Council of Governors' meetings are open to the public and anyone can attend. Meeting papers can be found here. For more information about the meetings, please contact Lauren MacIntyre, Trust Secretary, at

  • 13 September 2017: 5:30pm - 8pm, Hinchingbrooke Country Park, Brampton Rd, Huntingdon PE29 6DB

  • 13 December 2017: 5:30pm - 8pm, Conference Hall, Ida Darwin, Fulbourn, Cambridge

  • 25 April 2018: 5:30pm - 8pm, The Fleet, Fletton, Peterborough

Our Governors

Public - Cambridgeshire


Margaret Johnson

I bring to the Council of Governors a wide range of skills and experiences that I have gained over years in the Civil Service and latterly in education. I was my father’s primary carer, looking after his physical, social and financial wellbeing thus having first-hand experience of patient needs. I communicate readily with people generally, medics and patients alike, appreciating various points of view. I am interested in the equitable management of the NHS Trust and I believe that mental wellbeing should be an important aspect. People less able to represent themselves must have a voice. I am keen that carer’s concerns should not be overlooked, that the elderly should be given adequate consideration whilst remembering mental and physical illness strikes all ages indiscriminately. 
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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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Elizabeth Mitchell (Lead Governor)

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.
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Charlotte Paddison 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. 
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Jo Griffin 

My daughter was recently diagnosed with a mental illness, which has made me realise how common mental health issues are. Recent press coverage has also pushed these to the fore. I'm 'of an age' where I realise that I have a huge amount of 'life' experience in my personal life, employment history and hobbies and interests. I wanted to give some time to a charity or public service and prompted by my daughter's recent diagnosis here I am. I am creative, open minded and have excellent people skills. I also have a good understanding of the law and governance issues. I really want to make a difference.

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Sue Marshall

I want to share my experience of helping close family members cope with long term mental health issues and learn more about how mental health sufferers can be helped in the community. I also want to seek ways to improve the treatment of people with mental health problems by educating the general public and discover and discuss potential ways to alleviate the causes of some mental health issues, such as anxiety over being able to pay the bills or school exams.

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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.

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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.
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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.
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Public: Rest of England




Patient: Service users, Cambridgeshire




 Patient: Service users, Peterborough



 Patient: Service users, Rest of England


Xander Sellers 

I believe passionately that service user experience should drive improvements in policy and practice. This requires, above all else, the determination to hear service users' voices and the willingness to encourage and support those who feel that they can't use their voice to find ways to be heard. It is important to be up to date with changes in legislation and in government policy and this is something that I always aspire to do - the role gives me the opportunity to learn about policies as well as the platform to inform policies to improve services for all people struggling with their mental health. I always champion my peers and relentlessly advocate for mental health. As a believer in human rights I want to use the role of governor to challenge stigma and break down barriers and educate the world about mental health making society an easier place for everyone - especially those with mental health difficulties - to exist together.

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Patient: Carers


Keith Grimwade

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.  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.  I am also very interested in Recovery College East, which helps anyone who has received services from CPFT stay on their feet and move forward.  I will do all I can to secure the best possible mental health services for our area.

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Mirka Anderson

I have both professional and personal experience of health services in an ever changing community. I have worked for 20 years as a speech and language therapist in a psychiatric hospital and as a carer for my daughter who has Downs Syndrome for over 30 years. I have an in-depth knowledge of governmental and administrative systems. I also speak fluent Polish and Spanish, which helps me to access diverse communities. My role as Governor helps me to share my experience so that the Trust can continue to improve services.

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Nora O'Shea

'I want to help and support staff deliver best work practice. I want staff to feel valued within their place of work. I want to help staff promote physical health and exercise, In a safe and effective manner. Physical Health & exercise is something that should be equally offered to our staff as it dose our service users. The evidence is there to prove how it helps reduce stress, increase confidence, improve sleep, and much more. Lets start to make a difference in each others lives, and make exercise fun. I will attend meetings to feed back staffs interests and ideas about the organization. Ideas that might make a difference to staffs working day, and any news on recovery improvement.'

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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.

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Sara Sampson

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. 

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Ruth Cloherty

Ruth Cloherty

I have a broad set of skills and experience. I have a background in nursing, marketing, psychology and research. I consider my role within CPFT to be relatively neutral as it spans across both clinical and corporate services. I am also lucky enough to meet the service usersand carers that participate in the research studies that I support. I have an ability to see how knowledge from different disciplines fits together and the potential impact of specific action. This can be useful for planning and problem solving purposes. I am passionate about enabling people through self-awareness and positive psychology. I am also committed to creating value wherever it is possible for me to do so. I am a good listener and am willing to communicate my opinion. I will do my best to serve the Trust (including the staff) and all those that it serves. 

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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 different 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.


Sandra Myers

Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
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Graham Wilson

Cambridgeshire County Council
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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. 

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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. 
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Further information

The page was last updated on 08 December 2017 by Trust.Sec.

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