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)
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*)
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
Anne Davies (elected 2017)
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)
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)
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)
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
Margeurite Harris: elected 2017
Marguerite has a Zoology Degree (specialising in Marine Biology) and spent her early professional life teaching in Jamaica and the UK. She became involved in teaching Nurses and Doctors in the late 70’s and in hospital Management, after completing a Higher Degree in the early 80’s.
She was born in London but moved to the Gloucestershire area (from Birmingham) in 1988 as Director of Operations for the, then, East Gloucestershire Health Authority. This included all Hospital and Community staff together with Mental Health and Learning Disability services in the ‘Eastern Half’ of Gloucestershire.
In 1993 Marguerite took up post as Chief Executive of the Dudley Group of Hospitals (West Midlands) After retirement she worked on projects on ‘Hospital Reconfiguration’ for the Department of Health at Birmingham University.
Since retirement she has spent a lot more time travelling particularly as her Daughter and 3 grandchildren live in Australia
For almost all of her life, since joining the NHS, she has been intimately involved with the needs of patients and relatives in relation to their ‘health experiences’. After almost 30 years of living in the area she hopes she can continue this in her Governor role.
Stroud District Council
Pat Eagle (re-elected 2019)
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.
Jeremy Marchant (elected 2017)
Jeremy brings a wealth of business understanding and experience to his role as a governor. He spent ten years as an IT manager in Marks and Spencer; and a further fourteen as a business consultant with a wide range of organisations, including BBC Television, Hewlett-Packard, GWS Railway, GCHQ, Boots and many more.
Jeremy ran training programmes at Great Western Hospital NHS Foundation Trust for several years and has worked intensively with Skills for Health, Dorset PCT and University Hospitals Bristol NHS FT. He has been an enthusiastic volunteer with Healthwatch Gloucestershire since its inception.
More recently, Jeremy has coached, taught, mentored, advised and cajoled clients in smaller businesses.
Jeremy is absolutely certain that, while of course GHNHSFT is not a business, it would do well to follow the best business practices (whilst naturally avoiding all bad commercial practice). Far from undermining the NHS ethos, this is the way to ensure its successful continuation. Jeremy is well placed to constructively help the Trust thrive and grow.
Jeremy is also a composer and arranger, an author and journalist, and has even written for performance on the stage.
Tewkesbury Borough Council
Geoff Cave (re-elected 2019)
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.
Kedge Martin (elected 2019)
Kedge is a businesswoman and a married mother of two who has lived in Gloucestershire for 23 years and who has been the CEO of two charities: WellChild, the national charity based in Cheltenham through which Kedge created a new programme of Children’s Nurses focussed on getting chronically sick children home, and also Sentebale (Prince Harry’s African charity) though which Kedge helped to create health education and community programmes.
With more than 30 years’ experience in international business and currently running her own personal development business focussed on mental health and workplace wellbeing, Kedge believes passionately in the NHS as the bedrock of a civilised society. She has personally experienced the excellent work the NHS does from cradle to grave and would like to give back through working with others to help it adapt and thrive in these challenging times.