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Date: 14 July 2020

Time: 13:01

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.

Attiqa Khan

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.

Keith Fielding

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.

Gerry Moynihan

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.

Albert Fletcher

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.

Adam Layland

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.

Bernadette Aucott

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.

Elizabeth Hensel

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.

Sandra Haynes

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.

Elspeth Insch

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.

Phyl Higgins

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.

Maureen Haycock

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.

Kath Bell

Mrs Kath Bell, Rest of England and Wales

Kath 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.

A retired Registered General Nurse (RGN), Kath is 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 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.
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Vacant, Rest of England and Wales

This public governor position is current vacant.

Stan Baldwin

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

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.
Anne McGeever

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.

Tony Cannon

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.

Liz Parry

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.

Derek Hoey

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.

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