New Governors Appointed to Speak Up at Hospital
Nine new governors have been elected to Airedale General Hospital. They will have an important role to play in helping the Hospital to think about how it might make it services better for local people and will act as a link between the hospital’s board of directors and members of their local community.
The new governors are:-
Mark Pearson is the new governor for Bingley, who has 40 years experience working in business, initially for major banks before forming his own successful company. Mark is very open to new ideas, discussion and negotiation, both personally and in business and considers himself a ‘people’ person that will listen to everyone’s input at all times.
Ros Seton has been elected to represent Bingley Rural, and 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 been elected to represent Craven, and 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 will bring a good sense of what excellent leadership and people management looks like.
Karen Ellison, elected to represent Ilkley and Wharfedale, 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 doctors/NHS with complaints, inquests, disciplinary hearings, GMC investigations, negligence claims and public enquiries. 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 believes she can assist locally in bringing the concerns of the members to the governing body. She has the skills and experience to raise concerns regarding patient safety, arguably the most important goal of the Trust, to the Governing body and to hold the Non-Executive Directors to account for the performance of the Board.
Christine Highley, re-elected to represent Keighley West and Worth Valley, has represented Keighley West since May 2018 and has been working hard to make a difference for the benefit of Keighley West and Worth Valley members and the wider community. Christine has worked with people from a wide variety of backgrounds and 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.
Kathryn Townsley is a new governor for Rest of England, and is a retired qualified nurse and health visitor who later moved into education. The later years of her career she spent inspecting education and training and children’s social care. As an inspector she has the skills to challenge college governors to test their effectiveness. She loves meeting people and is very good at encouraging people to share their thoughts and concerns. Kathryn will enjoy the opportunity to represent members of the public in improving access to and the quality of service at Airedale NHS Foundation Trust.
Olukayode Dada, elected to represent for Skipton, is a retired biomedical research scientist. He is a British citizen and 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.
Margaret Berry, re-elected for a further term as governor for South Craven, 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 is looking forward to working with the Council of Governors for a further 3 years and wants to be instrumental in helping the Trust to provide good services to local people.
David Haston has been elected to represent the Trust’s Staff Nurses and Midwives, and has worked within 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 uppermost importance that the Nurses, Midwives and other allied healthcare professionals working within the Trust have a voice and that the voice come from a representative who is actually working on the shop floor and able to see and hear their issues first-hand.
Andrew Gold, Chair of Airedale NHS Foundation Trust, said “Airedale are delighted to welcome the new Governors to their role and look forward to their input in support of the Trust’s future development.
There are a broad range of skills and life experience within the Council of Governors that our aim is to be reflective of the diverse community the Trust serves.
That is essential given the Governors provide an important link to the population that the Trust serves.”