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Our Governors

Our Council of Governors represent the interests of local communities, partners and staff in the development of our organisation.

Jeremy Baskett

Public Governor - East and West Lindsey

Jeremy has many years of both clinical and managerial NHS experience in both the hospital and community setting providing him with experience of managing and understanding NHS and social care finances. Jeremy has a strong desire to ensure closer working between social and health care organisations to protect local services, and is passionate about public involvement in decision making for their local NHS.

Tony Burndred

Public Governor - Goole & Howdenshire

Tony is part of the local network group, founder member and Chair of Men in Sheds (Goole and District) so lines of local communication are already open.  Tony is also a retired NVQ Assessor, internal verifier, former college tutor and a business partner and is used to following and applying standards and protocols.

Rob Pickersgill

Deputy Lead Governor and Public Governor - Goole & Howdenshire

Rob is an Economist and Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance

and Accountancy and has held senior financial and managerial posts in Local Government, Further and Higher Education and the Financial Services sector.  Rob is now Managing Director of a local manufacturing company.

Rob is deeply concerned about potential changes to the NHS and wants to understand more fully the nature of the financial and structural challenges faced by the sector as a whole and by the Trust in particular.

Diana Barnes

Public Governor - North East Lincolnshire

Diana has previous experience of working in the NHS in the acute setting and primary care and has an ophthalmic technician certificate and a certificate in nuclear medicine.  This provides Diana with an understanding of different aspects of care and awareness of where problems can occur.  Diana is a member of ACCORD which provides greater understanding of funding and its allocation.  Diana also volunteers at her local NHS surgery and also works with the volunteer service to contact lonely people.

Mike Bateson

Public Governor - North East Lincolnshire

Mike is a lifelong resident of Cleethorpes and a former member of staff. After he retired from the NHS Mike continued to work with local voluntary organisations to influence and support the delivery of health and community care within NE Lincolnshire. He is a Trustee of Friendship at Home, a member of Accord and a past board member of Healthwatch NEL.

Karen Green

Public Governor - North East Lincolnshire

Karen is former nurse and employee of the Trust with nearly thirty years experience, having worked clinically in numerous areas and also in managerial roles across the three hospital sites including some community settings. Karen has been on numerous committees and sub committees for a number of years and believes this has helped develop a wide range of experience which will allows a positive contribution to the strategic direction of the Trust. Karen has a good understanding of the clinical governance agenda, financial management, project management and capital developments which will enable an active contribution to the future development of the Trust. As a regular user of the local hospital services Karen is fully committed to working with the Trust Board towards developing patient centred care with an emphasis on strong links between health and social care.

David James

Public Governor - North East Lincolnshire

David joined the RAF as a Medic in 1986 when almost 18 and has spent his entire career to date in the caring profession.  Upon leaving the RAF in 2022 David was successful in his application to work for the Lincolnshire NHS maternity services in a new role as a Military Care Navigator.  During his RAF Career David worked predominantly in the Primary Care setting and has always been passionate about the patient experience and ensuring appropriate, patient centred, timely healthcare is provided.  David later became a Specialist Advisor for the CQC and assisted them in inspecting RAF, Army, and Royal Navy medical establishments.

Ian Reekie

Lead Governor and Public Governor - North East Lincolnshire

Ian became involved in NHS governance following his retirement as North Lincolnshire Council’s Director of Leisure. He first served as a non-executive director with North Lincolnshire PCT then as a lay member on the governing body of North Lincolnshire CCG.  Ian moved to Cleethorpes from Barton-upon-Humber in 2012 and has been a North East Lincolnshire public governor since 2018.  He was elected as NLaG’s Lead Governor in 2020.

Kevin Allen

Public Governor - North Lincolnshire

Kevin trained as an Aircraft Engineer in the army, serving in the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers in the UK, Germany, Cyprus and Northern Ireland.  Upon leaving the army Kevin joined Her Majesty’s Prison & Youth Offender Institution in Doncaster as the Fire and Safety officer, later becoming the Compliance Officer, responsible for all aspects on Health and Safety, Fire Safety, Quality and Environmental Management.  Kevin is actively involved in the community as a football referee and run leader at Scunthorpe & District Athletic Club.

David Cuckson

Public Governor - North Lincolnshire

David started out his career working as a professional quantity surveyor at Chesterfield and Worksop Borough Councils, later becoming the managing director of a medium sized building contractor in Worksop.  David was also a licensee for Esso, a Scunthorpe Magistrate, and a volunteer for victim support.  His former role as Governor at Doncaster & Bassetlaw Hospital Trust provided experience in various committees. 

