Council of Governors

The Trust has 28 Governors in total, five of which are Staff Governors, seven of which are Appointed Governors and the remaining 16 are Public Governors.

The Council of Governors provide advice and support, and are able to influence decisions about how we develop services for the people of Blackpool, Fylde, Wyre and North West counties.

You may contact the Governor for your area regarding any issues you would like to discuss by using this online form, or by telephoning the Corporate Governance Team on 01253 951505.

Staff Governors

Staff Governors are members of staff representing different areas of the Trust.

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Nursing and Midwifery: Sharon Vickers

I qualified as a Registered General Nurse in 1989. I trained at Eastbourne District General Hospital and worked there as a staff nurse for 15 years.  My family and I moved to Lytham St. Annes 17 years ago. I am now in Practice Development after 12 years working on the Acute Medical Unit.

Throughout my career I have worked in the Medical Directorate, Emergency and Access Directorate and in Education. During that time, I have gained a wider knowledge and understanding of Divisional and Trust wide issues. I wish to be involved in the continual improvements of our Trust and the driving forward of future initiatives. My purpose is to be a true representative for the nurses and keeping it real.

David Collett

Nursing and Midwifery: David Collett

My name is David Collett I have worked within the trust on and off for 15 years. Holding posts as a HCA, Staff Nurse, Ward Manager and Trainee ACP. I am also an elected council member of Blackpool Borough Council. Serving on a variety of panels and for a short time sitting on governor boards at the Sandcastle waterpark and a local primary school. It is thanks to these experiences I have seen first-hand the power of good governance. I would like to be elected as a staff governor to ensure our workforces’ voice are heard when setting the trusts strategic objectives and direction. As well as holding our directors to account through constructive challenge, assuring commitment to progressive standards of care and practices. Proactively seeking to improve so that is able to deliver safe high-quality care. As well as enabling staff to deliver this. So that Blackpool Teaching Hospitals is able to serve its community in the best way possible and remains accountable to local people of Blackpool Wyre and the Fylde.

 

Medical and Dental: Dr Ranjit More

I am a Consultant Cardiologist at Blackpool Victoria Hospital. I qualified from Manchester University in 1989 and completed my cardiology training in London, Brighton and Leicester. In 1987, I was appointed to a Consultant Cardiology post at Portsmouth before moving to the tertiary Cardiac Centre at Blackpool in 2003. I have sat on a number of committees of the Royal College of Physicians, British Cardiovascular Society and the British Society of Echocardiography. My leadership roles have included Clinical Lead for Lancashire and South Cumbria Cardiac Network, Chair of the BSE Accreditation Committee, Cardiovascular co-lead for NW Coast Clinical Research Network and local ex-CD for Cardiology.

The NHS as a whole and the Trust are going through a difficult period where it is important that the emphasis remains on provision of high quality clinical care. It is vital that there is strong representation from the medical and dental staff to provide advice and support to the Trust regarding local and regional service development.

Clinical Support: Jenny Gavin

My health career started in 1986, with Registered Nurse training at Manchester Royal Infirmary and an interest in cardio-thoracic.  I had several staff nurse jobs, starting in chest medicine up to my final nursing position in Intensive Care at Wythenshawe Hospital, caring for patients following cardiac surgery and transplants.

In 1995, I had changed both my home location to Lytham and my employment to Trainee Perfusion Scientist at Blackpool Victoria Hospital.  I have been employed here as a Perfusionist since qualifying. I have watched the cardiac theatres grow from a small two theatre suite to a purpose built Lancashire Cardiac Centre. Until recently I have also worked as an elected member of the College of Perfusionists.

I have brought up my children in the area and so feel it is home. With our national healthcare economy under such financial pressure, it is even more important that our quality of health care provision continues to be cared for during such difficult times.

Non-Clinical Support: Tina Daniels

I started working with the Trust in 2002 in HR, moving to the role of Equality and Diversity Lead in 2008.

