Council of Governors
The Council of Governors acts as a communications channel for our Foundation Trust Members. Their role is to make sure that Members’ views are represented when important decisions are taken about your services, or the future direction of the organisation.
Under the 2012 Health and Social Care Act, the council of governors has two main duties:
- to hold the non-executive directors individually and collectively to account for the performance of the board of directors;
- to represent the interests of the members of the trust and the public.
Public Governors (Basildon)
Ron Capes JP - Lead Governor
Ron is married and moved to the area from London in 1973. His son and daughter were both born in Basildon Hospital. Both he and his wife have experienced the hospital as in-patients. His most recent occupations have been for Essex County Council as Senior District Manager in the Highways Department and as a Registrar of Births, Marriages and Deaths.
Ron believes strongly in the excellence of Basildon Hospital and has been an active Public Governor since 2010, serving on several committees and has been elected as Lead Governor each year since 2013. Ron is also an independent Custody Visitor for the Essex Police and Crime Commissioner, a former Chairman of the Billericay Royal British Legion and a member of the Billericay Medical Practice Patients' Forum.
As a hobby, he is a member of several classic car clubs and a member of Duxford Aviation Society's Military Vehicle Section, where he maintains and runs vehicles for the Imperial War Museum.
Alan Ursell JP
Alan is married with two children and one grandson and has lived in Wickford since 1970. Now retired, Alan has previously worked for the NHS Blood & Transplant Service and the Co-operative Societies at Gravesend and Croydon. He has experienced the hospital as both an inpatient and outpatient. Alan is kept busy carrying out various voluntary roles including, a Holding Trustee of the Shotgate Community Association, the Treasurer of the Robert Frew Patient Participation Group and as a serving J.P.
Alan decided to stand for election to the Council of Governors as he is committed to maintaining the standards of care at Basildon & Orsett Hospitals and wishes to play an active role in addressing any concerns for the wider community.
"The NHS is one of the ties that binds us as a community and I chose to become a Governor to help deliver the best possible service and support for local residents",
Alan who has lived in the area for over 40 years and is married with 3 children, was a teacher for many years inboth Basildon and London and is now a teacher trainer. He has also spent nearly 20 years as a school governor.
In his spare time Alan enjoys sport, film, theatre, gardening, playing bridge and walking.
Marlene has lived in Essex since 1974. She has worked as a Nurse for over 40 years, 12 years in Malawi and Zambia, as well as 20 years in the Trust's Operating Theatres. She has also been a Trustee for St Lukes Hospice since 1998.
Marlene has become a Governor as she feels it will be an interesting experience and hopes to contribute further to health care.
Marlene has been a volunteer since her retirement in 1997. She has monitored and reviewed health services as a member of CHC, PPIH and now Essex and Southend LINk (soon to become Healthwatch). As a LINk Member, Marlene attends the the Hospital's Patient Panel, Cancer User group and Maternity Services Liaison Committee.
Colin has lived in Basildon since moving from Yorkshire in 1979. Colin worked for the NHS until he retired in 2010, having previously worked for BIFU (Trade Union for Finance Staff) and the Inland Revenue. Currently Chair of the Governors at The Willows Primary School and a member of the Basildon & Wickford Lions, Colin still finds time to be an unpaid Director of Basildon Community Transport Service. During his spare time he can be found on the greens of Stonyhill Bowls Club.
Colin became a Governor so that he can retain his involvement in the NHS and to help with the continued improvements at BTUH.
Having lived in the area for over 30 years, and worked in the NHS for over 25 years, Joy strongly believes that the NHS and our health are one of the most important aspects of our lives. Joy is aware of how poor health affects our ability to lead a full, enjoyable life. Currently working part time at East London NHS Foundation Trust ELFT, Joy also volunteers as a mealtime volunteer at Basildon and is a member of the Western Road Billericay Patient Participation Group.
During her spare time Joy will be found taking part in one of her many hobbies including modern jive, gym classes, and swimming, singing in her local choir or at a history and art appreciation course.
Pamela, who was elected to the Council of Governors on 1st April 2015 has lived in Basildon for over 40 years. Pamela worked at Basildon Hospital for twenty years, first as a nursing auxiliary and then as a receptionist/clerical assistant in the Microbiology Department.
Pamela who is a member of the Patient Participation Group for Vange Health Centre and a Parochial Church Council member of St. Chad’s Church Vange, is married with three adult sons.
Peter is a very familiar face to many visitors to Basildon Hospital as he can be found regularly volunteering as a ‘meeter and greeter’ in the Outpatients Department. It was while he was carrying out this role that he decided he wanted to be more involved with improving the patient experience.
Peter who is married with two children and seven grandchildren, moved to the area nearly 30 years ago. Now retired having worked for over 30 years in the Transport Industry Peter spends his spare time playing golf, table tennis, gardening and contributing to charity events and fundraising as a Freemason
Public Governors (Thurrock)
Russ lives with his wife in Stanford le Hope. Currently working for Network Rail as a Helpdesk Manager, Russ previously worked in the Power Station Industry in both London and Thurrock. A huge list of hobbies includes archaeology, engineering, reading, D.I.Y., football, golf, astronomy, English Heritage & National Trust, Jaguar Drivers Club and travel both here and abroad.
Russ decided to stand as a Governor because he feels that he now has the life experiences to give something back to the community in which he has lived all his life.
Karen has lived locally all her life and plays an active role in her community. This includes being Chair of Governors for many boards including The Hathaway Academy and the Thurrock Pupil Referral Unit. For over 30 years Karen has worked on the staff side for the Metropolitan Police. During her spare time Karen enjoys reading, gardening and being taken for a walk by her dog!
