On 1 June 2015, following this year’s Council of Governors elections The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust welcomed four new Public Governors to make up our group of Public, Staff and Partner Governors. Our new Governors are:
• Jan Frith - Public Governor - Constituency: Rest of England
• David Vickers - Public Governor – Constituency: Rother Valley West
• Florence Mangenje – Public Governor – Constituency: Rest of England
• Clair Brierley - Public Governor – Constituency: Wentworth South
In addition, following the end of her term of office as Lead Governor, Jean Dearden will be replaced by new Lead Governor Dennis Wray.
Dennis has served as Trust Public Governor since 2008 and, amongst other aspects of his role, sits on the Trust’s Patient Safety and Experience Governor Group and serves on the Nominations Committee. He said: “I’m very happy to have the support of the Council of Governors in becoming Lead Governor.
“It is a daunting task taking over from the great job that Jean has done but I am looking forward to facing the challenges that lay ahead and working with both our new and serving governors in helping to progress the Trust's objective to provide first class healthcare to the people of Rotherham."
Governors play an important role; they represent the interests and views of the Trust members and general public within their constituency, giving staff and others the opportunity to influence the future direction of the Trust.
As well as engaging with the public, promoting new services and contributing their experience to a number of Council sub-committees, our Governors also have a number of statutory duties, such as participating in the appointment of the Chairman and non-executive directors and holding the non-executive directors to account for the performance of the Board.
Jan Frith elected for the Rest of England constituency will represent those who access Trust services but do not live in Rotherham. Jan is a local GP practice manager and has NHS, financial and administrative experience.
She has previously served two three-year terms as a Public Governor and was elected again this year. Jan said: “I’m really looking forward to returning for my last term of being a Governor. The Trust is such an interesting environment and there are so many ways that a Governor can get involved.”
David Vickers is our newly elected Public Governor for our Rother Valley West constituency. David brings a wide variety of experience across the healthcare, education, voluntary and private sector industries. David has been an active member of the Trust for some time and over the past year has been involved with our Membership Development Group. The group works to ensure membership is representative of the local community, ensuring levels of membership remain stable and to support membership engagement activities.
Jan and David will be joined by Florence Mangenje, who is also representing the constituents of our Rest of England areas and Clair Brierley, who is our new Public Governor for the Wentworth South constituency.
The new Governors will be given an induction and Governor training to help them fulfil their roles as Governors and be able to effectively hold the Board of Directors to account, via the non-executive directors.
Trust Chairman, Martin Havenhand said: “Our Council of Governors is a key part of the Governance framework for ensuring that the Trust provides quality health services to the people of Rotherham. They are therefore a valuable asset and provide an important link to our local community; keeping us informed of how the public and Trust members feel we are doing and if there are any improvements they would like to see.
“I am delighted to welcome our new and returning Governors to the Trust and I look forward to working with them over the coming years.”
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