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Date: 21 September 2021
Meet your public governors
Public Governors are elected to represent 10 constituencies, with each formed from either several of the wards of Birmingham, Solihull and Lichfield/Tamworth or the Rest of England & Wales.
Each area has one or more governors in broad proportion to the use of the Trust’s hospitals by residents within that area. Public Governors can be patients or non-patients but they do need to live in the constituency area.
Ms Aisha Abdul Latif, Birmingham Central
Aisha has lived and worked in central Birmingham all her life and as a local resident has acquired extensive local community knowledge and experiences in the various Trust run hospitals.
Aisha is a qualified solicitor with over 20 years legal experience in human rights law. She has built a strong reputation for successfully defending women who have been victims of sexual violence, female genital mutilation (FGM), trafficking and slavery from Asia, Middle East, Africa since 1999. Aisha has appeared as a guest speaker at the Houses of Parliament and at the European Human Rights Court in Rome, Italy.
Aisha is a passionate visiting law lecturer and has previously taught on the various under-graduate and post graduate Law programmes with Coventry University and Birmingham City University. She continues to work as a visiting lecturer with the University of Law in Birmingham teaching since 2011-2014 and from 2021 to date.
Aisha enjoys long walks, learning new languages, teaching and travelling.
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
Gerry is passionate about health and social care provision and ensuring that the NHS is free of charge. He has volunteered for over 25 years in the governance and scrutiny of health and social care.
Gerry has served as an elected public governor on four NHS trusts and believes firmly in the provision of health care that is efficient, safe and puts users and employees needs at the heart of its delivery.
Graduate and post graduate qualifications in Law, gave Gerry an understanding of the complex regulation of health provision. He is determined to hold, on your behalf, the Trust accountable for all its actions in the delivery of its functions.
Mr John Hope, Birmingham North
Having served as a private investigator since 1977, a director of the then Mercia Detective Agency, John still handles cases for other agencies that have no coverage in the areas of interest. His main considerations are of a security nature, although he is a trained first aider and advanced bleeding control.
As a director with ample staff at MDA, John was able to follow a passion of mine in humanitarian work. This involved obtaining a 38 tonne artic and transporting items to orphanages in Romania and to the then war-torn Croatia.
In 1995 he became a member of The Salvation Army International Disaster Team, working in logistics within war-torn Bosnia and Herzegovina, Albania, Kosovo, and a training period in Kansas USA during the tornado season.
Back in Investigation work, John have travelled and handled insurance claims investigation in Pakistan, Europe all over, and Antigua.
He is a member of the PCC at St Mathews Church, Perry Beeches as also a choir member and a member of the Deanery Synod.
John is co-ordinater for West Midlands Police “StreetWatch” for Oscott South.
Position vacant, Birmingham Reservoirs
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 Sukhdev Singh, Birmingham West
Sukhdev was born and brought up in Edgbaston. He entered medical school in 1979 in Dundee and returned to live and work in Edgbaston after graduating in 1984. He worked at Selly Oak Hospital and then specialised as a GP in Bellevue Medical Centre, Edgbaston for 32 years. As a clinical doctor, Sukhdev has also taken on significant roles in clinical management and clinical leadership at senior Board level, both as a provider and a commissioner.
He retired in 2019 after 35 years as a practising doctor. His focus since then has been on voluntary work in the community, particularly in relation to COVID-19 support and building community resilience. He is a member of the Birmingham Interfaith Forum. He is passionate about human rights and equality of all.
Recently, he has returned to work, taking on mentoring and coaching to GPs and GP Partnerships. He has a keen interest on NHS reform and is currently involved in organisational development of NHS primary care, particularly primary care networks and the evolving integrated care system that will manage most of Birmingham healthcare. With his wide experience, he plans to bridge the gap between the NHS and real patient needs, including culturally competent care.
Ms Deborah Porter, Lichfield, Northwest and Northeast
Deborah’s connection with UHB goes back more than 30 years to when she was a student. Her studies prepared her for a long and successful career in the Army Medical Services, including a 12 month secondment at UHB to work on the implementation of the West Midlands Genomics Medicine Centre, a region wide collaboration of 13 Trusts and other partners including the Academic Health Science Network.
More recently, Deborah was the Deputy Commander of the Joint Hospital Group, a military organisation which employs the vast majority of the Army, Navy and RAF's secondary healthcare clinicians. Deborah represented the surgeon general as a stakeholder governor for 18 months until she retired from the Armed Forces to join the NHS as the Head of Implementation for the Genomics Medicine Service across England.
Deborah wishes to give something back to the organisation that both sparked her initial interest in genomics, and provided an unsurpassed level of care to her family. She felt that her new national role, personal connections and previous experience will allow her to bring in the perspective needed to help maintain and assure the level of service that the patients and staff have come to expect from such a well-regarded organisation.
