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Public elected governors

Fred Allen

Constituency: Public Elected
Representing area: Central Dudley
Email address: dgft.foundationmembers@nhs.net
Contact details: (01384) 321124

Background/experience

After working within the wheelchair industry, supplying the NHS for over twenty years, I have witnessed both the highs and lows of care provided by the National Health Service. When it is at its best, there is nothing to beat a system that provides free healthcare to anyone who needs it, regardless of status or means. At its worst, the service fails the most vulnerable in society.

I became a governor in the hope that I could use my experiences within the service and my knowledge of the costly, complicated administration system used in the NHS to help to find a way for the community to be better served by a service that is the envy of the world.


Mike Heaton

Constituency: Public Elected
Representing area: Brierley Hill
Email address: dgft.foundationmembers@nhs.net
Contact details: (01384) 321124

Background/experience

I have been a resident in Kingswinford for approximately 50 years.

I have been an outpatient and inpatient for at least 35 years and have attended many different clinics and as a patient looking in can see that some adjustments maybe possible to enhance patient care.

I have been CEO in the Steel Stockholding Trade for many years. Recently I have acted in an advisory capacity to the Minting Industry, because of family connections to the Birmingham Mint, which was founded by my Gr. Gr. Great Grandfather Sir Ralph Heaton and Sons. The company became the Birmingham Mint, and has been run under stewardship of the Heaton family for many years.


Joanna Davies-Njie

Constituency: Public Elected
Representing area: Stourbridge
Email address: dgft.foundationmembers@nhs.net
Contact details: (01384) 321124

Background/experience

I am happy to represent the Stourbridge area at Russells Hall Hospital. I am committed to doing whatever I can to stand for anything which benefits the people I represent.

After many years of living away from the area, studying in the Greater Manchester area and then living and working abroad in Canada and Cyprus, I lived in London for eighteen years. I returned to Stourbridge in 2002 to raise my three sons. My experience of working, as a secondary school and further education teacher, in such diverse areas has given me a broad perspective of people. I have always enjoyed being an advocate for others, including being a trades union representative for many years. I am confident in my observational and vocal skills and always seek to exercise these with the inclusivity of all in mind.

I have always held the NHS in the highest regard. My interest in the organisation was heightened by teaching Health and Social Care and Psychology. A strong interest in mental health meant that I was a voluntary counsellor for a large national charity for a long time. I am currently studying to be a psychotherapist. As a governor, I will always view health holistically for all involved in hospital life.


Maria Lodge-Smith

Constituency: Public Elected
Representing area: Brierley Hill
Email address: dgft.foundationmembers@nhs.net
Contact details: (01384) 321124

Background/experience

I have recently been elected to Public Governor to Dudley group foundation trust for Brierley Hill. Thank you to those who took consideration and time to return your votes.

I received the public Governor letter just after retiring as a midwife so took it as a bit of a sign that it was something to seriously consider so here I am!

I feel strongly about good patient experience with high standards set by well trained, skilled and compassionate staff .This set against provision of continued training, working conditions and staff knowing they are valued for the work they do.

2020 has been very difficult and challenging with Covid 19 for our loved NHS and its employees.

I anticipate this role to represent and be a small part of a team to move forward with the vaccine and trust strategies.


Sandra Harris

Constituency: Public Elected
Representing area: Central Dudley
Email address: dgft.foundationmembers@nhs.net
Contact details: (01384) 321124

Background/experience

Friends, hospital patients, and hospital volunteers repeatedly suggested I would be good as a Governor, so I took time to research the role. After much thought, I decided that yes, I would in fact make a good member of the Council of Governors because I genuinely care about others and also, because I have always been very interested in what goes on within the Trust, having previously been a patient and currently a Trust volunteer. Prior to becoming a volunteer I served in the forces for several years before I retired.

My main reason for applying to become a Governor, is because I would like to become more involved in representing the best interests of the local community and contributing to decisions about future services. I live locally, and have lived in the Black Country all my life, so I have a genuine commitment to what goes on in the area.

I enjoy attending training, and happy to attend any courses that would improve my knowledge, understanding and ability to fulfil the role.


Karen Clifford

Constituency: Public Elected
Representing area: Halesowen
Email address: dgft.foundationmembers@nhs.net
Contact details: (01384) 321124

Background/experience

Firstly I would like to thank everyone who voted for me, I feel very honoured to be elected.

I have lived in the Halesowen area all my life. I am looking forward to my role as a governor as I think the people of Halesowen deserve excellent health care. As a regular inpatient at Russells Hall Hospital I feel now is the time to give something back.  I have fundraised for the Hospital Children’s ward and main A&E department but last year put things on hold but that will restart as soon as it’s safe.


Hilary Lumsden

Constituency: Public Elected
Representing area: Halesowen
Email address: dgft.nhsfoundationmembers@nhs.net
Contact details: (01384) 321124

Background/experience

I am delighted to have been elected to the Council of Governors to represent Halesowen which I will endeavour to do to the best of my ability. I have lived in Halesowen for 30 years and know the area very well.

I have a strong background in nursing and midwifery dating back to 1974, when I commenced registered nurse training at the Dudley and Stourbridge School of Nursing. Up until recently I have been a university lecturer teaching both undergraduate and postgraduate nurses and midwives and believe that the delivery of high quality evidence based care and treatment to patients is essential in the modern health service.

I believe that the people of Dudley deserve the best health care services possible both in hospital and the community. I am particularly interested in the quality of the patient experience as well as those experiences of their families and relatives.


