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Council of Governors

Members of the Council of Governors

As an NHS Foundation Trust we have a Council of Governors as required by legislation. The Council of Governors provides support and advice to the Trust to ensure we deliver services that best meet the needs of patients and the communities we serve.

It comprises 18 public and seven staff members all elected from the membership, together with four representatives nominated from local organisations.

The Council of Governors has the following committees:

  • Forward planning, which reviews forward planning and the new Royal Papworth Hospital project
  • Appointments [Non-executive Director (NEDs) Nomination and Remuneration], which reviews the appointment and remuneration of NEDs
  • Patient/public involvement (PPI), which considers patient and public involvement issues
  • Governance Assurance Committee.

Meet the Council of Governors

Elected Governors, representing and elected by the membership constituencies


Stephen Brown
I have lived in Cambridgeshire for 34 years with my wife, and we have 3 children and 5 grandchildren. Following open heart surgery at Papworth Hospital in 2007 I became a volunteer ward visitor, a worthwhile and rewarding role.  In my long career as a senior manager within the construction industry I have contributed to a number of NHS projects. I am a fellow of the CIOB and past chair of the Cambridge centre and contribute to the government CIC.
Glenn Edge
Having retired from the RAF in 2006, Glenn is a full time arable farmer and businessman. He is a Papworth patient and in addition to being a Public Governor, is a patient representative on the Anglia Lung Network Cancer Group. He has assisted in a recent Peer Review and is also a member of the Patient Advisory Board of the local Cancer Alliance.
Gillian Francis
After bringing up my family I started nursing in my early 40’s, retiring as the ‘Modern Matron’ in Neuroscience at Addenbrookes’ in 2004. The next year I became a Public Governor for Addenbrooke’s. I took a particular interest in the patient’s experience which I hope to continue as a Governor for Papworth.
Dr Richard Hodder - Lead Governor
Richard’s medical career included hospitals, the RAF, research and general practice. After retiring he has maintained an active interest in health issues as well as voluntary work at Papworth Hospital and Addenbrooke’s. In late 2012 he underwent a successful pulmonary endarterectomy at Papworth. As a Governor his main interest is in the quality of care and patient safety/dignity.
Graham Jagger
Graham is a Cambridge University graduate and professional HR manager and consultant with wide public and private sector experience, the last 20 years of which have been in various roles in the NHS. He joined Papworth in 1994 as Director of Corporate Development and retired in 2009 on being appointed to the NHS Pay Review Body. Currently he is a Director of Healthwatch Cambridgeshire and Peterborough CIC and also works with HEE and CQC and chairs the East of England ACCEA and other remuneration committees; previously he was Chair and Lead Trustee of the Cambridge Community Mediation Service from 2006 to 2011.


Barry Crabtree-Taylor
Barry has been with his firm of Solicitors in Newmarket since 1976. He commenced his working life as a trainee Legal Executive, qualified as a Legal Executive, then qualified as a Solicitor. He is and has been for some years an Equity Partner of the firm and its current Chairman.
Julia Dunnicliffe
Julia is a retired NHS oncology and research nurse and has since then been working as a private secretary.
Trevor McLeese
Trevor retired as an equity partner due to ill health from an accountancy practice in 2014. He suffers from Muscular Dystrophy and Asthma and is a patient of Papworth Hospital. Trevor has been fitted with a defibrillator and has also experienced treatment in the Sleep Study Centre. Trevor uses an electric wheelchair and understands the issues and needs of the less abled.


John Fiddy MBE
John has been closely associated with Papworth Hospital since his first bypass operation in 1984. He then joined the Norfolk Zipper Club and has been actively involved ever since. In 2008 John was awarded an MBE for services to fundraising for cardiac  patients. John was Chairman of the Norfolk Zipper Club from 1995 until 2010. John joined the Council of Governors in 2004.
Tony Moodey
Tony recently retired from a hectic career undertaking roles in both engineering and sales and marketing working for a number of international companies. Throughout his career, he has travelled and lived in the Americas and in South East Asia. Originally from Hertfordshire, Tony has lived in Norfolk with his family for over 30 years. Keen to support the Royal Papworth Hospital Trust, he was appointed to the Council of Governors in 2017.
Peter Munday
Peter is a retired director of his own building firm and lives in Cringleford. In 2009 Peter underwent a triple bypass operation at Papworth Hospital after which he joined the Norfolk Zipper Club to be able to give something back in recognition of the care he received. He now serves as an active committee member of the Norfolk Zipper Club raising funds for Papworth Hospital.
Bob Spinks
Bob is a businessman who runs his own 4x4 car dealership having worked in the motoring industry for his entire career. He has witnessed first-hand the services provided at Papworth Hospital after he underwent a potentially life-saving quadruple heart bypass 15 years ago. This spurred him on to join the Norfolk Zipper Club to give something back to the staff that cared for him. He has recently become the club’s chairman and decided he wanted to further support Papworth Hospital by becoming a governor.

