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Our Council of Governors

There are 6 staff governors, 14 public governors from across the Bay and 4 appointed governors. The Governors provide a vital link between the communities and groups they serve and the Trust Board, which has the statutory responsibility for the management of the organisation.

They also have a number of statutory roles, including providing their view on our forward planning, appointing and deciding the terms of office of the Chair and other Non Executive Directors of the Board, approving the appointment of the Chief Executive, appointing or removing our auditors and receiving our annual accounts, auditor's reports and annual report.

The Council of Governors have regular meetings that are open to FT members, and the public are welcome to observe. Governors, FT member and members of the public can ask questions at the start of the meetings of the Council of Governors, provided that they have given details of the question to the Chair at least 2 working days in advance.

You can contact the Council of Governors via the following email address, governors@mbht.nhs.uk

Appointed Governors

Anne was born in barrow-in-Furness, and has lived in the area since. She was first selected to serve on Cumbria County Council in 1985 and is a cabinet member for Children's Services. 

Anne was appointed by the County Council to be a Governor of UHMBT a number of years ago and feels "it is essential to keep the partnership between the Council and the Trust strong. The links are important in making sure we are working together to serve our community as a top priority."

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Cllr Shaun Turner is a Lancashire County Councillor and Cabinet Member for Health & Wellbeing. He is also the Chair of the Lancashire Health & Wellbeing Board, and a member of the Lancashire and South Cumbria Integrated Care System Board as well as a district Councillor for Wyre Council.

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Sarah Rees is the appointed governor for Lancaster University, where she is responsible for developing relationships with a range of external organisations. Sarah also leads the delivery of the community engagement programme, which brings to life the research and teaching which takes place at the University. As a Governor, Sarah is keen to help to build links between the Trust and the University, for the benefit of both organisations and their communities.

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Brian is Deputy Vice Chancellor (Health, Environment and Innovation) at the University of Cumbria and also leads the Lancaster and Ambleside campuses. Brian is a Professor of Nursing and has worked extensively across clinical practice and education. He Chairs the UK Council of Deans of Health which represents all 89 Universities in the UK who provide nursing, midwifery or allied health professions education or research. He is also an honorary Professor at the John Hopkins University, School of Nursing in Baltimore USA.

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Public Governors

South Lakeland and North Cumbria 

I aim to ensure that the trust is accountable to its membership, and will endeavour to represent members’ interests, and the welfare of the whole community, both in South Cumbria and elsewhere. I believe that the continued lack of funding and resources have led to the trust's difficult financial state, to critical problems in the delivery of some services (including unacceptably long waiting times), and to the problems in recruiting qualified staff. I will support the board in its attempts to secure adequate funding, to deliver excellence in all its services and to recruit suitably qualified staff. I am a passionate believer in the founding principles of the NHS, that it should remain free at the point of delivery and be open to all on the basis of need alone. I will therefore campaign rigorously against any attempts to privatise or outsource any services. I will also give my support to any campaign by staff to protect their working conditions or to demand adequate recompense. Finally, I am concerned about the vulnerability of "whistle-blowers" and will do whatever may be necessary to help them to expose any malpractice and to protect them from disciplinary measures.

I have been a governor of the Cumbria Partnership Foundation Trust for some years and am familiar with the workings of NHS trusts in general.

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I have an understanding and knowledge from my previous experience as a Governor, that as part of the Council of Governors, I could contribute to help fine tuning local Health Care Systems at this very important time of change. I support the core values of the NHS and do not wish to see it undermined by private health care either intentionally or as an unintended consequence. I am both supportive and critical of the Better Care initiative and the plans for a patient/member/public Assembly. I fear NHS engagement looks for yes/no answers where an answer of “it all depends” would be more revealing. As Governor I would be reluctant to narrow the scope of the UHMB Trust simply to produce a better fit with strategies whose implementation is not complete.

I am a previous Governor (and Deputy Lead Governor) of UHMBT. I have also held non-executive Director's posts in voluntary/community organisations. This has taught me the importance of good communication between the Trust membership, Governors, the Trust Board and the Trust Chair in his (or why not her?) crucial role as Chair of both the Council of Governors and the Trust Board. I can also offer my experience as a patient in a number of Departments of UHMB Trust and of the Cumbria Partnership Trust. I have Parkinson's disease and would like to make a positive contribution whilst still I can!

