New Governors elected for Norfolk's biggest hospital trust

Fifteen local people have been elected to represent the views of patients and public at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital NHS Trust.

They will be part of a new Council of Governors which will oversee the provision of hospital services.

David Prior, Chairman, said: “We are delighted to welcome our first elected Governors who will be the voice of local people and staff, helping us to decide the shape of hospital services in Norfolk in the future.”

The fifteen public Governors are drawn from across Norfolk and Waveney and were elected under the single transferable voting system by up to 6,400 local people who have joined the Trust as members. The turnout in the public Governor election was 53%.

In order of election:

  • Norwich – Annabel Kennan, Prof Alan Camina, Tim Townshend
  • Broadland – Dr Trevor Plunkett, Margaret Gurney, Gill Webster
  • Breckland – Prof Ken Hobbs, Fee Sharples, Mandy Timmins
  • South Norfolk – Nicholas Brighouse, Trish Phillips
  • North Norfolk – Dr Jayne Cooper, Philippa Allen
  • Great Yarmouth and Waveney – Ines Grote
  • West Norfolk – Stephanie Powell

And hospital staff and volunteers have also been voting for their Governors with six staff Governors also being elected by the Trust's staff across a number of professions:

  • Medical – Dr Rob Harwood
  • Admin and Clerical – Margaret Somerville
  • Contractors and Volunteers – Brian Matthews
  • Nursing and Midwifery (2 seats) – results available on 16th April
  • Clinical Support – results available on 16th April.

Four Governors are also being appointed from local partner organisations:

  • Norfolk County Council – Councillor Daniel Cox, Leader of the Council
  • NHS Norfolk – Caroline Rivett, Non-Executive Director
  • University of East Anglia – Professor Bill Macmillan, Vice-Chancellor
  • District Councils – Councillor Ann Steward

Over the next few months, NNUH is being assessed by Monitor, the independent regulator for NHS Foundation Trusts. It will be authorised as an NHS Foundation Trust in May if Monitor is satisfied that all the criteria for authorisation have been met.

The Trust is still actively recruiting for more members to ensure that local people have a say in local services. To join, either go online at or ring 0870 707 1628 for a membership form.

For further information on the election go to

Public Governor profiles:


  • Annabel Kennan, trained as an RGN nurse who has worked at the Middlesex and Stoke Mandeville hospitals and Priscilla Bacon Lodge in Norwich.
  • Prof Alan Camina – retired UEA mathematics professor who has been active on the council of two national charities
  • Tim Townshend – a lawyer, and supporter of the NHS and its ethos.


  • Dr Trevor Plunkett, retired GP who spent 30 years working locally and cares passionately about the NHS.
  • Margaret Gurney, trained as a SRN nurse, in 1975, at Whipps Cross Hospital, a former sister at Cromer Hospital, and a Parish Councillor.
  • Gill Webster, nursed in London and Lebanon before training as a journalist and active in the local community with numerous charities.


  • Prof Ken Hobbs, retired Consultant Surgeon and Professor of Surgery at The Royal Free Hospital, London.
  • Fee Sharples, RGN nurse trained at St Thomas’ Hospital, worked at Wayland Hospital, and established a care business.
  • Mandy Timmins, born and brought up in Norfolk, ex-police officer, passionate about healthcare.

South Norfolk

  • Nicholas Brighouse, retired Chartered Accountant and was for 10 years vice chairman of the James Paget Healthcare NHS Trust.
  • Trish Phillips, Chartered Physiotherapist who believes that the most important person in any organisation is the patient.

North Norfolk

  • Dr Jayne Cooper, a GP who works in Holt and believes Foundation Trust status can help our hospitals make the most of the skills of staff
  • Philippa Allen, trained as a nurse at Addenbrooke's Hospital, and is passionate about good old-fashioned nursing care.

Great Yarmouth and Waveney

  • Ines Grote, her priority as a governor is to ensure the highest standards of hygiene are maintained.

West Norfolk

  • Stephanie Powell, a firm believer in the NHS who aims to ensure that the Trust conducts itself for the public's benefit.

Staff Governor profiles:


  • Dr Rob Harwood, consultant anaesthetist who believes the success of the Trust depends upon harnessing the talents and support of staff.

Admin and Clerical

  • Margaret Somerville, 19 years clinical and managerial experience, trained as a RGN nurse and holds an MSc in Health Policy and Practice.

Contractors and Volunteers

  • Brian Matthews, a volunteer with the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital who used to work for the National Blood Service.

Nursing and Midwifery (2 seats)

  • Results available on 16th April

Clinical Support

  • Results available on 16th April.

Wednesday 26th of March 2008 09:00:00 AM