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.

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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.

Nursing and Midwifery: Peter Farrington

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

I am passionate about nursing, seemingly a catalyst for change. I aim 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

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.

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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.


Lancashire County Council: 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 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.

Camilla Hardy, Public Governor for Blackpool

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

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.


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.


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.


Sheila Jefferson, Public Governor for Fylde

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 30 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.


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.


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.