Xena Dion - Public Governor - Poole

Why do you want to be a governor?

I would like to help shape services that effect the future of one of our largest health providers. At a time of huge pressures on services, from an increase in demand and less money, I would like to offer a constructive and positive contribution - supporting good practice and services but with the ability to challenge where services are not effective, not efficient and not working well for local people and where systems for accessing services could be better. I have worked for many years in one of Poole's most disadvantaged areas and have a particular interest in preventative services and in delivering services in a way that is relevant and easily accessible to people who need them, particularly those who are hardest to reach and who are often in the greatest need.

What skills do you feel you could bring to the role?

With a nursing, midwifery and health visiting background I have led change and development in public health services and have good leadership, team-working, communication and motivational skills. I have played a senior role in local politics which has helped me understand the challenges between budget pressures and maintaining and delivering quality services. I understand the complexities of partnership working between different organisations but also know the benefits that good partnership working can bring to public services. I have a pragmatic and intelligent approach to complex issues whilst maintaining empathy for the people we serve.

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Members of the Council of Governors