Readers of Pulse may recall that in the last issue Ian wrote an article about his experience as a Governor. He was an encyclopedia of knowledge about the Trust’s constitution, NHS legislation and all other matters relating to the role of a Governor. He was always present at Trust membership events, usually manning the entry door and welcoming guests. As the Governor representing volunteers, he never failed to remind the Council of their role in the Trust and the value of their contribution.
He will be greatly missed not only by his Governor colleagues, but also by a huge range of people both inside the hospital and out in the community. Along with his Governor duties Ian worked as a volunteer in the cardiology department at the Royal Berkshire Hospital – a role he continued for over 15 years until his final illness. He also devoted much of his time to supporting the work of local charity Heartbeats, after suffering a heart attack himself some years ago.
Reflecting on Ian’s commitment, long time fellow governor, Deborah Sander, told us: “Being in a new Foundation Trust back in 2006 the Governor role wasn’t clearly understood. Ian’s knowledge of the Trust’s constitution and tenacity in helping others to understand it was fundamental in those early days in establishing and building relationships between the Board and Governors – something I believe was a pretty major achievement.”
Ian really was larger than life in many ways and we shall all miss him greatly.