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Public elected governors

Vacant

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

Background/experience

Awaiting Information


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.


Alex Giles

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

Background/experience

I am 31, have quadriplegic Cerebral Palsy and work as a Programmes Advisor for the Activity Alliance (English Federation for Disability Sports). I have a Master’s Degree in Sports Coaching.

I am passionate about raising the profile of young people generally, and people with disabilities and long term health conditions.

To implement tangible change to our locally based healthcare then co production and greater partnership/joined up thinking must be the way forward. At the heart of this strategy is a person-centred approach.

I’m an excellent team player who possesses great active listening skills, can step away from my own disability and represent the wider views of our diverse community from my wheelchair. I have a great work ethic and good sense of humour.

In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family, powerchair football coaching and watching West Bromwich Albion.


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.


Vacant

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

Background/experience

Awaiting Information


Emily Butler

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

Background/experience

My professional background is as a registered mental health nurse and I work within a local mental health trust. I recently completed a Masters degree in mental health, focussing on interdisciplinary and youth care.

I am extremely passionate about improving services and believe that investment in quality improvement and the workforce is key. I became a governor so I could give back to the NHS and contribute to the services patients receive. I also want to support co-production initiatives and take part in future developments at The Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust. I believe, in this role, I can give our patients a voice and influence positive change.


Yvonne Peers

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

Background/experience

I am delighted to become a Governor as I feel the time is right for me to give something back to the community. Over several years, I have personally received excellent medical care from the Trust and its partners.

Professionally I have been involved in a wide range of business development initiatives across all sectors including the care sector. This is my favourite one which I would like to share with you.

Representing the Chamber of Commerce, I was a member of the national strategic team formed to work with the Management Charter Initiative on the development of the National Management Development Standards of Best Practice. I was then given the mission of cascading these standards across all sectors in the Dudley area and establishing a Crediting Competence Centre for Managers. I was also able to give one-to-one support to staff across all sectors but in particular care homes, nursing homes and GP surgeries.

As a result of these activities, I was awarded a Fellowship of the Institute of Leadership and Management.

I am a fundraiser of a voluntary committee trust for a special school making a difference for children with impairments and learning difficulties.


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.


Arthur Brown

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

Background/experience

I feel privileged to be given the opportunity to serve as a Governor for a second term and to contribute to the continuous development of The Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust.

I migrated to England from Jamaica when I was a teenager and, since then, I have worked hard to contribute to my community. I worked in the steel industry for 18 years after which I worked as a social worker until I retired. During my free time, I like to read, listen to music and visit historic places. I am a Christian and extremely passionate about the voluntary work I do. I feel very fortunate to be able to utilise my previous work experience and my counselling skills to support my community.

I am also a proud volunteer at the Black Country Museum.


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.