Non-Executive Directors & Associate Non-Executive Directors
Non-executive directors are not full-time employees of the Trust. They help to ensure the Trust is accountable to the people it serves. They are people who live or work in the area and have shown an interest in the provision of health services for the local people. The Board of Directors is accountable to the Board of Governors for the running and performance of the Trust.
Chair: Peter Lachecki
Peter Lachecki is a former Non-Executive Director of Worcestershire Health & Care NHS Trust (2011 – 2016). He Chaired the Quality & Safety Committee, was a member of the Audit Committee and was deputy Chairman. His most senior appointment in a corporate role was as Global Category Director at Kraft Foods, where he led a complex group of internal functions including finance, sales and research and development.
Peter is a qualified executive coach and continues to run a coaching and team development business. He has been Chair at Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust since November 2016.
Claire Feehily has more than 30 years' experience in social care, health and housing sectors.
Formerly the Chair of Healthwatch Gloucestershire and an NHS non-executive director since 2010, Claire is also a qualified accountant. Currently Claire holds board positions with The Guinness Partnership, Alliance Homes and is the Audit Chair at The National Archive.
Claire has particular expertise in financial and risk governance, and in helping organisations to engage properly with those who use services and to learn from what they say. Claire provides Board oversight on Raising Concerns with the Freedom to Speak Up Guardian reporting to her on these issues.
Rob Graves has had an extensive career in the finance function of 3M Company (a component of the Dow Jones Industrial Average) including director level positions in the U.S.A, Belgium and the United Kingdom.
A qualified accountant, he has significant experience of leading large finance teams, serving complex business units, spanning operational accounting and business planning functions and has been instrumental in establishing a European shared service operation.
Rob joined the board of NHS Gloucestershire in 2006 as a non–executive director and audit chair where he has taken an energetic and proactive approach in ensuring excellent governance. Since 2011 Rob has served as a non-executive director and audit chair on the Board of Gloucestershire Care Services.
Mike Napier is an experienced senior executive with a background covering a range of corporate services. He spent 31 years with Royal Dutch Shell plc, during which time he headed their global Procurement, Real Estate and Corporate Communications divisions. He has lived and worked in a number of countries across five continents. He also has more than ten years experience as a non-executive director in the UK.
Mike is a keen sportsman; he runs, plays golf and club cricket and also follows Gloucester County Cricket Club and Gloucester Rugby Club.
Appointed until: 3rd September 2020
A nurse since 1980 and with an MA in Management, Alison’s focus is to ensure the highest possible quality healthcare services for all. Having trained at Bristol’s Frenchay Hospital, Alison has held a variety of clinical and leadership roles across the NHS. Alison is an experienced Board level director having worked in a variety of NHS organisations in the South West and she has been on the Board of Trustees at St Peter’s Hospice, Bristol since 2012.
Alison is the Independent Registered Nurse on the Governing Body of Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group and also provides Executive Coaching.
Alison has previously worked for Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and is delighted to be able to contribute again to developing and delivering high quality, patient-centered healthcare services for the people of Gloucestershire.
Balvinder is Joint Strategic Director Information Assets and Digital Development for Buckinghamshire NHS Healthcare Trust, Clinical Commissioning Group, and County Council and Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the Buckinghamshire Integrated Care System (ICS). She is responsible for the strategic direction of technology, information and digital across all three organisations, as well as defining the strategic direction and business priorities for the development of technology across the ICS.
Balvinder specialises in transforming services shaped around individual needs through the effective use of ICT, digital solutions, information, performance improvement measures and service re-design.
Marie-Annick Gournet (Associate Non-Executive Director)
Marie-Annick Gournet has over 20 years’ experience of working in senior leadership roles both in higher education and the voluntary sector. Her formative years in teaching started in two Bristol secondary schools in 1987. She worked at both; the University of Bristol for five years, while completing her PhD there and the University of the West England (UWE) for 25 years. There she occupied a range of senior leadership roles, including Programme Leader, Director of Widening Participation and Disability, and Director of the Learning for All Hub.
Throughout her professional career she has volunteered with a range of organisations in diverse Non-Executive Director roles including Governor at South Gloucestershire and Stroud College, Chair of the Strategic Advisory Group for Avon and Somerset Constabulary, Chair of Governor at Bristol Future Academy, Chair of the Black South West Network and Trustee at St Georges Bristol where she chairs the Education sub-committee.
In September 2017, Marie-Annick set up MAG Consulting which offer services in pedagogy, diversity and intercultural communication. She is passionate about diversity and inclusion and this sits at the heart of her professional approach. She enjoys working collaboratively and is always thriving to learn more.
Bilal Lala (Associate Non-Executive Director)
Originally from India, Bilal grew up and studied in Gloucester and lives in the county with his family. He is a qualified accountant with over twenty years’ post qualification experience, the majority of which has been as Finance Director of numerous different national businesses, largely delivering outsourced services into the public sector. Bilal also served as an employee nominated trustee of a large pension scheme, as well as Chair of a smaller pension scheme. Bilal is a graduate of the Gatenby Sanderson’s Insight programme, run in conjunction with a number of NHS Trusts in the South West.