I’m the guvnor... and here to help
Name: Peter Wilkinson deputy lead governor/ public governor for East Cheshire. Name / which organisation are you involved with?: Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. How did you become a volunteer?: When I retired from CWP, I believed in what CWP was doing and felt that I could use over 30 years of experience to help, so I put myself forward to be voted on as a public governor for East Cheshire. What do you enjoy most about your role there?: My role is to champion the voice of local people and represent their views within CWP. I enjoy the freedom I have to use my experience to help trust members. What has been your most memorable/ funniest moment while you have been volunteering?: There have been many memorable moments but the main ongoing one is seeing how CWP continues to improve the care of people with mental health problems in Cheshire and the Wirral, with a diminishing amount of money. What/where is your favourite place in Macclesfield?: Macclesfield Town Football Club, I have supported them for over fifty years and have taken all my grandsons to watch them. There is a huge thrill in watching your local team. Ideally how would you spend every day?: It’s true that you seem to have less time after you retire, so ideally I would like the time to do all the DIY jobs around the house I still haven’t time for – and the knowledge of how to do them properly. What was the best holiday you have been on?: Last year I had a significant birthday and I took all my family away to the Algarve. It was an amazing holiday. If money were no object what would you do?: Take my family away on holiday every year and put enough money into Macclesfield Football Club so that they can give manager ‘Sir’ John Askey, a life-time job and the money to pay decent wages to the team. What one piece of advice would you give?: Try to do a job you enjoy, you are a long time working. What was your first job?: In a photographic shop at
the bottom of Mill Street. What is on your CD / MP3 player?: I don’t often buy CDs – the last was Richard and Adam from Britain’s Got Talent and I have always loved listening to Marianne Faithfull. What is your favourite TV show?: At the present, anything with Sheridan Smith in, I think she is a fabulous actress. What are you reading at the moment?: A Song of Ice and Fire, the series of books by George R. R. Martin, which the TV series Game of Thrones is based on. What is your biggest inspiration?: My wife and family. Who would you like to invite to dinner?: Winston Churchill, Freddie Trueman and Spike Milligan.
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