Rest of the East Midlands

  • Liz Barrett OBE - Public Governor – Rest of the East Midlands

    MSc, BSc, NPQEL
    Lead governor

    Liz is a lifelong resident of Ashfield and is committed to raising aspirations within the local community along with opportunities and quality of life.

    She is passionate about wellbeing and feels privileged to be a governor at Sherwood Forest Hospital Trust. She currently works as the Principal for ATTFE College which delivers lifelong learning courses for learners aged 16+. Liz is committed to making a difference and looks forward to bringing a high level of energy and enthusiasm to the role of Governor.


  • Jane Stubbings - Public Governor – Rest of the East Midlands

    Jane feels privileged to serve again. Her priorities will always be to get the very best care for all our patients, and to ensure that our wards and clinics are clean and well run. 

    She aims to personally meet as many of our patients as possible and listen to their experiences, ensuring that any necessary improvements are made. She also wants to ensure that our patients are treated with dignity and respect at all times - she is a patient herself so will see first-hand that this is happening.

    Jane has lived in Ashfield for 50 years and is married with three grown up children.

  • John Wood - Public Governor – Rest of the East Midlands

    John has lived in Mansfield all his life and has four grown-up children.

    John was a School Governor, a role which he found enjoyable and rewarding.  

    Over the years John has been involved with local charities and committees, organising and hosting various fund-raising events. He has always had the energy and enthusiasm, but has recently retired.

  • Ruth Scott - Public Governor - Rest of the East Midlands

    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 – Rest of the East Midlands

    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.

  • Dean Wilson - Public Governor – Rest of the East Midlands

    Born at Kings Mill and educated locally, Dean is a former NHS HR Director in Nottinghamshire, South Yorkshire and the West Midlands having worked in Mental Health, Acute and Integrated Care System settings. Dean also worked as a magistrate and is recently retired. 

    He served as a representative on the NHS National Staff Council and the NHS Foundation Network. Passionate about the NHS, he has presented to Parliamentary groups and at National Conferences.

    Dean is a believer in continuous improvement and developing people and wants to ensure that the challenges and future changes in the NHS are better understood. He is committed to listening to the public and maintaining excellent quality services, health and well-being. 

    He has 3 grown-up children and is the Senior Trustee Director for a local charity and Miners’ Welfare. He loves music, especially live concerts, rugby and football.

  • Pam Kirby - Public Governor – Rest of the East Midlands

    Pam worked in the NHS for 45 years in a variety of nursing roles before retiring. Having always lived locally, she feels a responsibility to represent her friends, family and all those from the wider community who wish to be heard.

    She has always been proud of the workforce at SFH who have continually given their best, so she had immense pride to see the Trust achieve a “Good” rating.

    Pam realises that there is lots of hard work to maintain this rating and is keen to be part of the supporting network in any way she can.

  • Tracy Burton - Public Governor – Rest of the East Midlands

    RGN, RM, RHV, MA Public Health

    Tracy is a qualified nurse, midwife and health visitor and currently works as a senior nurse leader within the NHS. Tracy has a public health background working across a variety of health services to improve services for all. 

    Passionate about the health services we provide to our communities and the experience of care, as a public governor Tracy aims to ensure the voice and experience of all are heard to continually improve and inform the provision of services.

  • John Dove - Public Governor – Rest of the East Midlands

    B.A(Hons),Ed DipN, Cert:ED:FE, CertPPS, Cert:PSE, HNC

    John is a lifelong resident of Ashfield. He studied at Nottingham University and Nottingham Trent University acquiring a Nursing Diploma and a degree in Special Educational Needs, specialising in Autism and Challenging Behavours.

    His Cert:Ed FE qualification enabled him to lecture at West Notts College for the LDAF qualification in learning disabilities and he then went on to work for Southern Derbyshire NHS Trust, NorSACA as a tutor for Autistic adults, Trinity Care Nottingham, and Active Care Partnerships as Service Manager for a residential unit for adults.

    John has previously held a governorship for Nottinghamshire NHS Trust and during the Covid pandemic worked as a volunteer - he currently volunteers on Ward 52 and SDEC at King's Mill Hospital. He says he is looking forward to his new role on the board and hopes to use his knowledge and lifetime experiences to be a contributory member.