Who’s who on the Council

Who is on the Council of Governors?

The Council of Governors has 20 members:

  • 12 public governors who are elected by public members

  • 4 staff governors who are elected by staff members

  • 4 stakeholder governors who are nominated by our partner organisations

To contact a Governor, please email governors@anhst.nhs.uk or telephone: 01535 294540


Peter Home

Bingley Rural

Ros Seton has lived in Airedale all of her life. Ros believes that as a governor, she will have a beneficial effect on the Hospital’s governance for the benefit of all those people that use it. Ros has a particular interest in improving treatment for patients (and their carers) suffering addictions and mental health problems.



Nick Cole has served as both a Keighley primary school governor and Addingham Parish Councillor in recent years and is keen to bring his personal sense of public service to a new environment in health and social care. Nick has experience in previous relevant roles of holding public decision making and future plans to account.  He has spent the last 10 years recruiting to executive and non-executive leadership roles in the public sector and brings a good sense of what excellent leadership and people management looks like.

Ilkley and Wharfedale

Karen Ellison qualified as a doctor from Leeds University in 1987 and practiced Obstetrics and Gynaecology for 25 years in Leeds, but also Bradford, Halifax and Otley. Karen is now a medicolegal consultant assisting with complaints, inquests, disciplinary hearings, GMC investigations, negligence claims and public inquiries. Karen has a passionate belief in the ethos of the NHS free at the point of need and wants to see the NHS thrive for her community. Karen is currently the Lead Governor. 

Keighley Central/East

John Bootland has been the governor for Keighley Central since June 2013. His experience as a problem solver as well as his accountancy background have proved extremely useful. John has been supportive of the Trust’s plans to increase the number of apprentices employed by the Trust and of the Trust’s plans to establish Nurse Associate roles. He has also strongly encouraged the participation of young trust members, aged between 14-20 year olds. 

Keighley West and Worth Valley 

Christine Highley has represented Keighley West since May 2018 and was re-elected for the merged Keighley West and Worth Valley seat. Christine has been working hard to make a difference for the benefit of Keighley West and Worth Valley members and the wider community and has worked with people from a wide variety of backgrounds. She is able to quickly grasp issues and use careful judgement and diplomacy to work towards a solution. She has been involved in the running of two small businesses, and has served on the management committee of a local registered charity, including 25 years as treasurer.


Olukayode Dada is a retired biomedical research scientist. He has lived in Skipton for more than 30 years. Olukayode is passionate about the need for ‘healthcare for all’ and wants to help the Trust to provide a good standard of care. In his professional career he has served in administrative roles as a member of the Governing Board of Ogun State University Teaching Hospital (Nigeria) and in advisory roles on Task Forces of the Special Programme in Reproduction of the World Health Organisation, Geneva. 

Settle & Mid-Craven


South Craven

Margaret Berry is from a farming background and has experience of working in care environments. She is a qualified Chiropodist and has 25 years’ experience of running a successful business. Margaret wants to be instrumental in helping the Trust to provide good services to local people.


West Craven

Paul Maskell is committed to supporting and challenging Airedale NHS Foundation Trust to continue to deliver excellent health care for patients in West Craven. Paul has worked in the health sector in Primary Care Trusts in Bradford for 18 years, and understands the complex changing environment within which the Trust must operate and how the patient voice can influence change. Paul has expertise around learning and development, organisational development and developing and supporting innovative services. He is a Councillor for Kelbrook and Sough Parish Council, a member of the patient participation group for Pendle Medical Partnership and has developed a good understanding of the needs of his community.

Pendle East & Colne

Jerry Stanford has been representing the Trust’s members since June 2015. He and his family have used Airedale Hospital on a regular basis for many years and they value the service that it provides. He is passionate about improving access to the hospital for the local community and wants to help maintain its high reputation. Jerry has worked in both commerce and in public service. He also represents the community at East Lancashire commissioning group’s patient board and chairs his local GP practice patient group.  Jerry carries out various voluntary activities in Pendle where he has opportunities to meet with members of the community and to receive their feedback regarding the Trust’s services.

Rest of England



Doctors and Dentists


Allied Health Professionals and Scientists

Annette Ferrier is an Advanced Nurse Practitioner. She believes that in her role as a Staff Governor, she will be able to highlight the work of allied health professionals (AHPs) and scientists and how they can help to support the entire body of work that the Trust undertakes. Annette enjoys getting involved in wider Trust issues and hearing from fellow AHPs and scientists about the challenges they face and their good practice, and sharing this with the Council of Governors. Annette works within the Digital Care Hub with a variety of acute and community services as well as primary care. She feels that these networks are invaluable to the Trust as they help gather and share information across a wide cross section of Trust staff, patients and members.

Nurses and Midwives

David Haston has worked at Airedale for over 20 years. During this time, he has developed contacts with a number of different people, both within his working role as charge nurse in theatres and via the social connections and friendships he has developed. He works alongside nurses from many wards, accident and emergency, endoscopy, health care support workers and other allied professionals. David feels that it is of the utmost importance that the nurses, midwives and other allied healthcare professionals working within the Trust have a voice and that that voice comes from a representative who is actually working on the shop floor and able to see and hear first-hand the issues affecting their ability to deliver the level of care they feel is right.

All other Staff

Michael Smith is the head of employee health and wellbeing at Airedale NHS Foundation Trust. He also has previous operational management experience across a number of organisations including Airedale. The combined experience of these roles has provided him with a very good understanding of the issues facing staff across numerous groups and this knowledge allows him to articulate their views in a professional and constructive manner through the Council of Governors to the executive team. Michael cares about the future of the Trust, the people it employs and the services the Trust provides for its local community and visitors to the area.  


Bradford Metropolitan District Council

Cllr Caroline Firth is Bradford Council’s representative as a Governor of Airedale NHS Foundation Trust. She provides the Council’s views about the Trust’s work and plans through the Council of Governor meetings and also informs the Trust about issues or concerns. For her the role is important because she knows that everyone needs and wants a well-led hospital in our community that always has patients and their families at the centre of decisions.

 She is also a Labour councillor, representing Keighley East.

North Yorkshire County Council

Cllr Gillian Quinn




Pendle Borough Council

Cllr Tom Whipp




Voluntary Sector