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 Membership and Governors Officer on 01253 956673.

Staff Governors

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

Nursing and Midwifery:
Sharon Vickers, Staff Governor for Nursing and Midwifery

Sharon Vickers, Staff Governor for 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.


Peter Farrington, Staff Governor for Nursing and Midwifery

Peter Farrington, Staff Governor for Nursing and Midwifery

Peter Farrington

Recently appointed as Community Matron for St Annes.  Previously worked for Lytham Housebound Team, Blackpool District Nurses and General Medical wards within the Unscheduled Care Division at Blackpool Victoria Hospital.

Passionate about nursing, seemingly a catalyst for change. Aiming to align the 5 Ps of Planning and Preparation to Prevent Poor Performance with the 6 Cs of nursing which include; Care, Commitment, Communication, Competence, Courage and Compassion.

Medical and Dental:
Dr Ranjit More, Staff Governor for Medical and Dental

Dr Ranjit More, Staff Governor for 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, Staff Governor for Clinical Support

Jenny Gavin, Staff Governor for 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, Staff Governor for Non-Clinical Support

Tina Daniels, Staff Governor for Non-Clinical Support

Tina Daniels

I commenced 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.

Blackpool Carers Centre:

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Blackpool Council:
Martin Mitchell, Appointed Governor for Blackpool Council

Martin Mitchell, Appointed Governor for 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.

Lancashire County Council:

Councillor Charles Edwards

Councillor Charles Edwards

I am the Lead Member for Health and Adult Services at Lancashire County Council. I believe that developing strong working relationships between Councils, Trusts and CCGs in Lancashire is imperative in order to make sure the Lancashire and South Cumbria Integrated Care System works to provide the best care for every resident.

As well as being elected onto Lancashire CC in May 2017, I also own a small business in Morecambe and am a Lancaster City Councillor. I have lived in Lancaster all of my adult life, I went to Lancaster University and like so many others, I have stayed in Lancashire!


Blackpool & the Fylde College :

Margaret Bamforth, Appointed Governor for Blackpool & 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

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.

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

Dr Deborah Kenny, Appointed Governor for 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, Appointed Governor for Lancaster University

Dr Amelia Hunt, Appointed Governor for Lancaster University

Dr Amelia Hunt

Having worked for 16 years in various roles in Higher Education, I am currently the Faculty Manager for Health & 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 & 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.


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Camilla Hardy, Public Governor for Blackpool

Camilla Hardy, Public Governor for Blackpool

Camilla Hardy

Currently in my second term as a Governor, I regularly attend Board meetings, undertake Patient Safety Walkabouts with Trust Directors and participate in the Governors’ visiting programme.

Now retired, my career as a senior manager in adult social care in Lancashire provides me with expertise in the interrelation between health and social care.

Born and brought up in Blackpool, my family and I have first-hand experience of health care provided by the Trust and I will continue to offer my knowledge, skills and commitment in supporting the Trust to deliver the best possible care it can for local residents.




Zacky Hameed, Public Governor for Blackpool

Zacky Hameed, Public Governor for 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.


George Holden, Public Governor for Blackpool

George Holden

I have served as a Governor since 2011 and recently chaired the Membership Committee and the Strategic Focus Group.  My current interests as a Governor are dementia and diabetic services.

Being brought up in a Promenade hotel and attending local schools, I feel I have an understanding of what living in Blackpool means.  Before retirement I was a teacher and youth worker and in 1998 was appointed Principal Youth and Community Officer for the new Blackpool Unitary Authority.

I am interested in ensuring young people are appropriately catered for in all aspects of healthcare and for their participation in health governance.




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Patricia Roche, Public Governor for Blackpool

Patricia Roche, Public Governor for 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.




Adele DeVito, Public Governor for Blackpool

Adele DeVito, Public Governor for 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.


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Sheila Jefferson, Public Governor for Fylde

Sheila Jefferson, Public Governor for Fylde

Sheila Jefferson

I have lived on the Fylde coast for forty two years (originally from Preston). I am a minister’s daughter, married with three great sons and five happy grandchildren. I enjoy life and my hobbies are gardening, singing and jogging.

Having worked in the NHS for thirty years with family planning clinics and being a qualified BACP Counsellor for several years, this has given me a great understanding of people’s needs.

As a governor I regard my career experience as being beneficial to the Trust and I look forward to my input into this important position.




Graham Stuart, Governor for Fylde

Graham Stuart

I have lived on the Fylde coast all my life and was a partner in a High Street solicitors practice in Blackpool for 30 years and now work in Manchester as a full time district judge.

Socially, I play and coach hockey, have been a member of Lytham Hockey Club for almost 50 years and am president of the club.

My interest in the NHS arises out of my parents’ dementia and hospitalisation and have experienced the frustrations that arise linked to poor communication between hospitals and  families despite the good work of the medical teams.

Sue Crouch, Public Governor for Wyre

Sue Crouch, Public Governor for 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 experience equipped me with a good understanding of local demographics and challenges and I also undertook a Master’s Degree to assist me in my role as a leader of service transformation. Since retiring, I have become a Trustee for Fylde coast Women’s Aid.

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




No picture AvailablePatricia Greenhough

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Ian Owen, Public Governor for Wyre

Ian Owen, Public Governor for 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.

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.





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Christina McKenzie-Townsend, Public Governor for 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:

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