I’m the gu­vnor... and here to help

Macclesfield Express - - MACCLESFIELD PEOPLE -

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.

If you’d like to be­come a mem­ber of CWP and find out more about the ways you can get in­volved, visit www. cwp.nhs.uk/get-in­volved

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