Kevin Boyle ►
Public Governor Reading
I am delighted to have been elected as a public governor for Reading and very happy to contribute my skills and to help represent the interests of members and the public.
I have lived in Reading for over forty years and my background includes working as an industrial chemist . Latterly, I worked as a management systems auditor, in many different employment sectors, in the UK. Previous to this, I was a schoolteacher and a Berkshire County Councillor.
I am passionate about the NHS and I have been an RBH patient, so have knowledge as a service user. I have a keen interest in the needs of the Trust’s employees and the co-ordination between local Social Service and the Trust, especially of the elderly.
Bet Tickner ►
I am delighted to be elected as public governor for Reading. I have, like so many in Reading, been a patient, fortunately not too often, but I am very aware how important a well-run and caring hospital is for the town and beyond.
I have a strong interest in health and wellbeing and intend to take part in ward visits and seek patients’ experiences as well as attend governor meetings. I will continue as far as I can to represent the concerns of our community and to make sure the town and the hospital work together as good neighbours.
Jonathan Barker ►
I’ve been a Public Governor for Reading for 1-1/2 years now and have felt honoured to be elected and to be able to ‘give back’ to the community in this way. Being even a small part of the Berkshire Healthcare system is a most rewarding experience.
My background is in Telecommunications and Electronics. I have over 40 years experience in management, engineering and technical training positions. My working experience has included much overseas travel worldwide. This has led to a deep understanding of people, local environments and practices. This has enabled me to appreciate differing points of view and to build effective liaisons
I’m a member of the Institute of Engineering & Technology (MIET) and enjoy sailing, amateur astronomy, swimming & walking. I have two grown up children who were both proudly born at the RBH, and two grandchildren. I am married to a Bavarian lady and we have lived happily in Reading for over 38 years.
I am keen to hear from anyone in the Reading area if they feel the need to feedback about their experiences with the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust.
Michael Garman ►
I came to Reading in 1971, to take up a lectureship in the University of Reading. I lived first in Woodley, and subsequently in Earley. My wife Katie is Malaysian Chinese and delivered our two boys at the Maternity unit at the Royal Berkshire Hospital (RBH). My engagement with the RBH came through teaching Speech & Language Therapists in the University, with input from Specialists in General Pathology, Paediatrics, Ears, Nose & Throat (ENT), Orthodontics, Audiology, Neurology and Speech & Language Therapy Clinicians. I retired in 2005 and continue to live in the area and to use the local GP and hospital services in our Community. I became a Public Governor in 2017.
Tony Lloyd ►
"As a local member of the public I value the importance of having an efficient, forward thinking District General Hospital in the area.
Mr Jonathan Ruddle ►
Public Governor, Wokingham
Lynda Taylor ►
I have been living in Bracknell for nearly thirty years. I settled here in 1988 because I had returned to the UK after living and working in Ontario, Canada for fourteen years, and I was about to start a new job as a senior environmental scientist for the Water Research Centre. In 1997 I decided to leave environmental consultancy and gradually moved into Adult Social Care. I worked for Bracknell Forest Council for thirteen years and undertook assessments of clients, providing them with occupational therapy and social support.
I have been a member of RBH NHS Foundation Trust since before the facility at Brant’s Bridge became available and I have attended Trust meetings and lectures over the years. Now that I have retired, I am very keen to participate more in the work of the Trust and to work for the benefit of the local community.
I have worked in a professional capacity for forty years and supported elderly parents and parents-in-law through their last years of life. I will do my best to make a useful contribution to both the Trust and the community which it serves.
John Bagshaw ►
Mrs Alice Gostomski ►
Public Governor, West Berkshire & Borders
After moving to South Oxfordshire in 2008 it was necessary for me to attend the Royal Berks for treatment. During this time I joined the then Patient Panel. After a year or so I became the Patient Representative on the Diabetes Governance Committee which I have now served on for the last eight years. I have also been one of the speakers on Health Care Assistant’s induction courses and to junior nurses on their specialist ‘diabetes days’. Locally, in South Oxfordshire, I have been a Councillor on the local Parish Council for some 3 years.
