I was elected as an East Staffordshire Public Governor in 2018 and before that I was a Burton Hospitals Governor for 2 years leading up to the merger.
I retired in 2015 after 38 years working in Information Technology, initially for Allied Breweries before being outsourced to work for large US companies, EDS and HP. In my career I was involved in projects across Europe.
In addition to my involvement with the Trust, I am a Stretton councillor on the East Staffs Borough Council and a member of my Surgeries Patient Group. These groups provide me with information on local health issues, which I can raise as a Governor.
I am passionate about improving health for all ages. I am a member of Burton Athletics Club and coach young endurance runners. I help to manage and compete for the Burton Master’s athletics team for over 35s. I am Chairman and Membership Secretary for the Midlands Masters Athletics club and Chairman of the Midlands Masters League. I have played Hockey for Burton Hockey Club for 40 years.
It was after a Hockey Injury, when my cheekbone was fractured, where I saw first-hand how well Burton and Derby Hospitals could collaborate. That personal experience made me decide that I wanted to use my retirement to help the NHS and that was why I stood as a Governor.