We would like to introduce you to the public, staff and appointed governors who sit on our Council of Governors. Please read the biographies below to learn more about each of them.

Our Council of Governors is chaired by the chair of our Board - Prem Singh

Lynn WalshawPhoto of lead governor
Bolsover, Chesterfield, North Derbyshire

Lynn is a Registered Nurse, passionate about patient care, who has enjoyed a 40-year career working within the NHS as both a clinician and in Senior Manager roles working in both acute and community trusts. After semi-retiring in 2014 Lynn has worked as an independent Consultant within the NHS.

Lynn is married and moved from her home county of Yorkshire to Derbyshire 32 years ago. Lynn enjoys a number of interests which include history, art and design, travel and road touring and sings within a local community singing group.

Public governors are local people who have been elected by local people to work with us on behalf of their local communities.  They represent local interests and are working with us to improve health services for the future.

City of Derby

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Amber Valley. Erewash & South Derbyshire

  • Sarah Naylor: Sarah is a Senior Lecturer in Diagnostic Radiography and has a Doctorate in Professional Studies. She worked in hospitals in Mansfield and Nottingham before moving into higher education.

    Sarah is married with two grown up sons. She was born in Bradford but has lived in Alfreton for over 30 years. Her spare time is spent mainly training and competing with her dogs.
  • Paul Mason: As a State Registered, BACP Accredited Counselling Psychotherapist for many years (now retired), Paul has experience of relating to people in many situations eg distress, trauma, panic, anxiety, stress, bereavement, suicide, critical incident, workplace concerns, relationship difficulties, sexual orientation, depression, sexual abuse.

    He also worked as a director and team leader, which gave him valuable experience in team leading and managing people.
  • Heather Potter: Heather has enjoyed a career working within the NHS for 25 years, in clinical and Senior Management roles in both Acute and Community Services within Derbyshire.

    After semi-retirement in 2016 Heather continued to work at Chesterfield Hospital for 2 years and is currently working for a Private Health Company as a Clinical Governance Lead.  Heather is passionate about patient care, safety, equality and has always striven to ensure the patient is at the heart of any service, this is reflected in her current position.

    Heather is married and has 3 children, 2 whom work for the NHS. Heather enjoys several interests such as reading, listening to music, seeing live music and is a keen Genealogist researching her own family tree and helping others.
  • Paul Gibbons:  Although Paul obtained a degree in Civil Engineering, he is now more interested in town planning and historic buildings. Another long-standing interest is social and industrial history including serving on various committees. He has also been a Governor at the Royal Derby Hospital. He is single and has been in Derbyshire since 1970 when he joined the County Surveyor’s Department at County Offices, Matlock. He is generally in good health. 
  • David Mayes: David has lived in Ilkeston all his life and has experienced different parts of local NHS services as patient and long term carer. David is keen to share his experience as a service user in the Governor role.
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Bolsover, Chesterfield, North Derbyshire

  • Claire McCann: Claire is a qualified nursery nurse and has worked within social services as a family support officer. Claire has recently passed an engagement and diversity course, level 2 and is studying an Open University degree course in Psychology.

    Claire has lived in Chesterfield for 40 years and is a single parent of 2 autistic young men. She enjoys the gym, walking and meeting new people.
  • Lynn Walshaw - Lead Governor:  Lynn is a Registered Nurse, passionate about patient care, who has enjoyed a 40-year career working within the NHS as both a clinician and in senior manager roles working in both acute and community trusts. After semi-retiring in 2014 Lynn worked as an independent consultant within the NHS.

    Lynn is married and moved from her home county of Yorkshire to Derbyshire 32 years ago. Lynn enjoys a number of interests which include history, art and design, travel and road touring and singing within a local community singing group.
  • Gillian Harvey: Gill was a GP partner in Dronfield for 35 years, retiring at the end of 2015. During that time she was a GP trainer and medical student educator. Gill was Clinical Governance Lead at North Derbyshire PCT and a Clinical Advisor sitting on the GP performance panel, performing quality visits to GP practices and Chesterfield Royal Hospital, and investigating complaints against GPs.

