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Our Council of Governors

Bertie (Roberta) Swan – Public Governor for Elmbridge

Bertie Swan
 

It is with great sadness that we share the news of the unexpected death of our friend and ASPH Governor colleague, Bertie Swan. Bertie was in her second term as Public Governor for Elmbridge, a role which she had started in December 2016.

It has been a shock, not only for us, but for her Governor colleagues too, as they had recently either spoken with her or attended a meeting together. Governors and Trust staff remember how enthusiastic and hard-working she was, often being first in line to volunteer for any additional membership activities.

Bertie was also great fun and had a wonderful sense of humour, often bringing some much needed light-heartedness to discussions.

 

Lead Governor Danny Sparkes said:

“I knew Bertie for over 30 years on and off whilst we both worked within ASPH. She had been a Sister on Day Ward at St Peter's Hospital, then in Occupational Health and more latterly working at The Runnymede Hospital.”

“I caught up with her again when she was elected as the Public Governor for Elmbridge in 2016. She was enthusiastic and very keen to learn about being a Governor, and making a difference especially from the patient point of view. She frequently joined in with events at the Hospital and was a member of the Patient Panel and the Patient Experience Group, and several other committees. She felt however, that one of her more important 'jobs' was on the Pastoral Care Team / End of Life Team at the hospitals. She also worked in the Maternity Unit as a 'listening ear' and volunteered at the Princess Alice Hospice.”

“She was a colourful person and we spent many a happy hour or three talking, talking, talking over coffee, lunch and tea (with cake, of course) at the local garden centre and were really looking forward to being able to do this again.”

“Bertie was always very generous in her gratitude to Trust staff and, being a retired nurse herself, she appreciated the pressures staff were under, especially more recently with the pandemic. She was always the first at Council of Governor meetings to round off with praise for the hard work of the executives, non-executives and of course the staff.”

“Bertie will be greatly missed by us all.”

 

Laurence Gamlen, Chaplain at ASPH, said:

“Bertie was a well loved and respected member of the Trust’s Chaplaincy volunteer team. She converted to Judaism quite late in her life, and her faith brought her great comfort. As part of the team, she would visit Abbey Wing and enjoyed spending time in the maternity unit. She will be greatly missed.”

Our thoughts are very much with Bertie’s loved ones at this difficult time.

Andy Field, Chairman
Suzanne Rankin, Chief Executive


NHS Foundation Trusts are membership organisations, giving local people and staff, as members of the organisation, a greater influence in shaping its future.

 

I believe wholeheartedly in the Chief Executive’s vision of being the best performing Trust in the UK and a centre of excellence for patient care.
Staff Governor

 

Currently we have a Board of Directors that is legally accountable for running the Trust. It has a Chairman, seven Non-Executive Directors (lay people appointed by the Council of Governors for three year terms) and seven Executive Directors (who are employees).

In addition to this Board of Directors, Foundation Trust members have elected a Council of Governors. The Council is important and influential in the way that it represents workforce colleagues and the community, giving their views to the Board of Directors on the organisation’s future direction. It does not run the Trust or get involved with the day-to-day operational issues.

There are currently 25 members of the Council of Governors – 14 public governors, five staff governors, and six appointed governors from the local councils and universities.

  

Governors have two main duties:

  • To hold the Non-Executive Directors, individually and collectively, to account for the performance of the Board and Directors; and
  • To represent the interests of the members of the Trust as a whole and the interests of the public.

 

Statutory powers include appointing the Chairman and Non-Executive Directors; approving significant transactions (as defined by the Trust’s Constitution) and approving amendments to the Trust’s Constitution.

Governors do not receive a salary but do receive expenses incurred in carrying out their role.


Meet our Governors

In this section, we have details of our Council of Governors of Ashford and St Peter's Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Helen Pernelet   Helen Pernelet
Elmbridge Constituency
1st Dec 2019
to 30th Nov 2022
  David Carpenter   David Carpenter
Elmbridge Constituency
1st Dec 2019
to 30th Nov 2022
 
    Vacant
Elmbridge Constituency
       
 
Hina Malik   Hina Malik
Hounslow, Richmond-upon-Thames and Kingston-upon-Thames Constituency
1st Dec 2019
to 30th Nov 2022
  Edwin Addis   Edwin Addis
Hounslow, Richmond-upon-Thames and Kingston-upon-Thames Constituency
1st Dec 2019
to 30th Nov 2022
 
Lilly Evans   Dr Lilly Evans
Runnymede, Surrey Heath, Windsor and Maidenhead Constituency
1st Dec 2018
to 30th Nov 2021
  Danny Sparkes   Danny Sparkes
Runnymede, Surrey Heath, Windsor and Maidenhead Constituency
1st Dec 2018
to 30th Nov 2021
 
Chris Marks   Chris Marks
Runnymede, Surrey Heath, Windsor and Maidenhead Constituency
1st Dec 2018
to 30th Nov 2021
       
 
Neal Adolphus   Neal Adolphus
Spelthorne Constituency
1st Dec 2019
to 30th Nov 2022
  Colin Hood   Colin Hood
Spelthorne Constituency
1st Dec 2019
to 30th Nov 2022
 
Derek Barnes   Derek Barnes
Spelthorne Constituency
1st Dec 2019
to 30th Nov 2022
       
 
Michael Smith   Michael Smith
Woking and Guildford
1st Dec 2019
to 30th Nov 2022
  Shirley Holmes   Shirley Holmes
Woking and Guildford
1st Dec 2019
to 30th Nov 2022
 
Miranda Alcock   Miranda Alcock
Woking and Guildford
1st Dec 2019
to 30th Nov 2022
       
 
Julian Ruse   Julian Ruse
Staff Governor: Ancilliary / Admin Clerical / Managerial
1st Dec 2018
to 30th Nov 2021
  Tom Allan   Tom Allan
Staff Governor: Hospital Volunteers
1st Dec 2018
to 30th Nov 2021
 
Oscar Garcia-Casas   Oscar Garcia-Casas
Staff Governor: Medical and Dental
1st Dec 2018
to 30th Nov 2021
  Tracey Bradshaw   Tracey Bradshaw
Staff Governor: Nursing and Midwifery
1st Dec 2019
to 30th Nov 2022
 
Matt Stevenson   Matt Stevenson
Staff Governor: Allied Health Professionals
1st Dec 2019
to 30th Nov 2022
       
 
Councillor Iftikhar Chaudhri   Councillor Iftikhar Chaudhri
Appointed Governor: Runnymede Borough Council
  Councillor Rose Chandler   Councillor Rose Chandler
Appointed Governor: Spelthorne Borough Council
 
Councillor Sinead Mooney   Councillor Sinead Mooney
Appointed Governor: Surrey County Council
  Councillor Deborah Hughes   Councillor Deborah Hughes
Appointed Governor: Woking Borough Council
 
Dr Melaine Coward   Professor Melaine Coward
Appointed Governor: University of Surrey
  Chris Howorth   Chris Howorth
Appointed Governor: Senior Lecturer in Organisational Strategy, School of Management, The Royal Holloway, University of London

 

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