Council of Governors Meetings

Meetings of the Council of Governors are open to the public, so anyone can attend. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, meetings will be held via video conference until further notice. Details of upcoming meetings are listed below, but for more information, please contact our Trust Secretariat at foundationtrust@cpft.nhs.uk.

Upcoming meeting dates:

Thursday 22 April 2021 @ 17.30

Thursday 1 July 2021 @ 17.30

Wednesday 8 September 2021 @ 15.30 (the Annual Members Meeting will follow @ 18.00)

Thursday 2 December 2021 @ 17.30

Past meeting dates:

Thursday 23 April 2020, 17.30 - 18.30, live streaming meeting. Please click here to access. Meeting papers can be found at the bottom of this page.

Thursday 2 July 2020, 17.30 - 20.00, live streaming meeting. Please click here to access. Meeting papers can be found at the bottom of this page.

Wednesday 9 September 2020, 15.30 - 17.45, live streaming meeting. Please click here to access. Meeting papers can be found at the bottom of this page. The Annual Members Meeting will follow from 18.00 - 20.00. Please click here to access.

Thursday 3 December 2020, 17.30 - 19.30, live streaming meeting. Please click here to access. Meeting papers can be found at the bottom of this page.

Meet your Governors

Adrian Howson (Public: Cambridgeshire)

I have a lot of involvement with the NHS due to being in the pharmaceutical industry and can see how the NHS is striving to meet today’s challenges with minimal resources. Like everyone I have heard stories of waste and mistakes and feel that in my role as a Governor I would like to get to know the real story. As someone who has developed new products, I feel that I could make a contribution in the implementation of new technologies, particularly in the area of mental health, the frail and elderly, an area I would like to focus on in my tenure as Public Governor.




Clare Tevlin (Public: Cambridgeshire)

Having previously worked for both Cambridgeshire County Council and Cambridge City Council, it is clear to me that mental health within the community is a top priority as is seeking investment in local mental health service providers. Having witnessed friends and family undergoing mental health difficulties, I understand how essential care within the community is.



Stephen Mallen (Public: Cambridgeshire)


I have extensive experience and skills which will benefit mental health provision in our locality. I am able to bring national expertise, knowledge and connection into our local setting and help ensure that our area becomes one of the best areas of service provision in the UK. As a noted national campaigner for improved mental health services and education, I have more than 30 years corporate experience, deep community involvement, excellent public health and political connectivity. I have devoted the past three years, following the loss of my dear son, to researching, understanding and campaigning for reform in mental health provision.


Fiona Kerr (Public: Cambridgeshire)

I have always personally and professionally championed the voice of the public, service users, carers and young carers and now wish to do this as a Governor. I want to contribute to greater public consultation and influence. I am particularly motivated to increase access to services for all, including for people who, in addition to mental illness, have disabilities, impairments, long-term conditions or complex needs. I continue to work across the health and care sector, where I have worked for over 30 years. I will bring board-level experience of being a charity Trustee, currently with Citizens Advice Peterborough, a Non-Executive Director of a Social Enterprise and being Chair of a Residents’ (Housing Association) Committee. I will combine this with the experience and skills I have developed in the charity sector, having worked my way up from a volunteer, then case worker, to being a Chief Executive. I have led advocacy and mental health charities. I have, for decades, advocated for the needs of the public, service users, carers and young carers locally and nationally and have enjoyed empowering individuals to have a voice and influence too. This experience has included being the independent Chair of NHS public consultation meetings.


Kripa Dwarakanath (Public: Cambridgeshire)

I have been a resident in the Cambridge & Peterborough area for over seven years and currently live with my family in Cambridge. I was a member at a local GP Patient Participation Group and am presently a Trustee at a UK Charity who work on recycling and sustainability matters.

Professionally I work in sustainability advisory with a focus on communities and equality and diversity subject matter on major infrastructure programmes. At work I am also a People Mental Health Champion for the Peterborough branch and am keen to find how colleagues who live locally could engage with the Trust and their activities. I will bring with me this experience to the Council of Governors and hopefully will gain knowledge and experience to help achieve continual improvement in governance matters at CPFT.


Rick Harris (Public: Peterborough)

For the last 20 years, I have been a researcher in healthcare, working with patients and carers to understand and interpret what matters most to them about their health. Listening to experiences and needs of patients has shown me how valuable such feedback can be in developing and redesigning healthcare services. I look forward to active involvement in growing the membership of the Trust to reflect the community we serve. I also have a particular interest and determination to support and publicise the wealth of research work that is undertaken within CPFT to improve the quality of life and wider outcomes for patients and families living with Mental Health issues.


