NHS Foundation Trusts have a responsibility to their members and have a Council of Governors to represent the views of patients, public, staff and partners.
The Council of Governors plays an active role in building relationships with members and represent their views to the Board of Directors, which has the responsibility of running the organisation and preparing the Trust’s strategy.
Governors provide an ‘ear and a voice’ for members, ensuring that their views are heard and that their opinions on the future delivery and development of services influence the Board of Directors’ decisions.
Governors take part in discussions regarding new service developments and membership recruitment and involvement.
They also receive the Trust’s annual report and accounts.
Governors do not deal with patient complaints, staff grievances or concerns on an individual basis.
The Trust works within the normal NHS complaints and Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) framework and all individual issues must be raised via these routes.
At the Trust we have a dedicated Council of Governors who are committed to helping to shape the development and delivery of services, for the benefit of staff and patients.
Alan has always lived in Bolton and he is proud of the town, especially the hospital and health services within the borough. He appreciates the hard work and dedication of the staff within the Foundation Trust. With a career that involves working with different people every day especially those local to Bolton he feels that he can bring this experience into his role of public elected governor.
Champak is the Managing Director of a local printing company and also holds a number of voluntary directorships in social enterprises and is the treasurer in a charitable organisation. He says “I believe in a positive approach, as a Governor I see my role as a community champion and not that of a critic. I will defend to keep the NHS as a national treasure.”
David has been a professional social worker for 32 years and has worked in a range of settings, mainly in children’s services. He has lived in Bolton since 1991 and experienced several hospital and primary care services in that time. David is an active volunteer in wildlife conservation and also takes part in many running events as a member of Horwich RMI Harriers, including reporting on them for the Bolton News. He recently completed a Masters (Health Research) on the topic of Green Exercise.
Deborah has been a resident in Bolton for 35 years. She has worked in and alongside the NHS for over 40 years, and feels the experience she has gained professionally and personally has provided her with a unique set of skills and breadth of knowledge which she is keen to use for the benefit of others. Deborah is passionate about healthcare, equality and the local community.
Dorothy has recently retired after being a lollypop lady for 25 years, she has also been a volunteer in the community visiting older people at home and taking them out for day trips and meals. Dorothy is looking forward to her retirement and spending more time with her family, but also wants to continue giving back to the community in her role as a Governor.
Gary is a Chartered Engineer who has managed a number of large engineering and operational departments across a wide range of industrial sectors. Prior to becoming a Chartered Engineer, Gary was a fifth generation Coal Miner. He is extremely proud to be from Bolton, and feels a deep connection with Bolton NHS Foundation Trust due to his mother working in the Laundry Department until she retired; something he is very proud of. Gary is enthusiastic about his role as a Governor and sharing his skills and knowledge with the organisation.
Grace has a lifetime of NHS service as a Nurse, Midwife, Senior Manager and Associate Director. She also worked across the North West Region as Link Supervisor of Midwives, inspecting and auditing maternity services and for a period of time held responsibility for health care services at Styal Prison. Following her retirement, she joined the Board of Trustees at Bolton Hospice and is now Vice Chair and Nurse on the Board in a voluntary capacity which she finds very fulfilling and rewarding.
Grace is a member of the Family Care Divisional Board.
Due to the volunteering work Imteyaz undertakes alongside his professional career he feels he has a good understanding of the needs of both the Foundation Trust and the wider community, and possesses the skills required to add value to the Council of Governors with positive contributions.
Jack is a former company director who has lived in Bolton for over 50 years. As a previous Governor who has been re-elected Jack played an active role in helping the Trust to maintain high standards of care and in successfully integrating community services. Jack believes that as a local resident and user of the NHS he fully understands the needs facing the health of the community and how to balance them against the challenges facing the NHS.
Jack is a member of the Diagnostics and Support Services Divisional Board.
Janet has lived and worked in Bolton for over forty years and has much experience in the local community as a teacher, school governor and churchwarden. She says, “I believe the involvement of patients in the Trust helps shape the high quality healthcare which is everyone’s right; I also believe strongly in ‘giving back’ to society.”
Janice and her family all live in Bolton and use the services of the Trust, including the hospital. She is a retired Chartered Accountant with some professional experience of health sector audit. She is in her second term as a Public Elected Governor at Bolton. She is extremely keen to put something back into her local NHS trust and to see it thrive and improve further, as well as engage with users and maintain financial security.
Kayonda is a pastor at the Ephrata Church Community in Bolton and an academic researcher at the University of York. He has a background in health psychology and mental health research. Kayonda has been actively involved in supporting people with long-term mental health conditions within the NHS Community Mental Health Teams. As a church community leader, Kayonda is a local voice for the BAME communities in Bolton and has been leading a loneliness project that plans visits with the elderly at the rehabilitation, care homes, and hospital dementia ward to tackle social isolation and loneliness.
