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Date: 21 February 2019
Meet your public governors
Public governors are drawn from 10 areas, with each formed from several of the wards in Birmingham. Each area has either one or two governors, in broad proportion to the use of the Trust's hospitals by residents of these regions. Public governors can be patients or non-patients but they do need to live in the constituency area.
Ms Attiqa Khan, Birmingham Central
Attiqa Khan has been a Public Governor for six years and has a background in the legal profession, working in both the public and private sectors and lobbying on social policy issues with the Citizens Advice Bureau, helping local residents with welfare, benefits, housing, debt and consumer issues amongst others.
Attiqa holds a law degree and LPC qualification, and as a governor aims to apply her experience and skills to improve the performance of the NHS and promote quality patient care.
Mr Keith Fielding, Birmingham East
Keith was born and continues to live in Birmingham, currently residing in Yardley. As a local resident with experience of many of the hospitals within the Trust, Keith grasped the opportunity to “give something back” to the community when the opportunity arose to join the Council of Governors.
Keith’s work has taken him across the globe, with extensive experience in Project Management and Business Improvement (primarily in the aerospace sector), affording him great insight into what is required to make systems and processes work successfully – people.
Serving first as a Governor at the former Heart of England Foundation Trust (HEFT), Keith – being heavily involved with the preparations for the merger between HEFT and UHB – now continues to serve the combined Trust as a Public Governor.
Keith is currently focused, post-merger, on continuing work to ensure that the benefits are realised by all, with a focus on local care.
In his spare time Keith enjoys gardening, travel, reading, music, sport and quality time with his family.
Mr Gerry Moynihan, Birmingham Heartlands
Born and raised in Birmingham, Gerry has been involved with health and social care scrutiny organisations for over 20 years as well as acting as a Public Governor for three NHS Trusts.
With graduate and postgraduate qualifications in English Law, Gerry works part-time for an international IT publishing firm and aims to bring his experience, commitment and passion to promote high standards and accountability as a governor.
Mr Albert Fletcher, Birmingham North
Albert has been a governor for over six years, representing the interests of patients at Good Hope, Heartlands and Solihull hospitals and the Birmingham Chest Clinic.
As a governor, Albert’s focus is on ensuring the benefits of the merger between the former Heart of England Foundation Trust (HEFT) and UHB are delivered, in particular the benefits to recruitment and retention of staff and the improvement of services for patients, while maintaining local services.
Albert is an active Justice of the Peace, and in his spare time enjoys ballroom and Latin American dancing, gardening, holidays and good food.
Mr Adam Layland, Birmingham Reservoirs
After 11 successful years in the NHS working in senior leadership roles across ambulance services in the UK, Adam was appointed as a Senior Lecturer in Leadership and Management with Coventry University in March 2017. Adam is passionate about quality leadership and management that improves the services to staff and patients, and is currently studying for a PhD in Healthcare Leadership.
In addition to his university position, Adam publishes regularly on healthcare leadership and management matters, and holds numerous national and international positions in healthcare. He also continues to practice as a Paramedic and a Senior Ambulance Officer as often as possible with event medical services.
As Governor for Birmingham Reservoirs, Adam looks forward to helping support the Trust’s future as one of the largest NHS organisations in the world.
Mrs Bernadette Aucott, Birmingham South
Bernadette was a Trust employee for more than ten years before her retirement in 2011. ln 2005 she became the Trust’s first Voluntary Services Manager. Bernadette is chair of the Birmingham Cross City Clinical Commissioning Group patient council, vice chair of Hall Green Health Patient Participation Group and has been a Patient Council member for UHB (wards) since retirement.
Dr Elizabeth Hensel, Birmingham South East
Elizabeth was born in the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, and has lived in Birmingham most of her life. A clinical psychologist, she has worked as a clinician and a director in the NHS for over 40 years. Now semi-retired, she is also a patient representative and an ambassador for Diabetes UK.
Mrs Sandra Haynes MBE, Birmingham South West
Sandra, a resident of Northfield for 30 years, has been a volunteer at both Queen Elizabeth and Selly Oak hospitals for nearly 5 years. She is a member of the Patient and Carer Council has been involved in a number of projects to improve patient experience. Sandra also holds the position of Secretary for the Friends of Queen Elizabeth Medical Centre, who frequently donate "added extras" for patients.
