Meet the Council of Governors

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

Governors are the link between our members and directors; they are responsible for conveying information from the Trust Board to members about affordability, service plans and health improvement initiatives. Our Council of Governors has both elected and nominated governors:

      • Public governors are elected by public members
      • Staff governors are elected by staff members
      • Stakeholder governors are nominatecd by partner organisations including GP providers, commissioners, local authorities and medical schools.
      • Governor documents

    Governor Register of Interests – March 2021

If you want to get in touch with one of your local governors please contact our membership office.

Public governors

Jeremy Baskett - East and West Lindsey

“I will use my many years of both clinical and managerial NHS experience to ensure the public voice is heard.” The next few years will see considerable changes in the NHS local service provision. With increasing demand on services and a tightening financial allocation for both the NHS and social care, we need to ensure continuing closer working between social and health care organisations to protect our local services.

I want to ensure the public voice for East and West Lindsay residents is heard loud and clear within the Hospital Foundation Trust to ensure that the health services we receive locally through the hospital trust are not diluted and that proposed changes to hospital services fully involve local people My wide experience in working in the NHS as a clinician and as a senior service manager has given me a very good understanding of both health and social care services. Also my family are users of the local services so I have first-hand experience.

In my NHS career I have worked in both the hospitals and community health services and been successful in bringing about service improvements and passionate about the public being involved in decision making for their local NHS services. I am a good communicator, which I think is essential for the role together with broad mindedness and a high degree of inquisitiveness. These skills together with experience of managing and understanding NHS and social care finances will help me to ensure local people’s views are heard.

Gorajala Vijay - East and West Lindsey

I am a retired NHS consultant, passionate about health and patient care. I have worked in the NHS for over 42 years and gained vast experience in the delivery of best patient care. I held various senior management positions in the health service, medical education & research and I understand the increasing pressure to improve early diagnosis, treat patients efficiently and reduce hospital running costs.

As a representative of the community, I feel I have a duty to press management in order to improve patient care and I would like to make meaningful contributions to the Trust Board on a strategic level. I have experience of working with a variety of healthcare professionals, as well as experience in clinical governance, and my experience provides me with an excellent opportunity to serve my local community.

Tony Burndred - Goole & Howdenshire

It is my wish to promote ideas and solutions from the local community, patients, Trust members and staff. I believe the NHS to be one of the greatest British institutions and I hope that my non-NHS will bring a new perspective to the Trust’s problems and targets, helping to find fresh solutions with the aid of the community through regular communications.

I am 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. I am a retired NVQ Assessor, internal verifier, former college tutor and a business partner. I am well used to following and applying standards and protocols.

Stephen Price - Goole & Howdenshire

Steve became a public governor so that he could give something back to the NHS which has been there for him all of his life. He devotes his time to ensuring the voice of the public is heard whilst also enabling the NHS to be better prepared in providing the services required as he recognises that times have changed since the NHS was formed, and so have the requirements of patients and staff.

As a retired company director, Steve is able appreciate to the financial aspects and quality assurance of providing a service and has the confidence to hold the executives to account should things falter.

Rob Pickersgill, Deputy Lead 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. He 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 NLaG in particular.

Brian Page - North East Lincolnshire

Brian is semi-retired and has spent the last 24 years of his full-time working life in Senior Management roles in Training and Development, Workforce and Human Resource departments of the local council and latterly the NHS. Brian became a Governor so that he can assist in making ongoing improvements to the quality of provision in the NLaG Trust. Brian currently sits on the Parish Council for New Waltham. Presently he runs a small business involved in supplying training and assessment within Social Care, Health and Well Being which also includes tai-chi and chair based exercise classes. Brian participates in weekly sessions as a volunteer for Older People’s Health & Well Being Collaborative and also the Alzheimer’s Society, and also provides health improvement talks for older people’s groups.

Ian Reekie, Lead Governor - North East Lincolnshire

Following his retirement as North Lincolnshire Council’s Director of Leisure, Ian was appointed in 2008 as a non-executive director of North Lincolnshire Primary Care Trust. Following the abolition of the PCT in 2013 he took on the role as the lay member responsible for patient and public engagement on the governing body of North Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group.

Ian’s principal interests are public/population health and the quality/safety of healthcare provision. He is a longstanding NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) lay member and currently serves on the Quality Standards Advisory Committee. Ian has lived in Cleethorpes since 2012 having previously been a resident of Barton-upon-Humber for over 30 years.

