Meet your elected governors

Middlesbrough constituency

Carolyn Newton

Carolyn Newton

I am a former teacher and headteacher with a long career in working with young people within Middlesbrough.  I have also been a Governor on two school Governing Bodies and understand the contribution an interested and active member can make in improving performance. I see a parallel between education and the National Health Service and would work towards recognising and meeting individual needs within a very large organisation. I retired to care for my late husband during the six years that he coped with cancer. During this time I saw first hand the work of the hospital and observed both excellent treatment and also areas in need of further development.


Ann Arundale

Ann Arundale

I have been a member of the trust for a number of years and have enjoyed the meetings and all the information given to me on the ongoing running of the hospital. I have not been employed in any hospital but my mother, husband and myself have been patients in various wards and have noted the procedure in each case.

I have worked in sales and marketing for many years and am currently a member of the V3A and participate in a number of their groups namely walking, gardening, luncheon and theatre. I am also currently assisting in fundraising for Tees Holistic Centre.


Rebecca Hodgson

Rebecca Hodgson

I am locally born and have lived in Middlesbrough all of my life apart from nine years in the South but the North pull was so strong I returned. I was very interested in being part of the NHS having spent some time myself hospitalised when I was younger. Along with this I attend Tai Chi classes at the Trinity Holistic Centre and have become quite involved with this fantastic resource.

I am a governor for Stockton Riverside College so fully understand what being elected as a governor means. I wanted to be part of this Trust and the development of the organisation to ensure everyone in Middlesbrough and surrounding areas can access this organisation and get the treatment they need.

I also felt I could contribute to the ongoing teaching, learning and research to ensure that effective collaboration is taking place with some of the other leading universities and that this Trust can continue to lead on some important and valuable clinical trials. I have followed James Cook and watched it get bigger, better and offer more and more new and innovative treatments for people which is positive and it is great to be part of that continued development and success.


Jean Milburn

Jean Milburn

As a qualified nurse and lecturer in nursing studies at Teesside University I am a zoned academic for several areas in James Cook visiting the site regularly to meet with student nurses and qualified staff. Originally qualifying in Middlesbrough I have had a wide experience of working within hospital and community settings. Being passionate about the provision of high standard individualised patient care within our NHS trust.


Alison Munkley

Alison Munkley

I was a NHS General Dental Practitioner working in the North East for over 33 years. I also have a history of being a School Governor for two years and a lay-magistrate based at Teesside Magistrates Court for 18 years. I have been a patient myself and very recently have experienced the many highs and a few lows of being a patient, through the eyes of a close relative. I feel lucky to have James Cook so close by. I want it to be the best it can be for myself, my family, friends and community. I have the motive and the time to do whatever I can to help.

Redcar and Cleveland constituency

Allan Jackson

Allan Jackson

Allan Jackson worked for ICI and BP Chemicals for 40 years. During that time Allan carried out various roles where he retired as a senior manager at BP Chemicals in 1999. He has served on various BSI and CIA (Chemical Industries Association) committees and has extensive experience of auditing systems. Allan is has been married for 46 years, has one daughter who is a microbiologist and is 72 years of age.


John Race

John Race

I worked in industry until retiring in 2010. Voluntary work has been a major part of my life after serving over 40 years with the RNLI and was awarded an MBE in 2006. I was born in Redcar and feel able to represent the people of Redcar & Cleveland as a local and approachable point of contact.

I would like to convey pulbic opinion to the Trust and inform the local community about the aims of the Trust. I am thrilled to be able to serve the wider community in a useful manner and be part of planning the future of a large NHS to the benefit of the public.


Jennifer Rutland

I have experience of James Cook from many perspectives. After working for 25 years in Retail Management, I spent a year doing temporary clerical work in a number of departments throughout the hospital. Both myself and my family have attended clinics and have been in-patients at a number of departments at James Cook, including Accident and Emergency. This experience has enabled me to have a comprehensive overview of what happens from the point of view of both patients and staff.


Barbara Hewitt

Barbara Hewitt

I’ve lived in the South Bank  area since birth and I’ve extensive experience of the local NHS as a service user throughout my life. I have experience in serving the local community retiring in 2016 from 34 years on the governing body of St. Peter’s school South Bank, starting as parent governor ending as Chair of Governors. I volunteered at a rape crisis centre in Middlesbrough before its closure due to lack of funding. I’ve also sat on Teesside Magistrates Court Advisory Committee interviewing prospective magistrates for eight years.


