Julia Bennett – Public Governor (Hackney)
I’m a great fan of the Homerton - my children were born there and staff have twice nursed me back to health from illnesses. Every hospital needs support to improve further, so I’d like to continue as a governor. I work in policy with public health, councils, colleges and charities and bring a good understanding of performance management and business improvement. As a governor I’ve advised on the care environment and services and I’m now helping appoint new Trustees. As a Hackney resident of 30 years, I’d welcome the chance to continue to support the hospital.
Ahmad Bismillah – Public Governor (Hackney)
As a governor I work to improve links and trust between the foundation and the community. As a Hackney born and raised resident and worker, I have strong ties to many communities and believe that we can hold the Trust more accountable.
I have spent a total of two weeks at Homerton - when I was born and secondly when I was 10 spending a wonderful week in the care of the excellent staff at Starlight ward. 16 years later, I hope to listen to your concerns and represent your views to give local residents a real say in improving services.
Neil Burgess – Public Governor (Hackney)
I’m a photographer’s Agent and market bookseller living/working in Hackney 35 years. I’m married, with four children all born at the Homerton. After an early career in public arts, I moved into journalism, now I sit on the Board of two international not-for-profit artists and authors Collection Societies. I believe the NHS is Society’s greatest creation and it must be protected from the privatizers and nurtured by our community. The Trust has to provide the best care and support to everyone in our community, but it should also be a powerful voice informing and helping to shape public opinion.
Penny Crick – Public Governor (Hackney)
I strongly believe in the value of local representation and participation in the governance of our health services. I have lived in Hackney for 39 years. My family and I have been cared for by Homerton Hospital for both emergency and specialist services over all this time and we all feel we have a valued relationship with the hospital.
Having trained and worked in the NHS as a Clinical Psychologist, with experience in out-patient, in-patient and Primary Care mental health services, specialising in psychotherapy and organisational services in my training and work at the Tavistock Clinic. As Clinical Director of the London Clinic of Psychoanalysis for 14 years, I have first-hand experience of listening to and consulting with service users and clinical staff.
I would like to use my personal and professional experience in an active way to represent the interests of the local community in scrutiny of Trust activity. I have a keen interest in the future of the NHS and serious concerns about inequalities in health and wellbeing, and the impact of Government policy on provision of health care for all.
Nafisa Patel – Public Governor (Hackney)
For the past two decades I have lived and raised my children in Hackney and have first-hand experienced the services provided by the Homerton staff who have nursed me, my wider family and community members back to health on many occasions.
With comprehensive experience introducing Digital Transformation in Local Government and Higher Education sectors, I bring with me Strategic, Financial, Homelessness and Social Housing expertise gained over 20 years Local Government and my board level engagements with Registered Social Landlords.
As a governor, my aim is to make Homerton an even better hospital of care with the highest standard of clinical care for patients, a good place to work for the staff and deliver a joined up service between the Hospital, community services and GP services whilst supporting Homerton team achieve it strategic ambitions.
Saleem Siddiqui – Public Governor (Hackney)
I am a retired chemist and have latterly worked in journalism and research.
As a public governor, I am passionate about healthcare and during these challenging times I believe residents require someone who’s willing to scrutinise in a constructive manner to ensure the resources go where they are most needed. This includes holding the Non-Executive Directors to account.
I have the time and commitment as well 24 years’ experience gained as a Hackney Councillor, during which I also served as Mayor twice. I am honoured to continue to serve you.
In 2013 I was honoured to receive Freedom of the Borough from Hackney Council in view of my contribution to community services in Hackney.
Christopher Sills – Public Governor (Hackney)
I am a Public Governor with a 100% attendance record, who believes that good hospitals must always try to improve themselves, whilst controlling costs, including purchases of supplies Medicine is changing and it is vital that the Homerton is prepared to adopt fresh thinking to tackle illnesses like cancer and diabetes, whilst not neglecting things common to Ethnic Groups As a former Hackney Councillor I believe that more must be done to work with Councils and Charities to improve health in general and mental health in particular The Homerton must be prepared to access charitable funds for improvements.
Samantha Tulloch – Public Governor (Hackney)
I have been a resident of Hackney for over 15 years and have been both an inpatient and outpatient recipient of services provided by Homerton University Hospital. With my background in business improvement, transformation, project management and business change, I am keen to use my expertise to help the Trust achieve its forward plan and become the best it can be and provide the best services possible for local residents.
Jo Boait – Public Governor (City)
I am a Barbican resident, working at board level as a Corporate Governance professional in the financial services industry. As a Public Governor for the City of London, my role is to represent the interests of members and the public and help the Board ensure that this highly rated hospital continues to be a key facility for the local and wider community.
