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Meet our governors

Keith Mitchell

Keith Mitchell

I first became a governor because I believe that two things in life should be of the highest possible standard and free at the point of delivery – health and education.

My particular interest is care of the elderly and patients with dementia. I have gathered feedback from patients, relatives, friends and carers on the wards about ways to improve the patient experience and spent time with relatives of patients coming to the end of their life to ensure that the best possible care is being provided. This feedback is invaluable and led to changes being made to improve facilities for patients and carers and their overall experience of our hospitals.

I have been elected to committees covering areas including, elderly care, valuing staff and wellbeing, end of life care, membership development, and infection control and served as deputy lead governor.

As a governor I have ensured that members' views are heard at council of governors' and board of directors’ meetings. I attend a range of public events so I can speak to as many people as possible hear their views on care and treatment at the hospitals and let them know about what is happening at our hospitals, including, going to speak with local groups and organisations. All of which helps improve the care provided at our hospitals.

If you would like someone to talk to a group, please don't hesitate to contact me.


Sharon Collett

Sharon Collett

Following election I was able to engage in a wide range of activity and it has been a joy. This included council of governor meetings, listening events for the public and member recruitment sessions. Furthermore I was voted onto the quality, safety and performance committee and the nomination and remuneration committee, both of which are central to the effective working of the hospital.

I have attended board meetings, the quality reference and members engagements groups and training opportunities. It has been an honour to visit wards and contribute to the selection of winners of staff awards. In addition, I’ve sat on an interview panel to recruit a non-executive director, attended health lectures and the annual members meeting.


Judith Adda

Judith Adda

I have held former roles such as Bournemouth Hospital Governor 2011-14, 2019-20, Dorset Healthcare FT Governor 2016-18, elected Hospital Radio Trustee 2020, Surgery Patient Participation Deputy Chair 2019-20.

My interest in health innovations inspires me to attend overseas health conferences and exhibitions to help benefit and upgrade Dorset’s healthcare. I have a strong motivation to push boundaries ‘to always strive to do things better’ in order to help ensure better merger performance delivery by identifying world-class innovations to significantly serve all Dorset residents’ best outcomes and healthcare interests.


Marjorie Houghton

Marjorie Houghton

I trained in Accountancy and joined DCC dealing with all aspects of finance and administration, later moving to schools. On my retirement I was awarded a Fellowship from Nottingham University in recognition of the work I did as Chairman of the National Bursars’ Association. I was also part of the team that raised £3.2 million and built the Sir David English Sports Centre. I have always had an interest in the NHS and was Chairman of the Christchurch Medical Practice PPG until October 2019.

In 2017 I was lucky enough to be elected as a Public Governor for Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals. During my term of office I regularly attended and contributed to Training Days, committee meetings, merger evaluation work and public engagement. I co-ordinated a Governors’ Listening event at Castlepoint when we listened to patients’ experiences and needs. I also served on the Finance and Performance Committee where my financial background enabled me to make a meaningful contribution.


Diane Smelt

Diane Smelt

I have a strong personal commitment to the NHS and I am passionate about the provision of local health services. I have been a volunteer for over 20 years and have undertaken a variety of roles which has enabled me to gain considerable knowledge and experience about the way health services are provided, both locally and nationally.

As a Senior Manager in a professional and challenging public service work environment I developed a thorough knowledge of corporate governance, strategic planning and performance management, as well as an understanding of human resource practices and procedures.

In order to shape and further improve services I think it is important that the voice of patients, carers and members of the public are heard at Board level. I will actively engage with the residents of Bournemouth in order to obtain their views and to take forward any issues which may arise to ensure their interests are fairly represented.


