Youth governors have their say
19 February 2016
Southend Hospital’s council of governors are constantly looking at ways for the Trust membership to better reflect the local population. One of those ways is by encouraging younger members to join and ensure their opinions are heard.
At the last informal governor meeting the governors were joined
by two of the three sixth form pupils from Southend High School for
Girls who have volunteered to be Youth Governors.
Elinor Wright, Sarah-Jayne Glew and Emily Godsafe, all 18, hope
that by attending board meetings and governor groups they can get a
better understanding of how the hospital is run as well as learn
new skills for their career aspirations.
Emily, who is currently studying English language, English
literature and Geography A-levels, said: "I want to be a speech and
language therapist and I thought it was a good idea to get a better
understanding of the hospital and the different disciplines that
Elinor, who is currently studying Geography, Politics and Maths
A-levels, said: "I thought it would be a rewarding thing to do and
it's a chance to sit in on board meetings and experience the
business world. I hope to get a better understanding of how the
hospital is run from the information gathered at meetings rather
than what you hear in the media.
Ambitious Elinor hopes to go to university later this year to
study international relations and then work for either an aid
agency or the UN.
Governors Les Catley, Joe Cooke and Barbara Oliver were grateful
for both girls attending, adding: "The girls are currently busy
preparing for their A-level exams but they still made the time to
meet with us at the hospital. Their contribution was very
insightful and we hope they found it useful to discuss the latest