Liz Stones - North East Lincolnshire

Liz was born in Grimsby and worked in the local NHS for 43 years before retiring in 2011. She started her nursing career in 1968 and worked in the clinical field as a ward manager and matron before moving into managerial roles including assistant divisional manager for surgery and critical care and deputy director for patient services at the Diana, Princess of Wales Hospital. After retiring she joined the management committee of CRUSE bereavement care in a voluntary capacity. Throughout Liz’ career, her main aim was always to ensure patient care was paramount. Her managerial role within the Trust has given me the experience within budgetary management, service delivery, managing change, problem solving, clinical governance and meeting local and government targets. Liz feels she has good communication skills, empathy and integrity and strongly believes the views of the service users should be sought in helping determine patient satisfaction and good outcomes. As a Foundation Trust we have the ability to help mold the future for our area and I feel that my experience within the local NHS can help achieve this.

Diana Barnes - North East Lincolnshire

Having previously worked in the NHS in the acute setting and also primary care and has an Ophthalmic Certificate and a Certificate in Nuclear Medicine. This previous experience means that Diana is well placed to understand the different aspects of care where problems can occur and remains very concerned about patient care and the use of allocated funding.

Diana is presently a member of ACCORD which is the local arm of the CCG, which enables her to understand the financial side of funding and how it is allocated. Diana also works part time at the Grimsby College of Higher and Further Education as an invigilator which brings her into contact with both staff and students.

Vacancy - North East Lincolnshire

Kevin Allen - North Lincolnshire

I was born in Kent and went to school in Sandwich. I joined the Army in 1970 and trained as an Aircraft Engineer. During my 23yrs in the Army I served in the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers in the UK, Germany, Cyprus and Northern Ireland. I undertook a lot of sport in the Army, mainly orienteering and Football as a Referee. At the end of my Army career I attained the rank of Warrant Officer Class 2 and as the senior engineer was responsible for the servicing and maintenance of 4 VIP Gazelle helicopters.
On leaving the Army I attended a resettlement course and attained a Diploma in Supervisory Management and the NEBOSH Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety. In 1994 I started employment at the newly built contracted out Prison, (HMP & YOI Doncaster) managed by Serco as the Fire and Safety officer. Over the next 21yrs my responsibilities expanded into the Compliance Officer role, responsible for all aspects on Health and Safety, Fire Safety, Quality and Environmental Management. In 1998 I encouraged the Prison Management to invite an external health and safety organisation into the prison. I produced Fire and H&S policies and procedure to enable the prison to attain over 92% in the British Safety Council 5* safety management audit such that over the next 15yrs the prison achieved the 5* rating 14 times and the British Safety Council Sword of Honour 10 times. In 1999 as part of my Quality and Environmental responsibilities I developed policies and procedures such that the prison attained ISO 9001 accreditation and ISO 14001 accreditation the following year, which were maintained after I retired in 2015.
As a retired person I volunteer at Scunthorpe General Hospital, am actively involved in local Saturday and Sunday League football as a referee. I am a volunteer and runner at Scunthorpe Parkrun and a Run Leader at Scunthorpe & District Athletic Club.

Vacancy - North Lincolnshire

Maureen Dobson - North Lincolnshire

Maureen has 48 years’ experience working as a nurse in the NHS and as a nurse advisor in the private sector providing occupational health and safety to industry. She has seen the changes in nurse training and in hospital management at all levels and departments and having experienced treatment as an inpatient and an outpatient at Scunthorpe, Goole and Grimsby hospitals she can see how things are on both sides of the fence.

Vacancy - North Lincolnshire

Paul Grinell - North Lincolnshire

Paul is a passionate supporter of the N.H.S. nationally and our own Foundation Trust in particular. Paul believes that for the most part, our Trust delivers high quality healthcare to the communities of Northern Lincolnshire and Goole but there is always scope for improvement. Paul believes there are difficult times ahead, with a need to maintain and improve the quality of our care whilst making efficiency savings to keep Trust finances in order. Paul works tirelessly with his fellow governors and the management of the Trust to achieve these joint aims. Paul currently chairs a number of the governor sub-committees and also sits on some Trust committees which deal with operational matters. Paul also enjoys an excellent working relationship with the executive and non-executive members of the board of directors and with the Trust management in general giving him considerable insight into the affairs of the organisation. Paul was delighted to be elected by Trust members in North Lincolnshire for a third term of office in November 2015 and was elected by his fellow governors to the role of lead governor.