Jon Babb

Jon Babb

As a husband, father, son-in-law, brother-in-law, uncle and patient the need for an Hospital Trust such as UHD is essential. The fact that it is such a superb institution is a massive benefit, but not one that should be taken for granted. Knowing that, as residents, we are able to be looked after by UHD creates an unconscious comfort. That is something that I would like to contribute to. Professionally I have worked in consultancy, both IT and management, for the last 27 years. The majority of this time (16 years) I have spent working with public sector organisations – predominately healthcare. I have worked for large companies – Oracle, BT (where I was head of Health Consulting) and Microsoft. I have worked in small companies supplying 'Apps' and clinical portals. My time latterly has been spent with Local Authorities. I strive to give something back even in a limited capacity. I have experience and knowledge of all levels and types of healthcare setting which I believe could add real value. Personally I have a chronic condition – Haemochromatosis - which makes me a frequent flyer to the superb TIU ward. At one time or another my whole family have relied upon the outstanding care provided by the Trust. Being able to support the Trust as a Governor is a privilege.

Robert Bufton

Robert Bufton

Born opposite Parkstone Park, Poole in 1954. Attended Poole Grammar School and trained as an accountant in a local practice. Director and owner of CR Accountancy Solutions Limited: provider of Interim and Project Management services. Worked in London, Luxembourg, Italy, France, Germany and Canada but always lived in Poole. Now working locally and at a more leisurely pace giving me free time. I have four sons aged 24 to 30. Interests - A “Practice Champion“ of Wessex Road Surgery, Parkstone under the “Altogether Better/Patients helping Patients” (NHS scheme for GP surgeries). I have served as Governor/Trustee of Poole Grammar School, Trustee/Treasurer of the School Trust Fund and Director of South West Academic Trust (retired 2016 - in post for 25 years). I enjoy sailing, golf, walking, Zumba, VeraFlow and good food. Governorship of Poole Hospital – I have been admitted to Poole Hospital. It has taken care of my family’s health all our lives. I have given something back as a Governor. Found my business, financial knowledge, bringing up 4 boys. being an NHS Practice Champion (Primary Care) enabled me to help the Hospital (member of various committees and Governor’s observer on the Directors’ Finance and Investment Committee: I would like to help all three hospitals by serving as a Governor of University Hospitals Dorset.


Patricia Scott

Patricia Scott

Previously I was a public governor with Dorset Healthcare for 7 years during which time I held the position of Lead Governor. I gained valuable insight into the procedures and running of a NHS Foundation Trust and was involved in various committees, appointment of non-executive directors, challenging and holding the NED’s to account in the interests of the local communities and understanding the constitution and what it entails.

I have worked in the private sector, Poole Hospital Pathology Dept. and subsequently a medical charity dealing with stroke adults which involved working closely with the Salt team. I am still actively involved as a volunteer running a local group for stroke survivors to help with all aspects of their communication and rebuilding their confidence.


Andrew McLeod

Andrew McLeod

I served as a governor at Poole Hospital from 2018 up until the formation of the new University Hospitals Dorset. I would like to support the transition period in which the nature and function of all the major East Dorset hospitals will change dramatically.

I qualified as a doctor in 1973 and worked in medicine and cardiology at many different hospitals, in the UK and the USA, including a period of four years as a London teaching hospital consultant. In 1988 I was appointed as the first consultant in cardiology at Poole Hospital. I worked at both Poole and Royal Bournemouth Hospitals until 2016. I realise that there are no easy answers to either our local or national health care strategies, but I hope to contribute towards an improvement in the organisation of health services in our community. Finally, many among my family and friends have experienced loss, or serious illness, which has been treated locally. This has brought me into contact with parts of the NHS other than my own specialties. I therefore have a good understanding of the wider healthcare needs of the people in Dorset.


Michele Whitehurst

Michele Whitehurst

The NHS has been an important part in my life since 1991, working as a Medical Secretary, Rehabilitation Assistant, and Medical Admin & Staff Coordinator. Though I left NHS employment in 2015 to complete a Management Degree and support a growing family business as a Director, I was very proud to be elected as a Public Governor for the Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals in 2017. I have always been inspired and motivated to make a difference and believe passionately in the NHS as it faces increasing challenges. I love meeting and helping people. In addition to my previous Governor duties, I also volunteer my time at the Royal Bournemouth Hospital as a Staying Active Volunteer, but particularly this year encouraging the use of hand gel and handing out of face masks at the main entrances. I believe strongly that the Trust must continue to deliver high-quality services that are responsive, safe, efficient and cost effective. I have been privileged to share in the experiences of patients and their families, and also staff. I would love to build on my last three years as a Public Governor (having been involved in public engagement events, audit work, committees and hospital merger work) to continue to encourage strong relationships, increasing collaboration and new ways of thinking.