    Gill has lived in North Deryshire for most of her life and has two children and four grandchildren, all of whom live in North East Derbyshire.
  • Jill Kendrick: Jill is a retired NHS employee having spent 39 years working for the NHS in Derbyshire. A substantial part of her career was spent working closely with our primary care colleagues. Her final position as Head of Performance and Planning involved working with all secondary care providers ensuring NHS targets for patient care were achieved.

    Jill has lived in Derbyshire all her life with the last 18 years being in Bolsover.  Jill is married with one daughter and one granddaughter. Hobbies include walks with the family dog and taking holidays everywhere.
  • Sanjoy Sen: Sanjoy was born and raised in Chesterfield. He is keen to support the NHS in Derbyshire, especially in memory of his father, an eye surgeon at the Chesterfield Royal Hospital from the late 1960s until the late 1980s.

    Sanjoy is a chemical engineer by profession. He previously worked in Aberdeen and various international locations on offshore oil & gas projects. In recent years he has been involved in the clean energy transition and currently works on hydrogen projects.

    Sanjoy’s interests include quizzes and he has appeared on several TV shows including Mastermind (semi-final) and Only Connect (quarter-final).​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Derbyshire Dales & High Peak

  • Ann Button: Ann is very concerned about the treatment and care of the elderly, local rehabilitation wards, appropriate food and hearing problems.

    She Chairs Deaf and Hearing Support, which covers North Derbyshire, and gives general advice to aid the hearing impaired with employment and integration in society, helping prevent isolation and depression. 

    She is a committee member of 50+ and attends various appropriate group meetings and was a member of the old PCT Elderly and Disabilities Commissioning groups. She is also Chair of the former Derbyshire Electricity Consumers Complaints Committee, and a member of the East Midlands and National groups. Her employment experience includes working in the accounts department in a department store and secretary to a professor of Mathematical Physics at Birmingham University.

    Ann has lived in Bakewell for about 46 years but life has taken her around the country from the Midlands to Devon and London, and back to Nottingham and Lincoln and loves exploring the history and countryside around her. She has two children and six grandchildren. Her interests include gardening, cooking, embroidery and reading.
  • Stephen Dawes: Stephen is a semi-retired IT consultant and project manager.  His background is business & IT transformation in a variety of private and public sectors including Finance, Print & Mail, eCommerce & Manufacturing.

    Stephen lives in a small village near Bakewell and his wife works in DCHS as an integrated community manager. He has 3 grown up children, one of whom is a paediatric nurse and one is currently training to be a doctor.

    His outside interests include cooking, photography, hill walking and mountaineering.
  • John Dick: John is a retired local Government officer and previously employed in heavy engineering as a production engineer with emphasis on Health and Safety.

    John has lived and worked in a rural community for 42 years, regularly getting involved with projects for the benefit of the community particularly the building of a village hall.

    John is the Chairman of the Ashbourne and District 50+ Forum, Vice Chairman of the Derbyshire Older Peoples Advisory Group and member of Age UK Policy Review panel, local PPG, and Patient Voice delegate to EMAS.

    John attends health seminars, community forums, participates in and promotes exercise health and wellbeing.
  • Jane Dent: Jane is a retired registered nurse, having worked in many sectors in both the acute and primary care, most recently as a staff nurse in the district and also covering a treatment room in Prison. We moved from Scotland two years ago to be closer to our adult sons who had moved south previously. We chose the Peak District for its beauty and  wonderful walking, both my husband and I being hill walkers and mountaineers.

Rest of England

  • David Boddy: David represents the Rest of England constituency from his home in Sheffield.

    Retired from DCHS in 2018, David is keen to represent the voice of patients and their carers, while acknowledging the financial challenges faced by the NHS.  David is also an active volunteer with Healthwatch Sheffield.

    Among several interests, he enjoys walking in the Peak District, learning Italian, organising a book club, attending live music and travelling far and wide.

Staff Governors represent staff interests and have been elected to work with us to enhance patient care and the working lives of staff.

Meet our Staff Governors


  • Marie Heywood: Marie is a registered general nurse who has worked in the NHS for 34 years. She has experience in acute and primary care, in Elderly care, Midwifery, Neonatal Intensive Care, Health Visiting and her current role is as a Specialist Community Public Health Nurse in School Nursing. Marie is passionate about public health and developing services for children and young people, and hopes to raise the profile of these services as a Governor.

