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Halton governors

Diane McCormick
Public Governor
Diane McCormick

My name is Diane McCormick and I have been a Halton Public Governor for 6 years.

After leaving Wade Deacon Grammar School in Widnes I trained as a Radiographer at Whiston Hospital and Liverpool University school of Radiography.

After the birth of my son the hospital hours and on call rota were too long so I left Whiston to work for ICI Occupational Health. After more training I became SHE Systems manager responsible for quality and safety for NW and NE ICI Occupational Health departments.

After my early retirement I started voluntary work within the NHS and became a Halton Public Governor for Bridgewater.

During the last 6 years I have enjoyed being the governor representative on the Quality and Safety committee and the Service experience group.

I have also been a governor representative on the nominations committee and been part of the process in the selection of new NEDs and their annual appraisals. I have also been involved in the development of our borough based Stratergy which included meetings with the public to get their views

Outside Bridgewater I am Chair of the Patient Participation Group for the GP practices in Halton and I am a member of Halton Healthwatch Advisory Board.

As a user of the NHS locally I feel it is so important that the public are involved in the engagement process and have a voice in service provision.

My family have lived in Halton all our lives and we all use and value our local NHS services!

Peter Hollett
Public Governor
Peter Hollett

I have considerable local knowledge of the Halton area.

I have a postgraduate qualification in humanities.

A former housing manager and served as secretary of the public sector services union – UNISON. I have some experience of working with mental health service uses and am keen to improve co ordination between health and social care.

There are two vacancies for public governors in Halton.

Warrington governors

Paul Mendeika
Public Governor
Paul Mendieka

I have a deep passion and interest in the NHS services and particularly those in my local area Warrington.

My particular interests include mental health services, services for older people and children. Since taking early retirement I have the time to dedicate to this important role.

I have, for the last 2 years been involved in the Foundation Trust as a patient representative on the Bridgewater Service Experience group looking at service developments and improvements.

I have been a Public Governor for Warrington for just over 12 months and I am actively involved with Healthwatch Warrington as a volunteer and Board Member. My main passion and interest which I pursue at any opportunity is ensuring that the public’s / patient’s views are listened to and the public are properly engaged in their own care and treatment.

I have over 15 years experience of representing public views on Community Health Councils, Council for Voluntary Services, NHS Service Improvement Groups, Focus Groups and representative committees on local health issues I have lived in Warrington for over 20 years and understand and have knowledge on both the health services provided and public views on the demand and supply of services Over the last 20 years I have undertaken a series of strategic development, service planning, performance management and customer service roles in Local Government.

Myself and my family has essential first hand experience of using local NHS Ned community services I am totally committed to ensuring that the public’s views are heard and taken into consideration when shaping and developing both existing and future NHS services.

Matthew Machin
Public Governor
Matthew Machin

I live in Warrington with my wife and our teenage daughter. Our daughter has complex special needs and we therefore make use of a range of different services from a number of NHS trusts.

Through Bridgewater she receives a number of services ranging from wheelchair services to speech and language therapy.

I work at the University of Manchester and lead a multidisciplinary team developing smartphone apps for people with long-term health conditions.

In this role I collaborate closely with a range of different healthcare professionals as well as with different NHS trusts and other partners.

When developing apps we work closely with patient representatives to ensure that what we produce is suitable for the target patient group. What motivates me most about my job is the potential to improve healthcare for others.

I applied to become a governor so that I can give something back to the NHS, which has provided great service to us over many years. I think it’s particularly important that patients are given the opportunity to actively shape the care that they receive.

I’m keen to ensure that the voice of patients and other members of the public are heard when setting future directions for the Trust.

John Hyland
Public Governor
John Hyland

John’s profile coming soon..

Scott Baron
Public Governor

Scott’s profile coming soon..

Rest of England governors

Rita Chapman
Lead Public Governor

Rita Chapman

I have been a Public Governor representing St Helens Borough for three years. My 40 year NHS career has been in both hospital and community services with the last 30 years working in St Helens and Wigan boroughs.

My career covered both clinical (I was a Physiotherapist) and managerial roles with extensive experience in the provision of clinical services across all health sectors.

I have also had experience in the management of NHS properties specialising in community premises ensuring staff were actively involved in how premises were developed and run.

As a Governor I have been actively involved in the Trust by being a Governor representative on several committees and Director appointment panels, undertaking quality visits to clinics and health centres and attending relevant CCG meetings to give views on how services are commissioned in St Helens.

I am also a member of St Helens Healthwatch and attend meetings to give feedback on health services in the borough. I regularly attend Trust Board meetings so that I can understand the key issues facing the Trust and I hope that I am a ‘critical friend’ in debates on service provision.

Derek Maylor
Public Governor
Derek Maylor

I’m pleased to be on my second term as a Governor up to 2018 with an immediate remit for St Helens but obviously an interest overall wherever Bridgewater touches the community.

I was here to see the granting if the Foundation Trust licence from Monitor which seems a long time ago and the political landscape has changed but family’s needs have not eased and there challenges to come for the NHS everywhere.

Outside Bridgewater I am a full time Health and Safety Coordinator with the Communication Workers Union and such work takes me around the UK regularly, so there are opportunities to see how other people or trusts approach or solve health and social care issues.

