Our Council of Governors acts as a link between University Hospitals Sussex members and the Trust Board. It promotes active membership, represents local views and stands as a ‘critical friend’ to the trust. It also appoints – and decides the remuneration of – the Trust’s Chair and the Non- Executive Directors, and approves the appointment of the Chief Executive.
University Hospitals Sussex has 11 elected public governors, five elected staff governors and five appointed governors.
Some of the public and staff positions are occupied by governors elected to the Western Sussex Hospitals council. The others will be filled by elections during the early part of 2021-22.
Elected public governors
Public Governor and Lead Governor: Arun District
“I am a busy Mum to 3 girls and following a 40 year career in “technology” as a business owner and senior manager, I retired and was invited to be a Governor at the Trust. I have held this role for 18 months and have been the Lead Governor for the last 6 months. With little NHS knowledge, I have been volunteering on a weekly basis on a ward at St Richard’s hospital, which has really increased my knowledge of the challenges for patients, staff and the Trust in general.
We are a group of 27 Governors from varying backgrounds but all with a love for the NHS. Our main role is to be a critical friend to the Trust (a link between the public and the Trust) and to hold the Non-Executive Directors (NEDs) to account. We are extremely lucky in that the Trust is hugely supportive of the Governors and the role we play and we enjoy a very transparent relationship. There is real commitment from both the Executive Team and the NEDs to ensure we are kept informed of proposed changes and are involved in many of the innovations the Trust are deploying such as Green Initiatives. The Trust does not stand still which makes it an interesting place to be involved in.
It’s a fabulous, complex, creative, vibrant place to be involved in and completely addictive. I really look forward to continuing my role and supporting this “Outstanding” Trust.”
Public Governor: Adur District
“After a working life in scientific, management, senior management and consultancy roles, I retired in 2005 at the age of 60.
Since then I have served on Adur District and Worthing Borough Councils in a voluntary role as Independent Member on the Standards Committee alongside elected members.
Having been born at Southlands Hospital and a Shoreham resident I became a member of the Foundation Trust from the outset and subsequently offered myself for election as a Governor.
I was pleased and honoured to be elected and will do my utmost to support the Trust and represent the members’ best interests.”
Public Governor: Chichester District
“I have been a member of staff at St. Richards’ hospital for 30 years, starting in General Nursing and then into Midwifery, from which I retired last year. However, I have returned to work a few hours ‘on the bank’ to continue to give my support where it is needed.
During my Midwifery career I have held senior posts in the community, on the labour ward as a Coordinator, as a Ward Manager and also as a ‘Supervisor of Midwives’.
Throughout these roles I have been proactive in facilitating, motivating and nurturing my colleagues in attaining their professional competencies, responsibilities and to feel proud to be contributing to this hospitals achievements and up holding its’ reputation.
These experiences have given me a greater understanding of the need to genuinely listen to people in order to appreciate their own prospective and incorporate a broader vision of ideas and common objectives. This will enhance my ability to actively and constructively consult with and challenge if necessary, the Board of Governors, when the Board are setting strategy and directing the work of the Trust.
It is because of these experiences that I feel I can bring many skills and above all an open mind to the role of Public Governor as I wish to be instrumental in not just maintaining the Hospitals good reputation, but also in furthering this achievement.
I felt extremely privileged when I was elected as a Public Governor.”
Public Governor: Chichester District
I am a Chartered Engineer with 35 years’ experience in the Offshore Oil and Gas industry. My early years were spent working on projects with a team of Engineers and Technicians on the development of designs for clients. As my career developed, I became a Senior Manager responsible for multi-discipline engineering teams and finally Director of Engineering. Being responsible for personnel did not only cover their job description, it sometimes included being a mentor to help them through a difficult period in their personal life outside the office. This can be very challenging. The responsibilities also included representing the company in the Government’s Young Enterprise Scheme. I worked with local schools helping students prepare for university and employment on completion of their studies. The companies Graduate Training Scheme was an interesting part of the work and involved visiting universities to select suitable applicants for the engineering disciplines. I worked offshore and overseas for a number of years, mainly in Norway, USA and the Middle Eastern countries. This period was very interesting and involved working with multi-national teams. Meeting and working with teams of people throughout my career helped me develop my listening skills so that I could consider other people’s solutions to problems and not just focus on my own proposal. Therefore, the experience I could bring to the Board of Governors would be my years spent working as a team member, with people in various scenarios and the capability to consider all solutions to a problem.
