Council of Governors

Public governors are elected by you to represent your views.

Each public governor represents one of the 12 local authority areas in Kent, plus one governor to represent the rest of England. We have staff governors, elected by our members of staff. We also have governors on the council who are appointed by some of our partner organisations; Kent County Council and local universities.

They form our Council of Governors, are elected by trust members in their area and represent the interests of the public, giving local people, patients, staff and partners greater opportunity to be involved in the development of community services.

The Council of Governors is supported to keep in touch with trust members in their constituencies. The governors also have a wider role representing the public and holding our board of directors to account on their behalf.

Governors can approve the appointment or removal of the Trust’s chairman and non-executive directors, as well as approving the appointment of the chief executive. The Council of Governors is responsible for deciding the remuneration of the chairman and non-executive directors.

Governor enquiries

01622 211972
kcht.governors@nhs.net

Governor Support Office
The Oast
Unit D, Hermitage Court
Hermitage Lane
Barming
Maidstone
Kent ME16 9NT

Meetings

Meetings will be 1 to 5pm.

Wednesday, 9 November 2016

1pm at

Astor Pavilion
Kent Event Centre
Kent Showground
Maidstone
Kent
ME14 3JF

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Astor pavilion
Clive Emson Building

Monday, 8 May 2017

Colin Jackson Suite
The Julie Rose Stadium
Willesborough Road
Ashford
Kent, TN24 9QX

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Colin Jackson Suite
The Julie Rose Stadium
Willesborough Road
Ashford
Kent, TN24 9QX

Monday, 6 November 2017

Bredhurst room
Clive Emson Building

Public governors

Ashford

John Fletcher

Read Bio

Newly elected.

Gravesham

Pete Sutton

Read Bio

Newly elected

Shepway

Jo Clifford

Read Bio

Newly elected.

Tunbridge Wells

Mike MacKenzie

Read Bio

Newly elected.

Canterbury

Mary Straker

Read Bio

Coming soon.

Dartford

Vacant

Read Bio

This position is vacant.

Dover/Deal

Carol Coleman

Read Bio

Carol has recently retired after forty years in the Civil Service. Now that she has some free time she wants to contribute more to organisations in South East Kent where she has lived and worked all her life. Her previous roles have included middle management responsibilities and strategic and tactical analysis. Carol says that she has seen the very best and not so good aspects of our local health services during a recent serious illness of an older close relative and her own on-going eye problems.

Carol says it important that transparent communication between the trust, NHS management and the public is of the utmost importance at all times. Carol is committed to representing the members in Dover and Deal to ensure that all concerns are dealt with fairly and efficiently.

Maidstone

David Price

Read Bio

Having recently retired from a career as a Finance Director in the NHS, David remains strongly committed to the ideals and principles of the NHS, and wants to use his experience to make a difference to health services locally.

David has worked at a senior level in both acute and community Trusts in Kent, working closely with people providing front line services, and understands the contribution that community health services can make to the success of the local NHS. With his considerable experience of financial management in the NHS, he has a good appreciation of the financial pressures that many parts of the NHS are currently facing; the reasons for it and the negative impact those pressures can have on patient care. As a Governor David feels well qualified to provide a degree of scrutiny of the financial decisions as the Trust attempts to balance the imperatives of patient safety with financial constraints.

Sevenoaks

Jo Naismith

Read Bio

I have been chair of the Edenbridge Hospital League of Friends since 2009. I have actively sought to build a relationship with the Trust that is open and constructive.

Our community hospitals should be both encouraged and be at the centre of local health service provision.

I promise to represent your views and interests, challenging the Board to explain decisions and actions when appropriate.

Swale

Amanda Green

Read Bio

Newly elected.

Thanet

Jane Hetherington

Read Bio

Jane is passionately interested in the NHS and the local provision of community services. She is very keen to ensure that they are appropriate and meeting the particular needs of the service users in Thanet. She is very keen to promote and encourage innovative, local, good, evidence based practice.

Jane is the Principal Psychotherapist for Early Intervention Services for the Kent and Medway Partnership Trust and has worked in and managed services locally in both the NHS and voluntary organisations. A number of these services are based in Thanet so she has a thorough understanding of local health and social issues. She has also had experience of the financial management of services, commissioning and implementing service changes.

Tonbridge and Malling

Sue Stephens

Read Bio

Newly elected.

Out of area

Anthony Moore

Read Bio

Tony has served as a Governor for two terms with Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. As a member of a surgery Patient Participation Group and an Authorised Representative with Healthwatch East Sussex he would like to extend his involvement in the local health and community care scene.

Tony worked for an NHS Healthcare Trust in the past and a charity which operates a community hospital.  By profession Tony is an auditor which he considers has proved to be beneficial whilst serving as a Governor, and was previously a member of a trust audit committee. As a local Councillor and a director of an area community transport operator he has become aware of many comments regarding health and community care services.

Tony realises that for those people who reside close to NHS Trust borders there is a very noticeable increase in patient care being provided by out of area trusts and councils.  As a part of Healthwatch East Sussex,  he has a growing number of contacts with staff and voluntary organisations based outside of his home county and he is very keen to promote such partnerships.

Appointed governors

Vacant

Education

Read Bio

Currently vacant.

Vacant

Police

Read Bio

Currently vacant.

Vacant

Kent County Council

Read Bio

Currently vacant.

Public health

Andrew Scott-Clark

Read Bio

No bio for appointed governors.

Vacant

Social services

Read Bio

Currently vacant.

Universities

Dr Susan Plummer

Read Bio

No bio for appointed governors.

Vacant

Voluntary organisations

Read Bio

This position is vacant.

Staff governors

Corporate Services

Lisa Sherratt

Read Bio

Newly elected.

Health and Wellbeing Services

Claire Buckingham

Read Bio

I have worked for the NHS for 25 years. I recognise the importance of advocating the provision of excellent care to support healthy communities, and value the service not only as a staff member but also as a local resident with family and friends who have, and will, benefit from a wide range of community health services.

Children's Services

Dr Mark Johnstone

Read Bio

We all want to make the lives of the people we come into contact with better. Few may have the opportunity, but in the NHS we can.

Sometimes we can forget why we are working for the NHS but I want to make sure we provide the best for our patients. When it gets tough I remind myself I joined the NHS not only to make a living, but to make a difference.

Adult Services

Sonja Bigg

Read Bio

There are tough choices ahead. I want to influence those decisions. I want to look after the best interests of clinical and non-clinical colleagues, as well as services users.

I want to be able to question and challenge Trust priorities and to make sure our voices don’t get lost in the corporate agenda.