Meet our governors

 
Public governors
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Photograph of Helen Rose

Helen Rose (Lead governor)

Public governor

Rest of Suffolk

Term: 3
Current term ends: 31 October 2025

Brought up in Felixstowe, I registered as a nurse at Addenbrookes Hospital, prior to bringing up three children and caring for elderly parents.

I have managed a Citizens Advice Bureau and was Community Liaison Officer and then Chief Officer, for a Community Health Council, representing NHS patients and supporting volunteers to monitor local hospitals.

I spent nine years as a governor at a Foundation Trust in the North of England and have also supported patients as a Macmillan trainer.

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Alison Ruffell
Alison Ruffell

Alison Ruffell

Public governor

Colchester

Term: 1
Current term ends: 30 June 2024

I retired as a senior sister in the critical care department Colchester Hospital, in 2019.

As well as ensuring optimum care for both patients and their relatives, I strove to support my colleagues in any way possible.

As public governor I hope to continue to ensure patient safety and staff support, whilst acknowledging budget constraints.

The Trust has been such an important part of my last 25 years and my wish is to continue – albeit in a different and much more diverse way.

 

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David Guest
David Guest

David Guest

Public governor

Colchester

Term: 1
Current term ends: 30 June 2024

I graduated as a biologist and have worked as a Pharmaceutical and Healthcare analyst, with a particular interest in Microbiology and Epidemiology.

My market research background enables me to gather feedback from my fellow residents and Trust staff, while I am well positioned to perform governance roles having had a career in senior management including Strategy, Finance and Operations in the financial sector.

I work in the voluntary sector for Citizens Advice and other local charities.

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Photograph of Caroline Bowden

Caroline Bowden

Public governor

Colchester

Term: 2
Current term ends: 31 October 2025

I worked as practice manager at Colne Medical Centre, Brightlingsea, for 20 years, before retiring.

I have subsequently worked on a short-term basis as practice manager at West Mersea Practice, to cover for maternity leave, and Tiptree Medical Centre.

Married with two boys and living in Hythe, I have worked in the NHS for 30 years within general practice.

I am the chair of a charity which builds schools and libraries in Malawi.

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Vacant

Public governor

Colchester

Term:
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Photo of Harvey Crane

Harvey Crane

Public governor

Ipswich

Term: 1
Current term ends: 31 October 2025

I have recently retired after 38 years in the civil service, where during my employment, I worked as a regional welfare officer,  in HR and was also a trade union representative.

I have also been a local councillor in the Ipswich area.

 

 

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Photo of Mayuri Patel

Mayuri Patel

Public governor

Ipswich

Term: 1
Current term ends: 31 October 2025

I am an accountant and have worked at the Ipswich and Suffolk Council for Racial Equality for the past 14 years. I also support the family run local shop in Priory Heath, Ipswich.

I am Vice Chair of the Ipswich Hindu Samaj, Chair at Ipswich Gujarati School and Trustee at Faith and Spirituality Network Suffolk. Nationally, I also sit on the Hindu Forum Britain’s Steering committee for Environmental Management for Climate Change.

I also work with several other community groups including the Ipswich and East Alliance Multicultural – Inequalities Forum and the #WhatAreWeMissing? Group.

 

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Photograph of Tim Newton

Tim Newton

Public governor

Ipswich

Term: 2
Current term ends: 31 October 2025

I am a volunteer ambassador in Ipswich for the Public Health Collaboration, a national charity established to help address the current obesity and diabetes epidemics, through the promotion of healthy lifestyles and nutrition.

A keen runner, I have qualified to run for the England Masters’ marathon team.

 

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Photo of Peter Sadler

Peter Sadler

Public governor

Ipswich

Term: 1
Current term ends: 31 October 2025

Since retiring I have been involved in various charity roles; Trustee of the Dacon Trust, volunteer organiser for MacMillan and campaigns ambassador for Cancer Research.

Before retiring, I worked as a Principal and Chief Executive in Colleges of Further and Higher Education. I was also the main Board Director of the Association of Colleges and a school governor.

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Photograph of Elizabeth Smith

Elizabeth Smith

Public governor

Rest of Essex

Term: 3
Current term ends: 30 June 2024

I represent the people of the Rest of Essex and, in particular, the people of the Tendring peninsula.

I have experience in healthcare management and quality improvement, in which I previously held a national role.  This background has given me the confidence and ability to work effectively alongside the trust Board, staff groups and the public.

I enjoy local and long-distance walking, reading and the theatre, as well as spending time with my family, I also belong to a number of local organisations.

 

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Photograph of Jane Young

Jane Young

Public governor

Rest of Essex

Term: 2
Current term ends: 30 June 2024

I started my career in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office but had to leave my job on my marriage.

