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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.

The Council of Governors is responsible for holding the Board of Directors to account, and for the appointment of the Trust Chairman and Non Executive Directors.

Public Governors (Basildon)

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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 was elected as Lead Governor for 2013-14.

Ron is also a Magistrate for Essex Magistrates' Courts, Chairman of the Billericay Royal British Legion, VIce Chairman of Billericay Design Statement Association 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.


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Simon Hooker

Simon and his wife have lived in the area for over 30 years.  They have two grown up sons: the first was born in Orsett Hospital - the second in Basildon Hospital.  Simon has been involved in automotive development and testing in Europe, Scandinavia and USA, and is now semi-retired.  He has also taught in junior schools.

Having developed epilepsy six years ago, Simon understands the issues in managing a long-term condition, and the impact on daily life.

Trust is the final word in the the Foundation's title and Simon believes it should be foremost in our minds and actions.  This means openness with our patients, staff, members and the wider communities that we serve.  Trust is demonstrated not just by an attitude of mind, but also by professionalism, diligence and care.

Simon is a councillor for Great Burstead and South Green Village Council.  He is also a member of the Institute of Advanced Motorists and enjoys cars and motorcycles - as well as sport, theatre, opera, architecture, walking and the outdoors.

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Simon Hooker

Brian Levett

A semi-retired Butler, Brian has served in many government buildings and large formal houses in London. Following a recent heart attack and stay in Basildon University Hospital, Brian developed an interest in patient care and decided to become a Governor at the Trust.  He sees his new role as a chance to give something back to the community. Brian's hobbies include cooking and reading. He has lived in the area for over 30 years and has two children.

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Brian Levett

Alan McFadden

 " 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.

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Marlene Moura

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.

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Charles Pearce

Charles, who has lived in the area for over 20 years, is now retired having previously worked in both NHS & private medical establishments and the Royal Air Force.  A family man, Charles enjoys spending time with his family and watching football as well as raising funds for Children’s Services at Basildon Hospital.

Charles became a Governor because he wants to see continued improvements throughout the Trust and to be able to assist his constituents where possible.

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Charles Pearce


Andrew Schrader

Born in Basildon Hospital, Andrew still lives locally with his fiancée.  Currently working as the Association Secretary for Rochford and Southend East Conservative Association, Andrew has previously worked in the Financial Services and Recruitment Industries as well as being a former Civil Servant.  When not working he can be found enjoying one of his many pastimes or interests which include reading, writing (blogging) antiquing, walking the dog, watching films, history, current affairs and architecture.

Andrews is a Governor of a local school and a volunteer for the Cinnamon Trust.  His fiancée is a nurse at the hospital and she suggested that the knowledge he has gained from visiting elderly relatives, together with his interest in elderly care, would be beneficial as a Governor.

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Andrew Schrader

Dr V N Srivastava

Dr Srivastava moved to the area from Lancaster 28 years ago.  He is married with two children and in his spare time enjoys playing golf and going on holiday.

He worked as a Surgeon in the NHS for 38 years and 28 of those years were at the Trust. Now retired, Dr. Srivastava spends his time as a Rotarian and Chairman of various social committees as well as raising funds for various charities.

Dr Srivastava became a Governor as he wanted to voice the needs and concerns of the community to help the Trust in future planning of health services for betterment of the community.

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Public Governors (Thurrock)

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Russ Allen

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.

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Karen Boyles

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. 

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 Karen Boyles

Tony Coughlin


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 Tony Coughlin

Dennis John

Dennis lives locally with his wife and two young daughters.  Dennis decided to become a Governor because he wishes to represent the general interests of the members of the Trust and the public.  He is very excited to be joining the Trust at a time when he hopes that new technology and economy changes can reinvigorate the NHS to make it much stronger.

During his spare time, Dennis has a long list of hobbies and interests including Digital Photography, Art, Football, Cinema, Cricket and Film making.  However top of the list is spending time with his family.

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Dennis John


Peter Glover

After 37 years in Education, mostly teaching maths and computing, Peter took early retirement in 2010.  Before moving to Thurrock, Peter lived and worked in Newham and was also a Governor at a school for children with special needs.  Before retiring and while working at Basildon and Thurrock college, Peter became a Staff Governor

Currently President of Aveley Village Social Club, Peter spends most of his time supporting the clubs charities and he also enjoys reading and gardening.

Peter became a Governor to understand the workings of the Trust and believes everyone should have an interest in Healthcare.

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Reginald Sweeting

A former fireman, Reg was based at Grays station for three years in the 1960s.  He then went to work at Van der Burgh and Jurgens in Purfleet, where he had a variety of jobs, working his way up to Fire Officer. 

After 25 years with the company, a back injury forced early retirement.  He then joined Cleanaway in a customer care role. Reg feels his working career has helped him to develop good communication and negotiation skills, together with sound knowledge of IT and health and safety.

