Staff governors

14 Phil HarriesPhil Harries (medical practitioners and dental)

I have been a Consultant ENT Surgeon at UHS for over 20 years and during my time I have been involved in expanding my own department, developing my own skills and in helping shape the careers of my trainees.

The key component I have learnt is the need to listen and to give time and space to allow new and excellent ideas to develop and flourish.

Like many, I have witnessed good and bad practices and I want to use what I have learnt from my experiences to enable all staff to feel supported by UHS and help them in their quest to uphold the trust values.

As Governor I will ensure that, at all times, I act fairly, respecting equality, diversity and inclusivity. My aim is to ensure that UHS continues to support all employees in its mission to provide clinical excellence and the best possible care for patients.

Declaration of interests:  I have a private ENT Practice and work as part
of the ENT Group


Vicki Havercroft DixonVicki Havercroft Dixon (nursing and midwifery staff)

Having worked for the Trust for over 20 years, I am delighted to be able to represent the nursing and midwifery workforce as a staff governor. In my current role as head of patient and family relations, I have the privilege of frequently walking the wards as well as attending band 6 and 7 education days; these opportunities give me access to feedback from both patients and staff on a regular basis and will be invaluable during my time as a governor.

I firmly believe that we all have a responsibility to influence and improve what we do on a day-to day-basis and I am keen to ensure that the breadth and diversity of our profession is represented across the Trust.

Declaration of interests: none


Kelly LloydKelly Lloyd (Health Professional and Health Scientist staff)

I am delighted to have been elected as a governor representing the Health Professional and Health Scientist staff group.  I have recently joined UHS after spending the past 8 years in New Zealand. I am a Therapeutic radiographer, employed within the Radiation Physics team to plan and prepare treatments for cancer patients undergoing Radiotherapy.

I have a strong passion for continuous learning and as such I always aim to foster a culture that is safe and supportive to enable us to grow and expand our skills. I have previously worked on staff engagement initiatives to empower individuals to speak up if they have concerns around safety and professionalism and equally as importantly, how we should respond when we are spoken up to.

I am keen to work with you and the board to ensure that UHS is an organisation that we are all proud to work for and one that places value on the skills and efforts we all bring to the service on a daily basis.    

Declaration of interests: none


Sara Hughes (non-clinical and support staff)

SHughesI am thrilled to have been elected as a governor. I'm particularly interested in strategic planning, staff wellbeing, the environment and equality.

With a passion for healthcare and medicine development, I adore my job as a project manager with the Clinical Research Facility.

I have seen the hospital transform and grow a lot in the eight years I've worked for the Trust, and I love it here.

As a non-clinical staff member in a clinical environment, I fully understand how your opinions can feel lost or ignored. I will offer a fresh perspective, provide colleagues with a voice and put forward new ideas, understanding that the hospital is more than just the clinical staff you can see.

Declaration of interests: none