Originally from Liverpool, my adult life has been spent on the Fylde coast.  All three of my children were born at Blackpool Victoria Hospital and attended local schools, which meant we had the need to access a number of services provided by the Trust.

I worked in IT until the early 1990s then changed career attaining a BA in Management and Organisations with HRM and MSc in Personnel Management and Industrial Relations at the University of Manchester Business School in 2002.

Appointed Governors

Appointed Governors are nominated by partner organisations to the Trust.

Martin Mitchell, Appointed Governor for Blackpool Council

Blackpool Council: Councillor Martin Mitchell

Elected to Blackpool Council in 2011, I represent Layton Ward. I am keenly aware of how physical and mental health problems impact on the day to day experience of my constituents. I have many health interests including mental health, patient experience and the interrelation of health and social care.

 

Blackpool and the Fylde College: Margaret Bamforth

I am the Head of Curriculum for Society, Health and Childhood Studies at Blackpool and The Fylde College.

Having raised my own family locally, alongside a successful career managing children’s centres, I have a passion for family health in our area and developing the extensive health and social care services our communities require.

My position at the college means I play a key role in ensuring that increasingly complex local health and social care needs are understood by the current and future workforce.

Through the introduction of the Fylde Coast Health and Social Care Career Academy, a partnership with Blackpool Council, local NHS trusts and private sector providers, we are ensuring we are doing everything possible to maintain a pipeline of talented workers who will continue to deliver quality care for years to come.

I appreciate and value our health and social care services locally and look forward to being increasingly involved in the strategic development and growth of the health workforce to support our local needs.

 

Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust: Paul Bibby

Following a career in financial services, I returned to education and qualified as an occupational therapist in 2004, specialising in mental health.  I attained a Master's Degree in 2010, focusing on psychosocial approaches to supporting people with mental health problems.

I moved in to strategy and planning in 2015 to broaden my horizons, to give me a different perspective on health and care delivery, and to bring my clinical knowledge and skills to support organisations to address some of the challenges we all face in delivering sustainable, high quality services to our communities.

Dr Deborah Kenny, Appointed Governor for University of Central Lancashire (UCLAN)

University of Central Lancashire (UCLAN): Dr Deborah Kenny

I qualified from Queen Elizabeth’s School of Nursing in Birmingham as a general and paediatric nurse in 1985.

I then went on to specialise in neonatal nursing and worked in neonatal units across the UK before I moved into a teaching career.

I moved to work at the University of Central Lancashire in 1997 to teach Neonatal Nursing and I am now the Head of the School of Community Health and Midwifery.

My doctoral thesis was focused on nurses and caring.  This is a subject I feel very passionate about and it is one that I wish to champion in my position as an Appointed Governor.

 

Lancaster University: Dr Amelia Hunt

Having worked for 16 years in various roles in Higher Education, I am currently the Faculty Manager for Health and Medicine at Lancaster University.

I am a member of the University’s Leadership Group where I contribute to the development of our strategy and the successful implementation of the strategic priorities.

I am responsible for good governance and organisational support to deliver the highest quality education, research and engagement activities in Health and Medicine to contribute to the wider health economy.

Previously I have worked as a researcher at Lancaster and Nottingham Universities on environmental and health-related projects.

 

Public Governors

Public Governors are nominated and voted for by our members. They are also members of the Trust.

Blackpool: Jeannette Beckett

I have had an attachment to Blackpool since 1985 and settled here to continue my retirement by the sea in 2018.

My background is in Community Services in Manchester where I had 23 years' NHS experience in child health from birth to leaving school. During that time I was involved in moving from paper records to computerised records including many pathways to effectively and electronically speed up results to enhance follow up requirements for services.

I managed the Child Health System Computer and was actively involved in the working group to upgrade and advance the best practice and amount of information to record

I am very keen on all services involved to work together and develop an integrated pathway to achieve maximum health benefits and wellbeing for all. I believe all services can work alongside Information Governance and partners to achieve maximum care within the framework of Data Protection, privacy, security and develop networks to improve outcomes.