Staff governors

Sakkaf Ahmed Aftab - Staff Governor

Biography to follow

Tim Mawson - Staff Governor

As a staff Governor I am passionate about assisting the Trust to provide the best, safest and most up to date patient healthcare.

I have been in healthcare the vast majority of my working life and I am passionate about providing the best possible quality of care to our local community. I believe staff have a pivotal role in ensuring this happens. As a staff Governor I will be well-placed in my working life to relate strategic issues to staff and also communicate the concerns and thoughts of the staff to other Governors.

I am very proud of our Trust and am pleased to be more involved with this excellent organisation as a Governor. Having worked in Radiology for 23 years, the last 13 years being at Grimsby hospital where I manage the General Radiology Department providing x-ray and interventional imaging for the hospital and local community. I have been involved in many large equipment replacement projects and also participate in the Clinical support services Governance and Business meetings. I am Chairman of the Trusts Medical Exposures Committee which oversees all Trusts legal radiation issues. I lead the Radiology national benchmarking scheme which compares statistical information across 100 different Trusts and I am also a voluntary Technical Assessor for the United Kingdom Accreditation Service.

I have attended the United Kingdom Radiology Congress for 5 out of the last 6 years. I communicate effectively at any level and have developed excellent networking skills which will also equip me to be an effective Governor.

Joanne Nejrup - Staff Governor

Biography to follow

Vacancy - Staff Governor

Stakeholder governors

Alex Seale - North Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group

My current role is as the Chief Operating Officer for North Lincolnshire CCG. I started my NHS career as a hospital clinical pharmacist. Following a successful clinical career, I have moved in to managerial roles. I am a highly motivated and dynamic individual with a strong track record of successful achievement in a number of senior manager and director level posts in the NHS. My skills are those of an innovative and a strategic thinker; highly systematic and planned in my approach. My style is that of an effective problem solver, pragmatic and focused on delivery. I have highly developed interpersonal skills and excellent staff management ability as a leader of high performing teams. I have a comprehensive knowledge of NHS and local government policy with its implications upon strategy and policy development within the NHS and wider public sector environment. I have wide and extensive experience of NHS and social care commissioning. I have delivered a number of major transformation programmes, reconfigurations and service re-procurements. I have experience of developing strategy, business planning and external review processes in large, diverse and complex environments. I have significant experience and knowledge of GP commissioning and considerable experience of interagency working which requires the highest level of political skills and diplomacy. My experiences have resulted in highly developed networking skills at regional level.

Eddie McCabe - North East Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group

Eddie McCabe is currently the Assistant Director of Contracting & Performance at North East Lincolnshire CCG. Eddie is a qualified accountant and started to work for the NHS at Scunthorpe Community Trust in 1993 as Financial Manager. In 1999 he moved into commissioning at South Humber Health Authority working on Primary Care Commissioning, transferring to the North East Lincolnshire PCT in Grimsby in 2001.

Eddie has held various senior roles within finance and commissioning, including a period at North Yorkshire & Humber Health Authority, before returning to North East Lincolnshire to work on GP contract development and primary care in 2004. With the development of the Care Trust in 2007, Eddie moved into commissioning taking on responsibility for contracting and finance for both Health and Adult social care. Since the start of the CCG in 2013, Eddie moved to take on the portfolio for finance contacting and procurement adding more recently the performance team into his responsibility. Eddie has a particular interest in training and development, supporting a number of trainees through the years. Eddie is originally from Scunthorpe and lives in the town today.

Stan Shreeve - North East Lincolnshire Council

Elected Conservative member of North East Lincolnshire Council, Cabinet member and Portfolio holder for Finance and Resources. A businessman and accountant, now semi retired, with experience at board level as both CEO, CFO and NED in both private and public sectors. Experience of evaluating, funding, integrating and reorganising businesses, often in a turn round situation. Has worked with venture capitalists and financial institutions. With VC backed Anker, gained considerable experience of pan-European management and reorganisation within a culturally diverse business. Integrated acquisitions and reorganised businesses in most EU member states. Worked for eleven years as a Non Executive Director in the NHS, five years with North Lincs PCT and 6 years as Chair of Audit at NLaG. Married with 3 children, 2 step children and 5 grandchildren.

Vacancy - East Riding of Yorkshire Council

Vacancy - North Lincolnshire Council