About the Trust
Like many residents of Gateshead, I have benefitted greatly from the invaluable services provided by our National Health Service, yet it is not widely known that some important health services provided within Gateshead are part of the responsibilities of South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust.
I have represented the interests of Gateshead as a public governor of the Trust for four years and this has been a very interesting and at times challenging period, particularly as South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust and City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust are currently going through the process of bringing their resources together to provide a more comprehensive and joined-up service to the wider community.
Regarding my personal experience, I have worked over many years in both the public and private sectors and currently run a small business based in Gateshead. For fifteen years I was a school governor of a Gateshead Comprehensive School and have a strong commitment to working for the community in which I live.
With forty years of experience working with young people and adults in the Further and Higher Education sectors I believe I bring a range of experiences to the role of public governor.