    Marie has lived in South Derbyshire all her life and is married with two children and two cats. Pre-Covid Marie enjoyed going out for meals, aqua-aerobics and badminton. 
  • Katie Andrew: I am a Community Staff Nurse based in the High Peak area. I have worked for the trust for 5 years, firstly as a HCA on one of the wards in a community hospital. I have been in post as a Community Staff Nurse for 2 years and am keen to ensure that front line staff have their voice heard.

    I am currently studying my Masters in Improving Health Care with the Open University and enjoy the new challenges that healthcare can often bring.

    I live with my partner and have a 2 year old son and a German Shepherd so my free time is taken up with days out and adventures with them.

  • Pippa Millett: Pippa began her registered general nurse training in 1985 at the Royal Derby Hospital. After qualifying, she worked at Leicester Royal Infirmary in Trauma and Orthopaedics until 1991. 

    She then went on to complete a Diploma in Midwifery in Lancashire, moving back to the East Midlands where she worked for 15 years as a midwife in Derby both in the hospital and community. 

    When her children were young, she returned to nursing working nightshifts in a private hospital on a mixed general surgical and orthopaedic unit, where she stayed for 8 years working both day and night duty eventually. 

    She returned to the NHS in 2014, joining DCHS as a community nurse, and then was lucky enough to acquire a role in Tissue Viability with Derby Hospitals.  After 6 months she was transferred back to DCHS to continue her role as a community Tissue Viability Specialist Nurse.  Pippa continues in this role today. 

Other Registered Professionals

  • Lynne Bakewell: Lynne is a Physiotherapist that has been qualified for 25 years and she has worked in North East Derbyshire for the last 13 years within DCHS. She has experience of community working alongside therapy colleagues as well as nursing teams and hospital based services.

    Lynne believes that the focus of patient care should be around ensuring a quality service and an excellent patient experience. She sees the staff governor role as essential to finding out about how and why the trust is moving forward and influencing the shaping of future services. She believes that staff should challenge where appropriate and that all views should be heard and valued. 

  • Sara Nash: Sarah has worked as an Occupational Therapist in Derbyshire in a variety of roles since 1989 and she has experience the going through many NHS changes. Her roles ha ve been in day hospital, inpatient, community, mental health and physical settings. Her current role is Clinical Lead Occupational Therapist in the Dales includes leadership as well as a clinical role which gives her a good insight into different aspects of the trust. She is currently a member of the Frontline Care Council. Sara also has 7 years of experience as a school governor.

Healthcare Support, Facilities and Estates

  • Joy Williams: Joy started her working life in science agriculture and education and has previously worked as a police officer followed by 20 years in health, fitness and sport therapy industry.

    Joy currently works as an adviser in tier 3 weight Management Service and she is training to become therapeutic counsellor. She has an interest in empowering clients to take more control over their health outcomes by increased knowledge and understanding. Joy became a Governor to gain a greater understanding of the DCHS and try to make a positive contribution as well as for self-development.

    Joy was born in Derbyshire and moved away after leaving school but returned 12 years ago to work for DCHS.

    Joy enjoys outdoor activities, especially adventures involving a bicycle.

  • Wendy Hodgkinson:Wendy is a Healthcare Assistant at Whitworth Hospital’s Minor Injuries Unit, a job she loves and one that has given her great confidence and the encouragement to grow as an individual.

    Wendy is hugely passionate about local health care and the needs of local people, wanting what is best for them and the staff who serve them working within the DCHS way.

    She has excellent communication skills, the confidence to voice opinions and opinions of others, and excellent interpersonal skills, making her effective at public speaking.

    Having been a single mum with the children now grown up, Wendy is ready to take on new challenges. Being on the "shop floor" and part of a DCHS Gold Accredited Team puts her right at the heart of patient care. On a personal level she loves good food and wine, swimming and walking. Her hobbies are writing poetry and enjoying live music, the cinema and the theatre.

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Administration, Clerical and Managers

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Medical & Dental

  • Dr. Alexander Carberry: Alex is a GP who works in Castle Street Medical Centre in Bolsover. He has an additional interest in Medical Education.

    Alex is from Nottingham and studied medicine in Glasgow before moving to the Chesterfield area to complete his GP training.  Alex enjoys anything that gets him outside, be it gardening, hill-walking or going for a run. He has a pet puffer fish!

