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Council of Governors

Our Council of Governors (CoG) is made up of representatives from public and staff constituents, as well as various stakeholder and partner organisations.

Governors provide a vital link between members of the public, hospital staff and the Trust Board, ensuring that the ideas, feedback and concerns of local people are listened to and taken forward. Their role is key in ensuring the Trust makes continuous improvement and meets the needs of the people that use local services.

The CoG:

  • Works with the Trust to make sure its long term plans match the needs of the local population and influences proposals to make changes to services
  • Works with the Board of Directors to ensure that the Trust fully understands the needs of the local community
  • Represents the views of the wider membership
  • Appoints the Chair and other Non-Executive Directors

There are 26 governors who make up MKUH’s Council of Governors.

15 governors are elected by our Foundation Trust’s public, patient or carer members and 7 are elected by staff members.

There are also 4 appointed governors who are nominated by stakeholders such as the local authority, or other organisations.

The Council of Governors meets formally with the hospital’s Trust Board four times a year. In between these, informal meetings are held.

We see the council as our critical friend and guardian of our values. Collectively and individually its role is vital as it acts as a link to the hospital community by:

  • Involving members directly in our long term vision and planning
  • Supervising public involvement, membership recruitment and engagement

The council also has specific powers and holds the Non-Executive Directors to account for the performance of the Board of Directors. Its duties include:

  • Appointing and setting the pay and terms and conditions of appointment of the Trust Chair and Non-Executive Directors
  • Ratifying the appointment of the Chief Executive
  • Appointing the auditors and receiving the annual report and accounts

The Chair of the Council of Governors plays a pivotal role as they are also the chair of the Board of Directors.

List of Governors

There are two types of governors: Public Governors, and Staff Governors.

The list of current governors is as follows:

Staff Governors

For Doctors and Dentists

Born in India in 1958, I came to the UK in October 1994 and have been working for the NHS as a surgeon ever since. I worked at MK between 1996-1999 and have also done since March 2011.

My wife is Dr Sherly Mathews, a histopathologist at MK, and my two daughters are also in the NHS – one at John Radcliffe Hospital as a Senior Registrar in Anaesthetics, and the other as a GP trainee at Frimley Park Hospital.


For Nurses and Midwives

I am the Learning Disability (RNLD) Nurse at MKUH. I am newly qualified as of September 2020 and I was first introduced to MKUH as a Healthcare Assistant in early 2020. During this time, I was also a final year student RNLD nurse. When the pandemic began in March 2020, as part of a government scheme with Health Education England, I opted in to help. I completed my final placement within the Quality and Safeguarding Team from April 2020-August 2020. In this time, I was able to highlight the importance of having a Learning Disability Nurse within the Trust by highlighting some gaps and areas that may need improvement and I was fortunate enough to be put into post.

My role includes supporting people with Learning Disabilities through their journey throughout the hospital, supporting hospital staff to support people with Learning Disabilities who have complex communication needs, and liaising with both internal and external teams to ensure high quality care and provisions are available for all people with a Learning Disability who access the Trust.

I have been the Bereavement Midwife here at MKUH since 2008. I feel passionate about the care we provide to families but also the care and support we provide staff. I am a strong believer that, if staff feel nurtured, they will return this by nurturing the patients. My role is challenging; however, I meet some amazing people along the way. I work closely with the early pregnancy assessment unit, the gynaecological ward, maternity, the neonatal unit, chaplaincy, and the mortuary. I also am the lead for maternity for the Child Death Overview Panel and the lead reporter for MBRRACE and PMRT. These are national reports where we assess the care, we provide families and learn nationally from each hospital, to enable use to learn and improve our care. As a governor, I look forward to building relationships with staff and our community and have a voice for them all.

For scientists, technicians and allied health professionals

I have worked at MKUH in Histopathology for four years. I started as an ATO and have progressed to an Associate Practitioner. I really enjoy working in Pathology; it can be very busy but rewarding too. Whilst working at MKUH I have started doing Harvey’s Gang tours. Harvey’s Gang is a charity that enables our young patients to come and be a Biomedical Scientist for the day and see what happens to their samples. This is to reduce their anxiety over coming into the hospital and having to wait for results. I love giving lab tours and helping patients, staff and the public see what we do in Pathology. In my spare time I enjoy playing softball, watching rugby and volunteering. I am very grateful to have been elected to the Council of Governors and I am excited to work together to support our hospital.

For non-clinical staff groups e.g. admin & clerical, estates, finance, HR, management

I am a single mother from Bedfordshire. Previously I have owned two dancing schools and worked in education for over twenty years. Having made the decision to leave teaching during the first lockdown, I found myself working at MKUH from August 2020, in the admissions team. I thoroughly enjoy working at the hospital, serving the community, and I look forward to extending this service in my role as a governor. In my spare time, I play in a brass band, love crochet and crafting, taking my dog for walks and watching Formula 1 or rugby with my son.




