Dr. Michael DronfieldChair
Kay HircockSecretary
John ScholesTreasurer
Trish MasonVolunteer Coordinator
Gill Langley
Viv MitchellMembership Secretary
Robert Conboy
Ian Campbell OBEPublicity
David Baxter
Jonathan Jones
John Hale
Paul EastwoodWebsite

Dr. Michael Dronfield, Chair

Michael Dronfield

I have lived in Stamford since I was appointed Consultant Physician to Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals in 1980, and I retired from clinical work in 2008. Like many of my colleagues I greatly valued the time I spent at Stamford Hospital and particularly the high quality of staff and friendly environment.

I have been Chairman of the Friends since 1994 and firmly believe that the Hospital still has a very important role and deserves the strong local support it enjoys.

Kay Hircock, Secretary

Kay Hircock

I moved to Stamford with my family in 1966 and now feel qualified to be a "local". I started working at Stamford Hospital in 1974 and stayed until 2000 when I moved to Peterborough Hospitals Trust working in their Service Improvement Team. After four years I moved on to Peterborough PCT and then to Peterborough Community Services as lead for strategic development in Long Term Conditions.

The draw to move back to Stamford became overwhelming and I am now a practice manager at a surgery in Stamford. My working life has been dedicated to the NHS and I am passionate about making it work! I have two sons and a very keen interest in golf, being a member and past ladies captain at Burghley Park.

John Scholes, Treasurer

John Scholes

I am from a long established Stamford family, being born, raised and employed in the town. Before the Second World War my mother moved to Stamford as a Staff Sister and she took me (somewhat reluctantly at the time) to the 1984 AGM.

Asked to join the Committee at the end of the meeting, I have willingly served since then, filling in as fete and fund raising organiser, membership secretary and latterly as Treasurer.

Trish Mason, Volunteer Coordinator

Trish Mason

I am a nurse by profession, was born in Stamford and did my General Training at Leicester Royal Infirmary. I have been a Staff Nurse at Stamford, Luton & Dunstable and Blackpool Orthopaedic Hospitals. I moved to Madrid with my husband and was closely involved with raising funds for Spanish charities. On return to the UK I participated in voluntary work including the Red Cross and 'Books for the Housebound' for Sussex County Council.

I am currently the Co-ordinator for the Stamford Hospital Volunteers and I am a strong supporter of our local Hospital.

Gill Langley

Gill Langley

I trained at St. Bartholomew's Hospital, London and held Casualty Sister, Gynaecology and Theatre Sister posts before having a break of seven years. I returned to nursing at PDH and after eight years on Night Duty there became Senior Nursing Officer at Doddington Hospital. I was appointed Director of Nursing Services for Stamford and Bourne Hospitals in 1980 and moved to Stamford to live the following year. With reorganisation my role became that of Hospital Manager and I retired in 1995 after 40 years in the NHS.

Thirty one years on the committee of the 'Friends' is indicative of my support and affection for Stamford Hospital and the people who work there.

Viv Mitchell, Membership Secretary

Viv Mitchell

I came to live in Stamford in 1979 when my husband was appointed as a GP principal in the Sheepmarket Surgery. Only a few weeks after arriving I was asked to work in Stamford hospital as a Clinical Assistant in both the Emergency Department and the Anaesthetics Department often taking my baby to work with me! I then became a part time Associate Specialist in Anaesthetics for Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals and as part of that job I worked one day each week in Stamford Hospital operating theatre.

I now work as the Medical Advisor to the British Red Cross and have an interest in several other charities in town.

Robert Conboy

Robert Conboy

I have lived in Stamford since 1980 and as a former District and Town Councillor, I have been interested in promoting the welfare of Stamford as a town and various organizations. I am a Trustee of The Corn Exchange Theatre and on the Management Committee of the Stamford Chamber of Commerce. My business in town is insurance broking and property management and using my business experience my main function for the Friends is fund raising. I believe very strongly that the Stamford Hospital with its excellent services to the community should be retained.

