Council of Governors' meetings are open to the public and anyone can attend. For more information about the meetings, please contact Lauren MacIntyre, Trust Secretary, at lauren.macintyre@cpft.nhs.uk

Upcoming meeting dates:

Wednesday 20 June 2018: 6:00pm – 8:30pm, The Conference Hall, Ida Darwin, Fulbourn
Wednesday 12 September 2018: 3:00pm – 5:30pm, Venue TBC

Our Governors


Public - Cambridgeshire

Elizabeth Mitchell 

I am in my second term as Lead Governor for CPFT. I worked for many years in communications in the health service, social services and in medical research and now combine a range of voluntary work with freelance English teaching. I have many years experience as a community activist including campaigning with Rethink to remove the stigma of mental illness. I stood for election as a carer governor because for many years I have been trying to help, understand and advocate for a close family member who struggles with persistent mental illness.  As a governor I will try to ensure that Trust policies reflect the needs of carers who are often vital partners in making things better for people with mental illness.  If you are a carer please contact me with your concerns and/or ideas for improvement in services.
Contact Elizabeth


Margaret Johnson 

I will represent the public by voicing concerns of the vulnerable and unwell who are able to speak up for themselves. 
I am in my third term as a governor; I am a member of the Charitable Funds Committee and the Membership Committee. I have sat various appointment and panels.I communicate well with people generally, medics and patients alike and am able to understand various points of view. I feel that mental and social well-being are important aspects of care, not only for patients but for their families and carers also.I am anxious that family circumstances should be given adequate consideration, 'one size' cannot fit all; it must be remembered that mental illness all ages and stages indiscriminately.
I have a wide range of experience gained in the Civil service and education as well as 'hands on' experience with elderly and end of life care. I was my fathers primary carer responsible for his physical, mental and social needs and three years ago cared for my husband at home during his last weeks of his terminal illness so have experience of patient /carer needs in long term acute situations. I understand the 'long hall' such as negotiating professional care problems as well as the problems of hospital discharge and setting up equipment at home (delivery of beds, oxygen etc and the return when no longer need).
I am persuaded each person receiving care is an individual and must be treated accordingly. 
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Eric Revell

I was Head of Personnel in the university sector before I retired and became a hospital’s Non Executive Director for ten years. I then became a Governor for another ten years at a large teaching hospital. During this time I spent a long time caring at home for my wife who suffered from Dementia, and experienced the good work that the staff were performing despite funding issues. I believe health provision is a right afforded to all people.
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Charlotte Paddison

I'm passionate about good quality mental health and social care services and I would like to use the skills and experience I have to benefit the people in my local communities (Cambridgeshire and Peterborough). My decision to stand for governor is motivated by my experience as a carer for an adult with severe mental illness, and of being responsible for an older person with complex social care needs.I would like to see strong provision of joined-up care for our local community, through better service integration. Timely access to services, a focus on prevention as well as recovery, and services that support young people (and their families) - including perinatal services - are all part of the vision that I will work to support. I am currently a Health Psychologist and Senior Lecturer at Anglian Ruskin University; previous to this I spent eight years working at the University of Cambridge (five years as a senior researcher on studies to improve patient experience in primary care). I have lived in central Cambridge for the last 9 years.
Contact Charlotte


Jo Griffin

I became a governor after attending an event which was organised by CPFT . My daughter had recently been diagnosed with a personality disorder at the time and she is now receiving treatment through CPFT. I often want to moan about the health services so I thought I would get involved and make a difference.
1, I want to recognise and support the role of carers.
2, To develop a method to ensure that 'early warning signs' of difficulties are addressed so that problems don't escalate.
3, To ensure that service users are treated fairly and with respect, remembering that when you are 'ill' you need extra TLC and patience.
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Paul McGhee

I want to help CPFT to become one of the best health service providers in the country and in Europe. I want to support the excellent clinicians, managers and staff associated with the Trust to engage with their supporters amongst the patients, carers and community to support all those suffering as a result of mental health problems. I understand, from personal experience of my close family and my friends, how utterly vital the mental health services are and how important it is for us as a community to support them. We have extraordinary talent and resources in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. We need to make sure that these produce the best possible outcomes for every patient in our region and their families, which can only achieved in a collaborative way.
Contact Paul