Public Governor: Worthing District
My name is Pauline Constable, I have lived in Worthing for 31 years. I recently retired from the Education Department of West Sussex County Council, where I was responsible for children’s safeguarding, through children’s school attendance and exclusion. I have volunteered with The Citizens Advice service and I am a Governor at Davison High School for Girls.
I and my family have experience of the Hospitals’ services either as patients or carers. We have always had excellent care and I am keen to help ensure that the Trust retains its “Outstanding” status.
Working with children and families I have developed strong communication skills that I believe will enable me to make a contribution to the work of the Trust as it faces the challenges of the future and to represent the views of the community.
I would particularly want to focus on:
– Supporting the Trust in improving the health and wellbeing of our community
– Improving communications between the Trust and patients and carers
– Helping ensure that the Trust delivers the best possible services to the people of Worthing
– Hold senior managers to account for their decisions through active participation in the work of the Council of Governors and the Trust.
As part of my work I have had contact with care professionals across the NHS. I believe I have a wealth of experience to bring to the role of Trust Governor and to the Trust and Community.”
(Appointed Governor) – out-of-area (including East Sussex)
“I was governor of WSHT from 2012/2015, and have continued on the Membership Committee, running events and seminars. I am very much “hands on” as a governor, I have volunteered at the hospitals during our busy times, and take the time to get patients opinions.
Having run my own business, starting in Care Homes it has grown through hard work, vision and re-investment. I am well placed to be a strong contact for the members and public.
My experience encompasses working for Mencap where I facilitated a campaign called “Treat me Right” raising awareness of learning disabled patients in the NHS. Following this campaign hospitals have been mandated to appoint a lead nurse for these patients. I have been a Registered Manager with The Care Quality Commission from 2006-2009 for The Queen Elizabeth Foundation.
I am skilled at taking an overview and working backwards from budget to ensure that the business is as efficient as possible allowing maximum re-investment benefiting patients and staff. I am keen to promote information technology’s positive benefits within the NHS.
I am a longstanding member of the Trust, attending seminars, workshops and have enjoyed meeting many other passionate foundation members, patients and staff. I truly believe that I have much to offer and would be delighted to work as a governor with the Trust.
Most importantly, I am a positive person, I always take an interest in individuals, their opinions and their experience of the service matter.”
Public Governor – Brighton and Hove
I am Frank Sims and after a lifelong career in the NHS as chief executive for hospitals and community Trusts I want to repay that experience by supporting UHS deliver excellent care every time. I worked in Brighton as general manager for women & children and was part of the amazing team that brought the Alex to the County site.
I have maintained my relationship with the hospitals as Trustee of the Sussex Cancer Fund, supporting the great work of the cancer centre. I have also registered as a volunteer to help in other ways. It is incredibly important that all voices are heard when deciding on the best healthcare.
I have championed inclusivity and equity throughout my life and have seen the benefits of openness and codesign to really make a difference. I would continue that passion as a governor. I have a good local network and am plugged in to the community, particularly vulnerable individuals, with my work with Mind.
My family have used both adult and children’s services and I am personally forever grateful for the care I received as a patient.
The role of a governor is important in supporting UHS move forward and improve lives. I want to represent local views, bring my experience and connection with the hospitals and stand as a critical friend to the Trust to help UHS deliver great care for all its patients.
Public Governor – Brighton and Hove
For the past 7 years, after running our local branch of Age UK, I have been Chair of Healthwatch Brighton and Hove, the statutory independent watchdog on health and social care. I have participated and raised issues at strategy meetings at BSUH and carried out patient studies: including long waits in A&E, delays in cancer and planned treatments and people’s experiences of end of life care.
By constructively challenging the status quo and suggesting improvements I believe I have significantly contributed to patient care. Covid has dramatically changed health care: remote consultations, long delays in the treatment of nonurgent illness with enormous pressure on front-line staff. It has however provided an opportunity for the citizens of our city, whom I do my best to represent at influential meetings (HOSC, HWB), to voice their views on the future.
I have working experience in both health and social care. I understand how the whole system could and should work for the benefit of all patients. Having managed big organisations, I understand the importance of supporting staff, improving their job satisfaction. Their wellbeing is a priority for me as it directly contributes to good patient care.
If I am appointed I want be able to continue to have an impact on the shape of future health provision in our city. These are challenging but exciting times with our new hospital and a new enlarged Trust and I would relish the chance to contribute my knowledge, experience and energy.
