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Governors for Derby City


There are 9 seats on the Council of Governors for Derby City.


Below are the current Derby City Governors

Anne Johnson
Anne Johnson

I trained as a nurse in Derby in the 1970s and retired in 2010. As a governor since June 2011 I have become very involved in work relating to quality of care and the patient experience received in Derby Teaching Hospitals.  I am passionate about the NHS and have a wealth of experience as a member of staff, the relative of a patient and as a patient myself. I believe I have the knowledge, insight and enthusiasm to carry on developing my role as a governor and will continue to support the Trust in maintaining its high standards.

Douglas Sice
Douglas Sicé

I have spent most of my life in Derbyshire. I did work in the financial organisations up to the age of 21 before moving down to Kent were I worked in General Hospital for three years before running a business down there for 22 years. Leaving Kent to return to Derby where I have run a business till my recent retirement. I am hoping to put my life experience to good use in the service of the Trust. It would be a privilege for me to serve as a Governor.

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Shirley O'Sullivan

Prior to my retirement in August 2012, I have been connected to the hospitals in Derby for the last 39 years as a Registered Nurse.  I have held a variety of clinical and managerial posts within the Derby Teaching hospitals.  I am a member of the Derby Health Forum, a voluntary group, which supports local primary and secondary health  care.

My particular interests are quality of care and patient experience and believe I have the knowledge, skills and enthusiasm to undertake the role of governor, as a representative of Derby City members and supporter of the Trust.

Ms Rita Merrison
Rita Merrison

As a retired nurse I am still involved in healthcare as a member of my GP's Patient Participation Group and the Core Regulations Group at the Royal Derby Hospital. Here I have the opportunity to talk with patients, relatives and carers hearing their problems and concerns.

I am passionate about the quality of healthcare and well-being of the people of Derby. As a Governor I would work closely with managers and clinicians, using my nursing and Royal Collage of Nursing representative experiences, to help improve healthcare and make a real difference.

Val Haylett
Val Haylett

I retired in 2015 after 28 years in Derby Hospitals as Co-ordinator of Derby's world renowned Pulvertaft Hand Unit.  I am an active member of my GP's Patient Participation Group and have considerable knowledge of the working and management of the hospital and of the NHS in general.  I have experience of the RDH as an outpatient and inpatient, including emergency admission via A&E.  My main interests are 'continuity and quality of care' and 'surgery waiting times'.  

I think my experience and communication skills would be a great asset to the Board of Governors of Derby Hospitals.

Ranjit Singh Dhanda
Ranjit Singh Dhanda

I want to help the NHS address all our local community health needs from new addictions to FGM, mental health and care for older people. This care must give value for money from remuneration to purchases. 

I have lived in Derby for 51yrs, am Vice Chair of a PTA and treasurer of a Friends of a local park group. I run 2 businesses and was a manager for the local Building Society. I take part in the Derby Hospitals Charity events such as the Jingle Joy and Carsington Walk.