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 was elected as Lead Governor for 2013-14 and 2014-15. Ron is also a 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.
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.
"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.
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.
Brian has lived in Basildon for over 40 years and is married with one son and two grandchildren. Having always worked in the public sector, Brian started his career in the 1960’s for the Basildon Development Corporation (the same corporation which helped to develop Basildon Hospital.) Brian went on to work for Basildon District Council before joining Basildon Primary Care NHS Trust in 2000 as a Non-Executive Director, where he worked until it’s disbandment in 2006.
Brian was a Magistrate from 1993 - 2008 and is a Member of the Independent Monitoring Board attached to HMP Chelmsford. In his spare time Brian enjoys playing sports including golf, and league table tennis and watching football.
Brian says that as a Governor for the Trust his main aim is to ensure that the Trust continues to provide excellent services to people in Essex.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Public Governors (Brentwood)
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.
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.
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.
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.