Local hospitals appoint new governors

Following recent elections, Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals (DBTH) has appointed three new governors, with an additional two returning to their previously held seats.

Public governors play a vital part in representing the local community and in influencing how hospitals make plans to improve and develop their services. DBTH holds annual elections amongst its membership, encouraging local residents to stand for these roles.

This year, three seats were up for grabs in the Doncaster area and two in Bassetlaw. A total of 12 candidates stood across the two constituencies.

The successful candidates from the elections were:

  • Bev Marshall and Phillip Beavers (both returning) and Linda Espey in Doncaster
  • Steve Marsh and Shelia Walsh in Bassetlaw

Suzy Brain England, Chair of the Board at the Trust, said: “I want to congratulate our successful candidates. We had an extremely strong field of potential governors apply for the roles this year and I am pleased to see how passionate and engaged our local communities are with their hospital.

“Being a governor is a very rewarding role and it’s an opportunity to contribute towards improving the services we offer patients. They hold the non-executive directors to account, offer crucial input and give voice to local communities. I wish our new and returning governors the best of luck in their roles and I look forward to working closely with them in the following years.”

Nominations for next year’s elections open on 10 December.  To give a better understanding of this and to help people decide if they want to apply, the Trust will be holding a pair of informative sessions, where there will be an opportunity to meet the Chair and Chief Executive, as well as to hear first-hand from governors about the election process.

The first of these sessions will take place in Bassetlaw Hospital on 11 December at 4pm. Meanwhile, the second will take place at Doncaster on 10 January at 5pm. Please contact Matthew Kane, Trust Board Secretary, on 01302 644157 (email dbth.foundation.office@nhs.net ) for more details.