Ian Campbell OBE, Publicity

Ian Campbell

I spent 40 years in Civil Aviation, International Trade and national charity management. Having moved to Stamford in 2007, I continue to work part-time as an international trade consultant. I serve as a Trustee on the board of South Kesteven Citizens Advice Bureau and am a member of Stamford Shoestring Theatre. I am a regular user of the hospital's services as a result of a medical condition and enjoy attempting to repay some of the kindness and care I receive here by helping to support the work of the Friends.

David Baxter

David Baxter

I joined the staff at Stamford Hospital in 1969 and had 30 years in technical charge of the Pathology Laboratory before secondment to the Education Department at the East Anglian Region for the last 5 years of my NHS career. While working at Stamford I became interested in the hospital's historic archives and used many in hospital displays. I am a member of the Hospital Heritage Committee which, with the support of the Friends and the Trust, has been able to open a Hospital Museum. I also help with the changing displays in the Hospital corridors.

Jonathan Jones

Jonathan Jones

I am a Consultant Orthopaedic & Trauma Surgeon with a subspecialty interest in Hand surgery & Reconstruction and live local to Stamford. I was appointed to Peterborough & Stamford Hospitals Trust in 2003 and set up the Combined Hand Clinic at Stamford Hospital in 2005. I have strong links with the staff and undertake a clinic and an operating list at Stamford once a week.

I am proud to be one of the members of staff at a Hospital which is so popular with patients and which enjoys such a wealth of local support. I sit on the Stamford Operational Board and I firmly believe the Hospital has a bright future in providing Healthcare to the local community and is still a valuable asset to the Trust.

John Hale

John Hale

I served in the Royal Engineers until 1970 then taught mathematics at Bedford Modern School where, with Anne, I ran a School boarding house of 50 boys aged 8 to 18. In 1985 I was appointed as Second Master at Stamford School, then Headmaster from 1997 to retirement in 2000. I have given support to local activities: Rotary Founder President, Squash Club Chairman, Old Stamfordian committee member, Stamford Choral Society Business Manager, Burghley Park Golf Club Captain as well as Friends of Stamford Hospital Secretary.

Margaret Anderson

Margaret Anderson

I am a Chartered Accountant and have worked in the profession for over 40 years until I retired in 2006. I was treasurer of Lincolnshire South Federation of Womens' Institutes for eight years.

I have lived in Greatford for 23 years, moving there from Leicestershire on account of my husband's work.

For the past nine years I have been a Public Governor at Peterborough and Stamford NHS Foundation Trust and have been a volunteer at Stamford Hospital for six years and am committed to ensuring that it continues to give a high standard of care to the community.

Fiona Ruddick

Fiona Ruddick

I do not have a background as a medical professional, but have been a recipient of life saving care from the NHS throughout my life sadly more often than I would have chosen! For much of my adult life I taught English, history and drama. When I left teaching in 1995, I became a recruitment consultant, Careers Development Advisor and subsequently an OFSTED inspector.

I have lived in Stamford since 1977 and have been involved in many local activities - CAB volunteer, Stamford Choral Society, Burghley Park Golf Club committee member for eight years and Ladies Captain in 1994. I was on the committee and eventually Chairman of STADFAS. I was also a Stamford Hospital volunteer for about five years. This gave me an insight into just how much patients appreciate our local hospital. I would like to help keep Stamford Hospital as a thriving, happy and thoroughly professional facility on our doorstep.

Paul Eastwood, Website

Paul Eastwood

I was the first member of my family for three generations not to join the Health Service. I went into advertising as an art director at international advertising agency, BBDO, the day man landed on the moon. Over a 30 year career I became Head of Art, Group Head, Deputy Creative Director, Creative Director and European Creative Director, all in the right order, all at different agencies; Kirkwood's, Wasey's, The Creative Business, FCB and Lowe Worldwide. Along the way I was responsible for major brands like General Motors, Zanussi, LWT, C&A, KP, and Lever.

Recently retired to Stamford, an area with strong family connections, I now enjoy using my skills to help the community that has made me so welcome.