I was then a merchant banker but didn’t work when my children were small, other than volunteering.

I spent many years in and out of hospital as my eldest son had acute lymphoblastic leukaemia and my youngest one was born two months prematurely.

After qualifying, I was a staff nurse at Ipswich Hospital and then, in the local community.

My final years were spent as a temporary staff nurse in day care at a local hospice.

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James Gilbert Chung
James Gilbert Chung

James Gilbert Chung

Public governor

Rest of Essex

Term: 1
Current term ends: 30 June 2024

Now retired, I spent my adult life working in hospitals and health care establishments.

I held appointments in training, managerial and administrative posts within the NHS. I have also served with H.M. Forces – Royal Army Medical Corps.

I live in Brightlingsea  and served two terms as a public governor for Tendring at Colchester Hospital University Foundation Trust.

I believe patients’ voices are crucial and contribute to the measures the Trust must follow to achieve its aspirations to be the safest in the country.

 

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Photograph of Barry Wheatcroft

Barry Wheatcroft

Public governor

Rest of Essex

Term: 2
Current term ends: 31 October 2025

Married with two children, I began nursing at the former West Bromwich District Hospital, before moving into residential care home management with my wife, at Essex County Council.


Roles followed at East Suffolk County Council Social Services and Suffolk County Council Architect’s department.


A qualified chiropodist, I have volunteered for St John Ambulance and Borough Ambulance Service and was appointed as a Magistrate in 1990.


I was a public governor for Tendring at Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust and am a recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for public service.

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Photo of Martin Nixon

Martin Nixon

Public governor

Rest of Essex

Term: 1
Current term ends: 31 October 2025

I have recently retired after 32 years as a Consultant in the computing industry and lived in Suffolk and Essex for most of my life.

 

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Photgraph of Gillian Orves
Photgraph of Gillian Orves

Gillian Orves

Public governor

Rest of Suffolk

Term: 2
Current term ends: 30 June 2024

I have been a patient at Ipswich Hospital for over 40 years and a volunteer for over 20.

I am passionate that the patient’s voice is always heard and have sat on many groups, as patient representative, over the years.

As a governor, I always strive to bring the perspective of the patient to the forefront in decision making.

I am involved with the ESNEFT Patient Panels and also sit on the Patient and Public group of IESCCG (Ipswich and East Suffolk CCG).

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Trevor Catlow

Public governor

Rest of Suffolk

Term: 1
Current term ends: 30 June 2024

Before moving to Suffolk 6 years ago, I lived in the Midlands area as a company director for 8 years running a small company. I then joined a national company and worked in middle management for 22 years during which I relocated to Suffolk. I have much experience in trouble shooting and senior management.

 

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Photograph of John Alborough

John Alborough

Public governor

Rest of Suffolk

Term: 3
Current term ends: 31 October 2025

I have been a volunteer at Ipswich Hospital for nearly 48 years and was Chair of Hospital Radio Ipswich for the previous three years.

Based in north Suffolk, I have a keen interest in the work of the Trust as a whole and serve on the Charity Funds Committee and Chair the Membership & Engagement Group.

I have been hugely impressed with the Trust’s handling of COVID-19 and the collateral effects on routine healthcare needs.

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Photo of Peter Coleman

Peter Coleman

Public governor

Rest of Suffolk

Term: 1
Current term ends: 31 October 2025

I am retired service engineer, having worked in Telecommunications and IT. I have also been a Board Member of Suffolk Link and became a member of Suffolk’s Health Scrutiny Committee.

I have been a Suffolk Carer Governor for Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust previously and also been involved with Healthwatch Suffolk, the Integrated Care Academy and the Co-Production Hub.

 

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Staff governors
Photograph of Isaac Ferneyhough
Photograph of Isaac Ferneyhough

Isaac Ferneyhough

Staff governor

Colchester

Term: 2
Current term ends: 30 June 2024

I have worked for the NHS in Colchester for nearly 30 years in a variety of clinical roles, including as a support worker, porter, Operating Department Practitioner and for the last 11 years in the Head of Moving & Handling. My role is to try and improve safety for staff and patients.

I have also spent 15 years engaging with the Trust working as a steward with the staff-side trade unions. I have championed a partnership approach rather than an adversarial one and I am the former staff side chairman.

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Photo of Emma Blowers

Emma Blowers

Staff Governor

Colchester

Term: 1
Current term ends: 31 October 2025

I have worked within both acute and community divisions of ESNEFT and former NHS organisations in Suffolk and North East Essex since 2008.

I work closely with wider system partners, local families and voluntary services to co-produce services and thrive on integrated models of care. I have also undertaken voluntary and charity work within our local community.

