Pennine Lancashire Governors
'Together a Healthier Future'
Alan has been a Public Governor representing East Lancashire since January 2013 and is now retired having spent over 30 years working in the health service, mainly in the field of Mental Health as a Registered Mental Nurse. Alan was also a Registered General Nurse.
Alan was a Director of Mental Health Nursing Services when he retired and still undertakes duties as a ‘hospital manager’ as this relates to the Mental Health Act. Alan was appointed a Magistrate in 2004 and is a local town councillor for Padiham where he lives with his wife Linda. Alan is also a member of the Rotary Club of Padiham and undertakes work for Burnley Borough Council on their Standards Committee.
Alan is committed to his role of Public Governor and is presently the Chair of the Quality and Assurance Committee. Alan believes his past and present experience will help him to make a positive contribution to the organisation.
Chris was born in Folkestone, Kent and educated in Canterbury at St Edmunds School. He became a professional footballer but unfortunately his career was ended at the age of 19 due to serious injury. Chris then worked for Barclays Bank for 16 years before leaving to take over the running of his wife's part time cleaning business which he built to a staffing level of 550 employees before selling. Chris is also a qualified apprentice assessor and qualified in his own right as a member of the Institute of Directors. Chris also carries out voluntary work for the Prostate Cancer charity.
Paul has lived in Pendle the majority of his life. He attended the University of Surrey to study Medical Biochemistry and worked at the Veterinary Laboratories Agency and International Mycological Institute.
It was whilst Paul was in his 1st year at University that he became very ill with psychosis. Fortunately, he made a recovery and managed to complete his degree.
Paul realises that he has been very lucky and soon after returning to Pendle he met his wife Sara and before long were married. They have now been married for nearly 19 years and have a 15 year old son.
Paul’s career has been less than perfect, and whilst his mental health has never declined catastrophically like it did when he was at University, it has at times been a factor in his very varied career. Mental health conditions/problems have been something that have affected a good number of his family and friends, and it is something that he has become very passionate about.
Last year Paul planned and hosted a Mental Health and Best Practice Seminar in Burnley; this was to bring people together to learn from each other and to discuss the holistic approach that is needed to improve the nation’s mental health and prevent mental health conditions occurring.
Paul has become a “Time to Change Champion”, and uses his lived experience to reduce the stigma and discrimination associated with mental health conditions. He has delivered very open talks and recently spoke at Nelson and Colne College, where he was a pupil 27 years ago.
Paul is also an RYA Senior Sailing Instructor and Development Officer for Burwain Sailing Club.