Reg has lived in the Thurrock area for over 60 years and feels that involving people from the Community in the Trust can help towards its successful running.

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Public Governors (Brentwood)

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David Anderson

David Anderson was born in Hornchurch and educated in Aberdeen. Trained as an Accountant, David moved back to Brentwood to become Finance Director of a local group of companies. Now a semi-retired garden designer, in his spare time David works as Press Officer for Brentwood Rugby Football club.

David became involved with the Trust because he says 'The hospitals affect every member of the community and a good service within them is vital. I have the time it takes to give something back to society and it's good to be able to share my business knowledge to help improve NHS services'.

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Paul Barrell

Paul is married to Anne and between them they have 4 children.  Paul has lived locally for over 10 years.

A retired Police Officer, Paul spent many years working in the area of Child Abuse Investigation with the Metropolitan Police. Having been seriously ill over the last 4 years, Paul believes the NHS saved his life and that it is truly a first class service and wants it to remain so.  Paul became a Governor to try and ensure the high standards are maintained and to give something back.  He also wants to make a difference and represent the people who live in Brentwood.  Paul also has a keen interest in championing disability issues within the Trust as he has a hearing disability himself - the result of being wounded during Military Service overseas.

Paul enjoys giving his time to others without reward.  He is a Trustee for a Charity Crossroads Care and a member of Brentwood a Beckett Rotary Club. 

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Paul Barrell


Dr Eric Watts

Eric is married with one child and has lived in the area for over 20 years.  Since working as a GP in Clapham in 1972, he has worked in the Health Service Industry in numerous different locations including Canada, Scotland, Southampton, Portsmouth, London & Wales.  He believes that the knowledge and skills he has gained during his working life can be of great use to the Council of Governors.

Now retired Eric, who is a cancer survivor, helps with fundraising for Cancer Macmillan.  He is also a speaker for the National Cancer Support Group. Having run 14 marathons, Eric also likes to take things at a slower pace by walking and rambling.  He has recently taken up playing the saxophone and now plays with Havering Saxophonics.

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Dr Eric Watts


Staff Governors

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Ray Best

Ray has worked at the Trust for nearly 30 years.  Currently working as a Technician Engineer in the Estates Department, Ray became a Governor because he wants to ‘celebrate all that is good in BTUH and to inspire staff to be the best that they can be’.

When not working Ray, who is married with 4 children and 8 grandchildren, is kept extremely busy with many hobbies and voluntary work.  A published author (3 books) Ray also enjoys photography and is a cycle tutor with Bikeability.   Ray also volunteers with Healthy Living Solutions who work to give a better life to the underprivileged.


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Ray Best

Liz Carpenter

Liz has worked as a Midwife at Basildon Hospital for around 25 years. She is currently Ward Manager for the ante-natal and post-natal wards.


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Liz Carpenter


Danny Day

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.

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Daniel Day

Stephen Hartman

Having lived in Benfleet for nearly 30 years, Steve is married with 2 children and 3 grandsons.  In his spare time he enjoys karate, motorcycling and is a West Ham United fan.

Steve works full time as a Hospital Porter, also a part time Sign Language Lecturer, his ambition is to make Basildon Hospital the most ‘deaf friendly’ hospital in the country. As a porter Steve gets to interact with both patients and staff and decided to stand as a Governor because he wanted to make a difference and be the voice of the troops on the ground.


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Steve Lewis

Having lived locally all his life, and worked for the Trust for many years, Steve decided to become a Staff Governor to make a difference.  Steve wants to gain a better understanding of how decisions are made and use the knowledge to help improve patient care and services for staff.

When not working, Steve enjoys spending time with his wife, 2 children and step-son.  He has recently been ‘bitten’ by the running bug (running his first 10K for charity in July 2014) and also enjoys fishing.


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Public Governors (Rest of England)

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Andy Halls

Andy, who has lived locally for over 40 years, is married with three adult children.  Currently working as a Senior Project Manager in IT and Telecommunications, Andy has previously worked in Recruitment and Human Resources.  During his spare time he can be found alongside a riverbank enjoying his fishing.

As an ageing population, Andy believes  healthcare is key and became a Governor as he wants to be more involved.

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 Andy Halls


Roy Rutter

Roy is semi-retired.  He runs a practice as a tax and small business advisor.  He is also a Consultant to a social enterprise in the Finance sector.

Roy lives in Leigh on Sea and is married with 3 sons. He was chairman of finance for a local secondary school and is an active member of his local Rotary Club. Roy also claims to play a 'mediocre' game of Golf.

He became a Governor because of his interest in health issues and the changing demands in hospitals, particularly in terms of funding.  Roy's wife works in the Audiology team at Southend Hospital and one of his sons works at Basildon University Hospital.  

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