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Photograph of Pride Mukungurutse

Pride Mukungurutse

Colchester

Term: 2
Current term ends: 31 October 2025

I have worked at Colchester Hospital since 2014 as a diagnostic radiographer and am currently Pathways to Diagnostics practice placement manager.

I am co-vice chair of the EMBRace network which offers a forum for support and a safe space for staff from ethnic minority backgrounds to share knowledge, skills and experiences.

I am a cultural ambassador, a role that enables me to sit as an equal member of the decision making panel in disciplinary and grievance processes, identifying any biases or discrimination and bringing these to the attention of the panel for consideration in the decision making process.

I am a reverse mentor in the Trust’s reverse mentoring programme, which partners senior level staff with junior members of staff facilitating conversation on Equality, Diversity and Inclusion.

 

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Photo of Abhijit Bose

Abhijit Bose

Staff governor

Ipswich

Term: 1
Current term ends: 31 October 2025

I have worked for the NHS for 30 years and have developed an extensive knowledge of experience within the healthcare system.

I also volunteer for the Citizens Advisory Bureau and am the point of contact for difficulties encountered when accessing NHS services.

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Allison Weston

Staff governor

Ipswich

Term: 2
Current term ends: 30 June 2024

My role includes working with head and neck cancer and plastic surgery patients; and line management of staff. I am extremely passionate about the development of new roles; and encourage and facilitate staff to maximise their potential. I strongly believe that communication and regular staff contact is the key to the retention of skilled and dedicated colleagues.

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Gemma Bourne
Gemma Bourne

Gemma Bourne

Staff governor

Ipswich

Term: 1
Current term ends: 30 June 2024

I’m a therapeutic Radiographer and I’ve worked at Ipswich Hospital for the last 13 years and love my job caring for the patients of ESNEFT.

I am also a Staffside representative for the Society of Radiographers, deputy chair for the Joint Union Committee and secretary for the SoR Eastern region.

I wanted to become a staff governor to enable me to hold the Non-Executive Directors to account at committee meetings and to raise issues and concerns of all staff to the chair of governors.

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Stakeholder governors (Essex)

Daniel Tweed

Stakeholder governor (Interim)

Garrison

Term: 1
Current term ends: 30 August 2025

 

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Photograph of Sam Glover

Sam Glover

Stakeholder governor

Healthwatch Essex

Term: 1
Current term ends: 30 June 2024

I was the Dental Public Health Program Manager at Public Health England and was appointed Chief Executive of Healthwatch Essex, having been on the Board for eight years, in 2020.

I have nearly 20 years of experience working in health & social care in hospitals, the community – both private and NHS – and in primary and secondary care.

I have a keen focus on embedding lived experience into the community to help influence change.

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Photograph of Carlo Guglielmi

Carlo Guglielmi

Stakeholder governor

Essex County Council

Term: 2
Current term ends: 30 June 2024

A father of three, I ran the main village shop and post office in Lawford, Manningtree, between 1982 and 2018.

I was elected on to Tendring District Council in 2007 and I am currently Deputy Leader. I am also responsible for Finance, Resources and Corporate Services.

I was elected by Essex County Council in 2013 and hold the position of Chairman of the Development and Regulation Committee. In addition, I have an active role on the People and Family Overview and Scrutiny Committee.

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Vacant

Stakeholder governor

Tendring District Council

Term:
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Photograph of Sara Smith

Sara Smith

Stakeholder governor

Anglia Ruskin University

Term: 1
Current term ends: 30 June 2024

Born and raised in Essex, I trained as a midwife, following the birth of my three children, after being inspired by the exemplary care I received from my community midwife, and the team at Colchester Hospital.

Having worked in all areas of maternity care, I am now a midwifery lecturer at Anglia Ruskin University, in Chelmsford.

I have a particular interest in the provision of antenatal education, as well as the importance of medicines management within maternity care.

Part of my role at the university is supporting midwifery students who are training within ESNEFT.

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Stakeholder governors (Suffolk)
Photograph of Mary Rudd
Photograph of Mary Rudd

Mary Rudd

Stakeholder governor

East Suffolk Council

Term: 1
Current term ends: 30 June 2024

I am the Cabinet Member for Community Health on East Suffolk Council, for whom I represent on the ESNEFT board.

A councillor for almost 20 years, I was a councillor on Waveney District Council before its merger with Suffolk Coastal Council.

I have lived in Lowestoft all my life and, prior to being a councillor, worked in a chartered accountants office in the town.

My husband and I enjoy the town and surrounding area as does my family.

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Vacant

Stakeholder governor

University of Suffolk

Term:
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Photograph of Rebecca Hopfensperger
Photograph of Rebecca Hopfensperger

Rebecca Hopfensperger

Stakeholder governor

Suffolk County Council

Term: 1
Current term ends: 30 June 2024

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