Meet Rosie and Sally - our new staff governors.

Here's Rosie Hoggart, left, with Sally Robertshaw, our two new staff governors and a very big welcome to them!

Rosie is a community midwife and Sally is a clinical lead physiotherapist.

They have joined CHFT's Council of Governors after this summer's elections. We also welcomed two new public governors, John Gledhill and Chris Owen, and a new stakeholder governor, Lesley Warner.  All the new governors enjoyed a tour of the HRI estate as part of their recent induction (see photo below).

So to give CHFT colleagues more of an introduction, here's a Hello My Name Is... from Rosie (and we'll be hearing from Sally soon)

Hello My Name Is.... Rosie! I'm a Huddersfield-based Community Midwife currently looking after the pregnant women in Slaithwaite. I'm originally from York but moved to London for my training and then worked there for a few years before returning to Yorkshire. I'm married to a wonderful husband who is incredibly supportive of my role as a Midwife and now as a Governor! I am a Soprano in Huddersfield Choral Society and I regularly play a bit of squash to keep fit. My happy place is in a tent or on the top of a mountain with my husband.

Why did you want to become a Governor at our Trust?

I feel very strongly that the NHS needs to be protected and supported. As a Governor I get to play a role in ensuring that the decisions made regarding the running of the hospital are appropriate and in the best interest of everybody. I am proud to work for the NHS and firmly believe it should stay put for a very long time!

How did you feel when you found out you had been successful in this summer’s elections?

I was initially incredibly shocked as one of the other candidates is a colleague of mine who would have made a WONDERFUL Governor as she is incredibly wise and also very passionate about good care. We weren't aware that each other had applied to stand for election! I then felt proud and excited about my future in this role as my constituency of Nurses and Midwives are a fantastic group of people and its a privilege to stand as a representative of them.

Why is the NHS special to you?

My Grandmother was a Nurse, my step Grandmother was a Midwife and my Mother was a Nurse so I have grown up hearing wonderful stories of the institution and the professions. I feel really proud to continue in the line of care and walk in the footsteps of some inspirational women.

The NHS is special because it is accessible to all and I believe that all people are equal and all deserve the same level of excellent care which I know the NHS provides everyday.

What is your favourite place and why?

My favourite place is a very small Village in North Yorkshire called Castle Bolton. There is a cottage there owned by some family friends who have graciously let our family stay there through my childhood and into my adult life. It is a second home but always a treat to go and hide in the beautiful hills of the Dales which hold lots of special memories. 

Who would you most like to have dinner with and why?

Malala Yousafzai - for obvious reasons! What an incredible inspiration to females, BAME groups and young people.

What is your most treasured possession and why?

I try not to put too much value on my possessions as I'm terrible at losing or breaking things! I think the answer therefore would have to be my engagement ring, which was previously my Great Grandmother's, and my wedding ring.