Strike action on Monday 6 and Tuesday 7 February

Strike action on Monday 6 and Tuesday 7 February
With the impact of the upcoming strike action on Monday 6th and Tuesday 7th February at Kettering General Hospital, we have stepped down some planned services and those patients affected will be contacted directly by our hospital. If you have not been contacted, please attend your appointment as planned. Our hospital remains open. As always, if you need urgent medical care or advice, please visit 111.nhs.uk to ensure you are using the right service for your symptoms. Corby Urgent Care Centre are open and provide treatment for minor injuries and minor illness for the local community. Thank you for your ongoing support ❤️
 
 

Meet our Council of Governors

Our Council of Governors consist of elected and nominated members.  
Below you can find a biography for each Governor.

Elected Governors (Public)

Corby

David J Harland

Image of David J Harland Governor

I have enjoyed a successful 18-year corporate career.

In 1997 I established a business consulting practice providing services to both the private and public sectors, and in 2000 established a software business.

I have been an local education authority appointed school governor, chaired the Kettering and Corby policing area Independent Advisory Group for four years, was a member of the Northants Police stop and search working group, and a charity trustee.

Term of office: October 2022 – October 2025 (2nd term of office)
E-mail: please mark for the attention of David Harland to kgh-tr.Corporate@nhs.net
Address: C/O Trust Board Secretary, Kettering General Hospital, Glebe House, Rothwell Road, Kettering, NN16 8UZ

Jayne Smith

Image of Governor Jayne Smith My name is Jayne Smith. I was born in Corby, and I have lived here since 1986. I am a widow, with a daughter and two granddaughters. Voluntary work has appealed to me since I was 16,and I have undertaken various roles in this sector, most recently, I am a volunteer at Corby library, and a RVS Steward volunteer at the local Covid vaccination centre. KGH is my local hospital, and as a Governor, I would like to represent the people of Corby, who, like me, turns to it at our hour of need. At these difficult times, we expect our hospital to care for us in the most effective and efficient way it can, We are all only too aware of the huge fiscal and other pressures KGH is under, but I believe we need to do, and to be seen to be doing, the very best we can, not just for the patients, but for EVERYONE, who in their own way, is helping to achieve this. I would consider it a privilege to be a KGH Governor, and to play my part in this.
 
Term of office: October 2022 to October 2025 (1st term of office)
E-mail: please mark for the attention of Jayne Smith to kgh-tr.Corporate@nhs.net
Address: C/O Trust Board Secretary, Kettering General Hospital, Glebe House, Rothwell Road, Kettering, NN16 8UZ

Christopher York

Image of Christopher York Governor representing Corby I have lived in Weldon for the past 5 years having moved from Peterborough, where I was a deputy lead governor representing Peterborough on the CPFT (Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust). My roles included mentoring new governors, helping to establish local support groups, and working as part of a team to constantly look at ways to improve on existing structures. I believe in the value of training and embedding new governors to make them fully effective in these important roles. Prior to moving to Weldon, I was chair of my local Parish council and have a thorough understanding of local government and forging working partnerships. I trained as a volunteer youth worker for Peterborough City Council which involved working with the Police and other agencies and also as a local authority school governor. I enjoy working as part of a team to help achieve successful outcomes. In my personal life, I work in digital media &marketing and have various skillsets which I believe would make me an effective governor on the KGHNHS Foundation Trust.

Term of office: October 2022 to December 2025 (1st term of office)
E-mail: please mark for the attention of Chris York to kgh-tr.Corporate@nhs.net

Address: C/O Trust Board Secretary, Kettering General Hospital, Glebe House, Rothwell Road, Kettering, NN16 8UZ

East Northants

Mabel Blades

Governors Mabel Blades I am passionate about health care and ensuring it meets the highest standards possible. I am Northamptonshire born and bred and support local people in bringing forward relevant issues.
 
Informing people about the work of the hospital as well as encouraging people to join the KGH Foundation Trust has been a key initiative.
 