Rest of England and Wales

Janet Atkins
Janet has been a member of the Patient Experience Panel since 2003 and was joint Chair in 2006. She is actively involved in various committees within the Hospital concerning patient issues. Janet is a Papworth Hospital patient.
Rob Graham
Rob has been the Co-Chair of the NHSBT Cardiothoracic Transplant Patient Group since 2015 and is also a committee member of the Papworth Transplant Patient Group. Rob's wife, Kathryn, received a heart/lung transplant at Papworth in 2013.
Keith Jackson
Keith has a professional background as Faculty Director (Technology) at Cambridge Regional College. He has been Cambridge Community Health Council Chairman and held representative appointments on both Addenbrooke's Hospital and East Anglian Ambulance Boards. His long association with Papworth Hospital is as Chairman of the British Cardiac Patients Association and a trustee of Heart Valve Voice. Keith is also actively involved in various committees within the Hospital.
Simon Marner
Simon Qualified as a Doctor in 1979 at King's College Hospital in London. After spells working at King's Westminster and Charing Cross Hospitals specialising in ENT Surgery, he transferred into General Practice. He became a partner at a surgery in 1992 and retired 22 years later as the senior partner in 2014. He continues to work as a locum GP for a few sessions a week. He became a patient at Papworth Hospital in 2015 and was appointed to the Council of Governors in 2017.
Harvey Perkins
Harvey is a retired business consultant and professional engineer and brings to the Council of Governors a wide range of general management, commercial, and financial skills. Harvey is a returning Governor having previously served as a Governor from 2004 to 2014, during which time he held a number of positions including Chair of the Forward Planning Committee, Chair of the Appointments Committee and Lead Governor.

Staff Governors

Penny Martin, Allied Health Professionals
I have been elected as Staff governor for Royal Papworth hospital representing the Allied Health Professionals. I am a qualified and registered social worker and have worked at Papworth since 2007, initially as a part time social worker before being appointed as team leader in 2009.
Prior to working at Papworth I had worked in a variety of roles in social care, as a child protection social worker, managing a unit for people with severe dementia, as well as a variety of posts in residential and day care for the elderly. I also have experience of working with young people who are homeless.
I love working at Royal Papworth hospital as it allows me to use the skills that I have developed over my career and I enjoy the daily challenges it brings. I am proud to act as a staff governor.
Helen Munday RGN, MSc. Nursing
Helen qualified as a Registered Nurse from Guy’s Hospital, London in 1984 and gained post-registration experience in both Accident & Emergency and general surgical nursing before specialising in cardiothoracics. Initially this was at Harefield Hospital before moving to Papworth Hospital, where she has worked for the last thirty years.  Helen has held senior nursing posts in the Intensive Care Unit as a Critical Care Practitioner and the Research & Development Department as Clinical Research Sister, gaining an Msc in Cardiorespiratory Nursing and becoming a registered non-medical prescriber along the way. In September 2015, having held the position of Lead Nurse for Practice Development for several years, Helen moved to the role of Trust Matron with responsibilities for Trustwide services including the Supportive and Palliative Care Team and Diabetes Service. More recently, Helen is providing Matron support to the Cath Labs. Helen has been a staff governor representing nursing since 2013.
Katrina Oates, Scientific & Technical
Katrina has worked in Respiratory Physiology at Papworth since 2002. Her role is primarily in education and research but she also has a clinical workload and leads the exercise physiology service. Fifty percent of her time is seconded to Anglia Ruskin University, where she teaches and develops degrees in clinical physiology.
Cheryl Riotto, Nurses
Cheryl is the Head of Nursing for Clinical and Diagnostic Services.  She has worked at Papworth Hospital since 1994 having started working within the Critical Care Unit before progressing to Sister and Transplant Coordinator within the Transplant Unit .In 2013 she progressed to be part of the Matron team working within the Transplant unit and Ambulatory Care. Since January 2018  Cheryl has been working in the Head of Nursing role  and her role encompasses responsibility for Critical Care, Theatres, Cath Lab and Diagnostics alongside Ambulatory care and Private Patients. She is serving a third term as a staff governor representing Nursing.
Helen Rodriquez, Administrative, Clerical & Managers
Helen has worked at Royal Papworth Hospital since 1992 in a variety of administrative roles across a number of departments.  Helen’s current role is Booking Centre Manager helping to monitor and improve waiting times and delivery of timely in-patient admissions and out-patient appointments for the various specialties within cardiology, cardiac surgery and thoracic surgery. Helen is also helping to lead on delivering a streamlined and centralised booking function for the new hospital from Justinian House.
Alessandro Ruggiero, Doctors
Dr Alessandro Ruggiero qualified as a doctor at the University of Rome and trained in radiology in Rome. He undertook the Molecular Imaging for Oncology Fellowship at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (New York, USA) and then he moved to the Erasmus University Medical Center in Rotterdam (The Netherlands). He was awarded a PhD from Erasmus University in 2012.

He completed his subspecialty training in Cambridge (UK) at Addenbrooke’s hospital (cross sectional radiology), Papworth Hospital (cardio-thoracic radiology) and Southampton University hospital (cardiac MR). He has been appointed consultant cardio-thoracic radiologist at Royal Papworth Hospital in 2015.
He is a staff governor representing doctors since 2017.
Tony Williams, Ancillary, Estates & Others
Tony is a Porter at Papworth Hospital and says we are undergoing a change that will be both exciting and challenging for many members of staff . He feels it is of the utmost importance to keep staff informed of all the latest developments and to listen to what they are saying.

Appointed Governors

Dr Caroline Edmonds
University of Cambridge
Ann-Marie Ingle
Chief Nurse, Cambridge University Hospitals.
Cllr Susan Ellington
South Cambridgeshire District Council
Cllr Alex Malyon
South Cambridgeshire District Council (SCDC covers Papworth Everard).

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