Rest of England and Wales - three representatives
Robert Purkiss MBE
A governing body must be robust in holding policy makers to account. I have the experience to do just that. I have lived in, and around, Southampton all my life. My two children were born in the maternity unit and my wife worked for 42 years at the hospital before she retired. I've been a governor at the University of Southampton and chair of governors at Oakland Community School and Itchen College. I was, for 10 years, on Hampshire Police Authority and for four years on Hampshire Police and Crime Panel. I was the chair of the legal committee of the Commissions for Racial Equality for 8 years and of the European parliament's racial monitoring agency. I believe that I have the ability to add diversity and organisational experience to the governing body.
My time on the Police Authority enabled me to understand the complexity of managing a large organisation with strict financial requirements. As a judicial member of employment tribunals, dealing latterly with discrimination claims, I am used to assimilating all the relevant information necessary to ensure effective decision making. I chaired the complaints and professionals standards committee for the Police Authority for 8 years, and as such lead a cultural change from a 'defend and blame' to a 'learn and develop' based system for examining causation as well as the end result. My life experiences have been wide and varied and I feel I can offer knowledge of equality and inclusion issues, as well as dealing with complaints in an effective and efficient manner.
Declaration of interest: none
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I am delighted to have been elected as governor, as I am passionate about the NHS, including our local hospitals. Southampton General Hospital will always be a special place to me, as I have had multiple admissions within specialist services. The care I received was exceptional despite being under constraints and pressures. I believe the role of a governor will help me get a better understanding of how we need to work with change and support staff to make the patient experience even better!
I have a keen interest in looking at the patient pathways including discharge planning and supporting staff.
My work background started in 1990 in Portsmouth Hospitals working in general nursing. I spent time working within inpatient mental health wards addressing social care needs. I now work in the community supporting patients within primary care experiencing mental health problem.
Declaration of interest: None.