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
Christopher Whittle - Lead Governor
Chris Whittle.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.

Iain Yates
Iain Yates.jpgI 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.

Joe Nixon
Joe Nixon.jpgI 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.

Sefton constituency
John Battersby
John Battersby.jpgOver 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
Victor Hudson Foulds.jpgAfter 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
Alan Griffiths
Alan Griffiths.jpgI 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.  

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.

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

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