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Staff Members area

All qualifying members of staff are automatically invited to become Staff Members as we are confident that our staff want to play an active role in developing quality services for both patients and staff.

The Staff Member Constituency is subdivided into the following staff classes:

  • Medical & Dental
  • Nursing & Midwifery
  • Other Clinical
  • Non-Clinical & Support.

Members can become more involved in the work of our Trust with one way being through our Council of Governors with Staff Members voting for Staff Governors during the election process (usually starts July each year).

Our Council of Governors is responsible for representing the interests of members and influencing the Trust's future plans.  The Council of Governors is also responsible for recruiting and engaging with members and making sure that our membership profile reflects the communities that we serve.

Having a broad and representative membership community and a Council of Governors elected from and by our members is key to working together to better meet the needs of our communities.

As a member, you can decide exactly how much or little you would like to be involved. For example, you may simply wish to vote for the representative that you want to be elected as a Staff Governor and receive regular communication from us such as newsletters and updates (Foundation Focus Newsflash).

Or you may wish to play a more active role, including:

Please find the latest copy of our Staff Members' Welcome Pack which is filled with further information about the Trust and the role of Governor in addition to what it means to be a Staff Member. A 'Become More Involved Reply Form' accompanies this pack which we hope you will be able to complete in order for us to gauge your desired level of involvement (help us to manage our contacts with you appropriately).

For more Staff Governor information, please view the latest issue of our Governor Bulletin.

Become More Involved

MalcolmAll our members are equal, but the Trust recognises that some members may wish to become more involved in the life of our Foundation Trust. One of the biggest ways that you can get involved is to put yourself forward to stand for elction to our Council of Governors.

If you are interested in standing for election as a Staff Governor, please contact our Foundation Trust Membership Office. They will be able to give you details of when the next Governor elections will be held (usually July each year), and the process for standing as a candidate.

You do need to be a member of our Foundation Trust before you can stand for election and Governors have to meet certain criteria. You do not need specific qualifications for the role, other than an interest in healthcare and a commitment to representing your staff group to the best of your ability. Please see our Governor Role Information Pack for more details.  A comprehensive induction programme and ongoing training is provided to Governors once they have been elected.

Governor Elections 2016 

The results of the elections to the Council of Governors of Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust are now available - please see documents below:

The results will be formally announced at our forthcoming Annual Members' Meeting scheduled for Tuesday, 27th September 2016 with newly elected Governors starting in office following closure of this meeting.  For more information about our Annual Members' Meeting, please visit our Events webpage


Staff Governors

Governors are your voice and if you would like to share any views or comments regarding our forward plans or if you have any other ideas and suggestions, you can contact Governors directly - e-mail contact details are listed below each Staff Governor pen portrait.  Alternatively you can contact the FT Membership Office.

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

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 Governor

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


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



Peter Gomm Photo 2

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


Chairman/Staff Governor - Staff Member Engagement Sessions

Our organisation became authorised as a Foundation Trust on 1st January 2009 and we have seven Staff Governors who are responsible for representing your interests and influencing the Trust's future plans.

Each year our Chairman, Steve Mycio hosts a series of Staff Engagement Sessions for Staff Governors and their constituents. Past engagement sessions have proved very successful with the suggestions made by staff being followed up and implemented wherever possible.  Staff Governors are updated on what actions are underway, so they can share this information with staff members.

If you would like to attend a future event, please contact your Staff Governor (details outlined in the table below).

Staff Governor Name

Elected Representative for the following Staff Members

Contact E-mail

John V Smyth Medical & Dental governor-john.smyth@cmft.nhs.uk
Beverley Hopcutt Other Clinical governor-beverley.hopcutt@cmft.nhs.uk
Geraldine Thompson Other Clinical


Sharon Green Nursing & Midwifery governor-sharon.green@cmft.nhs.uk
Isobel Bridges Non-Clinical & Support governor-isobel.bridges@cmft.nhs.uk
Peter Gomm Non-Clinical & Support governor-peter.gomm2@cmft.nhs.uk


If you are interested in attending future membership events (including Chairman/Staff Governor Engagement Sessions, Annual Members' Meeting and Young People's Event) or would like more information, please contact the FT Membership Office (contact details below).

Foundation Focus Newsflash - Membership Newsletter

The Trust produces a regular Membership Newsletter to keep you informed about all the news and latest developments within the Trust.

Friends and Family - How to Join Membership of our NHS Foundation Trust

If you have a family member or friend that is interested in becoming a member of our Trust, an online application can be found via our NHS Foundation Trust website or contact the Membership Office (details above) for a paper form.

Changes to Your Membership Details or Cancelling Your Membership

As outlined, we automatically enrol our staff as members upon joining the Trust as we are confident that you will want to play an active role in developing better quality services for both patients and staff.  Staff can however opt out upon request to the Foundation Trust Membership Office

Membership information is stored separately to your Electronic Staff Record (ESR) and is treated with the strictest of confidence, in keeping with Data Protection rules and is not released to third parties. If any of your details change, please contact the Foundation Trust Membership Office (as well as notifying your Line Manager to update ESR).

Contact the Foundation Trust Membership Office

For information about membership or any other membership queries, please contact our Foundation Trust Membership Office:

By Post: -

Foundation Trust Membership Office
Trust Headquarters
Cobbett House
Manchester Royal Infirmary

By Phone: -

0161 27 68661 (office hours are 9.00 am to 5.00 pm, Monday to Friday; answering machine outside these hours

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