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.
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
Maggie held a Governor role for 3 years at University College London Hospital and wanted to make use of this experience now that she had moved into West Sussex.
For 40 years Maggie worked in the NHS as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Sexual and Reproductive Care. In the last 10 years of her working life she also worked as a Psychosexual Therapist and as a mentor for first year medical students at UCL for their ethics and clinical skills.
Recently Maggie has worked for the Friends of the Hospital in their shop and also for PALS doing a patient survey into the discharge process.
Public Governor: Chichester District
Lindy has been re-elected as a Governor having completed her first 3-year term and has been a member of staff at St Richard’s hospital for 35 years, starting in General Nursing and then into Midwifery, from which she retired 5 years ago.
Lindy continued to work a few hours to give her support where it was needed, including becoming a Covid Vaccinator. She feels her dual roles as both Staff and Governor have given her a unique and independent perspective, affording her the opportunity to view the Trust and how it serves the Public.
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.”
Public – East Sussex & Out of Area
Hazel has previously volunteered on an elderly care ward at the Royal Sussex for 6 months and was a hand holder at the Eye Hospital for a year.
Living in East Saltdean, Hazel is a retired secondary school teacher of German and English. She works for Pearson/Edexcel leading a team of Principal Examiners on the German International A-Level paper and enjoys both working in and leading teams, having had experience as a member of the Senior Management at Roedean for eleven years.
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.
Elected staff governors
Staff Governor, Worthing
I am a passionate supporter of the Trust, its staff and the NHS as an institution. I have worked for UHS-West as a physiotherapist for 8 years and specialised in Respiratory and Intensive care, alongside additional work in education and training roles. I have also completed secondments to St Georges in London and most recently to work for Sussex ICS. Over this time, I have worked across a number of departments and met an untold number of patients and staff and my love for West Sussex and its people has been continually reinforced.
I am passionate about the quality of the service we provide here and have always been forward thinking and outward looking to how our AHP services could improve but also how we support our staff in providing the outstanding level of care they are aiming for. My role working for the ICS has given me a great deal of insight into the wider systems working in Sussex and a better understanding of the critical need to work collaboratively as health care providers for the future of our staff and our services.
I believe this unique view of health care provision on top of my committed service to this Trust adds to the value of my voice in the development and delivery of Trust Strategies and Plans.
Joanne (Jo) Norgate
Staff Governor, St Richard’s
My current working role is as a Speech and Language Therapy Assistant Practitioner at Donald Wilson Neuro Rehabilitation Centre. I have worked for this organisation in its previous incarnation, since 1995, I have worked at both Worthing Hospital and St Richards. I have experience in a selection of support worker roles (including Health Care Assistants, Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy Technician) and have seen much change and development within this new Trust.
I feel that patients and staff are equally important for the development and future of the Trust and that I would be an exceptional and well placed candidate to advocate for them, holding non-executive directors to account and those at board level to hear about staff and support their wellbeing. The Trust is at the fore front of everything that I do and I would like to be more activity involved in the future of this amazing Trust.
I have been working for UHSussex 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. UHSussex 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.
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
Cllr. Alison Cooper
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 please use this Microsoft Teams link – Watch Again
- Thursday 18 November: 1 – 3 pm – To watch the event live please use this Microsoft Teams link – Watch Live
- Thursday 17 February 2022: 2:30 – 4:30pm – To watch the event live please use this Microsoft Teams link – Watch Live
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.