Having worked in the NHS for over 20 years managing a dietetic service in Bedfordshire I have a good understanding of the issues faced in providing services to patients. I now work as a freelance consultant dietician and undertake various projects including audits of services for the NHS. Thus I am up to date in issues like new ways of working and management.
 
I act as an expert witness plus was editor of Nutrition and Food Science and have written a number of books as well as having a successful blog.
 
As a Dietician I have an innate understanding of the role of nutrition in care and reducing costs of hospital stay.
 
My MBA is in Quality and Health Care and I have lectured in this and am able to be able to provide a balanced view regarding good Governance.
 
My PhD is in Diet and Diabetes which is a major cost to the NHS.
Term of office: December 2020 to December 2023 (Returning – 3rd term of office)
E-mail: please mark for the attention of Mabel Blades to kgh-tr.Corporate@nhs.net
Address: C/O Trust Board Secretary, Kettering General Hospital, Glebe House, Rothwell Road, Kettering, NN16 8UZ

 

Satya Biswas

Image Satya Biswas - East Northants Governor I was an Consultant Surgeon managing Trauma and Cold Orthopaedics at KGH for 26 years. I was a Clinical Director, planned and managed the Orthopaedic service to Kettering, Corby, Wellingborough districts. I was Chairman of Medical Advisory Committee of KGH for six years, advising the Executive Directors and CEO on behalf of Consultant and Medical matters. I was also Chairman of Medical Advisor Committee of Woodland Private Hospital for six years. I have gained experience to manage both medical and management; to take the challenge as one of the Governor to support the patients, management and community
 
I would like to participate and contribute to and advise for any improvement to the journey of very sick patients in their most vulnerable time of their life. I would also want to engage discussion and advise the Trust in difficult decisions during this pandemic period.  I will raise to the Trust, any concerns the people of East Northamptonshire whom I will represent, have of their medical and social needs.
 
Term of office: December 2020 to December 2023 (1st term of office)
E-mail: please mark for the attention of Satya Biswas to kgh-tr.Corporate@nhs.net
Address: C/O Trust Board Secretary, Kettering General Hospital, Glebe House, Rothwell Road, Kettering, NN16 8UZ

Sheila White

This image of Sheila White for her biography as a nominated governor representing Northamptonshire Health Watch My background is in education teaching in Hertfordshire and Cornwall, I have a BA degree in sociology. While running the Small Schools Project in Cornwall I became aware of the issues related to living in rural areas. I was my husband’s Carer for 20+ years.
                               
I am the Vice Chair of the East Northants Locality Group and have represented them at the Commissioning Group patient committee. At KGH for Healthwatch I have audited wards and listened to patients’ concerns. I am a patient representive on the Patient Experience and Safeguarding Committees.
 
I have undertaken course with the East Midlands Science Academy on Communication and Engagement, Patient Safety and Improvement and a day conference on Rural Isolation.
 
Term of office: December 2020 to December 2023 (1st term of office)
E-mail: please mark for the attention of Sheila White to kgh-tr.Corporate@nhs.net
Address: C/O Trust Board Secretary, Kettering General Hospital, Glebe House, Rothwell Road, Kettering, NN16 8UZ

Simon Baylis

Governor - Simon Bayliss I am a trainer and HR business consultant with over 20 years experience. I have worked as an advisor and assessor for Investors in People for over 20 years.
 
Currently chair of the patient participation group (PPG) at my local GP surgery, I have also delivered some training to their team. Previous committee work includes residents' committees and school governorship.
 
My professional work has been in both the public and private sectors focussing on coaching, core values, recruitment, interviewing, leadership, appraisal, absence management and project management. I also have experience in running a networking group, managing graduate recruitment and the design and delivery of away days for organisations.
 
