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Natalie Rose

I graduated from University of York in 2009 with a degree in Biology and then went on to study Dentistry at Liverpool University where I qualified with honours in 2013. I have worked at several general dental practices around the Merseyside area before taking a position over three years ago as a Dental Officer based at Vauxhall health centre. Having two children under the age of four keeps me busy at home and has helped ignite a passion for dental education and prevention in young children.  

As a staff Governor I am keen to promote and develop the Trust and hope to inspire a feeling of pride and belonging in all colleagues and job satisfaction being a main priority. I believe that by implementing and utilising the views, opinions and skill mix of our dedicated staff, we can realise the full potential of Mersey Care.

I look forward to working alongside my fellow Governors who represent our patients and their families and I feel that I will be able to appropriately influence positive change.

Staff Governors have the responsibly of connecting the staff and the Trust leadership team, seeking assurance about what is presented to them and understanding issues from each perspective, and as a Governor I feel privileged to actively represent my colleagues.

Term ends 30 September 2023

Mark Chandley

My name is Dr Mark Chandley (Dr by virtue of gaining a PhD).

I am a Senior Clinical Nurse based in the secure division. I was born in Anfield and I am very proud of my working class, industrial origins.

I began as a Nursing Assistant (interestingly I would never get a job in Mersey Care today as I was only a builder back then). I worked up completing a degree and PhD in 2007 at the Manchester Metropolitan. I have worked in secure services for almost forty years and I still enjoy myself. 

I work also lecturing on violence and aggression across the UK and amongst others I have taught 3000 bus drivers for Nottingham City Transport.

I was seriously ill in 2015 and similar to long COVID it left me ill for a while, Mersey Care usually treated me as I wish others to be treated, that low point in life was a high point in the NHS.

I will bring passion to this role. Most of Mersey Care is robust but occasionally the best of trusts fall short. I put myself up for governor to be a conduit between the members and public and the trust board. I want to help the little guy.

I know from experience that the view from the top is different to the view at the bottom and I want the board to know both views. Your views on the importance of the services we offer. The services we offer often aspire to be world class, but I have been around a long time and I am aware that a great service can get itself into trouble very quickly. I want to be an excellent, reliable and accessible representative

Term ends 30 September 2023.


Gillian Davies

I am passionate and enthusiastic about getting the service right for all patients. I am confident to challenge and be challenged. I believe that staff are our greatest asset.

I began my Nursing career in 1991 and trained across a number of NHS services throughout Liverpool. I am a Registered General Adults Nurse and predominantly worked in the Royal Liverpool University Hospital. I initially worked on Vascular Surgery then became a Sister on Intensive Care.

After having my two children I desired a shift in focus and trained in Lancaster University to become a Health Visitor, working again across the whole of the city. I have performed as a Team Leader of Health Visiting and currently School Nursing. I have experience of Nursing across the lifespan of our patients.

I am proud to represent the Nursing staff of Mersey Care and be the voice of this constituency board facing. I never lose focus of keeping patients central to everything we do. I am passionate about ensuring the service is quality driven whilst maintaining efficiencies. Just entering Mersey Care as Liverpool Community Division places me in an ideal position to break down any barriers, say it as it is and strive to integrate our service into the Mersey care family. I strongly believe in valuing all staff and hope this role could give me an avenue to develop this, be the voice of the staff, challenge appropriately, celebrate our service, share and learn to become the best NHS provider we can be.

Term ends 30 April 2022.


Nicola Gelling

I am committed to provide patient centred care and to ensure all services work together to give our patients the best care possible in the community. I am confident and passionate about patient care, and I will challenge and I am happy to be challenged to ensure that as a trust we are delivering safe, effective, responsive, caring and well-led services for our patients service-users and staff.

I commenced my nursing career as an Auxiliary Nurse in Broadgreen Hospital in 1992. I have worked within Sefton for 20 years where I started as a D Grade District Nurse. In 2013, I became a Community Matron which is a role that I thoroughly enjoy as I work with all members of the Multidisciplinary team regularly. I feel that I understand how it is to work at all grades within the Nursing service and the demands on each role within the team.

I regularly Mentor and Support Colleagues to assist with the development of their knowledge and skills. I enjoy Mentoring and teaching colleagues and staff as I feel it is important that we share our knowledge and skills to continuously provide the best possible care to patient and service users. As a Mentor I get a great deal of personal and professional pride in seeing colleagues and students develop professionally and feel supported in their roles.

Patients are why we are here and we should not lose focus of the need for High Quality Patient Centred Care and always ensuring their needs are met. As a Nurse within Merseycare it is important to me that all Patients, Service users and Staff are treated with dignity and respect at all times.

