Andrew Jackman - Lead Governor
I have a strong desire to improve all aspects of the Trust’s work and to represent the views of Southampton residents.
I sought election as a Public Governor to both challenge and support the Trust who have supported my daughter over many years. As a parent and carer of a long-term patient I have seen extraordinary commitment and care from some Trust professionals, but have also encountered obstacles and delays which hinder the desire we would all share for recovery.
I see my Public Governor role as helping to achieve the environment which will allow all patients, service users and carers to get the best possible outcomes from their interaction with the Trust. To this end, I am totally behind the Trust’s desire to be recognised by the CQC as Outstanding. In particular, I am focusing on the Trust’s provision of services in the City of Southampton and am working with the Trust’s leadership, staff, patients, carers and other stakeholders to achieve the best outcomes in the community I represent.
I have recently been re-elected by fellow Governors as the Trust’s Lead Governor and have worked to listen, understand, support and challenge Governors and the Trust robustly. My focus for the Council of Governors has been for us to better represent and influence the best outcomes and experiences for patients, service users and carers. I work closely with the Chair and NEDs to embed a collaborative relationship between the Trust and the Governors, fostering a culture where all Governor voices are heard and valued for their varying skills and passions. I also contribute to the national Lead Governor Association, adding some external benchmarking to our Council of Governors.
I am a recently retired Chartered Accountant with employment spanning accounting practice, commercial boards and the voluntary sector. I also hold governance roles in a local Sixth Form College and in the charity sector. I have considerable experience in committee and governance roles, in reviewing business and strategic decision making, with sound financial skills, a willingness to listen, as well as to challenge and hold boards to account.