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Halton governors

Diane McCormick
Public GovernorDiane McCormick

I have been your public governor for Bridgewater Community NHS Foundation Trust since 2013.

I have lived in Widnes all my life and was educated at Wade Deacon Grammar school. My professional life started as a Radiographer at Whiston Hospital then I moved to ICI Occupational Health at Runcorn where, after more professional training became SHE systems manager responsible for quality and safety within the Occupational Heath departments.

After retiring I became involved with the local Area Forum in Halton View.

I am chair of my GP surgery Patient Participation Group and also chair of Halton People’s Health Forum within the CCG. I also am a lay member on the Consultation Steering Group for the CCG.

I have been widowed for a number of years but enjoy family life with my son, daughter in law and teenage granddaughter.

My hobbies include quizzes and tending my many hanging baskets and planters.

There are two vacancies for public governors in Halton.

St Helens govenors

Rita Chapman
Lead Public Governor

Rita Chapman

I have been a Public Governor representing St Helens Borough for three years. My 40 year NHS career has been in both hospital and community services with the last 30 years working in St Helens and Wigan boroughs.

My career covered both clinical (I was a Physiotherapist) and managerial roles with extensive experience in the provision of clinical services across all health sectors.

I have also had experience in the management of NHS properties specialising in community premises ensuring staff were actively involved in how premises were developed and run.

As a Governor I have been actively involved in the Trust by being a Governor representative on several committees and Director appointment panels, undertaking quality visits to clinics and health centres and attending relevant CCG meetings to give views on how services are commissioned in St Helens.

I am also a member of St Helens Healthwatch and attend meetings to give feedback on health services in the borough. I regularly attend Trust Board meetings so that I can understand the key issues facing the Trust and I hope that I am a ‘critical friend’ in debates on service provision.

Derek Maylor
Public Governor

Derek Maylor

I’m pleased to be on my second term as a Governor up to 2018 with an immediate remit for St Helens but obviously an interest overall wherever Bridgewater touches the community.

I was here to see the granting if the Foundation Trust licence from Monitor which seems a long time ago and the political landscape has changed but family’s needs have not eased and there challenges to come for the NHS everywhere.

Outside Bridgewater I am a full time Health and Safety Coordinator with the Communication Workers Union and such work takes me around the UK regularly, so there are opportunities to see how other people or trusts approach or solve health and social care issues.

Nationally there is are rising demands for services for a variety of reasons, there are vicious budgetary cuts to service providers, so staying the same is not an option for the NHS.

Looking at new ways to deliver the needed safe, best standard care services to the communities is the only viable option and I will endeavour to assist the Trust in doing so.

Canon Geoff Almond
Public Governor

Geoff Almond

Geoff is a retired primary school headteacher and is married to Jean. Jean has MS and this has been an influence in shaping Geoff’s life.

For many years he has been the Treasurer of the St.Helens Carers Centre and is also a national vice-chair of Carers UK. Geoff’s interest in health matters stretches over many years starting with his time at Whiston Hospital as a mental health nursing assistant.

He is currently Chair of the Mill Street Surgery PPG. He is a member of the St.Helens CCG Patient Forum and sits on the CCG Patient Experience and Involvement Committee.

Geoff was the Mayor of St.Helens from 2012 to 2013. He believes that everyone is entitled to the best healthcare possible.

Bill Harrison
Public Governor

Bill Harrison

My background is electrical engineering.

I have gained experience in a range of engineering and managerial posts within a large multi-national environment. Although based in the United Kingdom my work has taken me to many parts of the world.

As an engineer I have experience in the development, manufacture and project management of complex communication systems.

My experience includes roles in Project Management, Product Marketing and Marketing Communications. Since leaving full time employment I have lectured in Management subjects to degree level at a number of tertiary colleges and universities.

This is my second term as a Governor with Bridgewater Trust.

I intend to continue to ensure the views of the ordinary family will form a vital part of the local NHS decision making process.

