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Date: 19 August 2018

Time: 10:18

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.

Elspeth Insch

Dr Elspeth Insch, Edgbaston

Now retired, Dr Insch enjoyed an illustrious career in education, most latterly as Headmistress at King Edward VI Handsworth School. Formerly Deputy to the Lord Lieutenant, Dr Insch is a lay member at Aston Day Hospital and was a member of the Council of Aston University for nine years.

Aisha Sharif

Dr Aisha Sharif, Erdington, Hodge Hill, Ladywood, Yardley, Perry Barr & Sutton Coldfield

Dr Sharif is a GP at Bellevue Medical Practice. She is passionate about representing the views of local people during times of change and regularly chairs patient participation meetings in the community. She is a mother of two young children and has lived locally for over 10 years.


Paul Burgess, Edgbaston

Paul was eager to become a public governor of the Trust because he is a passionate believer in the NHS and also to repay the ‘enormous debt of gratitude’ he feels towards the organisation. Paul has lived in Harborne for 30 years and has seen the impact that the Trust has had on all aspects of community life as a provider of medical services, a major employer and integral part of the community.

Dr John Delamere

Dr John Delamere, Selly Oak

John has been a governor since 2009. He is a retired consultant physician and former associate medical director, who worked as a junior doctor at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QE) over 25 years ago. He has lived in Northfield for over 30 years and has been a patient at the QE.

Alex Evans

Alex Evans, Selly Oak

Alex has 18 years' experience across a wide range of public and private sector organisations, working as an enabler of digital solutions. Alex is privileged to work in the NHS within community settings, helping patients and service users navigate their way through the healthcare system using digital technology and effective communications.

Alex has been a patient of the Trust on several occasions and values the commitment of the clinical staff who care for patients week in, week out. He is passionate about making a difference as a Governor through listening to others and recommending useful ways to improve services for patients and their families.

Dr Elizabeth Hensel, Hall Green

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.

Bernadette Aucott

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.

Sandra Haynes

Sandra Haynes MBE, Northfield

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.

Edith Davies

Edith Davies, Northfield

Edith has been a governor and volunteer for over 5 years. She retired from her role as a health visitor and community practice teacher after 24 years. Formerly a midwife at Birmingham Women's Hospital, Edith now offers her expertise in healthcare to the Trust.

Dr Philip John Cadle, Rest of England

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.

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