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Central Bedfordshire Constituency

Governors representing our Central Bedfordshire Constituency

Michael Carter Web

Dr Michael Ivor Carter
Term of office: September 2021 to September 2024 (First term of office)
Email: please mark for the attention of Dr Michael Ivor Carter to governors@ldh.nhs.uk
Address: C/O Board Secretary, Luton and Dunstable University Hospital, Lewsey Road, Luton LU4 0DZ

I retired from a Consultant Anaesthetist post at Luton & Dunstable Hospital in 2015 for twenty years. I led medical audit of deaths and harms placing concerns before the leadership team. Latterly I was one of the medical examiners in the bereavement office.

As the trust changes from papers records to digital format I identified processes that failed in timely, accurate communication.

In the Bedfordshire Hospital Trust merger, there may be vulnerabilities in communication with patients accessing health data entry sites.

Jennifer Galluci web

Jennifer Gallucci
Term of office: September 2021 to September 2024 (Third term of office)
Email: please mark for the attention of Jennifer Gallucci to governors@ldh.nhs.uk
Address: C/O Board Secretary, Luton and Dunstable University Hospital, Lewsey Road, Luton LU4 0DZ
I will bring enthusiasm, commitment and hard work to the role of Governor to help achieve a positive future.

From an early career in hospital pathology to working in schools as a science technician, to lecturing in health & social care, assessing and quality assuring NVQs in Care, becoming a First Aid trainer and examiner, and now volunteering as a ‘good neighbour’ and Secretary of the voluntary organisation Houghton Regis Helpers, I have gained wide experience in hospital services, residential and domiciliary care. I believe effective communication and consultation between management, staff, patients, their families and carers is key to the successful future of the Trust. As a Public Governor for Bedfordshire I would seek to support, value and respect all parties inclusively, in particular external partners and stakeholders.

I am reliable and hard-working, have good organisational skills and have been told I am a good listener. I have experience in advocating with both health and social care services on behalf of vulnerable adults and continue to work freelance as a self-employed tutor and assessor. I am a Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health and recently became a Dementia Friend. I keep up to date with Safeguarding training, understand the importance of Data Protection and confidentiality and have enhanced DBS clearance. I have great admiration for all hospital and medical staff for their care and dedication and I believe I will bring patience and compassion to the role.

Linda Grant web

Linda Grant
Term of office: September 2021 to September 2024 (Second term of office)
Email: please mark for the attention of Linda Grant to governors@ldh.nhs.uk
Address: C/O Board Secretary, Luton and Dunstable University Hospital, Lewsey Road, Luton LU4 0DZ

I am a volunteer advocate and I work in the Bedfordshire community, supporting people who find it hard to put their views across and feel they are not being listened to. Within this role I work with vulnerable people who could be at risk. I work with the community health teams and ELFT
the Mental Health teams and ensure their patients are provided with the best possible services. I am also a debt counsellor and help people with their financial problems. I am a director of Healthwatch Central Bedfordshire which enables me to understand both sides of situations concerning the
patient. I am the mental health champion and I attend stakeholder meetings to represent the service user’s view point. I have also had previous experience working with the NHS for a large pharmaceutical company specialising in Women’s health.

Jim Thakoordin web

Dr Jim Thakoordin
Term of office: September 2021 to September 2024 (Second Term of office)
E-mail: please mark for the attention of Dr Jim Thakoordin to governors@ldh.nhs.uk
Address: C/O Board Secretary, Luton and Dunstable University Hospital, Lewsey Road, Luton LU4 0DZ

Thank you for electing me a Governor of L&D in 2015 Good healthcare is a human and democratic right. Our NHS is under threat. We must all help to save it and ensure high standards: efficient, caring, equal and accessible care for everyone from birth to death. If re-elected, I will continue to:

  • Work with governors, staff and the public to support and Improve performance at the L&D; oppose further privatisation; closure of wards; transfer of essential services to other hospitals and campaign for more funding for health and community care
  • Listen to and consult with the public and inform the Trust of your concerns
  • Protect and expand local services to meet needs and expectations
  • Speak out, ask questions, constructively challenge and hold Directors to account
  • Work to reduce health inequality and improve access to healthcare for all, regardless of age, disability, class, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, religion or culture.

I have been a Trust patient, governor, volunteer and non executive director for many years and have much experience and commitment in ensuring high standards at L&D.

Married: 2 children, 4 grandchildren, love gardening and written 14 books, 2 on Mental Health/Disabilities.
As a College/University Lecturer and community champion I will use my skills, knowledge and experience; including: understanding of employment law; strategic management practice and change; human resources; advocacy; chairing meetings; managing budgets and holding senior management/directors to account.

Patricia Quartermaine Web

Pat Quartermaine
Term of office: September 2021 to September 2023 (First term of office)
Email: please mark for the attention of Pat Quartermaine to governors@ldh.nhs.uk
Address: C/O Board Secretary, Luton and Dunstable University Hospital, Lewsey Road, Luton LU4 0DZ

Debbie Gardiner Central Beds Sept 21 Web

Debbie Gardiner MBE
Term of office: September 2021 to September 2023 (First term of office)
Email: please mark for the attention of Debbie Gardiner to governors@ldh.nhs.uk
Address: C/O Board Secretary, Luton and Dunstable University Hospital, Lewsey Road, Luton LU4 0DZ

My passion for our hospitals is driven by my desire to give something back to the institution that’s cared for my family. I’m a member of the Patient Experience Council and a CRUK Campaigns Ambassador. I have a deep-rooted sense of duty; I want to make a positive difference through support and challenge. I’m interested in the relationship between non-clinical departments/role holders’ and clinicians, to understand how change could have a positive impact on patient/relative care, wellbeing, and experience. I’ve worked in FE, Apprenticeships and Skills since 2000, specialising in governance, safeguarding, quality, policy, risk management and people.