Karen Bower

Lay governor for corporate finance and patient and public engagement

Karen started out as a primary teacher before moving to local authority to work as a science and technology advisory teacher. She gained a headship in a first school in Blyth, successfully steering the school through the newly introduced Ofsted inspection regime before moving south.

After a series of advisory and school improvement roles, which included work with school governing bodies, Karen returned to Newcastle as a senior adviser.  She took early retirement from her senior officer role as Head of School Improvement for early years and primary education, Newcastle City Council and since then has gained experience in a number of organisations in the voluntary sector.  She is currently serving her third term of office on the CCG Governing Body.

One Response to Karen Bower

  1. Michael Stewart

    Dear Ms Bower,
    I am sure you are aware of the proposal to build an integrated Hospital/Leisure Centre on the site of the current Swan Centre.
    You may also be aware that there is an atmosphere of distrust concerning the consultation/engagement process, in which the views of the vast majority of those who attended were summarily dismissed.
    There was strong opposition to the choosing of the site, the combined enterprise, ( which is the first in the country to have this combination of health and leisure on one site.)
    That aside, there is disbelief that NHS/NCC are intending to build the leisure centre before any work starts on the hospital element. The new hospital project has been in the planning for nine years now, and going by their timescale, it will be a further seven years before it is delivered.
    There is also great concern that we are to lose more services than we have at present, and those that were planned for the refurbishment of the current Infirmary site in 2014/15.
    Trying to get anyone from CCG to outline exactly what services will be available is akin to the quest for the holy grail.
    The concerns are many, and complex, but many residents feel that there has been no transparency about the whole process, and that we will be fobbed off with a second rate service, and many more 120 mile journeys for simple procedures, even pre-op assessments.
    I would ask, on behalf of the residents of Berwick-upon-Tweed, that you could look into this very important matter, and investigate whether proper procedure and scrutiny has been followed.
    Yours Sincerely,
    Michael Stewart.

    Michael Stewart
    07923 358 036