Public Governor – Horsham
I am passionate about supporting the National Health Service: its Patient-First Patients, Management, Staff. I grew up near Haywards Heath, attended Hurstpierpoint College, then Oxford University reading English on a Scholarship (First Class Honour Moderations, MA).
My ‘connection’ with the NHS began when, aged 4, I was operated on and spent 6 months at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Sick Children. I worked for 10 years in London at a multinational City reinsurance business, specialising in Health Care (Hospitals and Physicians); leaving as Director to set up a national correspondent company in the USA, for 15 years based in New York and Seattle. Returning to live in Mid Sussex, I acted as Carer for family members and supporter of Brighton charities. For 6 years preceding Lockdowns I was Volunteer Patient Ward Visitor at, for 6 months, Worthing Hospital, then RSCH, making 1250-1500 patient bedside visits a year across all wards and units.
Consequently I have learned a huge amount about the public’s interaction and inter-relation with the NHS. My assigned areas at the County Hospital: Barry Building, Dementia (BSUH training), A&E/AAU, ICU/HDU, Millennium, Tower, Courtyard, Cardiac, Renal, Eye. My other roles: Major Incident, BSUH Oral History, NHS70 ‘The Laughing Poet’ TV interview, Discharge Team support, RSCH Chapel organist, Choir, HELP recording, Music on the Wards, Small Acts of Kindness, Friends.
During Lockdowns I have been networking with, advising, supporting, unassigned NHS Volunteers, and 5 days a week included in a ‘Bubble’ at a Private Residential Retirement and Nursing Care community.
Public Governor – Mid Sussex
I am standing to be a Public Governor of the University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust because I believe that the people who come under the enlarged area of the Trust should have grass roots representation at the Board of Governors and be able to hold the Trust Board to task through the offices of the Non-Executive Directors.
I live in East Grinstead and know what its like to be on the outer edge of Sussex, where we are often left out. I have never worked for the NHS but understand its workings from past experience when I was a Governor at the Queen Victoria hospital, where I took a keen interest in quality and governance.
Elections will be held to add two new governors from Brighton and Hove and two from Mid Sussex, and to fill a vacancy in the Horsham area created by the retirement of the current representative.
Elected staff governors
Dr Anna Mathew
(Associate Governor) – Worthing
Dr Anna Mathew has been a Consultant Paediatrician at Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust over the last 20 years, and is based at Worthing Hospital. She is a Fellow of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH).
Dr Mathew works with children right across the age range from newborns to adolescents up to their 18th birthday, and has a special interest in children with respiratory and neurological problems.
She also has a special interest in Medical Education and obtained her MA in Medical Education from the University of Brighton in 2009. She regularly mentors 6th form students in their bid to apply to medical schools, and is involved in training and educating the full range of medical professionals, covering medical students, postgraduate doctors, GP’s, nurses and allied health professionals.
Dr Mathew is also the Chair of the Membership of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health Clinical Examination (MRCPCH Clinical) and was the Chair of the Diploma in Child Health (DCH) Board for the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health and sits on its Examinations Executive. She has led and participated in the postgraduate examinations of the RCPCH, both in the UK and internationally on several occasions.
Dr Mathew was a Governor in one of the local independent schools for 3 years relinquishing this role in around 2017.
Staff Governor, St Richard’s
Hello, my name is Ryan De-Vall. I am Principal Speech & Language Therapist for Acute services at SRH and Worthing hospitals. Since 2013, I have been privileged to lead a dedicated team of therapists who strive to put our patients first. Leading and supporting colleagues is integral to my professional role, by teaching and supervising as part of a multi-disciplinary team, and also by advising and communicating with patients and carers.
As one of only 6 elected staff governors, I aim to provide an active and constructive contribution to the development of our Trust. I attend our Council of Governors meetings to represent the views of staff, provide feedback and hold directors to account. Excellent communication between staff and the Trust Board is crucial at a time when the NHS has never been under more scrutiny. Within the wider health economy, we are moving towards more connected acute and community services.
Being outstanding is something we can be proud of, and we must work together to continue to build on our achievements. There is always room for improvement, and by listening, we can learn from what can go wrong too.
I am an enthusiastic, fair and diplomatic person who has a strong sense of what needs to be done. As a staff governor, I try to ensure that colleagues feel valued and supported. I am committed to developing and delivering high quality services for our patients.
