Council of Governors – Who is your governor?

There are 26 seats on MKUH’s Council of Governors.

15 governors are elected by our Foundation Trust’s public, patient or carer members and seven are elected by staff members. There are also four appointed governors who are nominated by stakeholders such as the local authority, or other organisations or groups.

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

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.

  • Stevie Jones

I began my career at MKUH as an Outpatient Receptionist in 2007, and after five years I moved to the Medical Records Department as a Medical Records Clerk. I wanted to be more hands-on with caring for people, so I became an Adult Health and Social Care Worker for Milton Keynes Council before returning to MKUH to become a typist for the Central Typing Hub. I progressed to working with the Patient Access before moving on to the Elective Care Systems and Training Team where I began my role as a Support Officer and have loved helping and seeing the people I support to develop and grow.

I am passionate about helping people and our patients are at the forefront of everything I do, and I have a special interest in customer care and strive to deliver exceptional training to the Trust, for our patients to receive a second-to-none service. I decided to stand for the Admin and Clerical staff governor position as I work closely with varied teams across the Trust and felt I would provide a familiar, approachable face that would be a valuable representation for these staff groups.

I have two children a daughter of 19 who is currently at university in her second year, and a son of 9 who keeps me on my toes on a day-to-day basis. I love crafting and my free time is spent making homemade cards.

Public Governors

Constituency A – Ashland, Bletchley, Denbigh, Eaton Manor, Fenny Stratford, Mount Farm, Simpson, Water Eaton, Whaddon

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.

Constituency B – Crownhill, Emerson Valley, Furzton, Grange Farm, Hazeley, Kingsmead, Knowlhill, Loughton, Loughton Park, Medbourne, Oakhill, Oxley Park, Shenley Brook End, Shenley Church End, Shenley Lodge, Tattenhoe, Westcroft, Woodhill

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.

Constituency C – Bradwell, Bradwell Common, Campbell Park, Central Milton Keynes, Conniburrow, Downhead Park, Downs Barn, Fishermead, Heelands, Linford South, Neath Hill, Newlands, Oldbrook, Rooksley, Springfield, Willen, Willen Park, Woolstones

  • Akin Soetan
  • VACANT

Constituency D – Blakelands, Bolbeck Park, Castlethorpe, Clifton Reynes, Cold Brayfield, Emberton, Filgrave, Gayhurst, Giffard Park, Hanslope Park, Haversham, Lathbury, Lavendon, Linford North, Little Linford, Newport Pagnell, Newton Blossomville, North Crawley, Olney, Pennylands, Ravensthorpe, Sherington, Stoke Goldington, Tyringham, Weston Underwood

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.

  • Shirley Moon

I have a degree in philosophy and a Postgraduate Diploma in Information Management, I am also a qualified management and executive coach. I moved to Giffard Park with my husband over 25 years ago and worked in a range of industries before starting in healthcare as a practice manager for a GP surgery. I then worked at MKUH for over 12 years before retiring at the end of 2019.My roles in the Trust were in Clinical Governance, as a Business Manager for Core Clinical Division, and as the Apprenticeship Manager. I am interested in continuous quality improvement in the NHS as well as continuing staff development. I believe that excellent patient care stems from staff who are well trained and supported in their roles. I stood for election as a governor because I wanted to continue to use my skills and knowledge to help drive improvement in the Trust.

Constituency E – Beanhill, Bleak Hall, Brinklow, Brook Furlong, Broughton, Browns Wood, Caldecott, Coffee Hall, Danesborough, Eaglestone, Kents Hill, Kingston, Middleton, Milton Keynes Village, Monkston, Netherfield, Pineham, Tilbrook, Tinkers Bridge, Walnut Tree, Walton Manor, Walton Park, Wavendon, Wavendon Gate, Woughton on the Green

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.

Constituency F – Bancroft, Bancroft Park, Bluebridge, Bradville, Bradwell Abbey, Calverton, Fullers Slade, Galley Hill, Greenleys, Hodge Lea, Kiln Farm, Linford Wood, New Bradwell, Old Wolverton, Stacey Bushes, Stantonbury, Stony Stratford, Two Mile Ash, Upper Weald, Whitehouse, Wolverton, Wolverton Mill, Wymbush

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.

Constituency G – Outer catchment area – Beachampton, Buckingham, Leighton Buzzard, Linslade, Old Stratford, The Brickhills, The Horwoods, Winslow, Woburn, Woburn Sands

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

Constituency H – Extended area – Aylesbury, Bedford, Dunstable, Flitwick, London, Luton, Kettering, Northampton, Towcester

  • 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

I am the Chief Executive of Healthwatch Milton Keynes, the independent local champion for people in receipt of health and social care services in Milton Keynes. I became an appointed governor in 2017 when I joined Healthwatch Milton Keynes. I have worked in the charitable sector in Milton Keynes for 13 years as a senior manager for young people’s sexual health services and as CEO of Healthwatch Milton Keynes. As an experienced champion of people’s voices, I’m keen to ensure that Healthwatch Milton Keynes represents the voice of the patients of Milton Keynes University Hospital through my role on the Council of Governors. Outside of my work, I am a mother to two young sons in a British-Italian household where I spend a lot of my time cooking and doing home crafts with my boys.

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.

 

 

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