Maureen Haycock, Quinton, Halesowen and Southwest
Maureen has lived in Halesowen for over 40 years, since she qualified as a nurse at the Queen Elizabeth School of Nursing. Bringing many years experience in various departments and specialities and having front line experience directly with patients, Maureen was also a union representative with the Royal College of Nursing, sitting on various committees.
Now retired, Maureen would like continue contributing to the NHS and patient care remains her top priority.
Ms Kath Bell, Rest of England and Wales
Kath has been a governor since 2009 at Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust (HEFT) and following the merger by acquisition with University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust.
Kath is a retired Registered General Nurse (RGN), committed to ensuring that patients are the forefront of healthcare, that patients are treated with dignity and respect, listened to and given the best possible healthcare.
Kath previously worked on HEFT Patient Experience, Finance and Constitution committees, 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.
Ms Veronica Kumeta, Rest of England and Wales
Veronica was born and raised in Manchester where she ran a successful business in the health and beauty industry. She relocated to Birmingham and has lived here for over 31 years.
She is the co-founder of a local breast cancer charity, Ladies Fighting Breast Cancer. For over 20 years she has been an active member of this charity and is currently their Chief Operating Officer.
She is a great believer in the importance of support to both breast cancer patients and their families whilst they are undergoing an d following their medical treatment.
Mr Robert Jasper, Rest of England and Wales
Prior to retirement, Robert was the managing director and owner of a specialist contractors carrying out refurbishment works at colleges, health centres, GP surgeries and similar establishments giving him an insight in to the complexity and working structure of the NHS.
He volunteers at a local Stourbridge GP practice (28 GPs and over 30,000 patients) in a Patient Support role which keeps him in touch with "grass roots" patient’s view of the health system.
Robert has been the founding member of a voluntary PPI (Public & Patient Involvement) group at UHB concerned with muscle health, which is involved with the Birmingham Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) with particular reference to Sarcopenia research.
In this role, he attends the Executive Board meetings of the BRC providing the various research academics and clinicians a public perspective to on their research projects. He is now endeavouring to improve the PPI group’s BAME & disability diversity when recruiting new members.
Robert is currently assisting as a public contributor to various COVID-19 research projects.
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.
Ms Anne Devrell, Solihull and Meriden
Anne is currently a Research Champion volunteering within the West Midlands Clinical Research Network based in Stafford and a member of the Clinical Research Ambassador Group (CRAG) based at Heartlands Hospital. For the past six years, she has been fortunate to work alongside clinical and research professionals and the public in a wide range of studies and trials.
Anne is also a volunteer in research at Southampton, Warwick and Birmingham Universities.
As the current Chair of the WM Research Champions Forum (three years), she leads an active and committed group of representatives from Trusts, WM Ambulance Service, Primary Care Networks and other partner organisations. Their purpose is to coordinate open and active partnerships to promote research that meets the needs of each community within the region and enhance the inclusion of the patient and public voice in clinical research.
As secretary of her own GP surgery's PPG, Anne has helped to support the Practice's development into a Primary Care Network working alongside GPs and patients during a very challenging period in its growth.
Finally, as an active participant in ongoing Dementia studies as a currently, healthy volunteer, and a Dementia Friends’ Champion, Anne is using her experience as a family carer to influence and inform professionals who are trying to better understand this disease.
She believe she demonstrates a real commitment to health and care within my community and sees a role within my Trust's Governance as another opportunity to do her duty for patients and the public.
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.
Mrs Janet Cairns, Sutton Coldfield North
Janet was a registered nurse who progressed to a director who reported to the board at University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust.
Janet now works as an independent interim consultant predominantly in the NHS and public sector. She is a local community activist sitting as a trustee on several local charities/enterprises and founded the Sutton Coldfield Disability Action Group. She is also a Sutton Coldfield Town Councillor who leads on the council’s health and social care agenda.
Janet is particularly interested in supporting the secondary and primary care interface development of the integrated care system/location hubs and is passionate about the importance of a community wrap-around approach to enable health and social care joint working resulting in care based for our patients carried out nearer to their homes.
Janet is very well placed to bring the NHS and the community together and has experience of working in partnership on behalf of the NHS on significant strategic projects in her career.
Ms Elizabeth Parry, Sutton Coldfield South
Liz has worked in the health and social care sector for over 30 years, initially in human resources and subsequently within quality and safety. She worked for about 15 years in what is now Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust and 11 years with the Care Quality Commission.
She has been active within the local community in a variety of volunteer roles, such as being a trustee for the Sutton Coldfield Disability Action Group as well as Highbury Theatre Centre.
She is committed to ensuring that local residents are able to access the Trust’s high quality services as easily as possible.
Mr Derek Hoey, Tamworth
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.