David Triplow

David Triplow

I am so proud of being a governor in the NHS, I am happy to support in a small way the dedicated and able staff that we are so lucky to have in Poole and Bournemouth. A governor represents the public to ensure that patient care is the main priority of the trust. To do this I have organised talks with members of the public to ensure their views are passed to the directors. The changes to the two hospitals will take many years and I will ensure the views of the Poole public are fully represented.

My experience includes nine years a governor, three years as lead governor. I gave talks in schools and to local groups. I have been part of the organisational team for consultant talks for the public. I have been on the interview board for the CEO, the Trust Chairman and all the non-executives. On the strategy committee, membership committee, training committee, engagement committee, audit committee and chaired the joint governor group between Poole and Bournemouth Hospitals.


Richard Ferns

Richard Ferns

I was born in Poole and have lived in Poole all my life. I am now retired. I have been a member of the Society of Poole Men and am a member of Poole Museum Foundation where I volunteer. I have been a member of St. Clements Church since the age of 6 and have held various posts. In my work I had to speak to people and understand their needs which I then converted into action to both my company and their benefit. As a director of our own printing company we worked with social activity societies and clubs supporting them with reduced price printing. we have also sponsored some. I feel I have the ability to listen, both to public and Trust, and benefit both with my actions and opinion. My hobbies are cycling and walking where I have raised money with sponsorship. We have cruised the world but now will spend our retirement exploring the UK with NT and English Heritage life memberships.

Richard Allen

Richard Allen

I have been a patient at the RBCH for nine years and a governor for three. I was asked: ‘Why did you become a governor?’ I replied: ‘To repay a debt’. One of my responsibilities has been as a member of the Case Investigations Network overseeing appraisal compliance and investigations of alleged misconduct, ensuring accountability of medical staff. My background is that I spent 36 years in the Police Service, retiring as a Superintendent. I was a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and a Member of the Chartered Management Institute, I have a Master’s degree from a Business School and was a management consultant with an Anglo-Australian company for seven years. The amalgamation of our hospitals represents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity offering enhanced services to patients and, with its university status, will attract top talent. I have been involved in amalgamations before, the last being responsible for the amalgamation of five police training centres. This was a much smaller affair than our hospital amalgamation; nevertheless, I am alive to the fact that there can be a tendency to ‘dumb down’ standards. Amalgamations can also tend to focus on the mechanics of managing such an enterprise and to overlook the importance of staff and patients - patient care must be at the forefront of all we do. I am also keen to ensure that the development of Christchurch Hospital and the Macmillan Unit are not overlooked.


Carole Light

Carole Light

I was trained to be a Jobseekers adviser helping people into training and work. My caseload was to challenge people that had been unemployed for 2 years plus and offering support and changing their mind-set to be work ready. I was supporting young people, under 18s, who were in severe hardship; I acted for the secretary of state in awarding them Jobseekers Allowance Benefits and helped them into apprenticeship training and fully paid work liaising with the Social Services for extra support. I became a Health and Disability Adviser working with clients and liaising with outside services Alderney Mental Health Department, Brain injuries Unit and Occupational Health Departments.


Robin Sadler

Robin Sadler

I am a retired G.P. and I have lived near Wimborne for the last 45 years but all my working life I have held hospital appointments. Initially at Poole Hospital and then I worked at The Royal Bournemouth Hospital fitting pacemakers. I also helped run a cardiac clinic at Wimborne Hospital. I am passionate about health care and I am an honorary medical advisor to the Salisbury Sudan Medical Link. I enjoy talking to people and am very happy spending time listening to their problems. I feel with my experience of the health service both working in it for over 45 years and more recently being a patient, I can bring a wealth of experience to the Council of Governors.


Chris Archibold

Chris Archibold

I have spent over 20 years working within the NHS designing new services to ensure a better level of care for the patient, closer to their home environment.

