Southampton City - five representatives

Diane Eldridge

One of my principal reasons for running as a governor was that I am really passionate about the National Health Service, especially our local hospitals in Southampton and Hampshire. Being a patient of Southampton General Hospital has given me first-hand experience of not only what services are on offer, but how restrictive the finances are in some departments. Being a governor will help me get a better understanding of protocols within UHS. I feel that the more we can engage the local community in becoming members of UHS, the better the patient experience will be. Representing local people so they receive a positive experience whilst in the care of Southampton is one of my aspirations.

I have a great deal of commitment and enthusiasm and will support and where necessary challenge decisions, ensuring that all patients are centric to decisions being made. Moreover I have a keen interest in health and teamwork is really important to me.

My work background is in management with 25 years at the same company. My position is operational support manager, supporting the south central region. I help manage each location by applying best practice, adhering to stringent operational constraints and key performance indicators. I am champion lead on engagement and therefore feel my skills would be transferable in the position of governor.

Declaration of interest: none


Robert Chambers

Robert ChambersThe NHS is one of our most important and high-profile public services and it's vital that these are delivered to the highest standard. I currently work in NHS commissioning and understand the current healthcare system. I am passionate about ensuring that residents receive the highest possible level of care. Our healthcare system in Southampton provides vital services to 1.9 million people and I would like to be given the opportunity to ensure that our local services continue to improve.

I would ensure that local views are represented and that patients are at the heart of decision making. I live and work in Southampton and have previously been a school governor as well as vice chair of a housing association. I believe that my previous experience of being a governor, as well as the skills that I possess, would mean that I could effectively represent the views of my constituents. I believe that I could bring a new perspective to being a governor – with an emphasis on patient care.

I am a qualified accountant, currently working in healthcare commissioning for Southampton. I believe that my analytical and communication skills could be used in this role, as well as my knowledge of how the NHS functions.

Declaration of interest: employed at Southampton City Clinical Commissioning Group, wife is a consultant geriatrician at UHS.


Tony Havlin

Tony HavlinI was a late entrant to both university (mature student) and public service. I recently retired after three differing careers: soldier, student and local government senior legal officer (17 years), with 51 years’ service in HM Forces, both public and private legal practice and statutory bodies.

I still take a keen interest in local community affairs and have in the past been a school governor, representative both on the local school governor’s forum and the new governor applicants vetting committee. Currently, I am the trustee/treasurer of a community-run recreation ground where we raise money to fund and provide free sporting events and coaching activities for local children and teenagers.

Despite my years, I am still well able to think outside the box to achieve a just outcome, and have a proactive approach to legislative changes. My skillset has given me both the insight and necessary legal and investigative skills to assimilate diverse information, analyse, form an opinion, and then prepare an initial report in many diverse legal areas - insolvency to personal injury, PLL to highways, IT to pensions, property, planning and enforcement issues, historic occupational disease claims and contracts. I have experience preparing meetings and agendas, taking minutes and giving both written and verbal advice to senior officers and county councillors.

Declaration of interest: none


Fourth governor position (currently vacant)

Fifth governor position (currently vacant)