In February 2020 I was elected to be Lead Governor by my fellow Governors and am using my experience to facilitate the development of a structured framework that should ensure that it is clear how the Governors fulfil their statutory duties and comply with good governance practices.
James Torr – Public Governor (City)
A non-practising solicitor and, since 1992, City resident, I have been Chair of the City of London Parents’ Group and a Trustee of the Barbican Playgroup and of the Friends of St Giles’ Cripplegate.
I was a HUHNHSFT Governor from 2007/2010 where I followed my book, Is there a Father in the House? A handbook for health and social care professionals (Radcliffe Medical Press, 2003), with a project providing information and support to fathers attending antenatal services.
During this term, I would like to address men’s health inequalities within further assisting the overall good functioning of the Trust.
Mary Rose Thomson – Public Governor (outer)
Health plays such an enormous role in life. Excellent healthcare is crucial in supporting this, as are carers, family and community! I personally have received excellent, life saving treatment from Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, for which I remain most grateful.
Having served as a Governor for a first term, I have learnt a great deal. I really hope to continue this contribution. This is the reason I am standing as a Public Governor again. I love this hospital and community service! The Care Quality Commission recently rated it outstanding!
The duty of Governors is to hold the Non-Executive Directors individually, and collectively, to account for the performance of the Board of Directors; and to represent the interests of members and public. Governors also appoint (or remove) the Chair and Non Executive Directors, are presented Finance reports, and provide views when the Trust is preparing its Forward Plan.
I have witnessed improvements in how services are organised, as a direct result of patient feedback. I particularly want to help grow the membership to represent members and the public, in order for their voice to be heard.
I have been a nurse for over 30 years, and trained nurses in a number of settings and specialities, and bring transferable skills to this role. I really hope for a chance to build on the skills I have gained and continue to serve as a Governor.
Jane Bekoe – Staff Governor
I have worked at Homerton University Hospital Foundation Trust for over a decade and joined the Board of Governors Board in 2019 as a Clinical Governor. I am a registered midwife who has a wide range of rotational clinical expertise which include: Diabetes Midwifery project lead and currently manage the Antenatal Clinic Department within Maternity Services. For the past two years, I have been involved the Staff Networks as Co-Chair for the Together We Rise Network- which provides staff with a safe place to have a voice in relation to lived experiences, race inequalities and racial heritage aspects while working at Trust.
I have previously been a Primary School Governor within another Borough. My contributions included innovative ideas, share knowledge, supporting the school to facilitate fund raising events, a panel member for disciplinary/exclusions hearings; and worked closely with the reading and entertainment committee. In partnership with the Trust, I aim to increase the visibility of the Board of Governors and their contributions throughout the Trust and Community.
I have transferrable interpersonal skills and the continued drive to collaborate with the Trust to achieve the future plans, improvements, wellbeing, be the voice for inclusion for all staff and the community to be heard.
Professor Jane Anderson – Staff Governor
We are facing major changes in health and care services following the impact of and recovery from COVID-19, the implementation of integrated care systems and a focus on tackling health inequalities. Homerton is in a very strong position to be leading the way, making this an exciting time to join the governing body. With such major change afoot, it is crucial that the clinical constituency has strong governing body representation, both for the delivery of best clinical care and outcomes and for the support of the clinical workforce. With 30 years of consultant level clinical and academic experience at Homerton I believe I am in a useful position to deliver that representation. I have the courage to uphold and argue for best practice that will deliver best outcomes for people and populations. Working less than full time I have the capacity, energy, and enthusiasm to contribute fully and productively. I have non-executive board level experience (Chair, National AIDS Trust, past Chair, British HIV Association) and I understand how to use committee structures effectively. As co- chair of Public Health England’s External Advisory Group for Sexual and Reproductive Health and HIV (2016 –) I have worked to provide independent advice and challenge to PHE’s national strategic direction, experience that will help me contribute to the Trust’s governing body’s work of scrutiny and challenge.
Hannah Caller – Staff Governor
I have worked as a paediatric doctor at the Homerton Hospital since 1998 and feel very involved in the life of the Homerton Hospital in many ways. I have had the privilege to meet many children and families in that time and now have even started to see the children of children who I have previously met. This continuity, in the children's A&E, on Starlight children's ward, in Starlight outpatients, is important for the memory and functioning of the hospital. At the same time the new staff who regularly join our teams are vital for the new ideas and ways of practice that they bring. I also live locally and this strengthens my attachment to the community. The multidisciplinary approach is the only way to be able to provide holistic health care, working together with each other as staff and with the children and families as one team. We could not run the hospital without the porters, caterers and domestics and all the ancillary staff and volunteers that allow the daily smooth functioning of the hospital. We are a varied staff group at the hospital, all backgrounds working together. We thrive on collaboration, consultation, collective work and justice. At this complex time in our lives, with a pandemic and the appropriate international anger at institutionalised racism, I feel it more important than ever to be involved in the hospital in a new way.
