Three new public governors have been elected to the Council of Governors at Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust.
Dr Gorajala Vijayasimhulu, a retired NHS consultant, Tony Burndred, Chair of a local support group and Vincent Garrington, a commercial manager from the hospitality industry were uncontested in the recent elections.
One vacancy remains in the North Lincolnshire constituency with elections set to take place again in November.
Dr Vijayasimhulu will represent the East and West Lindesy constituency alongside Jeremy Basket who was re-elected to his position. Mr Burndred will represent the Goole and Howdenshire constituency and Mr Garrington has been elected to the North Lincolnshire area.
Governors are the link between the Trust and its members, there are 24 in total; a mix of public governors, who are elected by the public, staff governors who are elected by staff and stakeholder governors who are appointed by partner organisations.
Dr Vijayasimhulu is a retired NHS consultant who is passionate about patient care and believes his experience of working with healthcare professionals at all levels will help him in his new role. He has previously worked for both Scunthorpe and Goole hospitals.
He said: “I worked in the NHS for more than 42 years and gained vast experience in the delivery of patient care. I held various senior management positions including in medical education and research. I understand the increasing pressure to improve early diagnosis, treat patients efficiently and reduce hospital running costs. I am keen to serve the community and would consider it a great privilege to serve as a governor.
Mr Burndred is Chair and founding member of the Men in Sheds group for Goole, a support group for older men who want to get together and stay active, both physically and mentally and to share and learn new skills, and is also a retired NVQ assessor and former college tutor
He said: “Believing the NHS to be one of the greatest British institutions, I will be approaching my new role from a non-NHS background, bringing a new perspective to the Trust’s problems and targets and helping to find fresh solutions.”
Mr Garrington is planning to use his strong commercial skills from the private sector in his new position. He has worked in Hospitality Management and Development for over 25 years and has been a project lead for the past seven years in several major developments worth around £40M+.
He said: “The NHS has become an iconic global institution envied by many across the world. Its modern day pressures could never have been anticipated by its founding pioneers.
“With the forthcoming increase in Government spending on the NHS I want to get a better understanding of the day-to-day challenges faced by the Trust and to understand what it is that the constituents of North Lincolnshire want from a modern health service and whether these expectations can be met.”
The Council of Governors is responsible for holding the Trust Board to account and for representing the views of members. It is chaired by Trust chairman, Anne Shaw, and meets four times a year with the meetings open to the public. You can see all of the governors on the Trust website at www.nlg.nhs.uk/about/membership/governors/