I started working at MKUH in 2008 as a Clinical Support Worker in the Pathology Support Unit. I then moved to be an Associate Practitioner in Haematology & Blood Transfusion where I spent the next 8 years. Since 2017 I’ve been the Pathology Systems Manager & Quality Support Analyst, managing all the IT systems we rely on in Pathology. I really enjoy working in Pathology. It’s a challenging role but greatly rewarding. I am very excited to have been elected to the council of governors and look forward to working with everyone.


Public Governors

Bletchley & Fenny Stratford, Denbigh, Eaton Manor & Whaddon

When I retired from a career in heavy engineering, I joined the Local Involvement Network (LINk:MK), which is now Healthwatch:MK. On becoming the Chairperson, I was an appointed Governor on the hospital’s Council of Governors. On leaving Healthwatch, I ceased to be a Governor.

Later I was elected as a Public Governor for my area of Milton Keynes. This role is voluntary and unpaid, which enables me to be independent and to have a say about trying to help the hospital management to improve the services they provide and bring about better overall experiences for patients and their families. After some time, I was honoured to be elected by the governors as the Lead Governor.

Why did I take on the role as a governor, which is very different from my career? The main reason was to try to do something for the community and be a voice for people using the hospital services. As a Governor, I belong to various hospital groups, which in normal times enables me to visit the wards, meet patients and families and see our excellent staff carrying out their duties. For example, on one of the groups I did hospital food sampling.

I started my legal career at the independent Bar and in 2004 was given a great opportunity to work in-house in local government as an employed barrister. I have worked within the public sector for over 15 years, leading legal and democratic services teams. I have taken a step away from management, just concentrating on the law, which enables me to spend more time with my family.

I became a Public Governor in late 2019, a month or so before I gave birth to my daughter at the hospital. My experience prior to becoming a governor was simply as a service user. I stood for election because the hospital had done so much for me and my family, and I wanted to get involved and do my bit to help in its functioning.

Emerson Valley, Furzton, Loughton Park

I was a social and community worker in Northern Ireland until 1986, when I moved to Milton Keynes to work for the Development Corporation. In MKDC I led a social development team that worked with colleagues in other statutory and voluntary organisations to develop MK’s social infrastructure, including the health, education, social and other community services required to meet the needs of a growing population.

I am a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, former director of the UK’s largest mental health charity, Chief Executive of a membership disability charity, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Executive of a major voluntary sector provider of substance misuse treatment services. As an experienced and innovative voluntary sector leader, I have particular expertise in stakeholder engagement, social value analysis and change management.

Currently a charity management consultant and trustee of a number of local and national charities, I have well developed senior leadership, corporate governance and risk management skills and am keen to sustain work with all of the Trust’s stakeholders to ensure that our services, structure and working relationships are fit for purpose and the future.

  • Jordan Coventry

I am currently a primary school teacher, and have taught locally in Milton Keynes since 2014. I have also been a member of Woughton Community Council since 2015, where I serve as Vice-Chair of the Council. There I represent Eaglestone, in which MKUH is located. I was publicly elected to MKUH’s Council of Governors in February 2021, where I represent Emerson Valley, Furzton and Loughton Park, and I look forward to working and representing the people who live there.

I have a keen interest in representing my communities, and empowering others to do the same, having been involved in the public sector for several years now. I have a particular interest in making sure that local mental health provision is as robust and accessible as possible for all who may need it, as this is clearly an expanding area of need for many people, as well as ensuring that MKUH is able to best meet the needs of a rapidly growing city. I feel that as someone who has had a very limited personal need for NHS services yet, I can offer a fresh perspective and ensure that MKUH is looking forward to meet the next challenge.

Linford South, Bradwell, Campbell Park

Hanslope Park, Olney, Sherington, Newport Pagnell

I began my professional life as a BBC producer and was a founder member of the Open University. I worked for the United Nations (UNESCO) for twenty-five years, initially in Asia and later in Paris, where I became Director of the Communication Division before establishing a new programme for Eastern Europe in the early nineties. Subsequently I became an independent consultant, undertaking assignments for international agencies including the European Commission and the World Bank. In retirement since 2014, I am active in civil society, where I have a particular interest in integrated health and social care, primary care and acute care. I was Chair of my local Patient Participation Group for three years and a founding Trustee of Healthwatch Milton Keynes, where I am currently a Deputy Chair.

This interest led me to become a Public Governor of Milton Keynes University Hospital in 2016. It became even more personal when, in 2018, I received a living donor kidney transplant at the Oxford Transplant Centre, and I later became a Council member of the East of England Clinical Senate and the Patient Council of the Renal Association. I hold a PhD in communication.

A Governor since November 2018, I have lived in Milton Keynes since January 1972 when I moved here from the Midlands to work on the development of Milton Keynes. My work involved the supervision of many construction projects of varying types and interaction with incoming residents. My philosophy was that we were building a place for people to live and work and where they would develop their homes, so we needed to think in terms of would WE want to live here and thus I encouraged my team to think in those terms and ask if they would be proud to put their name to what was being done, and if not why not? Later I was involved in the demolition of tower blocks in London and the replacement with proper housing, again creating safe places for people to live. To me it is important to not only understand the rules but also to ensure that their purpose is achieved to the benefit of those for whom the work is actually intended.