John Parkes (Public: Peterborough)

I wanted to be a Governor to add to the voice that acclaims the good work of the local health service as it goes forward. I believe that with the extra willing hand we can all help and do our bit for the National Health Service, the service faces many challenges but also has a lot of support in the wider community. I would like to try and harness that. I am Treasurer of our local parish church bringing skills of team building, as well as financial acumen with accounts, I write source code for local charities’ websites and have a keen interest in mathematical and artificial intelligence modelling.



David Westbrook (Public: Peterborough)

I am excited about being a Governor at CPFT and I am looking forward to better understanding the pressures and limits that the Trust finds itself in. As somebody with both family and friends that use CPFT services, I have a first hand insight into how devastating it is when these services are restricted. I would like to help overcome some of these restrictions, and hope that by becoming a Governor this will allow me to do so. I am keen to promote the vital work that the Trust does for people.


Helen Brown (Public: Rest of England)

I became a Governor because I wanted to help CPFT make a difference. Good community and mental health NHS services are crucial for people to live and die well in their communities. As a Governor, I contribute to Council of Governors and now Business and Performance Committee meetings and try to take as many opportunities as I can to meet and talk to staff and the people in out service area. I am the public Governor for the Rest of England, the main issues in my constituency are resources for community services, support for children and young people, staffing, quality of health care, managing change and NHSE long term plans. The best things about being a Governor are meeting people, listening and continuously learning. My areas of interest: families, unpaid carers and young carers (I am a Trustee of Carers UK), research and innovation (including technology), plus support near/at the end of life. The Trust has been very supportive in offering training and IT software to help Governors. I think the next few years will be very challenging for all NHS Trusts and I hope to help CPFT be system leaders in developing and implementing good practices.


Hannah Touhey (Service User: Cambridgeshire)

Having been both a service user at CPFT and a member of staff I feel I have a good understanding of the Trust as a whole. I feel  passionately about service user involvement and see this role as an extension of the work I have already done for the Trust. I would love the opportunity to represent the local community and my peers in ensuring the Trust provides an excellent service to all those who access it. I bring my own lived experience and existing community engagement through my mental health blog and involvement with mental health services such as the Recovery College and the Edge Café. The aim of these roles has been to give a voice to and empower those with mental health challenges. I currently support more than 500 volunteers in my role as Voluntary Services Manager for a local hospice which reflects the importance I already place on community involvement and supporting those around me.


Mark Prince (Service User: Peterborough)

I decided to become a Service User Governor for the simple reason to help other service users, by having a voice on the CPFT Council of Governors. As a Governor, I attend as many meetings as possible and I am also on the membership committee. I believe that Peterborough needs more support groups for service users/carers, more transparency for GPs and mental health services in Peterborough. The best thing about being a Governor is that you help shape the future of the Trust and addressing the views of service users/carers through the Council of Governors. Since being elected, through attending development sessions, I have learned how the Trust works and how Governors and the Board are all vital in making the Trust work well. I would like to see an improvement of the service CPFT provide to service users and I hope this can be achieved whilst I am a Governor.


Keith Grimwade (Lead and Carer Governor)

I became a Governor for two reasons: a 'thank you' to the Trust for the support it had given to a family member with a serious mental health illness, and for the support it had given to us as a family; and to support and challenge the Trust to improve carer support so that all families benefited in the way that we had. As a Governor, I attend a number of meetings, including the Carers Programme Board and the Trust's People, Safety and Quality Committee; this gives you a good insight into how the Trust works and an opportunity to see our Non-Executive Directors in action - it is the Governors' role to make sure that they are doing their job properly. I also attend events, such as the Staff Awards, and visit teams to find out more about their work. There is a quarterly Council of Governors meeting, which is where we get to discuss Trust strategy and finance. They also got me to run in a charity 10k! Additionally, I am 'Lead Governor', which means that I have some extra responsibilities, including regular meetings with the Chair of our Trust. The main issues in my constituency are support for carers, how carers can best help their loved ones and getting the best possible care for our loved ones. Governors have supported and challenged the Trust, championing greater involvement of carers. We've made important progress but there is much more still to be done. The best things about being a Governor are being able to represent our constituencies and see changes for the better as a result; meet many, many inspiring and dedicated members of staff; and enjoy being part of something that is very worthwhile. 

