Mansfield Public Governors
John Wood - Public Governor - Mansfield
John has lived in Mansfield all his life. John has four grown-up children. John was a School Governor, a role which he found enjoyable and rewarding. Over a number of years John has been involved with local charities and committees, organising and hosting various fund-raising events. John has always had the energy and enthusiasm, but has recently retired.
Michael Longdon - Public Governor - Mansfield
Michael was born and bred in Mansfield and over the years has been involved in many charities as a Trustee, Chairman, Secretary or Committee Member. He has also been both a Parent Governor, and LEA Governor at several Schools in Mansfield - most recently as a Foundation Governor at The Samworth Church Academy.
Michael became a Governor for Sherwood Forest Hospitals Trust because he would like everyone who has to use these facilities to have the same care and attention that he has received in the past.
Ruth Scott - Public Governor - Mansfield
Ruth has always loved working in healthcare, starting as a Care Assistant for those with physical disabilities and progressing swiftly to a Registered Nurse in 1984 where she worked in a variety of specialities across acute hospitals throughout Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire. During this time she also spent time in general management, research (three years serving on the local ethics committee), clinical audit and education.
Her national profile was as the Chair of the National Pain Network where she lead many partnership projects such as consultations, competency training packages and guidelines.
More recently, she has worked solely in service improvement and after retiring, she has returned two days a week to support the development of partnerships and services across Derbyshire.
She promises to use her past experiences in her role as public governor for Mansfield, to support patients and services in any way she can.
Neal Cooper - Public Governor - Mansfield
Neal’s working life was centred around electronic engineering, but he also ran a pedestrian safety campaign for several years and raised money for an organisation called Roadpeace. Throughout all of this he has kept a keen interest in the NHS.
Four years ago while recovering from spinal surgery Neal began to contemplate the cost of the treatments he had received over the years, but it was more than he could add up to in his head. He was grateful that he had subscribed to the NHS all his working life, with small amounts deducted monthly from his pay which meant no bills and no additional costs. He decided he wanted to give something back.
Neal became a public governor for the opportunity to pass on the ideas and opinions that others have regarding the NHS, so that he can perhaps in some small way assist in the progress and improvements that this huge organisation makes.