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.


Paul Fogarty

Paul Fogarty

I was a Cleveland police officer for 30 years, retiring in 2000. The last five years spent in the training school teaching computers. On retiring, I went to work at a local college as a computer teacher until in 2003 I returned to Cleveland Police, first teaching computers, then as an e-learning designer. This hospital has given me so much, I would like to help by giving back as much as I can.


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.

Redcar and Cleveland constituency

Graham Fawcett

Graham Fawcett

I am now semi-retired but have a wealth of experience of local industry and I have worked in the NHS for over 20 years. Currently I am a registered volunteer for Mind the mental health charity. I am also a member of the Teesside Stroke Group and a registered member of the national Stroke Association.


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.


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

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 first became an elected governor at South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in 2017. I served for a three year term, consistently representing the views and interests of Hambleton and Richmondshire residents. Over the years I have challenged the board and executive officers on many issues. One of my most significant and fulfilling achievements was serving as the patient representative on the project board for the feasibility, design and subsequent build of the Sir Robert Ogden Macmillan Cancer Centre at the Friarage Hospital. I am chair of the North Yorkshire Haematology Support Group for patients and families living with blood cancer across North Yorkshire and Teesside. I am a volunteer for Macmillan Cancer Support, acting as a local fundraiser and patient support worker. I am married with three grown up children and have lived and worked in the area nearly all my life. I am strongly committed to finding a sustainable future for the NHS in our region and in particular at the Friarage and Friary hospitals.


Nigel Puttick

I grew up in Teesside and have always had a strong family connection with the area. After qualifying from medical school and working around the UK and overseas, I returned as consultant anaesthetist in 1987 and worked in all the Middlesbrough hospitals. As chief of service for theatres and anaesthesia I worked closely with trust management and led the expansion of theatres and staff at all levels. I strongly supported the Friarage, increasing the number of consultant anaesthetists and undertaking on-call work there.  I retired from medicine in 2014 but have kept a close interest in all aspects of healthcare and strongly believe in our local services.


Sue Young

Sue Young

My background is in nursing both in hospital and the community. As a hospital nurse, I worked in A&E and general medicine in several hospitals. Latterly I worked as a health visitor in Richmond, Hutton Rudby, Great Ayton and Stokesley areas.

My many years working as a health visitor, gave me a good insight into the health needs of communities, both rural and urban, and of the importance of liaison between primary and secondary care. I think this joint experience of nursing in the community and in hospitals is a useful background. I have also recently joined my GP’s patient participation panel.

Rest of England constituency

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/Carer constituency

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.


Elaine Lewis

I have been associated with The James Cook University Hospital for many years and three generations of my family have been patients in the hospital. I have previously been a governor for two terms. Whilst a governor I worked every Tuesday for  four years on ward 34 as an NHS therapeutic volunteer. This gave me a practical insight into the day to day running of the trust. I attended many board meetings as an observer to better understand the working of the trust. I shall continue to take an intelligent interest in the working of the trust and aim to diligently promote the best interests of the patient/ carers within the trust.


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.