Sue Howshall - Public Governor for Dorset/Rest of England & Wales

I have served as a public governor for the past two years and have the energy and commitment to serve again. During this time I have attended most of the governor and board meetings. I have actively sought out training events, DHC events, and public events to further increase my knowledge to enable me to be a more effective governor. It is critical, in the next year that some experienced governors are retained. The complexity of the Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP); Clinical Services Review(CSR); Acute Mental Pathway(AMP) and the new Accountable Care System(ACS); would make a steep learning curve for the Council of Governors if all the governors elected were new.

I retired as a pharmacist in December 2016. For the past 30 years I have worked in East Dorset. I have had many opportunities to listen to the public about their experiences and concerns for the NHS locally. I am also a mother and grandmother and through my connections with local groups, I am able to reflect a wide spectrum of society from cradle to grave. I owned my own pharmacy which required many skills including staff management and financial management. I also sat on a national fitness to practise panel, which involved reading lengthy documents, understanding legal issues and with others reaching sound evidenced based decisions, fair to all parties.

Members of the Council of Governors