Term of office: December 2021 to December 2023 (1st term of office)
E-mail: please mark for the attention of Simon Baylis to kgh-tr.corporate@nhs.net
Address: C/O Trust Board Secretary, Kettering General Hospital, Glebe House, Rothwell Road, Kettering, NN16 8UZ

Kettering

Mohamed Latif

Mr Latif (002) I have spent almost half my life in Kettering where I received good post graduate speciality training. I then left to complete my higher surgical training in Newcastle, Sheffield and Leicester. I came back as a consultant in ENT/ Head &Neck Surgeon1986 -2011. I represented KGH in The Community Health Council until its dissolution. I was appointed External Assessor for The Health Services Ombudsman 1999-2010 and as a member of the Oxford Governance Forum undertook regular visits to Hospitals in the Oxford Region.

I did and continue to do Charity Work (Sheffield Int. Conference for Teaching Doctors in the Developing world), Egyptian Medical Society Medical Missions to Teach &Treat in Egypt. I am grateful to our Friends in the Corby Grampian Club for assisting in purchasing equipment.

I hope to utilise the experience gathered over the years to help understand and advise on governance issues concerning Providers and Recipients of health services in Kettering General Hospital.

Term of office: December 2020 to September 2023 (Returning – 3rd term of office)
E-mail: please mark for the attention of Mo Latif to kgh-tr.Corporate@nhs.net
Address: C/O Trust Board Secretary, Kettering General Hospital, Glebe House, Rothwell Road, Kettering, NN16 8UZ

Dr Anup Pandey

Dr Anup Pandey
I was involved in Healthcare industries for many years and have gained experience about the healthcare industries in various part of the world. I am in position to bring good practices from the healthcare industries across the world to KGH.
 
During my PhD, I have completed my research on Artificial Intelligence which can be used to help employees and management to facilitate better and speedy healthcare services to the residents.
 
Term of office: December 2021 to December 2023 (1st term of office)
E-mail: please mark for the attention of Dr Anup Pandey to kgh-tr.corporate@nhs.net
Address: C/O Trust Board Secretary, Kettering General Hospital, Glebe House, Rothwell Road, Kettering, NN16 8UZ

Penny Owens

Image of Governor Penny Owens representing Kettering As a public governor I will contribute 45 years of clinical front-line NHS experience along with the passion and drive to help ensure the highest-possible standard of patient care.
 
A radiographer by background, my final full-time position was as Director of Allied Health Professionals for University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust, overseeing 43 different clinical disciplines. Having originally delayed my retirement at the onset of the pandemic, I eventually left full-time work in September 2021.
 
When as Chief Radiographer for South Derbyshire I developed and promoted "The Mummy Test" across all Trust sites, a highly effective clinical standard whereby every patient should be afforded the same high-quality care, attention and treatment that would be due to one's own mother. This remains my abiding philosophy to this day, and I continue to apply it in my current roles as a national inspector for the Care Quality Commission and for the UK agency overseeing standards in Diagnostic Imaging (UKAS).
 
I have served as a member of the NHS National Assembly since spring 2019, and was awarded a Fellowship by the College of Radiographers in 2021. I hold a Master's Degree in Public Sector Management.
 
As a cancer survivor I understand only too well the importance of quality of care throughout the patient journey, and I would be grateful for the opportunity to help ensure a safe, compassionate experience for our family and friends who may find themselves in need of healthcare services across the Borough.

Term of office: October 2022 to December 2025 (1st term of office)
E-mail: please mark for the attention of Penny Owens to kgh-tr.Corporate@nhs.net

Address: C/O Trust Board Secretary, Kettering General Hospital, Glebe House, Rothwell Road, Kettering, NN16 8UZ

Professor Peter Woolliscroft

Photo of Professor Peter Wolliscroft Kettering Governor

Peter is a Chartered Engineer by profession and a visiting Professor at Northumbria University in the Built and Natural Environment school.

He has been involved in the public sector for most of his 40+ years working life. Spending the majority of time in the healthcare sector and social housing where his senior management experience includes, general, construction and asset and facilities management.

Since 2000, he has been Head of Construction and Facilities Management for the Department of Health, project lead at the Office of Government Commerce, (OGC) part of the Treasury and Managing Director of a private sector procurement company providing services for the National Decent Homes Program in social housing. Since 2011 Peter has taken on chairmanship of a number of organisations including Healthcare Facilities Consortium, Grovenbridge Academy and Constructing Excellence in Learning Ltd. His other roles including main board director at Constructing Excellence and a Trustee of the Patients Association, a position held since 2010, during which time he was joint chair for 4 years.