I am extremely honoured to have been voted by my peers to be a staff governor. I am passionate about Nursing and I feel that I have the experience and passion to represent my colleagues. I will endeavour to ensure that the staff’s views are represented by me in a constructive way. I hope to work in partnership with the board to voice the views of staff.

Term ends 30 September 2023

Sam Gorst

My name is Sam Gorst and I am currently working as a Nursing Assistant/Mental Health Support Worker at Mersey Care. I am hoping to carry out a Nursing Associate degree and eventually progress to become an RMN.I have worked for Mersey Care for two years and thoroughly enjoy the therapeutic time I have with my patients.

There's nothing better than witnessing and being involved in the journey and progress of someone becoming physically and mentally well after trauma or life's stresses.I am also a City Councillor and POA Union Health and Safety representative. These roles have given me valuable transferrable skills and knowledge that I apply to the ward I work on whether that is helping with housing advice, signposting to relevant agencies or improving safety at the unit.I am passionate about continuously improving the health and safety standards of the unit I work on.

I believe this will improve staff wellbeing and morale, creating a more compassionate working culture.I am an advocate for BAME staff - we must eradicate ignorance and prejudice to strive for a more content, equal and diverse workforce.In all the roles I carry out in life including those mentioned above and additionally as a parent, I pride myself on the importance of being approachable and actively listening. Approachability is key to gaining trust and transparency.

My door is always open for a chat over a coffee or under the current circumstances, a friendly video call instead.

Term ends 30 September 2023.


Dean Hegarty

I’m a community mental health support worker in Sefton and staff governor.

I travel around 150 miles a week on my bike, visiting people in their homes. I always try to help them to get out and about, sometimes we go for a bike ride. It can make a big difference to someone’s mood if they see the world outside. They’re on their own journey to recovery but we travel together.

I love working with people, helping them achieve their full potential. We do everything at their pace, step by step.

I’m also a carers’ champion – carers are so valuable to everyone else involved in someone’s care - we should listen to them and direct them to places where they can feel safe too.

I wanted to become a governor so I could put the viewpoints of staff to the people making decisions. I feel privileged to be able to look out for the people who work at Mersey Care.

Read and interview with Dean here.

Term ends 30 April 2022.


Gie Peneche

Keeping our service safe – is the driving force for my aspirations of becoming a staff governor. For me, providing safe patient care is not only about evidence based practise but also about the interaction, experience and the psychological safety of both patients and staff. It is therefore my passion to promote ideas and views, representing fellow colleagues and promoting better staff experiences; which in turn will improve the patient’s experience of service.

As one of the Just and Learning Ambassadors I am already part of cultivating an open, just and transparent culture. If elected, I will draw upon these skills to represent staff views, challenge decisions and ensure that issues specific to services will be addressed.

Through my experiences, I have amassed and have built resilience that makes me flexible, courageous and well-rounded individual. The challenges that I have personally experienced over physiotherapy career of 20 years, have taught me to find my voice and speak up when I needed to; make my own ethical decisions everyday no matter how much pressure is being placed on me and the lessons I have learnt from colleagues experiences.

Their wisdom is the reason why I enjoy the opportunity to collaborate.

My personal experiences and attributes have led me to believe that I would be well suited to be a governor and all that it entails. Furthermore, it is just simply to make a difference at a place where everyone is welcomed and I can only attain that with your support.

Term ends 30 September 2021.

Karen Elliot

I have 30 years experience working in the health and social care sector, beginning my career as a practitioner supporting individuals who have historically experienced prejudice, discrimination and segregation to access appropriate health and social care services, building their confidence and skills to live more independently. 

For the past 16 years I have worked in Learning and Development supporting colleagues to continuously develop their knowledge and skills to deliver the best possible care and support to patients, service users and carers. 

I have worked for Mersey Care for 3 years and believe that Mersey Care have great values and principles.  In all core decisions patients are always put first and our staff members lead by example in representing the trusts values.

It is a great honour to be elected as a staff governor and I want to ensure that our staff members’ views are represented in the best possible way.  As a member of the Council of Governors I will represent the interests of members to hold the Chair and Non-Executive Directors to account for the performance of the Board of Directors through constructive challenge and partnership.

I am committed to and passionate about the transformation of health and social care services and the drive towards an integrated approach to address the needs of patients, service users, staff and the communities we serve. The NHS is going through great challenges and changes and I want to make sure that our members’ views can be represented in an effective manner in the Governing body.

My ambition is to work collaboratively with colleagues and the people we serve to advance the modernisation of health and social care services to deliver Perfect Care.

I am a dedicated individual with lots of energy and passion and I believe that I have the right blend of experience and values to represent our members appropriately to help drive the continued improvement that make a positive difference within the Trust.

Term ends 30 April 2022.

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