I have served as a Governor at three local Hospitals and most recently was a Governor at Royal Bournemouth Hospital. In this role I was Chair of Membership Engagement and helped implement Public Meetings by Constituency. In this current climate of Covid, Merger and Financial pressures it is key that the membership has a strong voice and can influence the changing NHS environment. That is what I want to achieve working with you.

I live in Verwood and already do a lot for the local environment. I set up Moors Valley parkrun and junior parkrun. Both play a critical role in the family cultures and improved fitness. I spent time looking at local transport links and want to ensure healthcare is available wherever you live. And my wide range of experience in NHS, private medicine and financial planning mean I am best placed to understand the environment and make the membership views heard.


Sandy Wilson

Sandy Wilson

Three years as a Governor of RBCH has enabled me to understand the wider health strategy for the region and the need to merge two excellent Trusts. During these years I have been able to be an ambassador for RBCH particularly in Christchurch, East Dorset and West Hampshire through bringing health professionals to local talks, engaging with the public to gather views, comments and concerns, as well as monitoring the Trust’s progress and challenging where necessary.

As a retired CEO of a management consultancy working strategically with both private and public organisations, my work required challenging senior leaders whilst working with them to deliver change. Underpinning this success was gathering a broad spectrum of views, engaging with all levels, genders and ethnic groups. I believe such experience is critical for UHD to help maintain the focus on patient needs whilst ensuring plans are practical and implementable. This is particularly relevant whilst the realignment of patient services and the investment in hospital facilities radically transforms over the next 5 years.

Covid has shaken us all. Governors received regular updates on actions to support the community and staff during this time enabling us to understand and monitor the situation. I have been amazed at how challenges have been met and future possibilities planned for. I am a passionate supporter of the NHS and wish to continue my journey of support whilst it enters its next exciting, albeit challenging, phase.

Marie Cleary

Marie Cleary

I am an organisational development practitioner working to support teams across our hospitals and have represented staff as a non-clinical staff governor since October 2019. Bringing my 30 years of dedication to the NHS I have actively worked to ensure a positive and strong link between our staff and our Council of Governors. I have served on both the Merger Evaluation Working Group and the Nominations, Remuneration and Evaluation sub-committee and contributed to a range of governor meetings. I am keen to ensure staff voices are present and listened to within the work of our governing body and that when decisions are being made by our Council of Governors any potential outcomes for all members of staff are fully understood, considered and taken into account. I am passionate about our vision and the value of each of our staff members and am committed to actively listening to staff about experiences, issues and concerns as well as seeking a deeper understanding of what works well and what could be improved. I will work to ensure that staff perspectives and views are communicated to, discussed and debated with our Council of Governors. I continue to be as proud and passionate as ever about the high quality services we provide and the amazing teams we have. I continue to feel privileged to work alongside so many caring and talented colleagues and ask for this opportunity to serve as your administration, clerical and management governor.


Marcus Pettit

Marcus Pettit

I have a strong desire to ensure the Trust maintains its core values and continues to provide a high standard of care, to not only patients, but staff and visitors alike. I am keen to be involved in maintaining and improving the services we, as a Trust, provide to the local community. In addition to ensuring dignity, compassion and safety are at the heart of everything we do. I have worked at the hospital as a Kitchen Production Manager since December 2016 and over this time I have developed a sense of belonging within the organisation and have pride in my work. I feel that my role within the facilities directorate puts me in a good position to highlight the part non-clinical staff play in the patient journey and the smooth running of the Hospital. As well as encouraging those to see where they fit within the Trust, by ensuring patients staff and visitors are well nourished with quality food, provided with a safe clean environment in addition supporting the work of clinical staff. I believe I have experience and skills, which benefit the Trust and I consider it a great privilege to serve as a Governor.


