Staff governors

Dr Max Jonas (medical and dental)

Over the 20 years I have been at UHS, I have got to know many people who work here. I have, like everyone, seen the good and bad and been on the receiving end of both. I also have learnt in my time here what it means to have support and guidance along the way. I clearly see that the relationship between the Trust Board and staff has improved significantly over the last four years. I intend to be that conduit between the staff members and Trust Board that continues this positive momentum and promotes dialogue and discussion around all areas of Trust business.

As one of the consultants on the general intensive care unit, I have seen UHS in action day and night. I believe in the diversity which has been encouraged and also in spending time listening to others. As a governor I will give a strong commitment to all staff members that I will represent them to ensure that UHS continues to support us all on its journey to provide clinical excellence and outstanding patient care.

Declaration of interest: none

Tina Baker (nursing and midwifery)

Since qualifying as a nurse in 1986, I have worked in many nursing roles in the acute sector and in the community as a health visitor. I have been fortunate enough to work at UHS for the past three years and I am currently seconded from my matron's post in medicine to the patient support services team as head of complaints. I believe this gives me a unique insight into our services from both a staff and patient point of view.

I am passionate about this Trust and our continued ability to deliver excellent standards of care for our patients. I recognise the importance of clinical staff being able to raise their concerns or celebrate their successes to board level. I am happy to be contacted by any staff member who wishes to raise concerns or simply find out more about the my role of governor in being a voice for nursing and midwifery staff. I will also try to attend every clinical leaders' group, so you can catch up with me there.

Declaration of interest: none

Emil Bica (other clinical staff)

I have been part of the Trust for three years and previously worked in a nursing home. As a health care assistant in F level theatres with management experience for almost eight years and a background in economics, I hope that I will be able to help my colleagues and the Trust by coming up with some new ideas.  I am willing to put the work in to try and make new ideas work if they are beneficial to the Trust, my colleagues and of course patients.

I believe it is important to continue learning and am currently studying for a postgraduate diploma in strategic management (level seven) and apprenticeship in health and social care (level three). After this I hope to do a master’s in business administration.

Declaration of interest: none


Amanda Turner (non-clinical and support staff)

I have worked in a non-clinical role for the Trust for over six years now and I am very proud to say I work for UHS. Over the six years I have seen many changes in the way change has been approached including the bottom-up approach to change. I am extremely in favour of this approach and of giving the workers a voice. In the present NHS economic climate with stretched resources it remains a challenge to deliver on the growing list of targets whilst maintaining the highest standards of care. I would welcome the role of governor to support and contribute to the future of our Trust. This position gives me the opportunity to represent all staff groups across sites and act as an ambassador for the Trust.

I am a highly dependable professional who has a disposition for liaison work and a concern for accuracy coupled with a need to maintain and raise standards, use my time effectively and give confidence to others. I work well independently and as part of a team. I have excellent communication skills, and am fully supportive of the need for change; I am reliable and very approachable. I enjoy communicating with all staff groups and levels. UHS has invested in my future and I would like to pay that investment back.

Declaration of interest: none