Public: Peterborough


Chris York

I am a businessman and political activist who cares passionately about the NHS and the work of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust. As a Governor, I see it as my role to ensure the Trust continues to provide the very best services for patients - and continues to treat everyone who accesses those services with fairness, respect and equality. Mental health services are especially close to my heart because a couple of members of my family have required help and I also have lived experience of mental health issues. I have lived in Peterborough for nearly 20 years and, as the city continues to be one of the fastest growing in the country, I believe it is vital to champion health issues and play my part in helping to shape service provision.
Contact Chris


Helen Blythe

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David Over

Care before Cash.  I wish to meet people’s needs within accurate budget control but recognising that we are dealing with people with feelings. I have lived in the city for 36 years when I taught in local schools. I have been a city councillor for 17 years and have had the honour of being Mayor this year. I, therefore, have a good understanding of the needs of it’s citizens. I hope to bring two main interests to the Trust. The NHS maybe a huge organisation but people want local provision. They want a GP who is close by and in professional accommodation. Treatment can be differently done with home visits by health professions. Secondly, there is a range of treatments. I would like to concentrate upon prevention. To use resources to prevent illness and injury. Just think what a difference has been made with anti-smoking campaigns.
Contact David


Public: Rest of England




Patient: Service users, Cambridgeshire


Robert McCaighey

I Nominated myself as a governor because i care very much about people. I like to go the extra mile to help them out. I like to speak up for people who cannot or will not speak up for them self's. I just want to make this world a little bit better, by helping my fellow man.
Contact Robert



Patient: Service users, Peterborough




Patient: Service users, Rest of England


Xander Sellers 

I believe passionately that service user experience provides the greatest insight on areas needing improvement. I therefore hope that in my time as a governor, more service users will find the confidence to speak out and be and be heard. For this to be a successful initiative, action must be taken on what service users have to say. This, I strive to make happen. Secondly, I believe for more education on mental health is need to break the remaining stigma, and to make society an easier place for all. And lastly, I hope to see more volunteers in the service, for not only do they provide a helping hand for the service users but also themselves  in their well-being.
Contact Xander



Patient: Carers


Keith Grimwade (Lead Governor)

I bring my experience of being a parent of a family member with mental health problems and of working at a senior level in local government as Director of Learning for Cambridgeshire County Council until my recent retirement.  I have a special interest in family support, which has helped me and my family in so many ways.  I have used my skills as a former teacher / trainer to present with fellow carers and CPFT staff a short course for families who are caring for a loved one with an eating disorder.  In my first term of office I worked with fellow governors and Trust staff to implement the Triangle of Care standards, which aim to see carers included, informed and better supported when they are caring for someone with a serious mental health problem.  I have just begun my second term of office and my aim is to support the further development of the Triangle of Care so that carers are embedded in all that the Trust does.  I also want to support other Trust initiatives such as the Suicide Prevention Strategy, and its engagement with schools and education.  I will do all I can to secure the best possible mental health services for our area.
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Mirka Anderson

My interest in becoming a Governor stems from my personal experience, as a carer of my Downs syndrome daughter. My professional experience, as a Speech and Language therapist in a psychiatric hospital for over 15 years. In addition as a carer I am interested in communication improvement and implementation of individual care plans involving the patient the carer and the Trust. Finally as an interpreter my experience of ethnic group ‘issues’ in the rural areas require special attention and consideration of their case managements.
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Nora O'Shea

The reason I became a staff Governor?
those of you who know me are aware of how passionate i am, not only about my role in the CPFT, but how the staff are just as important.
1, I want to provide a much wider physical health and well being throughout the CPFT organisation for our staff.
I want to continue and develop good communications for our staff trust wide, I want to develop links to support my co workers by being the voice for staff.
2,  I want to help develop and improve Equality and Diversity throughout our CPFT organisation. we know each days brings new challenges and at times rewards.We are the ones that know what is needed and where resources lack.
3, Health and Safety, I want to promote and develop good safe work environments and training to colleagues. 
Contact Nora


