Rest of England and Wales - three representatives

Robert Purkiss MBE

Bob PurkisA 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 interests: none


Colin Bulpett

Colin BulpettI have worked with University Hospital Southampton for the past four years and observed their forward thinking responsible attitude towards patient care.

Following a near fatal car accident in January 2018, I came through the emergency department and saw first-hand how the staff deal with a high volume of patients effectively while providing a high standard of care.

As a governor I would like to support UHS in the daily running of the hospital and offer advice at a strategic level. I am interested in staff wellbeing particularly in the area of stress and mental health.

I have been a police officer for the last 23 years and specialised in mental health, helping the force to provide guided responses to frequent callers. I am the suicide prevention lead for Hampshire Constabulary, a dementia champion and mental health first aid trainer. Prior to joining the police I worked as a chartered surveyor for Wimpey.

Declaration of interests: none


Quintin van WykQuintin van Wyk

I am an experienced physician, manager and leader with a broad set of skills across the public and private sector. Having worked as a physician in the NHS, as well as a senior leader in the pharmaceutical service sector, I bring around 25 years of experience to my role as governor. I have an insatiable drive for efficiency without compromise to quality and outcome for all stakeholders including personnel, service users and vendors. I question wastage and inefficiency and am meticulous in everything I do. I look to apply my experience in overseeing financial performance of highly profitable business units to my position on the council of governors. I look forward to contributing to a well-run organisation that strives for constant improvement.

Declaration of interests: None.