Oboh is the founder and Vice Chair for the African Council UK, a group for the African community leaders in GM looking at issues affecting the African community including health. He is also the initiator and Chairman of the Pentecostal ministers across GM and the founder of Precious Gems Charity, Bolton.
Oboh is a member of the Acute Adult Divisional Board.
Pauline has 48 years of NHS service as a Registered Nurse and has also held positions in general, community & specialist nursing, as well as management of an out-patient service and as a Nurse Advisor in Diabetes care to the Board of three pharmaceutical companies, lecturing in the UK, Europe and the USA. She is passionate about the availability of health services to meet the needs of the public and says, “I want to be actively involved in developing changes in both the hospital and community setting, ensuring that future health care needs for patients and families are met.”
Sumirna currently volunteers at Bolton NHS Foundation Trust, and regularly comes into contact with patients, visitors and health workers which has allowed her to interact with the community and those who serve the community. She feels that it is important to understand, engage and know the diverse community in which we live and that everyone deserves respect and dignity , when coming into contact with the Trust.
Catherine has worked within the NHS for 33 years, starting as an Auxiliary Nurse before becoming a Neonatal Surgical Nurse. The knowledge and experience she gained as a Nurse influenced her to be the Chaplain she is today. Catherine has been ordained as a Church of England Minister for 15 years and she has a wide range of experiences through this ministry. She has recently taken up the role of the Chair of Disability and Health Conditions Staff network and is passionate about supporting staff when needed.
Lindiwe commenced at the Trust in 2019 and is keen to work towards making Bolton a better place and in her role as Staff Governor will be a voice and advocate for all staff. She is passionate about quality and to be able to help improve quality is something she finds extremely exciting. Lindiwe feels that with her approachable and cheerful personality staff will be able to comfortably confide in her and make suggestions for improvement.
Tracey works within the Thoracic Specialist Nursing Team as Departmental Manager and has previously served two terms as a Governor. She says, “I am fully aware of my duties as a staff governor and have the network connections across the hospital to gather and disseminate vital information which facilitates the smooth running and the communication channels for staff and patients alike. I am proud to wear my Bolton uniform and fully represent the values and beliefs of the organisation.”
Martin has worked in Bolton as an Audiologist since 1998 and has seen many changes in the way that services operate over time, and more significantly how the roles of non-medical professionals have evolved. He says “I firmly believe that staff and staff engagement are fundamental to the development of services to keep pace with technology and patient expectations.”
Sue is a Consultant Anaesthetist at Bolton with roles in clinical leadership, governance and educational supervision in the Family Care Division. Through these roles and acting as a staff governor, Sue is committed to supporting the Trust in delivering the best possible care to our communities.
Leigh is the Chief Executive of Bolton Hospice a role which she has held since 2012 and has 23 years’ experience as a Charity CEO. She has a BA Hons in Sociology, a post graduate certificate in Charity Sector Management & Leadership and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Health Care by the University of Bolton in recognition of her outstanding contribution to health and social care over her 40-year career.
She is also a Trustee of Bury & Bolton Citizens Advice and a local Secondary School Governor, as well as currently being the Chair of the Greater Manchester Hospices Group.
Dawn has been a nurse for 32 years with 21 of those years being a Nurse Educator. This has presented her with a vast expanse of both opportunities and challenges pertaining to nursing and healthcare.
As a nurse educator she has linked with Bolton NHS Foundation Trust for 21 years and in her role as link lecturer ensured clinical placements provide a quality learning environment conducive to student nurse education.
In her current role as Deputy Director of Nursing and Midwifery at the University of Salford she provides leadership and strategic direction for academic staff to ensure the Nursing staff of the future are fit for purpose.
Jane has been engaged in health professional education since leaving school at the age of eighteen. Her clinical education and career involved her successful appointment as an adult nurse, a registered midwife and qualified health visitor in a wide variety of environments and communities in the North West of England.
She decided to embark on a career in higher education on successful completion of both undergraduate and postgraduate study. Her current role is Dean of Faculty (Health and Wellbeing) at the University of Bolton. The Faculty is diverse and includes early childhood studies, youth work and community development, allied health professional programmes, nursing, clinical and biomedical studies, sport science and dental technology.
Prior to retirement Ann had an almost forty-year career in NHS management. During that time, she had a wide experience in service and project management, business planning, strategy development and service improvement. Ann has been a Trustee of Healthwatch Bolton since 2014. The role of a local Healthwatch is to research, represent and inform the voice of patients and public, in the planning and delivery of health and social services.
Ann believes the Council of Governors has an important role to play in shaping and supporting the Trust to achieve the best possible care for the people who use, and the people who need, our services.
Notice of Election
The poll for governor elections closed at 5pm 31st August.
Once verified, the new governors will be listed here.
To contact any of our governors please e-mail Governor@boltonft.nhs.uk