He runs a mentoring company and speaks regularly at conferences and seminars on Construction and FM related topics.

Term of office: December 2020 to September 2023 (Returning – 2nd term of office)
E-mail: please mark for the attention of Peter Woolliscroft to kgh-tr.Corporate@nhs.net
Address: C/O Trust Board Secretary, Kettering General Hospital, Glebe House, Rothwell Road, Kettering, NN16 8UZ

Wellingborough

Graham Lawman

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I have lived in Wellingborough, where I am Borough Councillor for Rixon Ward & County Councillor for Croyland & Swanspool Division, since 2001 and am a very active, committed Community Champion. I now hope to contribute, as Wellingborough’s voice, to KGH, which I believe in passionately and whose improvement journey I want to help.

I am a regular visitor to KGH, Isebrook & Nene Park as a volunteer medical driver, also assisting attendees to access many wards and departments, so I see much of the site and experience patients’ views, but, am keen to represent all users.

I am keen that the disadvantaged live better lives, patients to return to their communities promptly and to see improvements for all patients in getting quality treatment at the earliest opportunity.

At NCC, I am Chairman of the £2.2bn Pensions fund, Finance Scrutiny Vice-Chairman and a former Assistant Cabinet Member, Finance, so well used to dealing with large sums and organisations and bring finance & IT skills to the hospital as well as knowledge about partner organisations to improve understanding and partnership.

For the Borough, I am a past Mayor and current Services Committee Chairman, with community and health responsibility, as well as having held other posts. My promotion of partnership working led to being in the ‘leading lights’ cadre of Councillors.

Term of office: October 2022 – October 2025 (3rd term of office)
E-mail: please mark for the attention of Graham Lawman to kgh-tr.Corporate@nhs.net
Address: C/O Trust Board Secretary, Kettering General Hospital, Glebe House, Rothwell Road, Kettering, NN16 8UZ

Amy Wells

I have worked in the NHS for the past 10 years and I’m passionate about making a positive difference to people’s lives. From my extensive experience in the NHS I can bring empathy and understanding to the role of governor. I was born in Northamptonshire and have worked with Kettering General Hospital professionally for over 5 years. Additionally, I have recently had a baby under the care and support of Kettering General Hospital, which has given me an insight into how the hospital operates from the patient’s perspective. This experience has motivated me to stand for governor to try and shape and influence the care KGH provides to ensure the highest standards are embedded into its culture. Furthermore, I believe it’s vitally important to hold KGH to account for their use of public monies, especially at the moment with the difficult position the NHS is facing. Although I have a professional interest in KGH, my personal interests have become my main motivation for making a difference, not just for myself and my son who requires ongoing care from KGH, but for the local population of Northamptonshire.
 
Term of office: October 2022 to December 2025 (1st term of office)
E-mail: please mark for the attention of Amy Wells to kgh-tr.Corporate@nhs.net
Address: C/O Trust Board Secretary, Kettering General Hospital, Glebe House, Rothwell Road, Kettering, NN16 8UZ

West Northamptonshire

Rashmi Shah

Image of Rashimi Shah Governor West Northamptonshire I am interested in all aspects of health and social care. I am a service user as I am disabled due to being blind and use a guide dog to get about. I also have experience of being a carer when my mother developed dementia in her later years. I would like to get involved with Kettering General Hospital so that I am able to influence and enhance the understanding of the needs of the Black and Minority Ethnic community as well as disabled people at large.
 
I would be able to get the message out to the community of what Kettering General Hospital, is and what it does. I would observe the policies and services and make suggestions to help improvement.
I have been a board member of a housing association, providing sheltered residence and care, involving day to day decisions, arms length organisation of Northampton Borough Council, where I gained awareness and experience of communication, finance, audit and risk. I am also able to analyse, scrutinise, communicate and challenge decisions, as and when I think necessary.
 