Staff vacancy

John Winn

11 years ago I was diagnosed with cancer and was treated at James Cook University Hospital. As a result of these experiences I became involved in the Patient and Carers Group taking a great interest, along with many others, in trying to ensure that patient voices were heard and the high standards of care I received were maintained and improved. I became part of the Peer Review process at the hospital, ensuring cancer services were meeting nationally agreed standards, giving me a valuable insight into the variety of problems facing clinicians. I became a patient representative on the Project Board for the design and build of the Sir Robert Ogden Macmillan Cancer Centre at the Friarage Hospital in Northallerton. This has allowed me to work closely with Macmillan, South Tees Hospital Trust and patients and carers to secure a centre that provides the best treatment options in the most comfortable environment. I am a Patient representative on both the Haematology and Colorectal Expert Advisory Groups.

I served as a Police officer with Cleveland Constabulary for 30 years till retirement in 2012. I am married with two adult sons and have lived locally since 1972.

Hambleton and Richmondshire constituency

Plym Auty

Plym Auty

I come from a medical family and on leaving school trained as a nurse. I subsequently worked for the medical directors in the administration/finance department for 25 years during which time I sat on various committees. Since retiring I have sat as a member of the Ethics Committee and am presently a patient representative, having been both an in-patient and out-patient. I have been Chairman of the local and regional NHS Retirement Fellowship and feel passionately about maintaining excellent medical services at the Friarage hospital and the need to improve all aspects of care. I am also a volunteer with the Great North Air Ambulance.


Janet Crampton

Janet Crampton

I’ve been a governor of the Trust since 2012, first of all as a Hambleton & Richmondshire representative and latterly as the trust-wide voluntary representative through my specific interest in older people’s and dementia services, before being elected to this seat. I draw on my working experience as a Joint Commissioner of Health and Social Care and former policy advisor in the Department of Health. I continually lobby for better patient care and improved patient experience in all NHS services.

As the Hambleton and Richmondshire representative throughout the public consultations for the Friarage maternity unit and paediatric reforms, I attended nearly every public meeting in order to understand local people’s concerns and represent them in governor meetings. Within the Trust I have undertaken a review of complaints after which I became Chair of its independent complaints review panel, a group which ensures patients’ experiences are at the centre of investigations rather than a defensive account of medical practice.

Though I originally become a governor out of concern for local services at the Friarage Hospital, I’ve become satisfied that South Tees genuinely wants to provide good local services, but at times of acute and increasing austerity in the NHS, I believe we must be vigilant to conserve what we have and do everything we can to see continued investment in clinical services across the whole of Hambleton and Richmondshire.


Mike Holmes

Mike Holmes

I have lived and worked in the area since 1975 and would like to continue to put something back into the NHS within the community. I have a deep concern that the NHS provides the best possible, safe and accessible service to all patients.

I have been directly involved in the NHS for 12 years as a volunteer with Yorkshire Ambulance as a Community First Responder providing immediate life-saving care in emergencies. I have also recently retired as a lay member, representing patient views in a wide variety of clinical situations across the North of England, assessing individual funding requests outside standard treatments.

My family and I have had numerous direct contacts with The James Cook University Hospital and the Friarage Hospital as both inpatients and outpatients across a range of specialties. These have helped to provide good insight into the operation of both clinical and support services and where there might be room for improvement.

I believe understanding patient needs and improving service is core to the Trust and after over 28 years in the commercial side of ICI and six years in career counselling I have effectively worked with different functions and different cultures worldwide. I am a developer of people and supportive team member but am not afraid to challenge the status quo.


Graham Lane

Graham Lane

I am a ‘regular’ customer of local health services having been recently diagnosed with a rare, incurable blood cancer. I started (and still run) the North Yorkshire Haematology Support Group almost four years ago to help other patients and carers in similar circumstances to myself, living with cancer, providing information and supporting them through their treatments and side effects.

I have spent 30 years designing and implementing process improvements across public and private sectors as a solution designer (primarily IT solutions).

I live in Northallerton and am committed to improving our local health services and will focus on ensuring that the interests of patients, carers and families are given a loud voice. I will also champion the improvement of local services, resisting any unnecessary centralisation of services unless, of course, such change will improve the quality and providing of healthcare to North Yorkshire and South Tees.


David Hall

David Hall

Having spent 31 years as a Fire Officer, I experienced first-hand the traumatic nature of injuries that people suffer when involved in road accidents, fires and other incidents. The way that medical services deal with these injuries inspired me to work with the NHS on my retirement from the Service. Over the last 12 years, I have been a Non-Executive Director with a Mental Health Trust and, until recently, a Lay Member of a Clinical Commissioning Group and I am currently a Patient Partner on the NHS Citizen Programme.