Cameron Ingram

Cameron Ingram

As a Healthcare Science Practitioner in the Medical Physics team, my job takes me across all the hospitals in the Dorset health system, and in my short time with the Trust, I have really enjoyed getting an insight into how multi-disciplinary teams serve our communities. It is really important that, as new groups of services come together to work as the University Hospitals Dorset Trust, the voice of AHPs, scientists and technical staff is heard. Representing such a diverse staff group makes it vital that your staff governor works hard for you to collectively influence the Board and its strategy. Together we want to beneficially shape the quality and safety of services that we provide as a staff group, in ways that are practical and sustainable. As a member of the Council of Governors I will endeavour to be an approachable, reliable and accountable representative, working on your behalf. This will mean being both supportive and, at times, challenging to the work of the Executives who lead our organisation, so that service users get the high standards of care that they deserve, and staff of UHD are proud of their contribution.


Kani Trehorn

Kani Trehorn

My name is Kani Trehorn and I currently work in the University Hospitals Dorset as Discharge Facilitator in the Trauma Directorate mostly working towards safe and timely discharges on complex cases by working alongside social services and therapy team as well as liaising with external Care Home settings.

I am a qualified midwife and a nurse since 1989 and I have worked full time for 99% of this period.

I have been fortunate to acquire a significant amount of experience in Midwifery, Casualty, Nursing Homes Management to meet quality compliance of troubled homes and Teaching Health & Social Care induction in my recent years.

Besides serving the people with a smile in a few countries including charity work, I have a particular interest in Staff welfare. My attitude is always, 'Happy staff equals happy patients'. My style is to be calm even in utmost storm and give your best in an effortless way. I helped staff achieve their fulfilment in their roles by supporting them to enjoy meeting care standards of positive outcome as expected by the regulators and the department of health.

My aim as a staff governor will no doubt echo the above mentioned passion of supporting staff and be channel of trusted voice.

My hobbies include creative writing, acrylic painting, playing cricket and visiting historic churches.

I live with my family and pet animals.

Paul Hilliard

Paul Hilliard

BCP Council

Paul was born in Barton on Sea, and has lived in Christchurch for the past 25 years. He shares his home in Highcliffe with his wife Helen and two sons, who both attend Highcliffe School. He has a background in finance, economics and customer service working initially with Barclays Bank, and latterly with HSBC. Paul is active in the community as the Mudeford, Stanpit and West Highcliffe ward Councillor on BCP Council. He is also a Parent Governor at Highcliffe School, a founding Trustee at both the Mudeford Wood and Somerford ARC community centres, a Governor of the Royal Bournemouth & Christchurch Hospitals Trust, and a Member of the Dorset & Wilts Fire & Rescue Authority.In his spare time you will see him cycling around the area and enjoying our great open spaces and beaches.


David Richardson

David Richardson

NHS Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group

Dr David Richardson trained at St Thomas’ Hospital London. He undertook his GP vocational training in East Sussex before moving to Poole as a GP in 1990. David is a GP at the at Canford Heath Group Practice and is the Poole North Locality Lead.


Beryl Ezzard

Beryl Ezzard

Dorset Council

I was born on a Farm in Corfe Castle and lived in Purbeck all my life. Working away for 9 years in Worcester and Farnborough for the MOD Space Department, as a Contract Administrator, Manager and Auditor. My career began as a Business Secretary with a local Purbeck Stone company, I married and had two children. Returning to work as a School Secretary at the Wareham Middle School for 12 years. I enrolled with Bournemouth College and achieved a BTEC course in Public Administration on a day release course. With this qualification I became employed on the MOD Contracts. When my fiancée died of a Brain Tumour in 1999, I became the Managing Director of Darius Ltd in Alton: designing and making bespoke array pedestals for tracking satellites globally. We had contracts with UK, EU and USA.

In my holidays, I trained as a Driving Instructor, becoming a DipDI in 1993. My Driving Instruction business, as a sole trader, had to be put on hold whilst running Darius until 2003. It was resumed, until 2009, doubling up in the Summer months running a B&B.

My interests on Local Government, since 2004 has always been Health & Wellbeing; and having a fair and well-balanced budget. A Member on the Dorset Health Scrutiny Committee for many years, including aspects of Adult Social Care and Children’s progress and Education. Also, a Committee Member of the Eastern Area Planning Committee.

During Covid-19 thro’ Dorset Community Action set up Wareham Help&Kindness Volunteer Group.

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