I also believe all administration staff should have the opportunity to develop their skills through their Personal Development Plan including NVQ qualification and computer skills. Before I retired I also had the role of NVQ Internal Verifier.

I undertake as a Governor to give back to the community the experience and dedication and passion I have for the NHS to improve the lives of the public.

 

Blackpool: Graham Curry

This is my first term as a Governor representing the Blackpool Area. I have worked in the NHS for 42 years. I recently retired from the North West Ambulance Service as the Sector Manager for West Lancashire.

I have a great understanding on how the NHS operates and will endeavour to use that knowledge in obtaining a greater understanding of how I can influence the trust in a positive direction.

I live in Blackpool and have done so for more than 40 years. I know how important our hospital is to our community and I will make sure that the Board stand up to scrutiny and capability and will discharge my duties to the best of my ability.

I am committed to this role and will use all skills and expertise to observe and comment on all relevant issues in this Hospitals Trust to enable them to move to the top of its game.

I will always put the patient’s interest first in all matters and will attempt to represent the views of my local community at all times.

Nigel Patterson

Blackpool: Nigel Patterson

I have lived in Blackpool for over 40 years and enjoyed a successful career in the hospitality and facilities management sectors. I now wish to share my lifetime of Board level experiences to support the Trust face the ongoing challenges it will inevitably face in the future. I will welcome the training I will be offered to fulfil this role and so become an effective participating Governor. I am active member of a number of organisations locally including the Blackpool Civic Trust, Friends of Stanley Park, a volunteer conductor on the Heritage Trams and a Volunteer Mentor to young people through the Princes Trust I wish to give more back to the local community by playing an active role in helping the Governors hold the Board of Directors to account for the hospital services they provide to our community. I will proactively support business change and service delivery enhancements, so the Directors are able to provide an ever-improving service to the Fylde community.

 

Zacky Hameed, Public Governor for Blackpool

Blackpool: Zacky Hameed

I have worked as a lecturer in Lancashire and abroad and had my own family business in Blackpool for the last 30 years.

I am passionate about having a healthcare system that is functional so I make a positive contribution to continuously improving the care and compassion the patient is entitled to and paid for under the NHS system.

The ability to inter-relate with members of the public, staff and the Board of Directors to focus on the improvements for the sick and the elderly was, and will continue to be, my prime objective.

I engage with, and listen to, people’s views and issues on health and social care in the community and always make the management aware of these to comply with the Provider Licence.

 

Rick Scott

Blackpool: Rick Scott

I am 60 years of age and have lived in Blackpool most of my life. I am passionate about the NHS, after having received lifesaving treatment for pancreatitis and cancer. The constitution of the NHS, based on need, accessibility to all and being properly accountable to the communities it serves, is paramount. In my role as a local councillor, I have an innate ability to engage with my constituents when raising their concerns, sometimes supporting their feelings of anguish, despair and frustration, by being a good listener thus making observations to enable a good problem solving outcome. I sit on similar committees taking a constructive approach ensuring all parties have the same unbiased hearing to be fair to all. A recent achievement for my ward is two pelican crossings to be placed in positions long overdue to secure the safety of pedestrians. I have experience managing staff as a facilities manager both here and abroad, thus enhancing my enthusiasm to promote good corporate governance I have academic practical experience and knowledge after achieving the NEBOSH qualifications to add to my engineering qualifications. I have the energy and determination to engage with the public to want to get an insight of their opinions of the Trust. I have a full understanding, knowledge, experience and skills of what a high standard of service is expected within strict financial constraints. Therefore, I believe I have the experience, expertise and passion to contribute to Blackpool's NHS FT in moving forward as a Governor.

Blackpool: Lisa Robins

I have worked in the health and social sector for 20 years, mainly working with vulnerable adults, managing the delivery of care services in Blackpool, Wyre and Fylde.

I am a Registered Manager with the Care Quality Commission and thrive on improving services to gain outstanding outcomes for impact and enhancement of our or residents lives.