Dr Elspeth Insch OBE, Birmingham West
Elspeth Insch was Head of King Edward VI Handsworth School for 23 years. She was a Governor of Aston University from where she received an Honoray D Sc, Vice President of the Royal Geographical Society, Deputy to the Lord Lieutenant and was awarded an OBE for Services to Education. She is involved in PPI activities with the Rheumatology Department and the NIHR BRC for Inflammatory Diseases.
Mrs Phyl Higgins, Lichfield, Northwest and Northeast
Phyl has lived most of her life in Streetly, and prior to her retirement worked for Birmingham City Council's education department - first as a secretary/PA and later as a Primary School Teacher.
Phyl was a member of the former Heart of England Foundation Trust for a number of years and recently became a volunteer at Good Hope Hospital. Phyl now serves as a Public Governor for the Trust.
Dr John Cadle, Quinton, Halesowen and Southwest
On receiving doctorate and master in management degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the USA, Philip worked for several years as general manager of a research company that investigated educational and training needs in health fields.
On returning to the UK he worked in the departments of Accounting and Finance at the Universities of Manchester and Birmingham. Since retiring he has continued as a visiting lecturer at Birmingham, teaching postgraduate modules in investment and finance.
Mr Mark Aspinall, Rest of England and Wales
Born at what was then Dudley Road Hospital, Mark grew up in north Birmingham and went to school in Sutton Coldfield. He works as a specialist in change - usually guiding large organisations to reduce the impact of major change whilst delivering the best possible result for the best possible value. He has worked with the NHS for many years (including a spell in the finance department at the old Good Hope Hospital NHS Trust) and was formerly a Governor of Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust.
Mrs Kath Bell, Rest of England and WalesKath has been a governor since 2009, firstly at the former Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust (HEFT) and following the merger by acquisition with University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust continues to serve the combined Trust.
Kath previously served on HEFT Patient Experience, Finance and Constitution committees, and worked with former governors writing reports on the Heartlands Maternity Unit and Children’s Wards. She supports a local breast cancer support group, the Breast Cancer Haven charity, local and national thyroid groups, with interest in the leading causes of illness including stroke, heart disease, cancer, dementia, diabetes, obesity and thyroid conditions.
Recent work, with thyroid groups and the British Thyroid Association on a serious thyroid medication issue resulted in a House of Lords debate and the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health and Social Care requesting a dossier of information which has now been published and handed over to NHS England.Kath supports hospital charities, collecting and hanging paintings from her local art group, raising funds for the Friends of Good Hope Hospital.
Miss Beverley Martin, Rest of England and Wales
Beverley’s contributions to the NHS began with Derby Teaching Hospital Foundation Trust in 1996, where she became a volunteer and a governor working closely with business divisions and executives. She has experience with working with many regional and national health sector bodies, including statutory bodies, and has a background in teaching.
Beverley is committed to promoting the best possible patient care, with a focus on continuous service improvement and high standards.
Beverley is currently also a hospital volunteer at Derby Teaching Hospitals Foundation Trust, mentoring students from Sixth Form Schools and Colleges to assist on wards. Outside of her voluntary commitments, Beverley acts as carer for her 95 year old mother, sings in a hospital choir and enjoys crafting, puzzles and gardening.
Mr Stan Baldwin, Solihull and Meriden
Stan is an Elected Governor for Solihull, having previously served as a HEFT Governor. At HEFT he was a member of the Patient Experience and Hospital Environment Committees and various working groups.
He has extensive public sector experience including nine years’ service as a Non-Executive Director of the Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health Foundation Trust.
His previous posts have included Principal of Community Education with the City of Birmingham. Director of Sport and Leisure Services and Chief Executive of Wyre Forest District Council. He has Masters Degrees in Education and in Public Sector Management and is a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute.
Stan has undertaken consultancy roles with the Audit Commission, The Sports Council and the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister. He is currently Vice Chairman of Solihull College and University Centre.
Stan believes that, now we are one of the biggest Health Trusts in the country, it is even more important that our major focus remains on the personal experience of the individual patient and the carer.
