Meet our Governors

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George Butler

Public Governor

Term Expires: 2019

George Butler was elected in December 2018 for a one year term.

I was born and raised in Aberdeenshire, and moved to Cumbria in 1960 where I completed my secondary education. My entire career has been involved in nursing and nurse education. After training as a general nurse at the Cumberland Infirmary, I completed three post-registration qualifications in cardiothoracic nursing at Royal Brompton Hospital, London. I subsequently moved into Nurse Education, and after holding Senior nursing educational positions in Newcastle-upon-Tyne and Gateshead, I moved to South Cumbria to take up the post of Director of Nurse Education in 1986. I have a BA (Hons) in Applied Social Studies and a MA with Distinction in Community and Health Ethics. Areas of research include Racism in employment practice within the NHS and Racism in Nursing and Midwifery Education, and I have presented this in academic texts and at conference.

I have been a Nurse Examiner for the General Nursing Council, English National Board, and Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Northumbria, Wolverhampton, Staffordshire, Stirling and Napier Universities. I was a Tutor with the Open University for its Health & Disease programme for almost 15 years, and then worked for them on a consultancy basis. I am a retired Magistrate having Chaired Adult and Family Courts in South Cumbria, and am an Independent Member/Person of Eden District Council Standards Committee.

My main motivation in securing election as a Governor is doing what is best for patients, by ensuring we have a skilled workforce competent to meet their daily needs in both hospital and at home.