Issue 3July 2019

Meet the Governor....wrong meeting, glorious views and fab fellow governors...Sheila Taylor's views one year into her role

Sheila Taylor is one of 16 publicly-elected govenors on our Council of Governors. She was elected to represent the Huddersfield Central constituency last July.  She was a secretary in IM&T training at HRI, she loves Pilates and is currently caring for her poorly pooch. Here's more about her.

Tell us about your background:

"I'm a Black Country lass through and through, married for almost 51 years to Roy, a Man of Kent, with two grown up children and four grandchildren. I left Walsall for Kent, on to Melbourn (Cambs), then Great Sankey and finally here to Lindley 21 and a half years ago. Our son lives in Burwell, and our daughter lives in Haydock.

In Cambridgeshire, I worked for a short while work at Addenbrookes Hospital as a Theatre Auxiliary Nurse, on moving to Great Sankey worked for Cheshire County Council, but most memorable were my years working at HRI.

What you have enjoyed most about being a governor?

Where do you begin!  All been a learning curve, but besides meeting fellow Governors, most memorable were the two roof top experiences at CRH and HRI!  Incredible views. (As part of their induction course governors are taken on tours of the hospital sites, and get to go on the roof!)

Has anything been particularly interesting or surprising so far?

Again where do you begin!  My first year has been interesting and surprising, and sometimes at meetings a little uncomfortable as you feel out of your depth.  But having said that, you are soon put at ease by fellow governors.

Have there been any funny moments?

Yes, I convinced myself I had a meeting on a certain day, turned up and was welcomed into the meeting, knew a few faces, then when the meeting commenced realised - WRONG MEETING, WRONG DAY!

How do you relax?

By walking the dog, sadly now, not quite so often, as she has been diagnosed with diabetes and has cataracts making it hard for her, but we still stroll now and again. On Thursday mornings, nothing more relaxing than the Pilates class I attend.

What is your favourite place?

Barnstaple in Devon where I met Roy.

Who would you most like to have dinner with?

Oh a hard question, so many, my family of course, but Cliff Richard and Alfie Boe are the tops.

What is your most treasured possession?

My family

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