As a Foundation Trust, we have a Council of Governors - a collective body made up of staff members, patients and the public who use their skills and experience to support the work of the Trust. Governors have an important role to play in ensuring that the views of patients and Trust Members are represented when important decisions are made.
The Council of Governors meets quarterly, but Governors can also support the work of the hospital by getting involved in a number of different committees, including our Patient and Public Involvement Committee and our Forward Planning Committee.
Governor responsibilities include:
If you would like to become a Governor or vote in the Council of Governor elections, you first need to be a Foundation Trust Member, which is a simple online form. It’s free and your chance to have your views represented a Board level. If you are interested in putting your name forward as a candidate please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Richard’s medical career included time in hospitals, the RAF, research and general practice. Since retiring he has maintained an active interest in health issues as well as voluntary work at Royal Papworth Hospital and Addenbrooke’s. In late 2012 he underwent a successful pulmonary endarterectomy at Papworth. As a Governor his main interest is in the quality of care and patient safety/dignity.
Following open heart surgery at Papworth Hospital in 2007, Stephen became a volunteer ward visitor. In a long career as a senior manager within the construction industry, he contributed to a number of NHS projects. He is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) and past chair of the Cambridge centre.
Following a research and academic career in applied/engineering mathematics, Susan established and ran an organisation and management development consultancy working with Government Departments and private sector companies. She supported women in STEM initiatives at national level.
She was a Patient Governor of Addenbrooke's Hospital for 8 years and chaired the Director/Governor Forward Planning Group. Just elected, she wants to find out more about RPH and where she can best contribute. She has lupus, a chronic illness.
Having retired from the RAF in 2006, Glenn is a full time arable farmer and businessman. He is a Royal Papworth patient and in addition to being a governor he is a patient representative on the Anglia Lung Network Cancer Group. He has assisted in peer reviews and is also a member of the Patient Advisory Board of the local Cancer Alliance.
After bringing up her family, Gillian began nursing in her early 40s, retiring as the ‘Modern Matron’ in Neuroscience at Addenbrookes’ in 2004. The next year she became a Public Governor for Addenbrooke’s. She has a particular interest in patient experience
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Trevor retired as an equity partner at an accountancy practice in 2014. He suffers from Muscular Dystrophy and asthma and is a patient of Royal Papworth Hospital. Trevor has been fitted with a defibrillator and has also experienced treatment in the Sleep Study Centre. Trevor uses an electric wheelchair and understands the issues and needs of the less abled.
Rodney is Suffolk born was the former chairman and now vice chairman of The Desert Rats Association. He was awarded the British Empire Medal for service to the armed forces associations, 64 of which wwere with the Royal British Legion. He also owns two military museums.
John has been closely associated with Royal Papworth Hospital since his first bypass operation in 1984. He then joined the Norfolk Zipper Club and has been actively involved ever since. In 2008, John was awarded an MBE for services to fundraising for cardiac patients. John was Chairman of the Norfolk Zipper Club from 1995 until 2010. John joined the Council of Governors in 2004.
Tony recently retired from a hectic career undertaking roles in both engineering and sales and marketing, working for a number of international companies. Throughout his career, he has travelled and lived in the Americas and in South East Asia. Originally from Hertfordshire, Tony has lived in Norfolk with his family for over 30 years. Keen to support the Royal Papworth Hospital Trust, he was appointed to the Council of Governors in 2017.
Peter is a retired director of his own building firm and lives in Cringleford. In 2009 Peter underwent a triple bypass operation at Papworth Hospital after which he joined the Norfolk Zipper Club to be able to give something back in recognition of the care he received. He now serves as an active committee member of the Norfolk Zipper Club raising funds for Royal Papworth Hospital.
Bob is a businessman who runs his own car dealership, having worked in the motoring industry for his entire career. He has witnessed first-hand the services provided at Royal Papworth Hospital after he underwent a potentially life-saving quadruple heart bypass 15 years ago. This spurred him on to join the Norfolk Zipper Club to give something back to the staff that cared for him. He has recently become the club’s chairman and decided he wanted to further support Royal Papworth Hospital by becoming a governor.
Janet has been a member of the Patient Experience Panel since 2003, and was joint Chair in 2006. She is actively involved in various committees concerning patient issues within Royal Papworth Hospital. Janet is a Royal Papworth Hospital patient.
Keith has a professional background as Faculty Director (Technology) at Cambridge Regional College. He has been Cambridge Community Health Council Chairman and held representative appointments on both Addenbrooke's Hospital and East Anglian Ambulance boards. His long association with Royal Papworth Hospital is as Chairman of the British Cardiac Patients' Association and a trustee of Heart Valve Voice. Keith is also actively involved in various committees within the hospital.
Pippa had a double lung transplant at Papworth in 2017 so has witnessed first hand the care provided by our teams. After growing up in Cambridge, Pippa now lives in London where she works in Public Relations. She has specific interests in public communications, fundraising and, due to her personal and professional experience, food and catering within the hospital environment.
Simon qualified as a doctor in 1979 at King's College Hospital in London. After spells working at King's Westminster and Charing Cross Hospitals specialising in ENT Surgery, he transferred into General Practice. He became a partner at a surgery in 1992 and retired 22 years later as the senior partner in 2014. He continues to work as a locum GP for a few sessions a week. He became a patient at Royal Papworth Hospital in 2015 and was appointed to the Council of Governors in 2017.
Harvey is a retired business consultant and professional engineer, and brings to the Council of Governors a wide range of general management, commercial, and financial skills. Harvey is a returning Governor having previously served as a Governor from 2004 to 2014, during which time he held a number of positions including Chair of the Forward Planning Committee, Chair of the Appointments Committee and Lead Governor.
Penny is Staff Governor for Royal Papworth hospital representing the Allied Health Professionals. She is a qualified and registered social worker and has worked at Royal Papworth since 2007, initially as a part time social worker before being appointed as team leader in 2009.
Prior to working at Royal Papworth, Penny worked in a variety of roles in social care, as a child protection social worker, managing a unit for people with severe dementia, as well as a variety of posts in residential and day care for the elderly. She also has experience of working with young homeless people.
Katrina has worked in Respiratory Physiology at Royal Papworth since 2002. Her role is primarily in education and research but she also has a clinical workload and leads the exercise physiology service. Half her time is spent seconded to Anglia Ruskin University, where she teaches and develops degrees in clinical physiology.
Cheryl is the Matron for Transplant and Ambulatory services. She has worked at Papworth Hospital since 1994 having started working within the Critical Care Unit before progressing to Sister and Transplant Coordinator within the Transplant Unit. Cheryl has been a Matron since 2013 and is responsible for managing the nursing teams within the Transplant Unit, Cardiac Day Ward, Cardiac Outpatients and Cardiac Rehab.
Having started my career in research and development laboratories, I joined Royal Papworth Hospital in 2000 working alongside the surgical and anaesthetic teams to successfully reduce blood product usage. From there I became the administrator of the system used in Critical Care for our patient documentation. Whilst in this role I joined CUH’s Epic team to develop their electronic patient record. In 2015 I became the chief allied health professional information officer, representing my clinical colleagues in the Digital department and am now the configuration developer within our patient record team.
Dr Alessandro Ruggiero qualified as a doctor at the University of Rome and trained in radiology in Rome. He undertook the Molecular Imaging for Oncology Fellowship at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (New York, USA) and then he moved to the Erasmus University Medical Center in Rotterdam. He was awarded a PhD from Erasmus University in 2012.
He completed his subspecialty training in Cambridge at Addenbrooke’s Hospital (cross sectional radiology), Royal Papworth Hospital and Southampton University hospital (cardiac MR). He was appointed consultant cardio-thoracic radiologist at Royal Papworth Hospital in 2015. He is a staff governor and has been representing doctors since 2017.
Having worked at RPH in a variety of roles since I left school in 1996 I’m currently the Deputy Manager of Clinical Engineering where in addition to supporting the Head of Department in the day to day running of the department I’m the specialist engineer supporting the Anaesthesia and Ventilation equipment of The Trust.
My involvement with RPH goes back many more years than that to 1985 when my father received a heart transplant here. I believe in delivering the best care possible to our patients and making RPH a great place to work.
Outside of work I’m a keen motorcyclist and enjoy playing guitar in a rock band.
Dr Caroline Edmonds is Secretary to the School of Clinical Medicine, part of the University of Cambridge.
Councillor Alex Malyon is the Liberal Democrat Councillor for Longstanston. She is a Member of South Cambridgeshire District Council, which covers Papworth Everard.
Lorraine joined Cambridge University Hospitals as Chief Nurse in July 2018.
Previously she held the position of Deputy Chief Nurse at University College London Hospitals acting as Head of Nursing for the Surgery & Cancer Board, as well as corporate responsibilities including the nurse education agenda and management of voluntary services. She was seconded on a part time basis for a period of 12 months working on a pan London programme, Capital Nurse, which focussed on recruitment and retention of nurses in London, where she led on the introduction of the internal transfer programme for staff across London, a number of cross boundary leadership programmes as well as acting as executive producer on a film to aid retention. She has worked in a range of nursing roles throughout her career and has held an interim Director of Nursing role previously. She is a visiting Professor at London South Bank University. She is also a Florence Nightingale Scholar.
The next Governors meeting will take place on Wednesday 20 November 2019 which includes the Annual Members Meeting.
The venue will be confirmed closer to the time. The address for the hospital is:
Royal Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Cambridge Biomedical Campus
If you plan to attend the above meeting, please contact Julie Wall on 01223 639833 in advance.
Wednesday 18 March 2020
Wednesday 17 June 2020
Wednesday 16 September 2020 - (also Annual Members meeting)
Wednesday 18 November 2020