Shiv Nand

Public Governor - North Lincolnshire

Shiv is a practicing lawyer, alongside being an elected trustee and governor of one of the largest sixth forms in the UK (Bilborough College, in Nottingham) and being vice chair of the Citizens’ Advice Bureau, Lincoln and District. Shiv has spent years working on boards to help improve the mechanics and services of large organisations.  Whether that is focused on financial matters and risks, safeguarding, regulatory matters or procurement, Shiv has had to maintain affiliations and relationships with councils and governing bodies to ensure organisations remain operating day to day and which requires him to be accountable to members at AGMs and ensure sufficient stakeholder engagement on a regular basis.  Shiv also has years of experience supporting the Chief Officer of Citizens Advice Bureau, Lincoln and District on a more frequent basis.  In addition to sitting on various sub committees, including for a local political party

Caroline Ridgway

Public Governor - North Lincolnshire

Caroline has previous experience as a school Parental Governor and has been a member of the Patient Panel for several years, attending meetings and making recommendations for improvements.

Caroline is a qualified Podiatrist due to start a PhD in January 2024, and has knowledge and understanding of the clinical aspects of the Trust.  Caroline also has a degree in Law, has taught this subject for a number of years, and remains an examiner for a major UK exam board.  On a personal level, Caroline has experience as both a patient and carer, which means direct experience in several aspects of patient care.

Paula Ashcroft

Public Governor - North Lincolnshire

Paula currently works for the local authority as Persons Voice Coordinator and has worked with vulnerable adults, children and parents/carers for over 20 years.  Working with a diverse range of people, including senior citizens, people with learning and physical disabilities, mental health issues and neuro divergent conditions Paula is a valuable voice from these areas.

Dr Gorajala Vijay

Public Governor - East and West Lindsey

Dr Vijay is a retired NHS consultant who has worked in the NHS for over 40 years gaining vast experience in the delivery of best patient care.  Having held various senior management positions in the health service and medical education & research, Dr Vijay has a thorough understanding of the increasing pressure to improve early diagnosis, treat patients efficiently and reduce hospital running costs.

Sakkaf Ahmed Aftab

Staff Governor

Mr Aftab has been a Consultant Ophthalmologist at the Trust since 2002, has been active in medical politics for last 18 years and has the skills and experience to make a real difference.

The following qualifications have been achieved: MBBS, MRCOphth (London), FRCS (Edinburgh) and a Fellowship in Medical and Surgical Retina (Centre of Eye Research Australia). He is a member of the European Society of Cataract & Refractive Surgeons, American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons,

British and European Association of Vitreoretinal Surgeons, and the American Academy Ophthalmology.

Mr Aftab passionately believes in removing social and health inequalities that exist in our society and wants to positively influence the strategic direction of

travel for our Trust to ensure that in future any change in how we deliver services to local population reduces the health inequalities in our local communities .

Anthonia Nwafor

Staff Governor

Anthonia Nwafor joined the Trust as an International recruit from Nigeria in February 2021 as a Pre-registration Nurse, qualifying as a Registered General Nurse in the UK in April 2021.  Anthonia holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from Ebonyi state University, Abakaliki, in Nigeria.  Anthonia loves providing exemplary care to patients and has a keen interest in supporting new staff especially the International recruits.

Raquel Jakins

Staff Governor

Raquel undertook nursing training in her native Philippines before moving to the UK in 2000.  Raquel has worked at NLaG since 2001 and is currently a Band 6 Staff Nurse in the Intensive Therapy Unit at Diana, Princess of Wales Hospital.  As a nurse you will not be surprised to learn that Raquel’s principal concerns are the provision of safe, high quality services with an emphasis on delivering excellent patient experience.

Corrin Manaley

Staff Governor

Corrin has worked in the Trust for seven years within the Patient Experience team and now the nursing Quality Assurance team.  Corrin is passionate about ensuring patients receive the best quality care in a safe environment, staff are able to share their views and in doing so, feel heard by the organisation.  Corrin hopes that by utilising her experiences and knowledge to contribute to the role it will make a difference within the organisation.

Emma Mundey

Stakeholder Governor - North Lincolnshire Place

I am currently the Head of Contracts for the Humber & North Yorkshire Integrated Care Board and have been working in the commissioning arm of the NHS for over 20 years. My experience spans both contract management and business intelligence and analytics, and I collaborate closely with provider’s and partner organisations across the patch.

Professionally, my ambition is to create strong trusted relationships between all health and social care stakeholders in North Lincolnshire, ultimately driving the best outcomes for patients. My experience and background mean that I am well placed to contribute effectively to the governance of the Trust, and I hope to help wherever I can.  Personally, I’m a local resident of North Lincolnshire, a busy mum of three boys, and a Rugby fanatic including being a Scunthorpe Rugby Union Club Mini Junior committee member.


Stakeholder Governor - North Lincolnshire Council