Rest of England and Wales - three representatives


Richard Goldsmith

Richard Goldsmith

During 2008, I was in the care of UHS and spent in total a stay of forty nights. I am now an outpatient. During this time I've met surgeons, consultants, nurses, radiotherapists and ancillary staff. I would like to be a governor to go some way to repay the people and the NHS who helped me through a most traumatic time.

Prior to my retirement, I enjoyed working for 32 years with British Petroleum in downstream operations. My last role was supervising the maintenance team and systems in the BP distribution terminal in Hamble. My experience of systems, processes, performance appraisals and ensuring compliance with set down procedures will help with the role of a UHS governor.

During my career I developed numerous skills, especially as a member of the Technical Assurance Group. This role involved formal meetings where methods and processes were set, becoming standard operating procedures throughout. I undertook manager and contractor meetings, making sure all parties were aware of safe working practices in a hazardous environment. My role was to review all procedures, method statements and risk assessments, as well as the management of change criteria, before allowing work to start. During this time I developed good management, communication and teamwork skills. I believe the experiences and skills gained during my working career and family life will enable me to successfully undertake the role of a UHS governor.

Declaration of interest: none


John Haydon

Dr John Haydon

During my career in the Naval Service I acted as staff medical adviser to senior commanders in training, health and safety and medical support operations and as a desk officer in a department of state with responsibilities for NATO and national activities during military conflict. I then joined the fleet headquarters to put the experience gained into effect.

I returned to the staff of the surgeon general as an assistant director with general responsibility for health matters and research. Such broad experience would assist me in my duties as a governor. I have also been a member of council of the London Medical Society and was nominated as chairman of the London Group of the Society of Occupational Medicine, but serious illness forced me to withdraw from both organisations.

I had been manager, organiser, operator and author of policies for the Defence Medical Services at a senior level before my discharge on medical grounds in 1998. Since then, I have worked as a civilian medical consultant in the Royal Navy base at Portsmouth for seven years, having spent two years with a commercial medical organisation providing occupational health advice to the civil service through all its departments. This function had to have cabinet office approval as it involved clients being retired on medical grounds with a pension.

Declaration of interest: none


Robert Purkiss

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