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Published: 14 April 2022

Meet our newly elected public governors

Four newly-elected public governors are set to embark on a new three-year term with Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust, supporting and helping to make a difference to its services.

Public governors are elected by our members to represent the views of the local community and each governor represents one of the 12 local authority areas in Kent, including one out of area representative.

Elections for Tonbridge and Malling, Maidstone, Dover and Deal, Thanet, Swale and out of area took place during three weeks, with 14 candidates standing for election.

KCFHT Chair John Goulston said: “After a competitive and successful election, we welcome our new governors, who bring with them a wealth of experience and enthusiasm. We look forward to working together and encourage them to challenge how we do things on behalf of their community to help make their local community services the best they can be.

“I’d like to thank the governors who are leaving us, former Lead Governor David Price, Maidstone and Miles Lemon, Swale, for their valuable contributions and support.”

Carol Coleman, Dover and Deal and John Woodgrove, out of area are set to serve another term as public governor as their positions were uncontested; while retired nurse Ruth Davis for Tonbridge and Malling was successfully re-elected.

KCHFT’s new public governors are:

  • Tilly Harris, Thanet – Tilly has a particular interest in accessibility and mental health with a focus on children and young people’s mental health, and improving service delivery for individuals with disabilities, chronic health conditions, and additional needs.
  • Brian Grove, Swale – Brian dedicates his time to volunteer work, including helping to serve meals at his local community hospital and at vaccination centres across Kent.
  • Alison Fisher, Maidstone – Alison feels her experience and passion for public engagement and communication ideally fits the role.

KCHFT also welcomes, Professor Paula Kersten, Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Health and Social Care, Canterbury Christchurch University, who joined as an appointed governor on 1 April 2022. Professor Kersten replaces Dr Susan Plummer as the representative from our universities.

John adds: "I'd like to thank Susan for her outstanding efforts and support as a an appointed governor and deputy lead governor over the last few years."

You can find out more about all our governors and how they represent their communities by visiting the KCHFT website: