Our Trust has 13 public governors who represent the views of their local communities in their respective constituencies.

Each governor seeks to represent views of patients and Trust members, but particularly in their constituencies, which include:

  • Cheltenham Borough Council
  • Cotswold District Council
  • Forest of Dean District Council
  • Gloucester City Council
  • Out of County
  • Stroud District Council
  • Tewkesbury Borough Council

Cheltenham Borough Council

Alan Thomas (re-elected 2019)

Governor Alan Thomas

After 15 years in civilian education, including two years as a Head Teacher, Mr Thomas was a very late entrant to the Royal Air Force, spending 23 years as an RAF Training Officer, including service in Northern Ireland and the MoD. His final 6 years were spent as the RAF's focal point for training and education policy. After this, Mr Thomas spent 3 years as the training specialist for an aviation company.

Mr Thomas has lived in Gloucester/Cheltenham since 2003, and his wife works for Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. He has lung conditions requiring long-term NHS care; one of his grandchildren has the extremely rare atypical Haemolytic Uraemic Syndrome; and he has a son who is a long-term user of mental health services.

He said: “As a family we have become immersed in many health issues, including funding for expensive treatments; we have also been fortunate to see at first hand the life-saving care provided by the NHS at point of use.

“As an elected governor for Cheltenham, I see my role as one that aims to serve the best interests of health service users by ensuring, to the best of my ability, that the Gloucestershire Hospitals Foundation Trust continues to deliver an excellent health service.”

Tim Callaghan (2018*)

Governor Tim Callaghan

Tim has lived in Cheltenham for the past 21 years, where he works as an engineer for an aerospace company.​

His wife works in primary care within Gloucestershire and his family have enjoyed excellent care within the trust. Tim also serves as a governor of a local primary school and sings in a local male voice choir.

"I see my role as a public governor as one that looks to ensure, as far as possible, that the Gloucestershire Hospitals Foundation Trust continues to deliver an excellent health service that meets patient needs."

* Tim became a governor in 2018 when he replaced the governor in post

Cotswold District Council

Kate Atkinson (elected 2020)

Kate Atkinson has lived in Gloucestershire all of her life, and her and her family have been on the receiving end of help from the Trust for many years. White she has been a governor of other trusts in the past, she has wanted to be part of Gloucestershire Hospitals Foundation Trust for many years and believes she brings a wealth of my experience to the role.

Anne Davies (elected 2017)

Governor Anne Davies

Anne Davies was born in Northumberland, Anne was a young carer for family members until she went to university in Nottingham and graduated in pharmacy. Anne furthered her education and obtained other qualifications including a B.Sc. in Psychology.

Married with two daughters, Anne worked as a pharmacist for 25 years in both locum and managerial roles. She subsequently worked as a market researcher particularly specialising in in-depth interviewing and as a Family Group Conference Organiser (FGCO). Anne has a broad range of expertise derived from past work in a number of voluntary roles including counselling at a youth charity; being an advocate and mediator, as well as serving as a trustee of the Cheltenham CAB. Anne hopes that her role as a governor will enable her to use her experience to support the Trust and to help represent the community.

Forest of Dean District Council

Hilary Bowen (elected 2019)

Governor Hilary Bowen

Hilary Bowen has lived in the Forest of Dean since 1974. With a degree in English from Cambridge University, she trained and worked as a schoolteacher before joining her husband in his precision engineering business.

Winning a national essay competition Tomorrow’s Office later in life, she obtained an EITB/BTEC qualification in science and engineering and became a technical writer. She has been nationally elected trustee of Rethink Mental Illness and chair of a local mental health group. She regularly attends meetings of Forest of Dean Health Forum of which she is past treasurer, and has worked with West Gloucestershire Primary Care Trust.

Hilary has also worked voluntarily in the community in a monitoring and befriending scheme for older general practice patients, and has delivered Forest of Dean Age Concern meals. Eventual full-time care of her late husband was followed by becoming a governor of 2gether NHS Foundation Trust.

Hilary said, "I look forward to further governance work in her role with Gloucestershire Hospitals Trust, and from listening to the views of Trust members and the public, acting as a source of ideas about how the Trust can provide its service in a way that meets the needs of the community."

Gloucester City Council

Graham Coughlin (re-elected 2019)

Governor Graham Coughlin

Graham was born in Gloucestershire Royal Hospital (GRH) and brought up in the City of Gloucester. He served an Engineering apprenticeship at a local firm and then worked in an engineering environment for the rest of his working life.

Graham joined the medical engineering team at Cheltenham in 2001, working mostly on mechanical equipment before retiring in 2013. Graham is married with four adult children and six grandchildren. He is also a trustee of the local church.

Dr Liz Berragan (elected 2017)

Governor Liz Berragan

Liz and her family have been settled in Gloucestershire for the last 10 years having lived across the UK and Overseas whilst her husband was a serving Army Officer.

She has over 30 years’ experience in critical care nursing, military nursing and healthcare education working with the NHS, MoD, independent and voluntary healthcare sectors and higher education. Educational achievements include undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral degrees in nursing and education. Liz is a Churchill Fellow and was awarded her fellowship by the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust to study patient safety and inter-professional education in healthcare curricula and the impact upon care delivery.

Liz has recently joined the nursing team at the University of Gloucestershire delivering undergraduate and postgraduate nursing programmes. Her previous role as an Associate Professor at the University of the West of England focused upon simulation based education and patient safety.

As a patient, carer, and nurse educator Liz is passionate about healthcare in Gloucestershire and the need for delivery of safe, effective and person centred care for every member of the community. As a governor Liz is part of the driving force that supports, challenges and helps shape the work of the Trust bringing improvements to the quality of patient care. Personally and professionally, Liz is well placed to understand and reflect the needs and priorities of patients and her local community in Gloucester.

Out of County

Nicholas Price: elected 2020


Nicholas has always been a strong supporter of the NHS and would like to help maintain and develop the excellent services provided by the Gloucestershire Hospitals NHSFT to it's local population. Nicholas worked as a consultant ophthalmologist in Gloucestershire from 1987 to 2013 and in New Zealand between 2014 and 2018.

Nicholas was the clinical director of ophthalmology for the east of the county initially and then for the county wide eye service following the merger of the Gloucester and Cheltenham departments in 2000. He spent several years as the lead clinician for ophthalmic medical trainees in the south west and the regional representative on the council of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists.

These responsibilities have given him some understanding of the difficulties in planning and managing a service and in supporting young colleagues as they set out on their career path in medicine.

Nicholas is supportive of projects to develop and expand the roles of non medical colleagues in clinical positions and in enhancing the work experience of other support staff.

Nicholas would like the opportunity to work with other governors to ensure that the Trust continues to be efficient, innovative and responsive to the needs of the population that it serves.

Stroud District Council

Pat Eagle (re-elected 2019)

Governor Pat Eagle

Pat moved to Slimbridge six years ago. Previously Pat has been a Warden of Sheltered Housing and a Publican. Pat has been on a very personal journey with the NHS having been diagnosed with Breast Cancer in 2000 before getting involved in the Peninsula Cancer Network. Her passion is Cancer Services and Research and Clinical Trials although she is interested in all aspects of health care.

Pat's aim is to harness her experience to work with the Trust in providing excellent quality care for everyone.

Debbie Cleaveley (elected 2020)


Debbie was born and raised in the Stroud Valleys. She moved to London aged 18 to undertake undergraduate studies in mental health nursing and qualified in 1995.

Debbie worked in a variety of clinical, managerial and educational posts in mental health until 2016. Her clinical roles largely involved working alongside individuals with complex needs and at the highest risk of social exclusion. She was also a non executive tenant director of a housing association for 6 years, chaired the remuneration committee, was the board equalities champion and had a special interest in customer focussed services.

Changes in circumstances led to Debbie returning to live and work in Gloucestershire in early 2017. She decided to follow her passion for driving by embarking upon a new career as a bus driver and also became a carer to her parents. Debbie works on both rural and urban routes and can sometimes be spotted on the hospital 99 service.

Debbie has a true commitment and passion to improving the NHS by collaborative working between clinicians, carers and patients to make positive change a reality. She maintains a solution focussed approach to problem solving, seeks to listen, learn and understand at every opportunity and is both delighted and proud to be representing Stroud.

Tewkesbury Borough Council

Geoff Cave (re-elected 2019)

Governor Geoff Cave

Geoff's career has covered all areas of Human Resources at Managerial and Board level in Public and Private sector organisations. He is professionally qualified in people management, business management and counselling.

Geoff has lived in Gloucestershire for over 30 years. He has worked for national and international organisations, charities and voluntary organisations.

Geoff's experience has covered major organisational change and restructuring, leading strategies to support people through change. His counselling training has enabled him to help individuals through significant life changes and engage with hospital patients. His role as a Governor will be informed by his personal experience as a patient and his interest in change in health services, diagnostic processes and care pathways. He has particular interest in the experiences of patients in the health system.