I am to support and encourage the team at the hospital by observing and positively challenging what is done for the patients.

Walton Park, Danesborough, Middleton, Woughton

I am a Managing Security Consultant with over 30 years’ experience. I have a great drive for success and achievement, have won several international awards and have worked in many parts of the world. I easily relate with people of diverse cultures from multicultural settings. I consulted for the European Union Institutions for almost six years while concurrently serving as the CISO of other consulting companies in the UK.

My childhood dream was to be a medical doctor. I love caring for people and am passionate about people’s needs being met. I don’t like seeing people suffer, hence I go the extra mile to support where I can. Incidentally, I now care for people in a different way as a Cyber Security Consultant.

I stood for election and became a Governor in March 2020 because I believe I can support the good work being done both from my professional and personal perspectives. I want to be a voice for my constituency and be able to air the views of many who use the hospital services.

My expectation is to support the Board of Governors and the Trust as much as I can to achieve the laudable goals of patient care.

I qualified in commercial horticulture in the Seventies. I have worked for the Farmers Weekly and international companies advising growers and farmers, training staff, growers and communicating with the press in a number of managerial roles. I was a Nuffield Farming Scholar in the Eighties and chair of Hertfordshire Young Farmers. I became involved with the hospital when I was admitted after a serious car accident. I wanted to give something back so I joined the Friends of Milton Keynes Hospital & Community in 1987. The most rewarding part of this has been taking the paper and goodies trolley around the wards. The Friends shop opened when the hospital opened in 1985 and I have been involved with it since 1987. I became a governor because I am passionate about the hospital and under normal circumstances have contact with patients and staff on the wards giving a slightly different background to most public governors.

Stantonbury, Stony Stratford, Wolverton

I have lived in Milton Keynes for 46 years and been helping to volunteer at the hospital for almost 40 years as a member of MK Friends charity. I care very much about the hospital and the staff and in my volunteering role I have been able to meet people, especially nurses, and become friends with them. I’m very interested in what they are doing and how they are doing it. It’s about being kind and helping them and the hospital in any way I can. I have been a governor of the Trust before and I was re-elected in 2020. I have been a patient at the hospital several times too and this gives me a different perspective too. I have taken part in the 15 Steps Challenge at MKUH and was the Winner of the Volunteer of the Year category at the Trust’s 2019 Staff Awards. I am a member of the ‘Beyond the C’ Choir, am involved in P2P (Peer-to-Peer) and I am Vice-Chairperson of MK Friends Shop based inside the hospital.

Outer catchment area

I came from Portugal as a scholar to Cambridge University when I was 18 and a couple of years later I met my husband whilst spending a summer in London. We got married when I finished, and the rest is history…

I have over 20 years of experience in business development, human resources, turnaround management and financial control. I have worked in a managerial capacity in banking, multilingual communications, construction and audit. Currently I am the Head of Finance for an environmental charity and a Trustee for Milton Keynes Play Association. I was an elected District Councillor from 2003-2011, sitting in Planning, Audit, Appeals, Finance and Licensing Committees. In my spare time I enjoy reading with a particular interest in recent developments where the various sciences and arts work together, rather than in isolation, to gain a better understanding of our world and current issues as well as travelling and spending quality time with my husband and two children.

  • Vacant

Extended area

  • Vacant

Milton Keynes Business Leaders


I am a partner with a well known regional firm of solicitors.  I have been a solicitor for 20 years and I specialise in employment law, and from time to time represent clients at inquest hearings before the Coroner’s Court.  I became a governor in 2016 as a governor appointed by Milton Keynes Council, as at that time I was a councillor. When my term of election ended in 2019, I chose not to stand as a councillor again. However, I was invited to remain as a governor of the Trust as a representative of the business community. Outside of work, I am a director of a local charity. I enjoy long distance running and have practiced Tae Kwon-Do for the last 35 years.

Healthwatch MK

Milton Keynes Council for Voluntary Organisations (Community Action:MK)

Milton Keynes Council

I represent Milton Keynes Council on the Council of Governors at MKUH. I’ve been a Milton Keynes councillor since May 2018 and am Vice Chair of the council’s Health and Adult Social Care Scrutiny committee. My interest in health, and the connection between health and social care, led me to join the hospital’s governors. I’m keen to strengthen the relationship between the hospital and the council’s social care teams, and to see the hospital expand as Milton Keynes continues to grow. Before retiring a few years ago I worked as Director of Development and Production at the Open University and my career was spent largely in educational publishing and media production.


Council of Governors’ Meeting Dates 2021

19 January 2021 10am-12.30pm
18 March 2021 4pm-6.30pm
11 May 2021 10am-12.30pm
12 July 2021 10am-12.30pm
22 November 2021 4pm-7pm

If you would like to attend any of these meetings, or if you would like more information about the Council of Governors, please email the Foundations Members inbox at [email protected]

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