I have been working for WSHT for four years now. I started as a Macmillan Clinical Support Worker and have recently taken over the role of Macmillan Information and Support Manager. I am also a long-term patient myself so I see things from both sides. Western Sussex Hospital Trust is a community of which I am exceptionally proud to be a part of. I am passionate about our outstanding trust but also about supporting and representing the patients whom we look after. I have lived in Worthing all my life so I understand that the trust is important not only to its patients and staff but also to the wider community as a whole. Being able to represent that as a member of the council of Governor’s would be an exciting, challenging but also fulfilling opportunity.
I believe we should all be proud of our trust and community and I am thrilled to have the opportunity to be part of the council of Governor’s, helping to support positive change to the benefit of staff and patients alike.
Staff Governor – Royal Sussex County Hospital
I have been a registered nurse for 30 years and in that time have worked in clinical care, regulation and a series of nursing leadership roles. Last year I returned to clinical practice in the Emergency Department at RSCH and remain as passionate about excellence in patient care as I did when I first began training.
I know great care can never be achieved without staff of all grades and job roles having a strong voice that can be heard at the most senior levels and as the staff representative Governor for RSCH I commit to do that for you. I have previously led diverse clinical and non-clinical services and believe I can give a rounded view that goes beyond the boundaries of nursing or emergency care.
I will commit to finding ways to engage with people across the hospital to ensure I listen to what is important to all of us; this will guide my role on the Council. I know that the best outcomes are achieved by working together and driving improvement as a team and I would work positively and constructively within the Council and with the Trust Board on your behalf.
The creation of UHS is a fantastic opportunity and the RSCH team must be a cornerstone in how that develops. My previous leadership experience blended now with being part of a direct patient facing team within the hospital will provide you with that strong voice that is rooted in the everyday experiences of us all.
Staff Governor – Princess Royal Hospital
Having joined the NHS as a volunteer at the start of the pandemic I soon joined the team full time as a Porter before progressing to ast duty manager. I’ve worked at RSCH and PRH sites on many specialised departments. Prior to joining the NHS I ran my own award winning pub and restaurant and prior to that I had been in the motor trade as a manager for over 30 years. I have a good mentoring nature and also have a background in training and health and safety. I feel my varied skill sets would be of a benefit to the board.
Elections will be held to add one additional staff governor representing colleagues at the Royal Sussex County Hospital and another for the Princess Royal Hospital in Haywards Heath.
appointed by Brighton & Hove City Council
appointed from the trust’s inclusion groups
appointed from the voluntary sector (Age UK)
Professor Katherine Galvin
appointed by the University of Brighton School of Nursing and Midwifery
Cllt Mike Magill
appointed by west Sussex County Council
Our governors are typically involved in many areas beyond their statutory duties, such as:
- Holding constituency meetings to communicate with members
- Representing the views of members to the Trust Board
- Developing and reviewing the membership strategy to ensure representation and engagement levels are maintained and increased as appropriate
- Working with hospital volunteers
- Giving talks to interested stakeholders
Council of Governors Meetings
Trust members and the public are normally welcome to attend our regular Council of Governors meetings. Unfortunately, these can’t be held in-person during the Covid-19 pandemic so we are broadcasting live video coverage for anyone to watch on Microsoft Teams. A link to the live feed will be posted on this page before each meeting.
Meeting dates for 2021/22 are as follows:
Venues to be confirmed
- Thursday 20 May 2021: 12:30 – 2:30pm
- Thursday 19 August 2021: 1 – 3 pm – To watch the event live please use this Microsoft Teams link – Watch Live
- Thursday 18 November: 1 – 3 pm
- Thursday 17 February 2022: 2:30 – 4:30pm
Agendas and associated papers are added to this page one week before each meeting.
To make sure our decision making is open and transparent, all governors and Trust Board members must declare any business interests they have and any positions of authority they hold in a charity or voluntary body in the field of health and social care, or any other body contracting for NHS services.
This is to make sure any conflicts of interest are clear and can be managed according to our constitution.
University Hospitals Sussex governors’ interests
- Read our register of governors’ interests for 2019-20 (opens a PDF)
- Read our register of governors’ interests for 2020 – 21 (opens a PDF)
Governance information previous to April 2021
University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust was established on 1 April 2021 through the formal acquisition of Brighton & Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust (BSUH) by Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (WSHFT), which then changed its name to reflect its new status.
Governance information about BSUH including Board papers, annual reports and meetings can be found on the bsuh.nhs.uk website.
The same information about University Hospitals Sussex during the period in which it was known as WSHFT can be found on the westernsussexhospitals.nhs.uk website.