Who’s who on our Council of Governors

Shahnaz Asghar – Staff Governor – Volunteers and Contractors: Shahnaz Asghar is a volunteer for the Trust supporting a number of departments, plus the Norfolk & Norwich Hospitals Charity.  In 2021 and 2022, she worked as a volunteer to help deliver COVID-19 vaccines and flu jabs to the public.

Bibin Baby – Staff Governor – Nursing and Midwifery:  Bibin Baby works as an Assistant Practitioner on Aylsham Medical Day Unit. He has worked for the Trust for nearly five years and he has seen many changes, improvements and staffing issues whilst being employed at NNUH. He is an active member of the Labour Party and has been for four years. Just recently he has been elected as the Labour Party Branch Secretary for Hellesdon.

Elaine Bailey – Public Governor – North Norfolk: Elaine Bailey trained as a Radiographer, arriving at the N&N Hospital in 1992 and ultimately becoming operational lead for the Imaging Department and taking management roles in other NHS organisations.  Since retiring, she has joined Healthwatch Norfolk as a Trustee.

Erica Betts – Public Governor (Lead Governor) – Breckland:  Erica Betts has worked as an Advocacy Coordinator for Age UK and was Chairman of Breckland Older People’s Forum and Vice Chair of Norfolk Older People’s Partnership.

Greg Bowker – Public Governor – Breckland: Greg Bowker has spent his career in communications and public engagement, primarily working for medical research charities. His wife works in the NHS, his son was born in the NNUH during the pandemic and he has recently been a patient. This makes Greg a passionate advocate for the NHS and acutely aware of the changes needed to improve experiences and outcomes.

Peter Bush – Public Governor – Norwich:  Peter Bush is married with two young children and lives in Central Norwich.  He wants to see patients received the best care as he has some chronic illnesses.

Annie Cook – Public Governor – Norwich: Annie retired from the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital in November 2021 after 21 years where she had been Manager within Postgraduate Education, Cancer Services setting up the Bowel Cancer Screening Programme, and the last 10 years as Career Development Manager.

Brian Cushion – Public Governor – Broadland:  Brian is retired and spent 30 years working for the NHS.  He lived with his wife and family Cambridge and Norwich, working at Addenbrookes Hospital and the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital.  Brian was previously a governor at the N&N between 2014 and 2018, enjoying opportunities to assist the work of the Trust and at times drawing on his experiences as both a patient and employee.

Nina Duddleston – Public Governor – Breckland:  Nina Duddleston is a retired nurse of forty years’ experience in both secondary and primary care. She has lived in Breckland for forty one years having moved to Norfolk as the wife of a serviceman.

Carol Edwards – Public Governor – North Norfolk: Carol Edwards recently retired as Deputy Director of Nursing at NNUH. She has been a nurse for 40 years, 15 years working at the Norfolk and Norwich and Cromer Hospitals. She is married, lives in Corpusty and has three children, one with Learning Disabilities.

Dr Daniel Epurescu – Public Governor – Broadland:  Daniel Epurescu has been part of the NHS for more than 20 years the clinical experience and wealth of my managerial experience will help with the streamline of the decision making process in order to improve and create new health care provisions at NNUH and in Norfolk primary care.

Dr Bruce Fleming – Public Governor – South Norfolk: Bruce Fleming joined the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital as a trainee in Anaesthesia in 1989, before his appointment to the Trust as Consultant in Anaesthesia in 1995 and a commitment to Critical Care for much of his career. He finally retired from NNUH in September 2022, having retired and returned in 2019. He has served as a Parish Councillor in Great Melton for the past 20 years.

Ines Grote – Public Governor – Great Yarmouth and Waveney: Ines Grote qualified as a Chemistry and English teacher, runs her own business as a dyslexia specialist and works as a coach for people with ‘Neurodiversity in the workplace’. She lives near the sea and enjoys walking.

Catherine Hainey, Staff Governor (Nursing and Midwifery): Catherine Hainey has worked at NNUH since 2011 when she started as a newly qualified nurse, becoming a ward sister in 2019. She has worked across a number of wards primarily in surgery.

Jackie Hammond – Public Governor – Broadland: Jackie worked for the NHS across Norfolk and Suffolk for 24 years in quality assurance and clinical and corporate governance. Having a legal background, Jackie also worked for one of the key legal firms in the area of Clinical Negligence supporting NHS Trusts across East Anglia.

Chris Hind – Public Governor – South Norfolk:  Chris Hind has worked in the financial services industry over the last 30 years, and is now able to offer his time and expertise as a governor.  He has lived in Norfolk for over 20 years, having grown up in Norwich as a child.

Tim How – Public Governor – King’s Lynn and West Norfolk: Tim How spent his career in the commercial sector, mainly in retail, as well as seven years as a non-executive director of the N&N.  He is currently the chair of the Norfolk Hospice Tapping House.

Gemma Lynch – Staff Governor – Admin and Clerical:  Gemma Lynch has worked at NNUH for over three years as the Governance Compliance Manager as well as working in various administration roles over 18 years, including 10 years in a disability charity as an Assurance Manager/Internal Auditor, where she was involved in service, training and system design, as well as, compliance/assurance of contracts.

Derek Moncur – Public Governor – Norwich:  Derek ran his own successful business from age 20 in Norwich and moved to USA where he started an Educational Games business.

Alison Thomas – Appointed Governor – Norfolk County Council:  Cllr Alison Thomas represents Norfolk County Council on the Council of Governors.

Richard Wharton – Staff Governor – Medical and Dental: Mr Richard Wharton is a consultant surgeon and his main interests include colorectal cancer surgery, inflammatory bowel disease and anorectal surgery. He was trained at St Thomas’ Hospital, London and then rotated through the south west and north west of London including the Royal Marsden and the Chelsea and Westminster Hospitals.