Dr Sue Balmer, Solihull and Meriden
Sue has spent her career in the health sector. She conducted research into malnutrition whilst in Uganda and managed the Birmingham Breast Milk Bank at Sorrento Maternity Hospital until it relocated to the Womens Hospital. She founded the United Kingdom Association for Milk Banking and became its first chair.She has also been an inspector for the Healthcare Commission and has been active in the voluntary sector, sitting as chair of Solihull Community Health Council in the 1990s and as a non-executive director of Birmingham Heartlands and Solihull NHS trust prior to the trusts obtaining Foundation status.
Ms Anne McGeever, Solihull and Meriden
Anne has worked in the NHS for many years as a clinician, head of department and clinical team leader. She has worked in several hospitals around the region and in the community. She has belonged to and chaired various health groups and committees over the past 20 years.
As Public Governor for Solihull, she strongly believes that high quality patient care and a positive patient experience is at the centre of effective service delivery. In addition management of risk, infection control, clear clinical pathways and an effective discharge planning process with good communication with patients and relatives is essential to patients’ wellbeing and their hospital experience.
Mr Tony Cannon, Sutton Coldfield North
Tony has lived in Sutton Coldfield since 1984. he has a background in engineering and over 30 years’ business experience in the Global Automotive Industry. He first became involved with Good Hope Hospital in 2008 and has chaired the Good Hope Patient Community Panel since 2012. In 2016 he was one of the founder members and is the current Chair of the ‘Friends of Good Hope Hospital’ which is a standalone Registered Charity. The Friends have been able to allocate over £175,000 to various appeals in conjunction with the GHH Charity in the past year. He was elected to the HEFT CoG in 2016 and chaired the Patient and Staff Experience Committee where he worked with colleagues to introduce several programmes to support both staff and patients
Tony is involved with a number of community groups in Sutton Coldfield with a focus on improving health and well being in the town. He is a Trustee and Director of AGE Concern Birmingham which works across the city to improve the lives of elderly people and their carers who need additional support.
Vacant, Sutton Coldfield South
This public governor position is current vacant.
Mr Derek Hoey
Derek's background is in the advertising and marketing industry, both as a client and working for agencies. Following his retirement several years ago, Derek has engaged in a number of voluntary roles and activities including membership of the Healthwatch Staffordshire advisory board and South East Staffordshire CCG patient council. Derek is also an honorary secretary of the local civic society, which involves preserving local heritage, and sits as a magistrate on the Staffordshire bench - mainly in Cannock.
Derek was first elected governor under the former Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust in 2016, and now serves in this role in the combined Trust. Derek is a strong believer in the principles of the NHS and has a personal connection with the Trust, with his sons being born at Good Hope Hospital and where his family have previously received treatment.
Mr Thomas Webster, Public Associate Governor
Born in Worcestershire, Thomas entered the Royal Air Force after school as Air Crew, travelling to locations as diverse as South Africa and what was then known as Burma (now Myanmar) and later being part of the famous 31 Squadron. Returning to England and civilian life, Tom was Superintendent Metallurgist of Titanium in ICI Metals Division before running a copper smelting plant for a subsidiary. Thomas retired in 1979, and has been a governor since 2005 - first for the former Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust and now for the combined Trust.
Mrs Susan Hutchings, Public Associate Governor
Prior to her retirement in 2011, Susan worked for Birmingham City Council for 41 years. Becoming a Public Governor at the former Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust in 2013, Susan served as Chair of the Hospital Environment Committee and was an active member of the Patient and Staff Experience Committee and the Membership and Community Engagement Committee. Susan now serves as an Associate Governor for UHB, and is also a member of the Hall Green Health Patient Participation Group.
Mr David Treadwell MBE, Public Associate Governor
David was born and continues to live in Birmingham and has worked in engineering, both as an engineer and representative, until his retirement in 2003.
David has long had a keen interest in community and volunteering, currently serving as chairman of Acocks Green Neighbourhood Forum, in Acocks Green Village Partnership, a police advisory group, local Patient Participation Group, Scout Leader and President of Yardley and District Rugby Football Club and three terms as an NHS Public Governor.
David was awarded an MBE in 2017 for “Voluntary services to the Community of Acocks Green, Birmingham”.