Nationally there is are rising demands for services for a variety of reasons, there are vicious budgetary cuts to service providers, so staying the same is not an option for the NHS.

Looking at new ways to deliver the needed safe, best standard care services to the communities is the only viable option and I will endeavour to assist the Trust in doing so.

Christine Stankus
Public Governor
Christine Stankus


I am a newly elected Council of Governors of which I am very proud of.

I’ve been retired for 3 years and feel I still have a lot to offer, and contribute to work to ensure the provision of quality health services continue.

I bring a vast experience spanning 44 years working in the NHS Covering both psychiatry, learning disabilities and general care settings. Each brings its unique issues which, I feel has equipped me with the necessary skills and knowledge, resulting in satisfactory solutions/outcomes.

My career developed considerably during my enjoyable career in a positive environment, my years of NHS service working in several post has been invaluable in galvanising those experiences, including fulfilling a secondment post in the Warrington PCT, managing the PCT Estate/Capital programme. Working with external agencies enabled me to approach service delivery in an holistic manner alongside not only senior managers, service users, and staff at the coalface.

I feel my NHS background gave me the experience to represents members’ interest in both the Trust and with other organisations/agencies.

As a ‘New Elected Governor’ I can honestly say I am looking forward to ‘getting involved’ and hope my skills will be very useful to support the Trust staff, governors, and service users, as they continue to deliver what is” an already good Trust into an outstanding of excellence in many ways.

Bill Harrison
Public Governor
Bill Harrison

My background is electrical engineering.

I have gained experience in a range of engineering and managerial posts within a large multi-national environment. Although based in the United Kingdom my work has taken me to many parts of the world.

As an engineer I have experience in the development, manufacture and project management of complex communication systems.

My experience includes roles in Project Management, Product Marketing and Marketing Communications. Since leaving full time employment I have lectured in Management subjects to degree level at a number of tertiary colleges and universities.

This is my second term as a Governor with Bridgewater Trust.

I intend to continue to ensure the views of the ordinary family will form a vital part of the local NHS decision making process.

Staff governors

Corina Casey Hardman Registered Nurses and MidwivesCorina Casey-Hardman

I have worked in the NHS for 40 years as a nurse and a midwife and have experience both as a clinician and manager across all areas in the acute and primary sector.

I have the breadth and depth of knowledge and experience to enable me to make a positive contribution to the direction, governance and accountability of the board.

I served as an RCM board member for 6 years, chair of the national HOM’s (Heads of Midwifery) group and am a member of the editorial board for the BJM (British Journal of Midwifery).

The past 11 years spent as a head of midwifery has I believe enhanced my skills in relationship building and multidisciplinary working alongside contributing to the strategic direction and commissioning of community services.

The NHSE five year forward plan signals big changes across health and social care settings. I truly believe community trusts are in a unique position to drive this agenda forward.

The mission and values of Bridgewater working with the local community and partners underpin the government’s recommendations. I understand the pressure involved meeting government targets, client’s expectations, and financial constraints whilst maintaining professional standards.

I am privileged to have been a staff governor for the past 3 years and have enjoyed working alongside the other governors within the council. I have an excellent record of attendance at governor meetings and am always keen to represent the views of the staff.

Dave Smith
Non-clinical support staff including managerial and administrative staff
Dave Smith

As a Bridgewater employee I am passionate about the Trust, the services that it provides and how we can improve these.

In my day role I am responsible for IT and our Electronic Clinical Records Systems operations/developments, with the challenge’s and change requirements that these bring.

I therefore have a significant interest and wide knowledge of technology and engineering disciplines and how these continue to evolve and shape our lives.

On a personal level I feel that I am approachable, a good reasoned listener, whilst being logical and pragmatic.

I have lived locally in the North West of England for much of my life, but have travelled extensively for both work and leisure and still enjoy travel to new and different places.

I like watching all kinds of sport and have a number of classic motorbikes that I have restored and ride regularly.

Pam Rhys-Davies
Staff governor
Pam Rhys-Davies

Pam’s profile coming soon..

We have vacancies in our allied health professionals, community dental, clinical support staff and registered medical staff constituencies.

Public governors

Janette Grey – Partner Governor (Higher Education)

Janette Grey

I am the Director of Academic Development in the Faculty of Health and Wellbeing at the University of Central Lancashire.  I am an appointed Partner Governor representing Higher Education.

Originally working as a physiotherapist in both the NHS and private sector I have 30 years of experience working in Higher Education involved in educating a range health care professionals and support staff who largely enter the NHS workforce.  I have lived and worked, throughout my life, in the North West of England.

My career has covered clinical, educational and managerial roles and I have extensive experience of delivering the NHS/Department of Health workforce priorities.

I actively involve myself in my Governor role through membership of the Nominations and Remuneration Committee,  observer on the Finance and Performance Committee, and regular engagement with the Quality Visits programme.

I am active in local and national Allied Health Professionals networks and I am a member of the Council of Deans of Health [CoDH], a body which debates and leads healthcare education policy across the UK.  CoDH represents UK universities involved in education and research for nurses, midwives and allied health professionals. At any one time CoDH members will be educating in the region of 120,000 future registered health professionals.

Alison Cullen – Partner Governor (Voluntary sector)
Alison Cullen

Alison’s profile coming soon..

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