Along with our Public and Staff Governors, we also have three Appointed Governors. These Governors are nominated representatives from partner organisations we work closely with:

Derbyshire County Council

  • Cllr Neil Atkin: Neil lived at Barrow-on-Trent and was educated at Heanor Gate School before attending Broomfield Agriculture College following which he joined the family farming business as a Landowner until he retired in the Spring 2017 after being bought out of the family business due to changes.

    He is known as a dual hatted elected member for two local authorities the first was back in 2002 for South Derbyshire District Council to the present day and secondly for Derbyshire County Council where he is now serving his second term of office. Over the years he has been on several committees covering Planning, Housing & Community & Leisure services, Overview & Scrutiny, Audit, Environment & Development Services on the District Council also was the Council Civic Chairman twice (to some the Mayor)

    At Derbyshire County Council he served on the Pensions & Investments committee as vice chairman and also served on the Derbyshire Fire Authority. During his term on the East Midlands Airport Independent Consultative committee he was the vice chairman then became the interim Chairman for two years due to the resignation of the Chairman during lockdown reluctantly until his departure as a representative this year. Now he carries a huge responsibility as a cabinet support member covering no less than 21 outside body appointments attached to this portfolio alone.

    He does find time to follow his hobby. From April to September he is a member of Guards Polo Club, their matches are held at Smith Lawn on private grounds within Windsor Great Park owned by HM The Queen where he can be found mainly at weekends entertaining the clubs corporate hospitality guests & friends, dining at Mosimanns clubhouse restaurant serving fine food and wine, an experience every guest never forgets.

University of Derby

  • Navjot Virk: Navjot is a senior academic at the University, heading up Midwifery and Children's Nursing in the College of Health, Psychology and Social Care. Navjot has strong professional history in National Health Service and Higher Education Sector in India and England. She is member of various local, regional, and national professional groups and holds national credibility in the fields of Health Promotion, Safeguarding, Infant Mental health and Speech and Language development. Navjot is well known for her passion in leadership and has supported and coached various health professionals across England. She is passionate about improving quality of services.

    In her voluntary capacity as a School governor, she has supported various state funded, Free schools and independent schools and provided strategic direction to improve quality of education. She played pivotal role in setting up Akaal Primary School in Derby which is Sikh Faith Designated Primary school imparting value-based education. In addition, to that she is nationally trained inspector for conducting section 48 Faith Inspections in primary and secondary schools.

    Navjot is an active member of Sri Guru Singh Sabha Gurudwara where she does voluntary service in leading a Punjabi school to teach Punjabi and Sikh Studies to UK born children. Navjot is also Her Majesty appointed Marriage Registrar for Sri Guru Singh Sabha Gurudwara Derby to conduct marriages.

    Navjot is the proud winner of Vii Media women role model award 2021 where 100 most empowered women were selected across the globe.

Derby and Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group

  • Dr Emma Pizzey: Dr Pizzey has worked as a GP partner in a large teaching practice in Ilkeston, Derbyshire for 18 years. She is involved in teaching medical students from the Universities of Nottingham and Derby right through from first years to final years, and has a special interest in looking after patients with diabetes and heart conditions.

    She has been involved in bringing together 10 practices in Ilkeston and Long Eaton to form Erewash Health Partnership, which is helping practices work together to deliver better care for patients across Erewash.

    Since April 2019, she has been on the governing body of Derby and Derbyshire CCG helping to commission high quality healthcare to people across the whole of Derbyshire. 

    Outside of work she is a busy mum of 3 teenage boys and enjoys gardening, pottering on her allotment and looking after her chickens.

Associate to the Council

  • Ansar Hussain: Ansar graduated from the University of Manchester studying BSc Hons Information Technology Management for Business. Ansar is currently working at Rolls-Royce as a Senior Business Analyst and has 10 years experience of IT/Management Consultancy.

    Above and beyond his day job, Ansar is the chairman for a local not-for-profit charity organisation which supports vulnerable and destitute families and a STEM ambassador empowering and supporting young children to think about careers. Furthermore, he is a part of the Patient Practise Group at his surgery supporting ways of improving the practise and patient care.

    Outside of his voluntary work, Ansar is a keen Road Cyclist and Indoor Cricketer.