I am a member of NHS National Out Patient Transformation Programme - influencing and shaping services for Black and Minority Ethnic community as well as disabled people.
 
Term of office: December 2021 to December 2023 (1st term of office)
E-mail: please mark for the attention of Rashmi Shah to kgh-tr.corporate@nhs.net
Address: C/O Trust Board Secretary, Kettering General Hospital, Glebe House, Rothwell Road, Kettering, NN16 8UZ

Rest of the UK

Roseann Shanks

Image of Roseann Shanks Governor I am a retired dentist and I worked in the NHS from 1977 until 2006. I worked first in the Community Dental Service, then as an Senior House Officer at Guy's Dental Hospital and finally in general practice (I was also a commissioned officer in the Royal Army Medical Corps Reserve). I owned and managed my own dental practice in Bedford from1993 until 2017, and have experience of both NHS and private dentistry. I have experience of dealing with patients, healthcare regulation and managing staff. In addition, I have had substantial experience of healthcare procurement as well as the financial aspects of a healthcare business. The NHS is a vitally important organisation within the UK. Even in retirement, I believe that I can contribute to its success (and in particular to the success of Kettering General Hospital). I would hope that my experience both in and out of the NHS (my practice was wholly private during my last decade) will assist in this.

 

Term of office: October 2022 to December 2025 (1st term of office)
E-mail: please mark for the attention of Roseann Shanks to kgh-tr.Corporate@nhs.net

Address: C/O Trust Board Secretary, Kettering General Hospital, Glebe House, Rothwell Road, Kettering, NN16 8UZ

Staff Governors

John Baylis

Image of staff Governor John Baylis My NHS career started in 1997, when I joined Surrey Ambulance Service as a Trainee Ambulance Technician.  After 3 very intensive months of training, I was out on the road answering 999 calls.  I qualified as a Paramedic in 2000, after another very intensive three-month course.  During my time with the Ambulance Service, I undertook duties as a Station Officer, Training Officer and in the Emergency Planning Department.  I also had two years working as a paramedic in the four Surrey Police Custody Suites.  I furthered my education with a BA Hons in Post Compulsory Education and Training and a MSc in Emergency and Unscheduled Care.
 
Having progressed as far as I was going to with the now South East Coast Ambulance Service and started a family, we decided a change of scenery was needed.  We stuck a pin in a map and moved to Corby in 2014.  I began working on Bank for East Midlands Ambulance Service and Kettering General Hospital A&E.  I eventually gained a part time contract with KGH, and stopped working for the ambulance service.  In 2021 I decided to move away from front line clinical work and got a position within the Practice Development Team.  This was initially to support the nurses coming to the Trust through the International Recruitment project.  However, my diverse range of skills and knowledge led to me supporting practice throughout the Trust. 
 
Prior to joining the NHS, I have managed bars and catering for a 1,200 capacity Student Union, driven the boat bus service in Paris, managed a Comet warehouse, been a stage technician and mended photocopiers for 7 years.  I also have a C+E HGV licence, as you always need something to fall back on.
 
I feel that the wide range of managerial, educational and project management skills I have, alongside the diverse experience of my varied working life, provide me with a firm foundation from which I can develop a role as a Trust Governor. 
 
Term of office : October 2022 to October 2025 (1st term of office)
E-mail: please mark for the attention of John Baylis to kgh-tr.Corporate@nhs.net
Address: C/O Trust Board Secretary, Kettering General Hospital, Glebe House, Rothwell Road, Kettering, NN16 8UZ

 

Jayne Chambers

Image of Jayne Chambers Staff GovernorMy career at Kettering General Hospital started in 2007 as a Health Care Assistant, initially on Harrowden A ward and then onto MAU.  After a short break away I returned to Kettering General in 2013 and have been Capacity Co-ordinator, Discharge Assistant, Service Support Manager, Capital Programmes Operational Delivery Manager, Cancer Services Manager and today Head of Strategic Corporate and Community Fundraising.  
 