Becs Manning

CPFT is the best NHS Trust I have come across and I am passionate about the services it provides. I love the innovation and leadership shown by the organisation and am honoured and proud to be a part of a front line team providing CPFT services. My role as a Governor is really important to me, both supporting the Trust in these challenging times and acting as link between the senior team, staff and patients.
Contact Becs


Sara Sampson

I have been employed by CPFT for over seven years working with the Huntingdon Intake and Treatment Team, the Psychological Wellbeing service (IAPT) and currently the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service. I would like to help influence the future of the mental health services we provide in collaboration with the views of those who use and deliver these services. I believe in protecting the rights of vulnerable people in an organisation that is safe, effective and well led and ensuring that the appropriate action is taken where standards are not met. I am enthusiastic, proactive and believe in the great work that we do. I see the difference we make to people's lives and this must be what drives our Trust to be the best it can be. I am happy to be contacted to hear your views and help address any concerns. 
Contact Sara



Appointed Governors


Diana Wood

University of Cambridge

Director of Medical Education and Clinical Dean in the University of Cambridge School of Clinical Medicine
CPFT has important links with the University of Cambridge. The University Department of Psychiatry is an internationally leading centre for research, teaching and clinical practice in most areas of psychiatry and is recognised as a centre of academic excellence. Successful interaction between the two organisations will ensure that CPFT remains at the forefront in all areas of clinical practice and that service users benefit from first class evidence-based care.
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Laura Hunt

Laura has been a police officer for over 20 years with Cambridgeshire Constabulary and has served in many differ uniform roles. Previously she was an Area Commander for Huntingdonshire. In May 2016 she was promoted to Temporary Superintendent and became Head of the Partnerships and Operational Department based at Headquarters. The issues lead, co-ordinated and progressed by this team include Citizens in Policing, Mental Health, Substance Misuse, Positive Action, Taser and PREVENT (counter terrorism).

Within the Constabulary, Laura is responsible for the Partnerships and Operational Support team, Resource Management Unit and Property Officers. She also has responsibilities for the eight-strong cadre of Force Duty Managers (FDMs).

In October 2016, Laura was substantively promoted to the rank of a Superintendent and is remaining in her current post. She is both a Public Order and Firearms Commander.
Contact Laura 


Sandra Myers

my role is one of appointed governor, and I see it as bringing good links to CUH and CPFT. My role within CUH has strong links to CPFT (Director of Integrated Care) and I see my role as appointed governor allows me to support CPFT with a different slant.
Contact Sandra


Graham Wilson

Cambridgeshire County Council
Contact Graham



Lesley Crosby

Peterborough and Stamford NHS Foundation Trust

 I felt very privileged to be asked to a an Appointed Governor at CPFT and am really looking forward to the challenges and experiences this role will bring. I  have worked in the NHS now for 30 years and I am currently the Deputy Chief Nurse at Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. I am  committed to ensuring that all patients receive quality care irrespective of their illness.

The area of work I have focused on in the last 7 years has been around patient experience and ensuring that we learn lessons from complaints, incidents etc. I bring a wealth of experience in this field and am looking forward to sharing this as well as learning about the excellent work CPFT does. My vision for the NHS is to ensure that patients receive seamless care and that all NHS organisations work together to ensure that patients receive the very best care all of the time. 
Contact Lesley


Wendi Ogle-Welbourn

 Peterborough City Council 

 Wendi is responsible for ensuring the needs of Peterborough residents are met, particularly those that are  most vulnerable. She ensures the right services are provided to the right people, by the right people, at  the right time, in the right place and at the right cost.  She makes sure that people are placed at the  heart of everything the People and Communities Directorate does,and that it makes sense to them.  The work of her directorate includes the commissioning and delivery of Adults, Children and Family Services; including education, community and safety, and housing services. 
Contact Wendi





Further information

The page was last updated on 27 April 2018 by Trust.Sec.


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