My professional background is that of a Consulting Civil/Structural engineer having been joint Senior Partner of a consultancy practice and during that time I was involved in the design and construction of various health projects including general hospitals.
Ms Jennie Ford ►
Jennie Ford represents the Federation of Berkshire East CCGs including Bracknell & Ascot, Windsor Ascot & Maidenhead and Slough. She Is Practice Manager on the board of Bracknell & Ascot CCG, Chair of the Performance Review Group and in her day job, Practice Manager at Sandhurst Group Practice.
Her interest is very much around the treatment of patients and the smooth transition with secondary care as needed. The joint working of primary & secondary care services together for the good of all the patients is a must for the future of the NHS.
Ms Wendy Bower ►
Wendy began her career as a nurse more than 30 years ago and has worked in London and Acute hospitals across Berkshire and Surrey. She was a senior lecturer for Critical Care Nursing with Thames Valley University mainly teaching registered nurses in Intensive Care, Coronary Care and Accident and Emergency in order for them to gain additional qualifications but also had some teaching responsibility for student nurses.
More recently she has been a non-executive director firstly with Wokingham PCT and latterly with NHS Berkshire serving both East and West Berkshire. She has particular interests in Quality and Patient and Public Involvement and sees these taking an ever developing and crucial role in the CCG.
Councillor Graham Bridgman ►
Victor Komora ►
I am the partner governor for the Alliance for cohesion and racial equality (Acre) that was established in 2012, following the merger of Reading Council for Racial Equality (RCRE) and the Sakoma (Togetherness) BME Forum. The core function of Acre is to promote ‘Equality & Community Cohesion’ in Reading and is the lead organisation for delivering the Local Authority’s Narrowing the Gap ll Strategy: 2.3 Support for Marginalised Communities. I joined RCRE in 1999 as Immigration Caseworker before being promoted to Deputy Director and Casework Supervisor prior to managing Acre.
Acre and partners have a ‘Community Champions’ group to promote ‘Health and Wellbeing’ in particular Mental Health, Cancer/Prostrate Cancer, Suicide prevention/awareness, Diabetes and the impact of Female Genital Mutilation in minority/marginalised communities. Rose Centre (Reading) also support survivors, and promote education around the practice of FGM. More recently I have been the lead in relation to the setting up a multi-ethnic/cultural Men’s group called “We, Men” which explores men’s role in society, issues affecting men, and provides Peer-peer support.
I am married to Zainab, have two children Namina and James, and a grandson Mason-James.
Councillor Ruth McEwan ►
Prof. Adrian Williams ►
I am the Partner Governor for the University of Reading and Professor of Pharmaceutics in the School of Pharmacy and the Research Dean for Health at the University. In this role, I am responsible for supporting and growing research across a wide variety of academic disciplines and, in particular, encourage collaborative work with colleagues in the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust. I also supports research partnerships across the broader region, including with Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust, the Oxford Academic Health Sciences Network, commercial organisations and charities as well as through the Thames Valley Clinical Trials Unit, a tripartite initiative between the University of Reading and our two NHS trusts. Whilst my main interests focus on research for improved health outcomes and co-production of research studies with health care professionals and patients, I have a keen interest in the broader future plans and developments within Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust.
Councillor Jennifer Cheng ►
Partner Governor for Wokingham Borough Council
I am a borough councillor for Southlake ward in Woodley on Wokingham Borough Council and I was appointed as a Governor at Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust.
Elaine Dowding ►
John Crossman ►
I have now been working at the Royal Berkshire Hospital for 15 years. My work takes me around many of the departments across the Trust. By talking with staff, my aim as Staff Governor, will be to represent staff interests and concerns at committee meetings. I am very keen that we maintain high standards, and support our dedicated staff to deliver the same excellent treatment to everyone, such as that experienced by my friends and family here at the Trust.
Nursing/Midwifery Vacancy ►
Staff governor for Nursing/Midwifery
Ify Egbuniwe ►
Medical/Dental Governor ►
Staff governor for Medical/Dental Governor
Pam Lynch ►
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Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust
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