Council of Governors

The Council of Governors is made up of elected and appointed people who are volunteers and are not paid. Our Governors have an important role in making sure our Trust is publicly accountable for the services it provides. They bring valuable perspectives and contributions to its activities, ensuring that both hospitals work well for patients, carers, staff, and the general public.

Who are our Governors?

The Chairman of the Trust conducts the meetings of the Council of Governors.

Professor Sir Bruce Keogh is our Chairman and he can be contacted via our Foundation Trust office bwc.foundationtrustoffice@nhs.net.  

Our Governors are elected by the Members of the Foundation Trust, divided into distinct constituencies:

  • Public Governors are elected by people who live in the West Midlands region
  • Staff Governors are elected by people who are staff at the hospital
  • Patient and Carer Governors are elected by people who are either a Patient or the Carer of a Patient

Our Appointed Governors are drawn from partner organisations, for example, institutions of higher education.

The structure of our Council of Governors is explained in the Trust’s core Constitution.

What do they do?

The overriding role of the Council 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 NHS Foundation Trust Members and of the public.

Their work ensures that the needs of the patients, local population, and staff are fully considered in decisions made about the Trust.

They meet as the Council of Governors four times a year to discuss the business of the Trust, helping shape its strategic plans and developments. The meetings are open to the public, so you are welcome to come along, meet the Governors and find out more about the Trust. The Governors also regularly attend events at each hospital and you should always feel welcome to approach one of them with any questions, ideas or concerns.

Download a brief guide on the role of NHS Foundation Trust Governors.

Our staff, public and patient governors are elected by members of our Trust. You can become a member for free by registering online.

The Council of Governors meets formally four times per year and attends two meetings every year with the Board of Directors. During these meetings, they discuss how well the Trust is doing regarding providing care to our women, children and families and discuss matters to help shape our future.

For more information on what the role of a Governor involves and what support is offered, please either take a look at our dedicated leaflet, email bwc.foundationtrustoffice@nhs.net or call 0121 333 8433.

Alternatively, if you would like to submit a nomination, please email ftnominationenquiries@electoralreform.co.uk to obtain a form.

Council of Governors

  1. Lead Governor

    Claire Terry

    Lead Governor
  2. Carer Governor

    Clare Maceachen

    Carer Governor
  3. Public Governor

    Dr Chris Jones

    Public Governor
  4. Patient Carer Governor

    Dr Lizzy Bernthal

    Patient Carer Governor
  5. Birmingham and Solihull Public Governor

    Judith Ferrarin

    Birmingham and Solihull Public Governor
  6. Appointed Governor

    Karen McCarthy

    Appointed Governor
  7. Patient/Carer Governor

    Kate Archer

    Patient/Carer Governor
  8. Public Governor

    Nicola Turner

    Public Governor
  9. Public Governor

    Omega Gavaza

    Public Governor
  10. Staff Governor: Clinical (Other)

    Rebecca O’Sullivan

    Staff Governor: Clinical (Other)
  11. Public Governor

    Rizwan Jalil

    Public Governor
  12. BCH Carer Governor

    Shelagh Musgrave

    BCH Carer Governor
  13. Patient/Carer Governor

    Zafin Aktar

    Patient/Carer Governor
  14. Patient Governor

    Zaira Akhtar

    Patient Governor
  15. Rest of the West Midlands Public Governor

    Rachel Brown

    Rest of the West Midlands Public Governor
  16. Ward 8 Sister and Staff Nurse Governor

    Helen Cox

    Ward 8 Sister and Staff Nurse Governor
  17. Staff Governor (Medical and Dental)

    Andrea Jester

    Staff Governor (Medical and Dental)
  18. Public Governor

    Chris Allen

    Public Governor
  19. Public Governor

    Kiah Ferrarin

    Public Governor
  20. Patient Governor

    Musa Nela

    Patient Governor
  21. Staff Governor (Mental Health)

    Sandra Wallace

    Staff Governor (Mental Health)
  22. The Black Country Public Governor

    Alison Ward

    The Black Country Public Governor
  23. Public Governor

    Claire Powers

    Public Governor
  24. Public Governor

    Jennie Dalton

    Public Governor
  25. Non-Clinical Staff Governor

    Marie McGee

    Non-Clinical Staff Governor
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