Appointed Governors









Mandi Gregory


 Appointed Governor – Staff side representative


I have worked for Mersey Care for 34 years, starting working life within Olive Mount learning disabilities services and latterly for Older Peoples Mental Health. During this time I have seen many changes some good and some not so.


I became actively involved with the local branch of Unison 22 years ago, representing staff at all levels and 8 years ago I was elected Branch Secretary representing over 4000 Unison members across the Merseyside footprint. This is a role which faces many challenges especially during the current economic climate but nevertheless a role I find extremely rewarding.


Alongside my role as Branch Secretary, I have also been elected by the leads of the Joint Trade Unions represented here at Mersey Care as the Staffside Chair, a role which I am totally committed to and have undertaken with pride.


I felt that whilst as a trust we were excellent advocating for service users, the voice of the staff who worked for Mersey Care somehow appeared to get lost, it’s my ambition to ensure that staff views and opinions are heard at every level of the trust. In order to enable this, I and the staff side colleagues have whilst still attending collaborative working groups, Trust Board and the Quality Assurance Committee been working in partnership with Amanda Oates Executive Director of Workforce under the guidance of Professor Sidney Dekker to develop and introduce the principles of a Just and Learning culture within Mersey Care.


I remain fully committed to sustaining and improving services at Mersey Care for staff, service users and carers alike and was recently delighted to be appointed into a Just and Learning advisor role.





David Peat


Appointed Governor - Local Authority




I am the Appointed Governor from Ribble Valley Borough Council, where I am the Councillor for East Whalley, Read and Simonstone Ward.


Prior to retirement my I worked for councils in Greater Manchester and Merseyside as a Senior Finance Manager. I spent 27 years in the NHS mainly as Finance Director and Chief Executive in Health Authorities and Trusts largely in Lancashire. I was awarded the OBE for services to Community Health in Lancashire in 2007 Honours list.


I have experience in Housing, Education and Social Care and in the NHS in Acute, Community, Learning Disability, Mental Health and Ambulance Services.


Since retirement from salaried service I have worked for a range of public bodies at local and national level supporting change issues.


I am a Parish Councillor, Chair of Governors and Trustee of an Academy and Trustee of a Charity supporting former Armed Services and Blue Light/Emergency Service staff in Lancashire and north Greater Manchester.


I have both personal and professional experiences of services of the type provided by the Trust.





Victoria Keeley


Appointed Governor – Voluntary Organisation


I am the CEO for Sefton Carers Centre, a local charity providing information, advices and services for over 11,000 unpaid carers aged 5 years old and above living in Sefton.


I provide leadership to Sefton Carers Centre and am responsible for the management and administration of Sefton Carers Centre within the strategic and accountability frameworks laid down by the board of trustees. Together with the Chair, I enable the board of trustees to fulfil its duties and responsibilities for the governance of Sefton Carers and to ensure that the board receives timely advice and appropriate information on all relevant matters.


I worked in the private sector for over 13 years as a Senior Underwriter and Project development worker developing national strategies for business development into new markets. I have also developed new businesses for private companies to expand opportunities in franchise growth markets. Over the last 15 years I have worked for the voluntary sector, again developing new businesses and projects to support the needs of local community whilst working with local and national Government agendas in health and social care.


Mersey Care are an important partner of the voluntary sector linking in with key agendas of Voluntary, Community and Faith (VCF) sector organisations such as those of the Carers Centre. This lead me to become a governor and support the voice of the VCF Sector within the governance of Mersey Care.




Veronica Webster

Appointed Governor - Local Authority


For the last eleven years I have served as a Ward Councillor for Sefton MBC. I now represent Sefton as a Governor of Mersey Care.


Over the years I have been closely involved with family and friends who have had serious mental health issues. This experience has made me strongly committed to ensuring that service users always receive a high standard of professional care and support when needed. My work as a Sefton councillor has reinforced this commitment.


As a Governor I see that Mersey Care is moving forward and is addressing many diverse issues relating to the delivery of mental health care. Inpatient units in many cases are fit for purpose, are starting to be replaced with state of the art new builds. These will provide a more holistic and therapeutic environment for the benefit of service users and staff alike. The development of the Life Rooms bringing mental health out into the community is impressive.


One of the main aims of the trust to ‘Strive for Perfect Care’ is a great challenge for everyone involved. This is why it is important to recruit and maintain high quality staff and to ensure that they are supported in every way possible. The acquisition of Liverpool Community Health is now starting to develop the merging together of mental and physical health issues which will be a great benefit to service users.