Ibrahim Hafeji – Staff Governor
Hello, My name is Ibrahim Hafeji. I am a team member of medical engineers and non-clinical staff governor. I am proud to be a member of this organisation, which provides excellent service to the patient and community.
The NHS has been under considerable pressure in the recent year due to COVID-19. I am acutely aware of the effect that this pressure has had on patient experience and staff morale.
I would be a voice of hardworking staff members who play an ultimate role in providing this high-quality and compassionate role.
Sharing innovative ideas is essential to me. Experiencing this role as a governor has given me a great opportunity and will continue to get involved and share knowledge to support staff members and community at large to ensure the organisation's core values are met.
Kristian Ademola – Staff Governor
I have the interests of all Homerton staff very much at my core and would like to be involved in the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.
I have worked in both patient and non-patient facing roles in the NHS for over a decade and as a multi-site CIS & IT Training Facilitator, I have an appreciation and a unique perspective of Homerton and the community that it serves. As such I believe in the collaborative spirit that it embodies and I believe in building rapport with patients and staff in ways that are helpful to the community.
I would hope to be an asset to the hospital, dedicating my time to be a proactive and effective staff governor. The Trust’s values are in line with my own: being respectful to others, being diligent and being responsible.
In addition, I am confident that I can be of service through my acquired skill-set which includes good customer service, analytical and lateral thinking, active listening and problem-solving skills – qualities I feel would serve me well in this role. I also believe my calm and persuasive manner and observing duty of candour will ensure that the collective voice is heard.
Hackney is a diverse and inter-sectional community that I am proud to serve as part of the NHS; which is a phenomenal and necessary institution, because we all have a basic right to quality healthcare irrespective of our circumstances.
Julie Attenborough – City University of London
Julie is a registered mental health nurse. After working in community mental health services specializing in substance use problems and homelessness, Julie joined City, University of London in 1997.
Julie is an Associate Dean and Associate Professor; she is responsible for the education of students studying radiography, nursing, midwifery, speech and language therapy and optometry, many of whom undertake placements during their courses at the Homerton University Hospital.
Dr Sharon Ellis - Queen Mary University of London
Sharon Ellis - Director of Research, Enterprise and Partnerships Queen Mary University of London.
The Director of Research, Enterprise and Partnerships plays a key role in delivering the University’s strategic research ambitions. Dr Ellis leads a team of staff who support high-quality research and ensure Queen Mary maintains and enhances its competitive position. Working in partnership with Barts Health NHS Trust, Dr Ellis also has responsibility for the Joint Research Management Office which provides research, governance and trials support for clinical trials and research across both the University’s School of Medicine and Dentistry and the Trust.
In her previous position as Director of International Science and Innovation at BEIS, Dr Ellis led on European Policy related to science and innovation programmes, including the UK’s future relationship with the EU, and international relations with other countries. She was the senior official responsible for BEIS’ Global Challenges Research Fund and the Newton Fund, which aim to support research and innovation to address global challenges and improve the wellbeing of developing countries. In addition, she had responsibility for Government policy in relation to the Meteorological Office, National Physical Laboratory and the UK National Academies.
Sharon Ellis holds a PhD in Climate Change from the University of Birmingham. She is a graduate of the UK Civil Service’s Senior Leaders Scheme, an accelerated development programme for leaders, and a current University of Cambridge policy fellow.
Dr Ellis joined the Civil Service in 2001 starting at Department for Food and Rural Affairs and then moved to Department for Business, Innovation and Skills as Deputy Director for the Research Council and Funding Unit in the Science and Research Directorate
Malcolm Alexander – Hackney Healthwatch
Malcolm Alexander is a former lecturer in patient and public Involvement in health and social care and patient empowerment at Westminster University.
He chairs Hackney Healthwatch, the Patients’ Forum for the London Ambulance Service and the Healthwatch and Public Involvement Association (HAPIA).
He was the former national Director of the Association of Community Health Councils for England and Wales (ACHCEW) and until recently a board member of Action Against Medical Accidents (AvMA). He was previously a microbiologist specialising in infections of the skin.
Malcolm is an active health campaigner with a special interest in emergency care, mental health and health care in detention centres for asylum seekers.
He has an MA in Community Development, an MSc in Anthropology (culture and mental health) and recently qualified as a Master of Laws (Human Rights).