I am extremely proud to have been elected as a Public Governor (Blackpool constituency) as my absolute passion lies in how we, as a collaborative team, can improve services and patient care across the board. Particularly focusing on nursing patients living with dementia or cognitive impairment to ensure a high level of understanding, time and patience is afforded to those individuals.

Respect and dignity of every patient should be afforded in any circumstance and I hope to play a small part in this particular complex and challenging area of the Trust.

 

Patricia Roche, Public Governor for Blackpool

Blackpool: Patricia Roche

My background is in psychology, counselling and psychotherapy. I have a Master's Degree in Management.  I have been fortunate  to be able to use these skills as a Curriculum Manager at Blackpool College and as a psychotherapist in a GP surgery.  I have international experience as a visiting professor in the United States.  Nearer to home, I have designed and delivered summer schools at the University of Lancaster.

I am committed to using all the above skills and experience in my role as a Public Governor for the Blackpool constituency, particularly with reference to the massive changes taking place in the NHS at present.  I believe the NHS to be a pearl beyond price and I will use my role to safeguard it on your behalf to the best of my ability.

Blackpool: Adele DeVito

Originally from Manchester, I have lived on the Fylde coast since 1967.

I work for the Blackpool Library Service.

I consider it an honour and a privilege to be a Public Governor for Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and hope to discharge my duties well.

I believe the NHS to be the best care provider in the world, offering unconditional care to all at the point of need.

Fylde: Steven Gratrix

Born at Victoria Hospital, as were my two children, we are a local family, historically over 200 years.

My first employment of 25 years, being involved in benefit payments and ending as a section manager, I am aware of the issues the area has.

I am an Emergency First Response Instructor, ex-Coastguard, Master Scuba Diver Trainer, Helicopter Underwater Emergency Trainer Safety Diver, Media Diver, School Governor (CoE) 12 years and have UCLan Hon Degree in Communication Studies and British Sign Language (BSL).

I sing at church and now have 1 to 1 singing lessons.

 

Gail Goodman

Fylde: Gail Goodman

I am delighted to have been elected as Governor for the Blackpool Teaching Hospitals Foundation Trust, Council of Governors, representing the Fylde.

My grandparents owned a Dairy Farm in Carleton for many years and I am well aware of the nature of hard work, resilience and fortitude.  I have lived in a number of Lancashire towns as a child, owing to my father’s profession, but migrated to the Fylde Coast as the favourite of our household moves!

My initial forays into the workforce involved Banking but, on the birth of my two sons, I moved into Education and after seven years was promoted to Headteacher of a Derbyshire Primary School.  I have undertaken work in several schools around the country as now, an Educational Consultant, involving Risk Management, Finance and Budgets, Staff Recruitment and Retention, Staff Training and Pupils and Parents’ Care – all of which I believe will assist my work with the Foundation Trust.

I provide Barbering Services in a Local Care home and undertake voluntary work as a Bereavement Counsellor with Cruse Bereavement Care.  Just recently, I trained as a Patient Advocate with St John Ambulance, in order to assist at the local Vaccination Centres.

A period of time as a Councillor with Fylde Borough Council has taught me the value of understanding and managing the complex needs of an Electorate made up of many different residents.   I intend to bring this knowledge and those valuable skills into my work with the many patients, visitors and staff members of Blackpool Victoria Hospital, to the very best of my ability.

I shall ensure that I am accountable at all times to those who visit, and experience, the excellent and compassionate care given by all personnel at ‘the Vic’.

 

John Moore

Fylde: John Moore

Hi. I’m John Moore. I’m a long time Fylde resident, now also a retired Audit Manager and able to focus my time on the things that are important to me. I believe that my experience should let me fill a governor’s role well. My job was to help ensure that organisations ran smoothly and effectively. To do this I needed effective communication with everyone – from new starters to directors. Along the way I gained a good knowledge of what governance is about. I spent some time working with long-term care and health-related services, though most was spent in finance and insurance.

