Meet your elected governors

Middlesbrough constituency

Yvonne Bytheway

I have experience through working in the care field since 1989 covering all aspects of care, both physical and mental. I am now working at James Cook as a therapeutic care volunteer, visiting patients on various wards. I love this work and find it very satisfying, interesting and rewarding. In this privileged position as a therapeutic care volunteer, I have listened to patients’ comments, most of which are positive and complementary regarding the care they receive from dedicated staff. But there are also some issues highlighted which could be addressed. I hope patients’ thoughts and ideas will be beneficial towards providing an even better service.


Ann Arundale

I have just completed my first three years as a governor at the trust and have enjoyed getting to know the procedure of the runnings of the hospitals.  I have been a patient in James Cook Hospital also my late mother and late husband have been well looked after in the hospital. As a governor we get the opportunity to visit different wards and parts of the hospital and are able to talk to nurses and patients. My working life before I retired was as personal assistant to the managing director of a sales company. For my leisure time I am a member of U3A and organise the gardening club for trips and visiting garden centres I also am a member of three walking groups.


Rebecca Hodgson

Rebecca Hodgson

I have been an NHS governor for three years and as well as attending the quarterly Council of Governors meetings I have offered my services in sub committees relating to the constitution, annual working group foundation, membership and engagement committee, smokefree at South Tees and quality indicators group and just recently attended my first AGM. I was elected and represent Middlesbrough, a town I was born and bred in and feel very passionate about and the people in it, ensuring we all get a great quality of care.

I have seen first hand the hard work from this trust to ensure it sustains and offers the best service it can even in the face of such adversity. As governors we get to see first hand how the trust operates and are able to challenge key staff members on a range of issues. I attend Tai Chi classes at the Trinity Holistic Centre so have been able to experience the fantastic service this centre offers and also contribute towards ensuring this service continues.


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 and 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

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.


John Winn

John Winn

Eleven years ago I was diagnosed with cancer and was treated at The 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, the 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 until retirement in 2012. I am married with two adult sons and have lived locally since 1972.

Hambleton and Richmondshire constituency

Plym Auty

Plym Auty (lead governor)

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

As your governor representative, I was privileged to be invited to join the Clinical Steering Group looking into the future of Friarage services where the extent of national shortage of clinicians and the direct impact it has on district hospitals and the range of services they can realistically offer was made clear. I witnessed the dedication of the medical staff to preserve as much as possible of Friarage services whilst also ensuring the highest standards of patient safety and clinical care. I have served on the governing body for seven years already and taken on additional roles in reviewing complaints procedures, increasing membership, representing dementia and the voluntary sector.


Mike Holmes

Mike Holmes

I have lived and worked in the area since 1975. My family and I have had numerous direct contacts with James Cook and the Friarage as inpatients and outpatients across different specialties, providing insight into the operation of clinical and support services and where there might be room for improvement. I have been an elected governor for three years during which time I believe I have effectively represented patient interests. I strongly believe in the need for a sustainable future for the Friarage as key to the people of Hambleton and Richmondshire. I have contributed to the debate on the future of the Friarage at all stages including formulation, engagement and consultation. I have also been involved in patient drop-in sessions across departments to understand patient needs and encourage positive change across the trust. As a member of the Nomination Committee I have contributed to the selection and appointment of the Chair and three non-executive directors.

I have been a community first responder with Yorkshire Ambulance for 15 years and was previously a lay member assessing individual funding requests for non-standard treatments across the North of England. I believe that understanding patient needs and improving service is core to the trust. Twenty-eight years in the commercial side of ICI and six years in career counselling, has given me comparable experience. I am a supportive team member but have challenged the status quo to ensure that the trust provides the best possible, safe and accessible service to all patients.


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

Emma Vinton

I have been a mental health nurse across the North East and Cumbria since 2002. I was a counsellor in my last NHS role, supporting people through mental illnesses and being lucky enough to share some amazing success stories. By working between primary, community and hospital services I have a broad range of skills and experiences relevant to my role as governor: In 2016 I completed a master’s degree in public health (MPH). This inspired me to become a medical writer and I strengthened my awareness of diseases, evidence-based treatments and clinical research. I later became a peer reviewer with the National Institute for Health Research, advising on the quality and efficacy of new research studies.

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.


David Bennett

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.


Steve Bell

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 and 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.


Martin Fletcher

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.