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Barrow and West Cumbria

Born in Bowness-on-Windermere, Pete has lived all his life in the Furness area. His career started as a chemist in the analytical laboratories at Glaxo, then onto Vickers in an emerging I.T. commercial environment.  

Pete has spent the last 15 years as part of the Furness hospital I.T. team, helping develop it from being one of three separate hospital sites into one conglomerate as University of Morecambe Bay Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust was formed.

Once retired, Pete became a Public Governor in March 2016 so that he could be involved in the future strategic direction of the Trust.

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• Experience of working our local NHS as a nurse and midwife, realistic and practical

• Experience and skills gained through working with teenagers through St Bernard’s school as a S.E.R.I.S worker and with young mum’s-to-be which I set up initially in Barrow and delivered. Networking with other agencies

• Finance and record keeping through my business experience of seven years as Finance Manager of a local company. Aware of financial limitations, prioritising and importance of maintaining records for audit.

• Experiences of a patient at FGH and Preston with a life threatening condition and the challenges of aggressive treatment. Life is different from a patient perspective.

• Awareness of charities and support groups in my local area, rural difficulties of our location, etc.

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Lancashire and North Yorkshire 

I attended St Peters school and then the Junior Technical College in the Storey Institute. On leaving school I commenced my career in nursing as a Hospital Cadet (later to become Nursing Cadet) at Lancaster Moor Hospital and finally qualifying as a Registered mental Nurse (RMN) in 1965. I went on to further training as a post graduate student at Royal Lancaster Infirmary (RLI) qualifying as a State Registered Nurse (SRN).

In 1972 I enlisted in the Royal Air Force (RAF) as a General Nurse in the first instant but returning to Mental Health Nursing in 1980. Following further training as a Community Psychiatric Nurse (CPN) I was tasked with establishing a Community Psychiatric Nursing service for military personnel in East Anglia followed by a similar role for all personnel in Cyprus. The role in Cyprus was a little different from previous formats in that I was not hospital based and we had no permeant Psychiatrist on site. This model is now the norm throughout the British military and has been adopted by NATO as a model for providing support for personnel with mental health issues or other allied welfare needs. I was awarded the Associate of The Royal Red Cross (ARRC) in the 1993 New Year Honours list for this work.

On discharge from the RAF I became the proprietor of 2 care homes and one nursing home (not all at the same time) and was Chairman of the local care homes association as well as a director of the Lancashire Care Association. On ‘retirement’ from nursing home ownership and management, I undertook freelance inspections of care home and management support until I finally retired in 2014. I remain committed to the care of the elderly and will champion their needs wherever the opportunity arises.

I am a keen Rotarian and was elected to the role of District Governor for the Rotary Year 2015/16 and I am a trustee of the Vera Wolstencroft Trust which supports children and animals charity in the Fylde coast and Morecambe Bay area.

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Lorraine Crossley-Close has had a passion for the NHS since she received a Nurses Uniform as a Christmas present when she was 4 years old. 

She started her career in healthcare as a Nursing cadet and rose through the ranks before she retired as Clinical Nurse Specialist. 

She has worked in A&E, Senior and General Medicine, Endocrinology and Respiratory Medicine as well as being involved with infertility hormonal therapy.

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Staff Governors

I have 37 years experience in the NHS as a Nurse/Midwife. I am committed to providing excellent patient care. My present role is in engagement and development of staff and service users. I understand how the organisation works from above and most importantly from below, as I have been there. I can represent all employees and be caring, fair and articulate. I am very approachable and have a well-balanced personality. I am extremely fair. I am very visible and well known across all sites in the organisation as I work in a x-bay role. My role means I am ideally placed to receive suggestions and feedback from the many members of staff I meet in my working week. I am not afraid to challenge appropriately and am accountable and hold people to account.

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I have worked within the trust now for 17 years, I have worked on most wards as a CSW and I now work in facilities and estates. I have a broad knowledge of each of the departments, specialities and services so I feel that this knowledge could help with any future tasks that involve improving and shaping services.

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*awaiting profile

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