Nicola Piggott

Constituency: Public Elected
Representing area: North Dudley
Email address: dgft.foundationmembers@nhs.net
Contact details: (01384) 321124

Background/experience

Firstly thank you to everyone that voted for me – this is my first year as Governor of the hospital.

The meetings are very interesting, offer a steep learning curve – but I can see that there are a lot of dedicated people striving to improve our NHS.

I have an honours degree in Building Surveying and work full time in a construction company. I am a friendly person with a ‘firm but fair’ work ethic.

I am a community person – carrying out many voluntary roles over the years; WRVS at Russells Hall, leader for a children’s holiday camp for ‘deprived’ children, a cub leader, teacher of rookie life guards and leader for Duke of Edinburgh Award.

My hobbies include jogging (I can run for last orders at the bar), cycling, swimming, walking, reading and red wine!

I can only say that I will do my best for the Trust and people of Dudley, being very willing, conscientious and will be raising lots of questions due to my inquisitive mind.


Elizabeth Naylor

Constituency: Public Elected
Representing area: North Dudley
Email address: dgft.foundationmembers@nhs.net
Contact details: (01384) 321124

Background/experience

I have a committed lifelong interest in the NHS. As one of the first babies born to the newly formed NHS, I went on to work as a Registered Nurse for 56 years. Initially a nursing cadet at the Dudley Guest Hospital, I moved through my training to become a fully qualified nurse, working in intensive care and eventually in Coronary Care at Russells Hall Hospital.

I retired from the NHS but continued to work as a nurse in community care homes until 2020. My passion for high quality healthcare remains and I wish to continue contributing towards the improvement of local services.

I have a strong sense of serving the community, which has been borne out through 21 years’ service to Girl Guiding and ongoing work in a community café.

Through my career, I have refined the skills to communicate and engage with people from all walks of life. I am able to listen to and interpret differing perspectives on an issue and provide balanced representation for the people I will serve.

I am keen to forge stronger links between the Trust and the community so that local issues and individual complexities are accounted for in the delivery of healthcare.


Vicky Homer

Constituency: Public Elected
Representing area: South Staffordshire & Wyre Forest
Email address: dgft.foundationmembers@nhs.net
Contact details: (01384) 321124

Background/experience

I feel honoured to have been elected on to the Council of Governors, which is a role I have considered for a few years.

Following a lengthy career in social care I now enjoy various volunteer roles in the local community. My employment experience was varied,   working with both children and adults with learning disabilities, also within services for the elderly.

My last position was Chief Executive Officer of a local charity for people with learning disabilities, providing and developing many services on-site and in the wider community.  This enabled me to become a “voice” for individuals, families and staff, working with others to improve current and developing future services by responding to the needs and views of users.

I hope to be able to use this experience in my role as Governor by supporting the values and visions of the trust.


Helen Ashby

Constituency: Public Elected
Representing area: Stourbridge
Email address: dgft.foundationmembers@nhs.net
Contact details: (01384) 321124

Background/experience

I feel very lucky and honoured to be elected to represent the people of Stourbridge at Dudley Group of Hospitals as a Governor.   I was born in Stourbridge and have spent most of my life living here. I work in Social Care and am studying Health and Social Care through Open University.

I am an active campaigner and advocate for the rights of vulnerable people with learning disabilities and or autism and young people who have Myalgic Encephomyelitis (ME). I am passionate about local services meeting the needs of local people not a national agenda and feel as a Governor I will be best placed to represent the local people and their health needs to the health provider they rely on.

I have had several opportunities over recent years to work closely with the Learning Disabilities Team and the Patient Experience Team based at Russells Hall Hospital and see the hard work that goes into trying to get things right for all patients. The chance to be a part of a team that always wants to do more and do better is something I am very excited to be involved in.


Alan Rowbottom

Constituency: Public Elected
Representing area: Tipton & Rowley Regis
Email address: dgft.foundationmembers@nhs.net
Contact details: (01384) 321124

Background/experience

Born in Old Hill and lived in Blackheath for 64 years. I am married with two children, five grandchildren and a great grandchild on the way.

I started working life training to be an accountant but found it boring. Then I joined a local company as a trainee tool setter. Worked in engineering for the next 25 years working my way up the ranks finishing as a works manager of a local company. At 47, redundant, unable to gain employment, I re-trained as a NVQ assessor and went on to gain qualifications as a teacher of further education Internal Verifier, trainer and Health & Safety Officer. Worked until retirement helping the unemployed to gain qualifications and employment.

Having personally used local services on more than one occasion, I understand the needs of local people.

Passionate believer in the NHS with a wealth of experience, hoping to make a positive contribution in the role.


Chauntelle Madondo

Constituency: Public Elected
Representing area: Rest of England
Email address: dgft.foundationmembers@nhs.net
Contact details: (01384) 321124

Background/experience

I most recently worked with Progress Care, a respite home for children with learning disabilities and complex needs. Additionally, I am a Social Work Graduate who has been working with people in her community for the past 2 years.

I am a creative individual who uses Spoken Word and poetry to relay messages of hope/everyday life and encourages others to be open, honest and vulnerable with their feelings. During the pandemic, I have worked with the “Why” project which supports survivors of domestic abuse. Additionally, during lock down I started “Soul Searching Sessions” via Zoom to help combat the rise in mental health cases by encouraging people to look within themselves and assess why we act and feel the way we do.

I enjoy engaging with the community and strive to make a positive impact.