My work as a member of a CCG Governing Body has given me an insight into the many challenges facing hospital trusts and their relationships with NHS partners. I also hold a professional qualification in Human Resources and have many years’ experience utilising these skills. More recently, I spent five years with the Probation Service, where I supported offenders to make behavioural changes that would help them to avoid re-offending.

Rest of England constituency

Angela Seward

Angela Seward (Lead Governor)

I was an in-patient at the Friarage Hospital in January 2013 and was so impressed with the excellent care and attention I received that I decided to become a member of the South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. I moved to the North East in 2011 from Stony Stratford, Milton Keynes, where we had lived for 32 years.  I was a school governor for 16 years, in primary, middle and secondary schools, during a time of major changes in education, funding and management.

In 2009, I won an award from Stony Stratford Town Council for my work as chair of the Neighbourhood Action Group – a partnership working with Milton Keynes Council, the police and the fire service to create a safer environment for the local community and our schools. During my working life, I held a number of posts, the most rewarding of which was teaching adults with mental and learning disabilities, demanding a high degree of patience, empathy, effective teamworking and good communication.

Patient/Carers’ constituency

Tink Wedgwood-Jones

Tink Wedgwood-Jones

Due to injuries sustained on operational service I have recently been medically discharged from the Army after 17 years of service. I am a freqent patient to many departments within the South Tees trust and as the care given to me is of prime importance to my rehabilitation and recovery I feel it important to contribute to the trust in any way that I can.

The rapid expansion of the military community that uses the trust medical facilities is only going to increase; both my military understanding and procedural familiarity alongside being a regular patient can easily be employed as a facilitator or liaison between the civilian/military communities. I care greatly and passionately about the recovery of injured military personnel and I believe that the continued diligent and effective provision of services delivered by the Trust can be supported and enhanced by having enthusiastic representation.


Staff vacancy

David Bennett

My wife and I have both had a recent and on-going personal hospital experience, which has brought us into contact with The James Cook University Hospital and the Friarage Hospital as both inpatients and outpatients. This has allowed me to interact with staff across a range of specialties and provided me with insight into the operation of both clinical and support services.

I am a former Fire Officer having served with Cleveland Fire Service for 32 years, both on the front line and at Senior Management level, then as Fire Safety Advisor at Durham University. I have a Diploma in Management and can draw on my working experience as a manager looking at performance issues and cost centres. I was also a member of a ‘Community Safety Partnership’, which explored local social issues. I served on the Teesside Probation Committee and on the Magistrates Courts Committee, both committees dealt with the corporate management of their respective organisations. I am currently a member of the Cleveland and Durham Lord Chancellors Advisory Committee on Justices of the Peace.


Staff constituency

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Jonathan Broughton

I have always worked for South Tees and have experienced working in medicine, the community, neurology, stroke and trauma. I have also worked for frontline in accident and emergency – both at James Cook and at the Friarage. Currently I work as a surgical care practitioner in cardiothoracics and am an active member of the specialist nurses forum.
All the areas I’ve worked have given me an insight into the hard work and dedication of all our staff. The trust is successful due to the people who work in it but we are going through difficult and challenging times at present. I will represent staff to the best of my ability ensuring your views and best interests are represented.


Staff vacancy

Steve Bell

Having been part of the Trust for a number of years I have witnessed amazing things and met proud and professional staff who always have our patients at the centre of everything they do. I am a strong advocate for our hospitals, especially the Friarage, and am fully aware of the strains, pressures, and personal sacrifices placed on staff to ensure that our frontline services are maintained.

The environment is very important to me. Through my role in waste, Health & Safety, and from working in Theatres at the Friarage, I know we need there is lots we can do better with our environment whilst ensuring a sustainable future for our Trust. I want to improve our green spaces so that patients and staff can get away and relax, thereby improving wellbeing. And open up new relationships with organisations in the community who can support us with gardens and our quest for cleaner air. I want South Tees to become a ‘gold standard’ nationally.


Staff vacancy

Martin Fletcher

I joined the trust in 1995 having spent the early part of my working life in Her Majesty’s Armed Forces, a time of my life that I look back on with a huge amount of pride. I started my NHS career working initially as an Auxiliary Nurse and have worked continuously for the Trust right up to my current post as the manager for Endoscopy at both James Cook and the Friarage.

As a departmental manager I have always tried to champion the workforce be that in any guise from admin teams to consultants, as I firmly believe the workforce is the Trust’s biggest asset.I will listen to the concerns and ideas of the staff with the ultimate aim of making this an organisation that everyone is proud to call their workplace. I believe managing across sites allows me to acknowledge the differing demands our workforce needs.