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Meet the Council of Governors

Jennifer Beaumont

Jennifer Beaumont is a self-employed occupational therapist, case manager and intermediary working with vulnerable adults. Her passion for equality and adult safe-guarding has driven her to include work as an inclusive design assessor for the Civic Trust and specialist adviser and compliance inspector for the Care Quality Commission. She is a registrant member of the Health and Care Professions Council. She lives in Lindley, Huddersfield, is married with two children and her interests include orchid-growing, classic cars and caravanning.

Public - Elected

Staff - Elected

Stakeholders - Nominated

Public - Elected

Rosemary Hedges (Lindley and the Valleys)

Rosemary Hedges

Rosemary is now retired having worked in local mental health services as as clinical psychologist for her entire career. 

She became a governor as she felt she had a lot to offer in terms of understanding the issues facing health services today.

Rosemary is married with children and grandchildren.

Lynn Moore (North and Central Halifax)

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. 

Dianne Hughes (South Huddersfield)

Dianne Hughes

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

Dianne has been involved with Marie Curie Care and Support for a number of 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.

Brian Richardson (Skircoat and Lower Calder Valley)

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.

Brian lives in Greetland and is a grandfather and great-grandfather.

Alison Schofield (North and Central Halifax)

Alison Schofield

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.

Alison is currently the Lead Governor.

John Richardson (South Huddersfield)

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.

Paul Butterworth (East Halifax and Bradford)

Paul Butterworth

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

Brian Moore (Lindley and the Valleys)

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.”

Veronica Maher (North Kirklees)

Veronica Maher

Veronica qualified as a nurse in 1988, and became 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 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 in 2016.

Donald Rodgers-Walker (Calder and Ryburn Valleys)

Donald Rodgers-Walker was elected to the Council of Governors in 2018.  He lives in Walsden.

Jude Goddard (Calder and Ryburn Valleys)

Jude was elected as a governor in 2018.

She runs her own company specialising in leadership and organisational development, having started her career as a Probation Officer in Kirklees.  She has also been an Exec Director in NHS Strategy, Commissioning and Planning.

Jude facilitated a leadership programme at the Trust and thought it was such a good organisation she wanted to stay involved by becoming a governor. She says she loves the sense of belonging and the people that she meets, and she admires all the work the Trust does and the staff that do it.

Christine Mills (Huddersfield Central)

Christine Mills was elected to the Council of Governors in 2018.

Stephen Baines (Skircoat and Lower Calder Valley)

Stephen Baines

Stephen is an elected governor for constituency 5_Skircoat and Lower Calder Valley.

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

Nasim Esmail (North Kirklees)

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.  

Annette Bell (East Halifax and Bradford)

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.”

Sheila Taylor (Huddersfield Central)

Sheila was elected as a governor in 2018.

Staff - Elected

Peter Bamber (Doctors/dentists)

Peter Bamber

Peter is a Consultant Anaesthetist at the Trust.  He became a staff governor in 2017.

Sian Grbin (Nurses/midwives)

Sian Grbin

Sian is a Staff Nurse on the Children's Ward at Calderdale Royal Hospital.

She was elected as a staff governor in 2017.

Linzi Smith (Admin/Managerial/Clerical)

Linzi Smith

Linzi has been employed by the Trust since 2010 as a Clerical Officer in Children’s Services. 

She was elected as a staff governor in 2017.

Stakeholders - Nominated

Felicity Astin (University of Huddersfield)

Felicity is Professor of Nursing and Applied Health Research at the University of Huddersfield.

Felicity Astin - University of Huddersfield

Salma Yasmeen (South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust)

Salma Yasmeen - South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Salma is Director of Strategy at South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.

Megan Swift (Calderdale Council)

Megan Swift (Calderdale Council)

Megan is a Labour Councillor on Calderdale Council.

Chris Reeve (Locala Community Partnership)

Chris Reeve - Locala

Chris is Director Corporate Affairs and Company Secretary at Localal Community Partnership.

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The publicly elected governors are shown next to the constituencies they've been elected from; the staff elected governors are shown in the staff group they were elected from and the stakeholder governors are shown under the logo of the organisation they have been nominated by.

A short profile of each of the governors is also shown below.