Sports Grounds Committee. He also sits on the Licensing and Public Protection Committees and is a local authority governor at an infant school and a primary school.

He lives in and represents Flixton, close to Trafford General Hospital, and is married with two children.

Paul works full time in Direct Sales and Marketing for a commercial financial company.  Recently he was proud to be part of the Corporate Social Responsibility team that raised over £2.5k during a three month period, for the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital's "Many Hands" campaign.

Volunteering in local hospitals is close to Paul's heart as he spent many hours as part of a hospital broadcasting team.  During that time he was able to listen, inform and entertain patients.

Paul is delighted to be able to have an input into shaping the future of the NHS by engaging with local decision makers to ensure every voice is heard when projects like "Living Longer and Living Better" and "Healthier Together" are implemented.

Contact E-mail:  governor-paul.lally@cmft.nhs.uk


Mariam Naseem

Mariam Naseem

Nominated Governor (Youth Forum) - Term of Office Ends September 2018

Mariam is in her second year of sixth form education, and hopes to apply to study dentistry at university. She was nominated as Youth Governor through her role as a Youth Forum member.  She joined the Youth Forum in September 2013, and was elected as Chair which has given her experience of helping to lead meetings.

As a Youth Forum member, Mariam participates in ward visits, as part of the "15 Steps Challenge" assessments, where she raises patient experience factors to matrons.  Mariam also helps with the development of ward posters, leaflets and questionnaires. She has been on the judging panel for the Going the Extra Mile (GEM) Awards, which honours nurses and midwives. She has also taken part in 'The Big Discussion 2' at Birmingham Children's Hospital, representing the Youth Forum in discussing Gillick competency (assesses whether a child has the maturity to make their own decisions and to understand the implications of those decisions).

Contact E-mail:  ft.enquiries@cmft.nhs.uk


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Professor Jane Worthington

Nominated Governor (Manchester University) - Term of Office Ends 2019

Jane is a Professor of Complex Disease Genetics at the University of Manchester where she leads The Arthritis Research UK Centre of Excellence in Genetics and Genomics investigating how inherited factors influence susceptibility, outcome and response to therapy for inflammatory arthritis. She has published over 250 research papers and attracted many millions of pounds of funding for research.

Jane is the University Lead for the NIHR Musculoskeletal Biomedical Research Unit launched in 2012 which supports the translation of research findings towards benefits to patients through experimental medicine.

Since 2013, Jane has been Director of The Institute of Inflammation and Repair, University and Academic Lead for the Inflammation and Repair Domain of The Manchester Academic Health Sciences Centre. In this role she has overseen significant increases in funding for research, increased engagement with industry partners and, through a number of initiatives, a greater connection between research active NHS staff and members of the university.

In August 2016 Jane will become Head of the School of Biological Sciences in the new Faculty of Biology Medicine and Health, an exciting new challenge which will bring many more opportunities to ensure that high quality research informs improved patient care and outcomes.

Contact E-mail:  ft.enquiries@cmft.nhs.uk

Graham Watkins

Graham Watkins

Nominated Governor (Volunteer Services) - Term of Office Ends 2017

Graham has been both a patient and a carer at the Manchester Royal Infirmary and Manchester Royal Eye Hospital for the past 21 years.  Since 2011, he has been a volunteer, assisting visitors and patients throughout the hospitals.  A passionate supporter of the NHS, and the Trust's hospitals, Graham feels honoured to be treated as a member of a team of amazing, dedicated and hard working staff.

For the past three years, Graham has spent most of his volunteering time in the A&E Department at the Manchester Royal Infirmary.  He has also been involved in the setting up and running of the Eco Shuttle Buses on the Central Site.  He regularly drives one of the buses and knows how much this new service is appreciated by patients, visitors and staff.

Prior to Graham's volunteering role, for ten years he was Deputy Head, then Headmaster, of a comprehensive school in Hulme and subsequently Regional Director (Midlands and North West) for Save The Children.

Graham aims actively to keep volunteers informed about the Trust's plans, and reflect their views on how services might be further improved to the Council of Governors.

Contact E-mail:  governor-graham.watkins@cmft.nhs.uk


Annual Governor Election Process

The majority of our Governors (25 out of 35) are elected from and by our members with all qualifying members that are aged 16 years or over being able to nominate themselves to stand for election as a Governor during the election process.  Elections are held each year (usually commence around July) for those Governor posts whose term of office is ending or have resigned.

At the start of the election process an invitation letter, from our Chairman, is sent out to all relevant members (where a Governor seat is open for election) to inform them that the election process is starting.  The invitation letter includes the contact details of the external company who facilitates our election process (to request a Nomination Form).  Ballot papers are then sent to members who in turn vote for the candidate(s) that they wish to be elected to our Council of Governors (first past the post method of voting).

For more information about our Governor Election process, please visit our Governor Election webpage.