Warrington governors

Alan Guthrie
Public Governor

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Alan’s career has been in social care.

A qualified social worker since 1973, he was employed for over 32 years by St Helens Council until his retirement in 2011.

He held a variety of managerial roles in children’s and adult services, including day and supported living services for adults with learning and physical disabilities, and elderly people with dementia.

Latterly, he was seconded to lead staff training and public awareness for the personalisation agenda in social care. Since retirement he has been active as a Parish Councillor, Footpath Warden, School Governor, in the Labour Party and Vice Chair of LiveWire (a charity delivering library, leisure and health/wellbeing services across Warrington).

He is also Chair of a Community Association working with LiveWire to promote local services. He has lived in Warrington since 1988 and was a Magistrate for some 10 years.

With adult children living nearby, he is passionate about improving quality of life for all, but especially his grandchildren. Alan has had extensive experience of the NHS, as (i) a social care professional working closely with a wide range of health professionals; (ii) as a patient in receipt of a quadruple by-pass in 2009 followed by excellent rehabilitation support.

He provided patient feedback and also contributed patient & carer perspectives on new guidelines; (iii) as a Carer, firstly supporting his mother as dementia gradually took its devastating hold and then in 2014, supporting his wife through major back surgery.

He believes these diverse experiences help one to see the need for quality support to carers if recovery is to work.

Paul Mendeika
Public Governor

Paul Mendieka

I have a deep passion and interest in the NHS services and particularly those in my local area Warrington.

My particular interests include mental health services, services for older people and children. Since taking early retirement I have the time to dedicate to this important role.

I have, for the last 2 years been involved in the Foundation Trust as a patient representative on the Bridgewater Service Experience group looking at service developments and improvements.

I have been a Public Governor for Warrington for just over 12 months and I am actively involved with Healthwatch Warrington as a volunteer and Board Member. My main passion and interest which I pursue at any opportunity is ensuring that the publics / patients views are listened to and the public are properly engaged in their own care and treatment.

I have over 15 years experience of representing public views on Community Health Councils, Council for Voluntary Services, NHS Service Improvement Groups, Focus Groups and representative committees on local health issues I have lived in Warrington for over 20 years and understand and have knowledge on both the health services provided and public views on the demand and supply of services Over the last 20 years I have undertaken a series of strategic development, service planning, performance management and customer service roles in Local Government.

Myself and my family has essential first hand experience of using local NHS Ned community services I am totally committed to ensuring that the publics views are heard and taken into consideration when shaping and developing both existing and future NHS services.

There are two vacancies for public governors in Warrington.

Wigan Borough governors

Dr Gary Young
Public Governor

Gary Young

I am delighted to have been elected on to the Bridgewater Council of Governors representing the Wigan area.

I was actually born and brought up in Widnes, an area where Bridgewater also delivers excellent community services but moved to Wigan in 1969.

I am extremely interested in promoting health and well being in the local community and working with a wide range of agencies to improve the services our local communities receive.

Prior to my retirement due to ill health I worked as a research chemist at Crown Paints in Cadishead.

A significant amount of my time is spent navigating the healthcare system locally and at Salford Royal Hospital where I receive treatment for vascular and kidney disease. My condition quite recently has deteriorated to the point where I have been recommended for dialysis .

This does not stop me however fighting my corner and the corner of those who struggle to find their way around our increasingly complex systems.

I shall do my utmost to serve the interests of people living in the Ashton, Leigh and Wigan areas and am looking forward to meeting as many people as possible in my role as governor.


William Griffiths
Public Governor

Ken Griffiths

I have a keen interest in health care and the business of Bridgewater and feel honoured to provide the people of Wigan with a strong, reasoned, independent voice.

In times of savage cutbacks we must seek to protect the health of all the people in the areas that Bridgewater services. It is important we, the governors ensure those living in our local community have access to high quality, patient – focused services.

We as governors must work to challenge the many conditions and influences and secure the best terms for all patients.

