Meet our Governors

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Governors welcome the views and opinions of members, patients and the public, and it’s a key part of their role to consider and share them with the Board of Directors.  Areas of particular focus to Governors are in relation to the Trust’s performance and future plans, with Governors being responsible for representing the views of members, the public and the communities that the Trust serves.

Governors are also encouraged to feed information back to members and the public about how the Trust is performing and help to keep them up to date with developments at MFT.  Regular updates are provided to our members and the public via the Trust’s membership newsletter and our Governor and Membership webpages.

Members and the public are also encouraged to contact Governors and attend membership events/meetings in order to share their views and opinions.  Governors can be contacted by contacting the Foundation Trust Membership Office in the following ways:

  • Post: Freepost Plus RRBR-AXBU-XTZT, MFT NHS Trust, Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9WL
  • Phone: 0161 276 8661 (office hours 9.00 am to 5.00 pm, Monday to Friday; answering machine outside these hours)
  • E-mail: FT.enquiries@mft.nhs.uk

Important Information:  Governors do not have an operational role and if you have a specific concern, complaint or compliment, please contact the Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) – contact details below:

Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS)

For Manchester Royal Infirmary, Trafford General Hospital, Altrincham Hospital, Manchester Royal Eye Hospital, University Dental Hospital of Manchester, Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital or Saint Mary’s Hospital

Tel: +44 (0)161 276 8686
Email: pals@mft.nhs.uk

For Wythenshawe Hospital or Withington Community Hospital

Tel: +44 (0)161 291 5600
Tel: +44 (0)161 291 2031
Tel: +44 (0)161 291 2033

Meet Our Governors

We have 32 Elected and Nominated Governors on our Council of Governors, the majority of whom (24 out of 32) are directly elected from and by our members in the following five Public Constituencies and four Staff Classes:

Public Constituencies:

Staff Classes:

Nominated Governors

ELECTED GOVERNORS

The Council of Governors elects a fellow Governor to become their Lead Governor, and currently Jayne Bessant, Public Governor (Manchester) is the Lead Governor.

Jayne Bessant

Lead Governor

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Public Governors for Manchester Constiuency

Dr Syed Ali

Public Governor (Manchester)

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Jayne Bessant

Public Governor (Manchester)

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John W Churchill

Public Governor (Manchester)

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Janet Heron

Public Governor (Manchester)

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Dr Michael Kelly

Public Governor (Manchester)

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Sue Rowlands

Public Governor (Manchester)

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Suzanne Russell

Public Governor (Manchester)

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Public Governors for Trafford Constituency

Jane Reader

Public Governor (Trafford)

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Christine Turner

Public Governor (Trafford)

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Public Governor for Eastern Cheshire Constituency

Chris Templar

Public Governor (Eastern Cheshire)

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Public Governors for Rest of Greater Manchester

Ivy Ashworth-Crees

Public Governor (Rest of Greater Manchester)

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Stephen Caddick

Public Governor (Rest of Greater Manchester)

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Clifford Clinkard

Public Governor (Rest of Greater Manchester)

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Karen Morris

Public Governor (Rest of Greater Manchester)

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Paula King

Public Governor (Rest of Greater Manchester)

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Public Governors for Rest of England & Wales

Sheila Otty

Public Governor (Rest of England and Wales)

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William O’Neill

Public Governor (Rest of England and Wales)

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Staff Governor for Medical & Dental

Dr Matthias Schmitt

Staff Governor (Medical and Dental)

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Staff Governors for Nursing & Midwifery

John Cooper

Staff Governor (Nursing and Midwifery)

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Jacky Edwards

Staff Governor (Nursing and Midwifery)

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Staff Governors for Other Clinical

Alix Joddrell-Banks

Staff Governor (Other Clinical)

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Geraldine Thompson

Staff Governor (Other Clinical)

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Staff Governors for Non-Clinical & Support

Rachel Koutsavakis

Staff Governor (Non-Clinical and Support)

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Colin Owen

Staff Governor (Non-Clinical and Support)

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NOMINATED GOVERNORS
We also have 8 Nominated (appointed) Governors on our Council of Governors from the following organisations:

Nominated Governor for an Academic Institution

Dr Jenny Myers – Manchester University

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Nominated Governors for Local Authority Councils

Cllr Chris Boyes – Trafford Council

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Cllr Tracey Rawlins – MCC

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Nominated Governors for Voluntary Sector

Brooke Taylor – MFT Youth Forum

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Graham Watkins – MFT Volunteers

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Nominated Governors for Inclusive Community Groups

Circle Steele – Manchester BME Network

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Rev. Charles Kwaku-Odoi

-Nominated Governor (CAHN - Caribbean & African Health Network – Greater Manchester) – Third Sector Umbrella Organisation

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Nominated Governor for Commissioning

Dr Denis Colligan

Manchester Health and Care Commissioning

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