Below you can view a list of the members currently elected to our Council of Governors in each of our constituencies.
Our Council of Governors meets four times a year and as members, you are welcome to attend and observe these meetings.
My career background has been in the car industry as a quality assurance manager. Since 2012, I have carried out many volunteering activities as a member of the Trust's Involvement Scheme. I work with the Trust, both as a volunteer and as a governor, to help improve the quality of services. I see my role as standing alongside service users and carers, enabling them to have their voice heard.
Christopher Whittle - Lead Governor
I am a qualified mental health nurse and have personal experience of living with a disability. I feel my experiences will help me to contribute to my local community in a positive way.
I have suffered with mental health issues most of my life, I have done lots of voluntary work for the Trust over the past years. I aim to use my skills, alongside my lived experience, in my role as a Governor to the best of my abilities and allow me to achieve my goals.
I live with my partner of 37 years in Knowsley and I use the services of the Trust. I am a former nurse, qualified social worker, DOLS assessor, CQC adult advisor, a trustee for a specialised mental health nursing home and a community neighbourhood hub. My current volunteering role within the Trust has been assisting with internal quality reviews of services. Being appointed as a Governor will allow me the opportunity to share my knowledge and experience. For the benefit of the North West people who use these services.
I have lived experience of mental ill-health and feel my role as a governor is to try and help improve access and outcomes for services users and meet the expectations of the public. I have a great belief there is a potential positive in every situation and I am keen to share my knowledge and allow others to have the same understanding. I am very passionate, approachable and enthusiastic and believe being a governor for Knowsley is a valuable way of utilising my own experiences.
Over 47 years I've had a range of jobs. I've taught History and Geography in Secondary Schools over a period of 21 years. I've also worked for Shelter as North West Director; Manager of Leeds Citizens Advice Bureau; and with the National Association of Citizens Advice Bureau as Executive Director of the West Midlands, Wales and the South West. Since retiring in 2011 I've been a patient representative with East and North Hertfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group.
Victor Hudson Foulds
After University I joined the Army as an officer where I spent three years in Northern Ireland, then several years in retail working for various national chains. I spent two terms on the Community Health Council in Southport as a local Conservative member. I have held three posts as a registered care home manager specialising in Elderly Mental Care. At the moment I have a keen interest in mental health issues both local and national. I feel I could contribute as a governor from my experiences with these issues
St Helens constituency
I am a carer for my son who has a severe learning disability, autism and epilepsy. I am Chair of St Helens Mencap and a former trustee of National Mencap. I am passionate about equal access to healthcare for people with a learning disability and do whatever I can to ensure they get it. That is why I am a member of both the Operations Board and the Strategic Board for Transforming Care for people with a Learning Disability and/or Autism as well as the Steering Group for LeDeR, both in the Cheshire and Merseyside STP. I am also a Director of Pathways Associates CIC.
I have shared experiences from 31 years working in corporate management for a retail service group, and on committees of several local voluntary groups. This has equipped me with some understanding of formal governance protocols, audit procedures and the importance of being a critical friend to those with executive responsibility. I believe in the value of encouraging the empowerment of individuals to achieve realistic ambitions. After early retirement, I became a professional rugby league match official.
I took early retirement from the Inland Revenue 11 years ago on health grounds. I am an active volunteer in St Helens in the fields of heritage and the arts, and also write a weekly column in our local paper called Coffey Time. I was asked to join the local Social Inclusion and Disability Network and I am involved with my local Healthwatch. This background gives me some extra awareness around current health issues within the public and voluntary sectors.
Having worked in the public services, including both local and central government, for the whole of my career, my life-changing medical problems brought me into contact with mental health services. Since 2003, I have been a volunteer through the Trust's Involvement Scheme, spending much of that time as an arts and crafts tutor for patients. I am an active member of many projects and work closely with the patient involvement team. As a governor, I will continue my support to the Trust.
My background is in the NHS and broadcast media. I've long supported relatives with mental health issues and endured my own. I've never considered mental health 'taboo' and I campaign ardently to stamp out stigma. To further this, I became a stand-up comedian and through Stand Up To Stigma and Starfish Comedy Club I've continued to enlighten the public about mental health matters through comedy, dialogue and other areas of the arts and media.
Having cared for my wife some years ago throughout two protracted periods of mental ill-health and more recently my youngest son, I decided to join the Trust Involvement Scheme. I've found my involvement as a volunteer enlightening, thought provoking and very stimulating. Visiting the Alzheimer's Society and Age UK's memory cafes has given me a particular insight into dementia and the way service users and their carers view the Trust's later life and memory services, the support they've received and how they're coping with their illness.
As a carer of two service users with borderline personality disorder, I feel it's very important to give a voice to people living with this complex and challenging condition. I have also been a part of the Trust's Involvement Scheme for more than two years and am looking forward to helping to improve the Trust's services in my role as a public governor.
I’ve been an environmental health practitioner for 30 years, firstly
practising as an environmental health officer for a number of local authorities
in the North West, and now with a large international hotel company. As an environmental
health practitioner and a trustee of a local homeless support charity, I’ve
seen first-hand the many health-related issues, mental and physical, facing
communities like ours. It’s this experience, as well as my passion to see
delivery of good, high quality health services, that I bring to the Trust. It is
a privilege to serve as a governor.
I have personal experience of the Trust's services and now wish to give something back by becoming a governor. I was a member of the members' engagement group for the new Atherleigh Park hospital in Leigh and I am also involved with the patient-led assessments on the care environment audits and waste management audits for the Trust.
I have lived in Frodsham Cheshire now, for 32 years. I have a keen interest in mental health issues for both men and women, and I have attended a number of relevant courses including Peer Mentoring; Wellbeing and Mindfulness. I also attend each week as a volunteer at Bowmere House, part of the Countess of Chester hospital. My hobbies include cookery, and walking, as well as visiting my family and two grandchildren in London.
If you'd like to speak to one of your local governors, you can do so by contacting our Company Secretary Office on 01925 664 878 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.