I am honoured to provide the people with a strong, reasoned and independent voice. I have no political affiliation.

Rebecca Reece
Public Governor

Rebecca Reece

Rebecca’s profile to follow.

Susan Francis
Public Governor
Susan Francis

I am a retired High School teacher, having spent most of my career at St Peter’s High School, Orrell.

I am very happy to be a governor of Bridgewater. I became aware of The Trust when I met one of the Community Matrons who was heavily involved in the care of my mother.

Jane was brilliant during the last three years of my mother’s life. Because of her Jane’s care and expertise, my mother was able to remain living independently in her own home for much longer than we thought possible. This was a brilliant.

Staff governors

Corina Casey Hardman Registered Nurses and Midwives

Corina Casey-Hardman

I have worked in the NHS for 40 years as a nurse and a midwife and have experience both as a clinician and manager across all areas in the acute and primary sector.

I have the breadth and depth of knowledge and experience to enable me to make a positive contribution to the direction, governance and accountability of the board.

I served as an RCM board member for 6 years, chair of the national HOM’s (Heads of Midwifery) group and am a member of the editorial board for the BJM (British Journal of Midwifery).

The past 11 years spent as a head of midwifery has I believe enhanced my skills in relationship building and multidisciplinary working alongside contributing to the strategic direction and commissioning of community services.

The NHSE five year forward plan signals big changes across health and social care settings. I truly believe community trusts are in a unique position to drive this agenda forward.

The mission and values of Bridgewater working with the local community and partners underpin the government’s recommendations. I understand the pressure involved meeting government targets, client’s expectations, and financial constraints whilst maintaining professional standards.

I am privileged to have been a staff governor for the past 3 years and have enjoyed working alongside the other governors within the council. I have an excellent record of attendance at governor meetings and am always keen to represent the views of the staff.

Dave Smith
Non-clinical support staff including managerial and administrative staff

Dave Smith

As a Bridgewater employee I am passionate about the Trust, the services that it provides and how we can improve these.

In my day role I am responsible for IT and our Electronic Clinical Records Systems operations/developments, with the challenge’s and change requirements that these bring.

I therefore have a significant interest and wide knowledge of technology and engineering disciplines and how these continue to evolve and shape our lives.

On a personal level I feel that I am approachable, a good reasoned listener, whilst being logical and pragmatic.

I have lived locally in the North West of England for much of my life, but have travelled extensively for both work and leisure and still enjoy travel to new and different places.

I like watching all kinds of sport and have a number of classic motorbikes that I have restored and ride regularly.

Public governors

Janette Grey – Partner Governor (Higher Education)

Janette Grey

I am the Director of Academic Development in the Faculty of Health and Wellbeing at the University of Central Lancashire.  I am an appointed Partner Governor representing Higher Education.

Originally working as a physiotherapist in both the NHS and private sector I have 30 years of experience working in Higher Education involved in educating a range health care professionals and support staff who largely enter the NHS workforce.  I have lived and worked, throughout my life, in the North West of England.

My career has covered clinical, educational and managerial roles and I have extensive experience of delivering the NHS/Department of Health workforce priorities.

I actively involve myself in my Governor role through membership of the Nominations and Remuneration Committee,  observer on the Finance and Performance Committee, and regular engagement with the Quality Visits programme.

I am active in local and national Allied Health Professionals networks and I am a member of the Council of Deans of Health [CoDH], a body which debates and leads healthcare education policy across the UK.  CoDH represents UK universities involved in education and research for nurses, midwives and allied health professionals. At any one time CoDH members will be educating in the region of 120,000 future registered health professionals.

Vacancy – Clinical Support Staff including Assistant Practitioners/Healthcare assistants and trainee clinical staff

Vacancy – Registered Dentists

Community Dental governors There is one vacancy for a public governor for Community Dental.

Rest of England governors There is one vacancy for a public governor for the Rest of England.

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