Why do I want to be a governor? Three years ago, my sister died of oesophageal cancer; my two brothers are both in remission from prostate cancer; and throughout a difficult 2020, I relied time and again on Blackpool Victoria’s excellent Ophthalmic, Surgical and Medical Retina staff. Indeed, 2021 has started the same way. It’s clear to me that giving back to the local NHS trust is a priority.

As an aside, I’m well prepared for voluntary working. I’ve volunteered continuously for the last 20 years, including a few years as the unpaid president of my professional association. I hope to continue my volunteering with the NHS.

Wyre: Sue Crouch

I have lived on the Fylde coast for many years, working as a teacher and then as a senior officer with Blackpool Children’s Services. My professional experiences gave me a good understanding of our local demographics and their associated challenges and in 2009, I completed a Master’s Degree in Process Consultancy to support me in my role as a leader of service transformation. Since retiring, I have become a Trustee for Fylde Coast Women’s Aid and was first elected as a Trust Governor in 2016.

As a Trust Governor, I am committed to supporting the organisation to further improve the quality of patient care, both through the modernisation of services and by helping to promote evidence-based practice.

 

Wyre: Patricia Greenhough

I moved to Knott End when my family relocated in the early 70s and trained as a nurse at Blackpool Victoria Hospital. I moved to London following my training and specialised in bone cancer and then later in paediatric bone cancer. I later undertook a 12 month course in heart and lungs at London’s Chest Hospital where I looked after the first patient in the country fitted with an intra-aortic balloon pump. Following my time in London, I moved to Manchester and then to Wyre 15 years ago to look after my parents.

I was a Councillor for Knott End and Preesall for seven years until September 2018 and thoroughly enjoyed it.

My hobbies include sewing and I have a degree in Egyptology. I enjoyed a long career as a nurse and am very interested in community health and improving the services locally, especially in the Wyre Region. I attend almost every CCG meeting as I feel it’s important to find out how the resources are being used and whether this is beneficial to the constituents of Wyre.

Wyre: Ian Owen

I am keen to support quality local public services putting the patient at the heart of everything we do.

A Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (FCPFA), I have a detailed understanding of public sector finance, technology and operations.

I have local experience from 16 years at Blackpool/Preston councils and Norcross together with 20 years at large multi-national companies. My current 'day' job is as a public sector specialist for a large global IT company.

A Wyre resident since the age of four, my aim is to serve the public I represent to the best of my ability.

 

Wyre: Christina McKenzie-Townsend

I have lived in Wyre for 37 years and am pleased to be able to represent the people of my local area. I have a long history within the NHS in many roles, including that of Registered Nurse, Nurse Tutor and Cancer Services Manager, much of my experience having been gained at Blackpool Teaching Hospitals. I have seen the many changes, advances and developments that have taken place at the Trust and aim to add my experiences and knowledge gained, to the role of Public Elected Governor for Wyre.

After retiring from full-time work, I have continued to be involved with the NHS, having been a Governor of Lancashire Care NHS Trust (the mental health trust), chaired Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre Mental Health Forum and most recently served on the Board of Blackpool Clinical Commissioning Group (BCCG). In these roles I championed the patient and public experience of the services, and am particularly interested in mental health. I would love to see physical and mental health come together as one overall service for all.

North West Counties: Stephen Cross

I recently retired after 12 years at the Countess of Chester Hospital as In-house Solicitor and Trust Secretary and inspired by the great work of NHS staff want to give something back.  With family connections to Blackpool I now have the opportunity as a Governor to represent the North West Counties constituency by developing an important link to the care and well-being of patients by listening and providing feedback to our constituency members and the Board of Directors and where appropriate influencing matters to ensure the delivery of sustainable high quality care for the benefit of patients.

I was a police officer for 31 years, seconded during that time to work for the Hong Kong Government working for the Independent Commission against corruption.  I was a national hostage negotiator.  As a solicitor, I have specialised in medical law and have a Master's Degree in Healthcare Governance.

I am married to Helen, a retired mental health nurse, with four children and five grandchildren.