My motto is “my hospital serving my community and my family, working alongside dedicated teams”.  I want this hospital to be the best it can be and therefore I will do my utmost to ensure that it will be.
 
Term of office: October 2022 – October 2025 (2nd term of office)
E-mail: please mark for the attention of Jayne Chambers to kgh-tr.corporate@nhs.net
Address: C/O Trust Board Secretary, Kettering General Hospital, Glebe House, Rothwell Road, Kettering, NN16 8UZ

Charlotte Smith

Charlotte SmithMy experience from starting in the NHS as an apprentice to where I am now has allowed me to talk and listen to other people's stories and appreciate that we are all diverse, as well as being able to have a balanced view which is a skill I have learnt over time. 
 
I will be able to bring compassion, accountability, and courage to the role in ensuring that KGH is a safe, caring and inclusive environment for staff, patients and those in the community.
 
Term of office: December 2021 to December 2023 (1st term of office)
E-mail: please mark for the attention of Charlotte Smith to kgh-tr.corporate@nhs.net
Address: C/O Trust Board Secretary, Kettering General Hospital, Glebe House, Rothwell Road, Kettering, NN16 8UZ

Claire Jennings

Staff Governor Claire Jennings With a degree in Public Policy majoring in Public Health, my passion for healthcare and healthcare management has been deep rooted since my university days.
 
Coming from a career in Dental Health and Charity Management, I think I have useful skills within the healthcare setting. I have a passion for people and would find it a privilege to represent the staff and volunteers of KGH.
 
I am a member of the Spiritual and Pastoral Care Team and my Faith is very important to me and would also guide my work within this role.
 
Term of office: December 2021 to December 2023 (1st term of office)
E-mail: please mark for the attention of Claire Jennings to kgh-tr.corporate@nhs.net
Address: C/O Trust Board Secretary, Kettering General Hospital, Glebe House, Rothwell Road, Kettering, NN16 8UZ

Claire Knibb

Staff Governor - Claire Knibb Medical Directorate Project Manager My current role as a Project Managers offers the opportunity to meet and interactive with a wide cross section of our teams - but if I haven't had the chance to meet you yet, as I mentioned earlier, I would be more than happy for you to contact me directly.
 
Passionate about Service and Quality Improvement, love to listen (many might say I also love to talk too!) - but above all else I like to make a difference. I believe that by sharing our experience and perspectives together, we CAN make a difference.
 
Born in Kettering and having lived here all my life, not only am I invested in our organisation as a Staff member, but also as a service user. Let’s make KGH the very best it can be.
 
Term of office: December 2021 to December 2023 (1st term of office)
E-mail: please mark for the attention of Claire Knibb to kgh-tr.corporate@nhs.net
Address: C/O Trust Board Secretary, Kettering General Hospital, Glebe House, Rothwell Road, Kettering, NN16 8UZ

Sreejith Nair

Governor Sreejith Nair I am passionate about playing an effective role in contributing to ensuring KGH offer safe and excellent services to staff and patients. I would like to represent our staff as well as patients and ensure that the voice of BAME community is also taken into account while contributing ideas, suggestions and giving views to support the organisation which will enable KGH to enhance the services within its diverse community.
 
I have good exposure and understanding to the needs of the BAME community through different roles and support structures within the trust. I have fostered good relationships at different levels within the organizational structure. This will enable me to grow in different capacities as a staff member and community contributor. I believe I have the experience and skills which would be a benefit having me as a governor and would be a great privilege to serve if appointed as I would perform my role with great commitment, enthusiasm and integrity.
 
Term of office: December 2020 to December 2023 (1st term of office)
E-mail: please mark for the attention of Sreejith Nair to kgh-tr.Corporate@nhs.net
Address: C/O Trust Board Secretary, Kettering General Hospital, Glebe House, Rothwell Road, Kettering, NN16 8UZ

Dr Toral Sengar

Dr Toral Sengar
I’m working as an Anaesthetist since 2000 and have been working at KGH for nearly 11 years.
 
