Public governors

Our public governors are elected to represent the interests of our members living in the different areas where we deliver our services.

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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.

Halton constituency
Andy Jones
Andy jones.jpgMy 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.

Knowsley constituency
Paul Davies
Paul Davies.jpgI 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.

Ron Rotheram
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I am a member of CrossLinks - a drop-in centre which facilitates helping people get back into employment. I am also active in attending service user meetings so I can help others.

Christopher Whittle - Lead Governor
Chris.jpgI 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.

St Helens constituency
Innes Arnold
Innes Arnold.jpgI 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. 

Chris Coffey
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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.

Colin Pearson
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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.

John Richards
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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.

Warrington constituency
Jim Sinnott
Jim Sinnot.jpgHaving 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.

Wigan constituency
Sheila Ratcliffe
Sheila Ratcliffe.jpgAs 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.

Richard Short
Richard Short.jpgI’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.

Denis McFarland
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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.

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