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Jo Griffin (Carer Governor)

I became a Governor after attending an event which was organised by CPFT. My daughter was diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) and wanted to find out more about the services provided by CPFT and help to improve them. My main focus is to try and get the Personality Disorder Team to engage with carers and also try and shape the services that they provide. I have joined the recently formed PPF (Partnership and Participation Forum) and really looking forward to working with service users to influence delivery of first class effective CPFT services. The best thing about being a Governor is being able to influence local health services and becoming aware of the bigger picture of how health care works. It has been great to meet lots of people from an industry which I know little about and a diverse group of Governors and service users. My areas of interest are mental health issues, I am really keen on the concept of investing time and effort at the outset of a diagnosis to enable service users to move forward and care for themselves; this applies equally to physical conditions.


Nora O'Shea (Staff)

I am passionate about my role within the CPFT, and the importance of staff. I attend board meetings and find out what is happening around our organisation. I take the voice of the staff to the board and the voice of the board to the staff. We work in a very stressful environment, I therefore offer support to staff should they need it. I also offer well being support by introducing 'Well being Wednesday' to the Trust, once a week I ask for our staff to look after their own health and well being e.g. some mindfulness, walking, taking breaks from the computer. By looking after our own well being this has a positive impact on the service users we look after daily. I am also passionate about working within a diverse NHS Trust, I am always happy to support, develop and improve Equality and Diversity. I also help with the recruiting of anyone that wish to become an Equality and Diversity champion within our CPFT NHS Trust. I am proud to say that I am a CPFT Governor, every day brings new challenges and also brings rewards. If I can help and support our colleagues in whatever way possible, to improve their well being, then it makes my day. As a staff Governor, I want to develop my role to the best of my ability, my communication and networking has improved massively since in this role. 


Ollie Ayres (Staff)

My aim for the Trust is that we create the best possible environment for both employers and individuals who receive care form us. Although I feel immensely proud, as do many of my colleagues within the Trust, I think the time has come to share and evidence how evidence how brilliant we are a Trust. Happy, healthy staff deliver the best possible care. As both a young adult, and working in children's directorate, I feel it would be hugely beneficial for the Council of Governors to reflect the diversity of those who make up the Trust.



Norest Mararike (Staff)

I am proud to be working for CPFT and am passionate about embracing equality and Diversity particularly within CPFT. I would like the BME staff at CPFT to feel supported, valued, included and listened to. It is important to me that everyone is treated fairly and equally, I would like to help celebrate our differences as well as our common interests and strengthen links with our diverse under represented communities. I look forward to engaging with  with colleagues to ensure that views and opinions are heard and represented.


Matthew Barker (Staff)

I am relatively new to my job but have a lot of experience within the mental health system. I decided to apply to being a Governor because I can hopefully use my experience to improve things. I regularly attend meetings and ask people for their opinions. As a staff Governor I represent the staff, I am always asking people if they are happy working for the CPFT and if there are any changes they would like to be made. The NHS is undergoing change at the moment, so it is about understanding and delivering what the Government wants. Also CPFT want to go from being good to excellent which puts pressures on the staff which I represent. The best thing about being a Governor is I work at quite a low level within the CPFT so it is nice to have some influence. My areas of interest are finance and the well being of staff.


Diana Wood (University of Cambridge)

Director of Medical Education and Clinical Dean in the University of Cambridge School of Clinical Medicine.  CPFT has important links with the University of Cambridge. The University Department of Psychiatry is an internationally leading centre for research, teaching and clinical practice in most areas of psychiatry and is recognised as a centre of academic excellence. Successful interaction between the two organisations will ensure that CPFT remains at the forefront in all areas of clinical practice and that service users benefit from first class evidence based care.



Graham Wilson (Cambridge County Council)

I have been a Cambridge County Councillor since 2009 and volunteered to be the County Council's appointed Governor as I have a particular interest in Adult Social Care. The County Council has delegated the delivery of mental health services and some specified duties to CPFT for people over 18 years with mental health needs. The intention is to ensure delivery of an integrated health and social care service which is so well-coordinated that it appears to service users and carers it is being delivered by one organisation, seamlessly.


Susie Willis (Care Network Cambridgeshire)

I am able to multi-task to the maximum; being the mother of 4 boys, ranging in age from 2-17 years and the CEO of Care Network Cambridgeshire (CNC), an established local charity operating across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. A core activity of CNC is to support the health and social care needs of older people, to promote independence and improve connectivity within communities. However, as need has increased across society, our support is open to anyone over the age of 18. I am a positive and proud advocate of the local voluntary sector and would welcome the opportunity to bring this to the Council of Governors. Moreover, this experience would provide another opportunity for me to use my values and skills for the betterment of local people, to give a voice to those who otherwise would 'fall through the net'. This is extremely important to me. Intellectually, I am also drawn to CPFT by an interest I have in a number of services provided by the organisation.

Kathy Hartley (Peterborough City Council)







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