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Meet the Council of Governors

Public - Elected

Dianne Hughes

Dianne lives in Emley, and worked for 53 years for the NHS, the last 33 years as the Night Services Matron at the Northern General Hospital in Sheffield.

She has also been involved with Marie Curie Care and Support for over 12 years, no longer nursing but doing voluntary work. She has also been the Coordinator for Huddersfield Street Angels since 2008.

Dianne works as a self employed Funeral Celebrant, and is involved with a number of local committees and church work.

Lynn Moore

Lynn is a retired nurse and midwife from Sowerby, Halifax, and is married with two grown-up children, one living in Queensbury and the other in Egypt.

Lynn has completed teacher training and was a senior lecturer in midwifery at Salford University. 

Brian Richardson

Brian is a retired business consultant/consultant auditor. He has experience of inpatient, outpatient and GP treatment and District Nursing services. Brian is a Practice Health Champion and Patient Reference Group member at Beechwood Medical Centre as well as being an active volunteer for a number of organisations and charities. He lives in Halifax and is a grandfather and great-grandfather.

Kate Wileman

Kate Wileman lives in Calderdale and is a former teacher. She developed and disseminated an education project nationally. Latterly she has been involved in teacher training at Sheffield Hallam University and is now retired.  She is President of the Shibden WI, in Northowram, Halifax.

Rosemary Hedges

Rosemary lives in Luddenden.  She is married with children and grandchildren.

Rosemary is now retired and worked in local mental health services as a clinical psychologist for her entire career.  She wanted to become a governor as she feels she has a lot to offer in terms of understanding the issues facing health services today.

Brian Moore

Brian lives in Longwood, Huddersfield. He is retired after being a sales manager for 30 years and a CEO of a buying group for the catering industry for 10 years. He has been married for over 50 years, and has three children and 12 grandchildren.

He wanted to become a governor to give something back to the community after using the hospitals “quite a few” times.

He says, “The NHS is the world’s best medical and healthcare provider to all from the cradle to the grave but it has its problems. By working together these can be minimised and standards maintained.”

Di Wharmby

Di Wharmby was born and bred in London, but has lived in West Yorkshire for over 35 years.

She is married with two children.  She is now retired, having been in education as a mathematics teacher and an Assistant Head Teacher involving leadership, training, financial management, human resources and research.

She describes the NHS in 3 words: Caring, committed, challenged.  She became a governor because it provides an opportunity to contribute to the work and development of the Trust and to represent the views of the community it serves.

Annette Bell

Annette is from Northowram, and is a retired Home Care manager providing support for people in their own homes.

She became a governor to try to improve services borne out of her experiences when she was involved at length trying to access pain care treatment for her husband. 

Annette says: "My husband and I both have outpatient appointments and everyone is very kind and caring and it is great to see it on that scale.”

Stephen Baines

Stephen is an elected governor in constituency 5, Skircoat, Greetland & Stainland, Elland, Rastrick and Brighouse.

As well as being a governor, Stephen is also an elected councillor on Calderdale Council.

Nasim Esmail

Nasim is originally from Kenya but now lives in Batley. 

She is a Community Member of Locala Community Partnership and helps with their Parents Panel. 

Nasim has done volunteering work in the NHS in West Yorkshire for the last few years.  She is keen to improve services for patients and this is what inspired her to become a governor at CHFT.  

Veronica Maher

Veronica works as a Lecturer teaching Health and Social Care at Kirklees College. 

She qualified as a nurse in 1988, before becoming a qualified teacher in 2001.  Her nursing career led her onto a very diverse career pathway including drug development and training within the pharmaceutical industry.

Veronica’s children and grandchildren happily keep her very busy when she is not working.  To relax she enjoys a good read and a long walk (not at the same time!).  Her favourite get away destination is Ireland.

Veronica’s association with the Trust both as an employee and recipient of services inspired her to apply to become a governor when the opportunity presented itself.

Katy Reiter

Katy lives in Lindley, having grown up in Halifax. 

She runs a Business Consultancy with her husband and in her spare time she enjoys walking her dog and volunteering as a Homechecker for several animal charities. She also volunteers at Stirley Community farm, helping to keep the cows there safe and well! 

Katy says she put herself forward for election as a governor so that in a time of change for the Trust she could help to ensure that patients are at the heart of all decisions and are treated as individuals.

Michelle Rich

Michelle lives in Salendine Nook and is Curriculum Team Leader for Health and Social Care at Kirklees College.

Alison Scofield

Alison is Halifax "born and bred". She describes herself as being enabled by two disabilities.

She went to Huddersfield University where she got a masters degree in Information Systems Management. She now runs her own business as a disabled entrepreneur.

Paul Butterworth

Paul lives in Lightcliffe, Halifax, and was elected as a governor in 2017.

John Richardson

John has lived in Huddersfield all his life, and currently lives in Almondbury. He has three grown up children and three grandchildren.

John became a governor as he is interested in what is going on with his local health services and is keen to feed in his views from a member of the public's perspective.

Staff - Elected

Linzi Smith

Linzi has been employed by the Trust since 2010 as a Clerical Officer in Children’s Services.  She lives locally to HRI and is married with one daughter. 

Linzi wanted to become a governor because she would like the opportunity of giving something back to the staff group she works within, and being able to deliver people’s views on issues what matter to them.

She welcomes the challenge and responsibility and looks forward to learning more aspects of the Trust.

Sian Grbin

Peter Bamber

Stakeholders - Nominated

Felicity Astin - University of Huddersfield

Rory Deighton - Kirklees Healthwatch

Megan Swift - Calderdale Council

Chris Reeve - Locala

Salma Yasmeen - South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Follow the link below to see a map of the Trust's constituencies, and the public governors elected to each constituency.

Map with Council of Governors

Your governors welcome the views of the community to help them develop their own views and advise the policy and aims of the Trust.  If you wish to bring any matters to their attention, you can do so through our inbox "Contact Your Council"