I’m half-way through my health MBA from University of Nottingham. I have gained enough insight of how the NHS works and I can help to raise concerns regarding staff shortage and help in implementing policies that enable good work life balance and professional development.
 
Term of office: December 2021 to December 2023 (1st term of office)
E-mail: please mark for the attention of Dr Toral Sengar to kgh-tr.corporate@nhs.net
Address: C/O Trust Board Secretary, Kettering General Hospital, Glebe House, Rothwell Road, Kettering, NN16 8UZ

Nominated Stakeholder Governors

Dr Andrew Stephen - Kettering MIND

Stakeholder Governor Dr Andrew Stephen Qualified from Sheffield University MB Chb in 1969.
 
Had 2 years’ hospital experience in the Sheffield area.
 
Worked as a GP in Bingley, West Yorkshire until 1978.
 
Moved to Linden Avenue surgery, Kettering 1978 and worked as a GP in Kettering area until my 65th birthday.
 
I then worked as a medical judge for H.M.Courts and Tribunal Service (Coventry area) until I reached the retirement age of 71.
 
Joined Kettering MIND as a volunteer in October 2001. Appointed to Trustee Board approximately 14 months later and have been treasurer from October 2013.
 
I have been married to Dorothy for 50 years; have 3 sons, 3 daughters-in-law and 6 grandchildren.

Cllr Jennie Bone - North Northamptonshire Council

Local Authority Governors: Cllr Jennie Bone Since 1997 Jennie has lived and worked in Rushden, Wellingborough and now Higham Ferrers.  Jennie has been a Borough Councillor at Wellingborough and now a Unitary Councillor for North Northamptonshire Council.  She is the Chair of Area Planning (Thrapston), a role that she is passionate about, Vice Chair of Licensing and member of the Executive Panel on Climate Change.
 
Jennie had worked in the private sector and since 2005, for the Member of Parliament for Wellingborough.
 
Since giving birth to her third and youngest child at Kettering General Hospital on New Years Day at the start of the millennium, Jennie has taken a keen and passionate interest in the hospital. Over the years as a patient, Jennie says she received “excellent care from dedicated staff and that is my driving force for wating to be a productive part of the team of Governors making KGH an outstanding hospital”.  

Cllr Matthew Golby - West Northamptonshire Council

Local Authority Governors: Cllr Matthew Golby Matthew lives in Duston, Northampton with his family. Matthew has been an elected member of Northampton Borough Council and Northamptonshire County Council since 2009, holding various positions of responsibility including being elected as the last leader of the County Council to see the council through to the creation of the two new unitary authorities of North and West Northamptonshire.  Matthew was elected to the new West Northamptonshire unitary authority in May 2021 and holds the portfolio of Adult Social Care and Public Health. Matthew is also involved with his family nursery and garden centre business which was established in 1923.

Sue Watts - Age UK

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I am very pleased to be involved in the governance of Kettering General Hospital Foundation Trust at this time as it continues to make progress on caring for older people. For someone who is frail, vulnerable or has a dementia, who may be on the edge of his or her limits of coping at home in a familiar environment, and who is seeing the same people and doing the same things each day, the effect of going into hospital can be overwhelming.

Small considerations in how care is delivered can help to create a more positive hospital experience for individuals and for older people it is important that their care is shaped not just by their illness or frailty but also by the wider context of their life and relationships.

Sue has led a team of health and social care professionals working alongside community volunteers, to deliver a national Falls project and developed a successful relationship with a commercial healthcare provider which resulted in a substantial contract for Age UK Northamptonshire.

Wendy Patel - Northamptonshire Healthwatch

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I am a retired registered General Nurse with vast experience in nursing and management.

I have a particular interest in bringing quality care into the workplace. I trained at Kettering General Hospital where I held a series of senior roles before moving to South Wales where I obtained a degree to teach nursing.  I have held a number of positions including Lead Nurse Education Independent Sector; Investigator of complaints in the health service and Investors in People Advisor.

I undertake a lot of voluntary work including work with the Samaritans, Healthwatch: 15 steps challenge at Kettering General Hospital as well as being a patient representative