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.
Barry is a local man having lived in the area his whole life. Married with two children, Barry is a health and life coach and became aware of the fine lines between sickness and health as a young boy when a member of his family had a life threatening illness. Barry believes that there should be effective healthcare for all and decided to become a Governor so that he could ‘give something back’
During his spare time Barry has a long list of hobbies including photography, walking, formula 1 motor racing, bread baking and spending time with his family.
Public Governors (Thurrock)
“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!
Having lived in Thurrock for over 50 years, Charles is now retired having previously worked in Fleet Street, London and at Thurrock Council. Charles believes that healthcare and wellbeing is important to all. This view, together with the current financial challenges faced by the NHS, prompted him to become involved as a Governor.
Charles is married with 3 children and 6 grandchildren and as well as being Deputy Chair of Ockendon Academy he also supports and fund raises for local community groups. His hobbies include football and gardening.
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, rambling 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.
"My interest in becoming a Governor is specifically to utilise my skills in the corporate environment and transfer them to a Public service; to benefit our community on a volunteer basis. As an HR Manager for 10 years and with 10 years’ experience in Procurement I understand the financial needs of an organisation and will question how decisions may impact upon others, in the case of Basildon Hospital; Patients, Staff and facilities”.
Julie lives in Thurrock and works in Essex for a Global Company.
Philip Smith was newly elected in 2018.
A brief biography and photo will appear here shortly.
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.
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!
I’m recently married and I’ve lived in the area most of my life, Basildon is my local hospital. I’ve been a patient here, a student here, and now I work here. As a Radiographer I have had the privilege of working across many areas in the hospital and meeting lots of different members of staff and patients. I’m proud of Basildon Hospital. We’ve all seen the pressures the NHS is under and most of us have experienced it too. I wanted to put myself forward
as a staff governor because I want to make an impact on the decisions that affect this hospital and offer a voice for patients and staff alike. There’s no doubt that there will be a period of significant change in our local health economy and ensuring that services deliver the best care by the best people will be of utmost importance.
Outside of work I enjoy spending time with my family and friends as well as playing golf and football.
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.