Having recently been diagnosed with cancer, Karen spends many hours at the hospital and this gave her an insight into the vast and varied resources used in patient care. Karen also believes that whilst there are many good practices, sometimes the patient voice is lost. By becoming a Governor, she believes she has the opportunity to help shape the future of the Health Service for the good of patients and staff.
Tony has been a resident of Thurrock all his life. Currently working in Canary Wharf as a Logistics and Shipping Executive, most of his working life has been in the City of London.
Having been a carer for his Mother and Sister when they were ill, Tony was motivated to become more involved to help improve health services. As a Member of the Trust, he joined the Patient Panel. He then decided to become a Governor to further help improve health care for his Local Community.
During his spare time, Tony is very interested in politics, travelling and prestige cars.
“The National Health Service is undergoing changes never before seen in its history. It is a challenging time where it must ensure efficiency yet still provide all the services we need as a nation. It is the duty of everyone to involve themselves in this process - I chose to become a Governor to ensure that people from all demographics are represented on the Council of Governors”
James has lived in Thurrock all his life. Since finishing his studies at University, he has been working in London for Liberty Speciality Markets. When not working he can be found spending time enjoying his two favourite pastimes - cooking and cars!
Julia has lived in the Thurrock area since moving from Kent in 1974. With 3 grown up children and one grandson, Julia is retired having previously worked as an HR Consultant with Essex Education Department. Julia now divides her time between her hobbies which include local history, theatre, ambling and gardening, and her charity and voluntary work with Lions International and the Thurrock Governors Association.
Julia became a Governor as she believes it is important to ensure that the local hospitals are able to meet the needs of patients, that staff are well supported and to give the people of Thurrock a voice.
Married with 3 children, Liz has lived locally for over 35 years. In 1979 Liz started working for the Trust at the Maternity Unit which was then based at Orsett Hospital. In 1982 Liz went off to have her first baby. In 1989 she returned to work at Basildon Hospital Maternity Unit and have been here ever since, caring for women, their babies and ensuring that they receive a good experience. When not working, Liz enjoys travelling and spending time with her family.
Liz chose to become a Governor as she wants to make a difference and to be a link to the staff and her colleagues in the clinical areas.
Cathy moved to the area over 40 years ago from Scotland. Married with 3 children, Cathy became the Trust's Restaurant Manager in 2010, after initially joining in 1999 as the Evening Supervisor having previously worked at Fords Motor Company. In her spare time Cathy enjoys reading, listening to music and travelling.
Cathy chose to become a Governor because she has a genuine interest in the hospital, not only because it is her place of work, but it is also the local hospital for both herself and her family.
Married with 2 adult children and 3 grandchildren, Danny has lived locally for over 30 years. Danny joined Basildon Hospital working as a Medical Equipment Management Services (MEMS) Technician having previously worked at Southend Hospital. With over 20 years’ experience, Danny feels he can use the knowledge he has gained to influence his role as a Staff Governor.
When not working, Danny can be found gliding around the dance floor as a teacher of Ballroom and Latin dancing.
Dave moved to Basildon in 2011 from Canvey Island and has worked at Basildon Hospital as a Radiography Technician since 2001. When not working Dave spends his pare time enjoying cycling and running.
Dave became a staff governor to ensure the staff voice is heard at Directorate level and to help improve the working lives for all colleagues.
Penny has lived in the area since 2009 with her husband having previously lived in Chichester and Brighton. Penny is a ‘Float Medical Typist’ for General Medicine and has worked at various other hospitals including St. Richards Hospital in Chichester, Royal Sussex County Hospital and the Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital in Brighton. Penny decided to become a Governor because she believes it affects us all and is passionate about the concept of free healthcare for all at the point of need as well as supporting those who provide it.
When not at work Penny is just as busy either helping to raise money for the Trusts Polly Parrot Appeal by putting on Comedy Nights, volunteering with St John Ambulance or helping to run a computer gaming club. Penny also enjoys knitting, sewing, riding rollercoasters and playing board/card games!
Public Governors (Brentwood)
Amanda has lived in Brentwood since 2007, living in Essex for many years and originating from the East End. Having already been involved at Basildon as a Patient Representative, Amanda can see the dedication and commitment from staff working at the hospital and believes the NHS is a marvellous institution that she would like to help thrive, improve and preserve.Having experienced the workings of the hospital Amanda would like to see a more simplistic, transparent system with the great initiatives and ideas from both the public and staff being carried forward and put into practise. There should be every opportunity for positive change with little red tape.Amanda decided to become a Governor to try and ensure when patients come into hospital whatever age, time of the day/night they always get the best possible care.
Neville A Brown JP
Neville has lived in Brentwood since 1965. A retired Commercial Manager his jobs involved extensive travel abroad, particularly to the Far East. His community activities include over 40 years as a School Governor in a range of Essex schools (currently as Chairman of Governors at Holly Trees Primary School in Brentwood); also being a Founder Trustee and Chairman of the Sawyers Hall Community Sports Trust. Neville sat for over twelve years as a local Magistrate and is currently a Trustee and Member of the Board at St. Francis Hospice.
Neville has served as a Governor previously and sees his current two year term as an opportunity to continue his earlier efforts at what is going to be an interesting and challenging time.
Public Governors (Rest of England)
Mercedes de Dunewic
Mercedes who has 2 grown up children, lives in North Essex with her husband, having previously lived in County Durham & Dorset. Although now medically retired, Mercedes a former Journalist and T.V. Producer, is kept very busy with the many charities she supports including Tongue-Tied Charity, Moving Pictures and Discovery Heritage. During her spare time Mercedes enjoys many different activities including films, music, art and swimming.
Mercedes decided to become a Governor to ensure that our patients get the very best treatment available and to help other be the best that they can be.