Non-Executive Directors and 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: Deborah Evans
Deborah is an experienced Chair with 25 years Board-level involvement in health and social care. Notable appointments from her executive career include Chief Executive of NHS Bristol; Chief Executive of Bristol, North Somerset, and South Gloucestershire PCT cluster; and latterly Managing Director of West of England Academic Health Science Network, which convened 21 NHS Trusts/CCGs, 3 universities and other stakeholders to promote innovation and spread improvement in the NHS. Since 2017, Deborah has been Trustee and Chair of Brunelcare, a housing and social care charity providing nursing homes, re-enablement, home care, and supported living.
Vareta has over 25 years’ leadership and senior management experience in Social Care, Health and the voluntary sector.
She has expertise in health and social care service provision, partnership working across the health and social care system delivering service transformation that improves services and outcomes for patients, service users and staff. She also has a strong background in and commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion in service provision, employment practice and organizational development.
Formerly a Lay Member with Gloucestershire NHS Clinical Commissioning Group, and a Trustee with North and West Gloucester Advice Bureau since 2015. Vareta has a longstanding commitment to the voluntary and community sectors having both worked and held voluntary positions on a range of boards in the sector.
Vareta’s interests are gardening, healthy lifestyle coaching, teaching plant based cooking, travelling, reading and enjoying her grandchildren.
Jaki Meekings Davis
Jaki has more than thirty years’ experience in the NHS in both commissioning and finance roles including Director of Specialist Commissioning for the South of England and Director of Finance of the South West Regional Health Authority.
Prior to joining the NHS she had a successful career as an accountant in local government and the water industry. She has lived in Gloucestershire since 1998.
Jaki is a former president of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy and the Healthcare Financial Management Association and is currently a member of Cipfa’s Practice Oversight Panel and Nomination Committee.
An experienced Non Executive Director and Trustee, her recent roles include Non Executive Director and Chair of the Audit and Charitable Funds Committees at North Bristol NHS Trust and Trustee of The Cheltenham Trust and Friends of the Wilson charities.
John Cappock lives in Bristol. He is a Chartered Accountant and is originally from Dublin.
A graduate of University College, Dublin, John undertook his professional accountancy qualification at the University of the West of England, Bristol.
John has spent the bulk of his career within Higher Education and has served as University Secretary and Chief Operating Officer at a number of Universities.
He was a Non Executive Member, deputy Board Chair and Chair of Finance of Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire (BNSSG) NHS Clinical Commissioning Group. He is an Independent Non Executive Member and Chair of Audit and Risk for the BNSSG NHS Integrated Care Board. John also serves as an independent member of the Audit and Risk Committee of the General Optical Council, which is the regulator for the Optical profession.
He has previously served as a non executive in Higher and Further Education and on the Board of a Housing Association.
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.
Balvinder was appointed Deputy Chief Executive of Dudley Council on 29 March 2021. She is responsible for four directorates – regeneration and enterprise, housing, public realm, commercial and customer services.
Prior to this she was 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).
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.
Kaye Law-Fox has over 20 years public sector executive and senior management experience. Skilled in designing and delivering complex national and regional change programmes in regulated sectors she has worked for agencies of the Home Office, and the London Ambulance Service. Her expertise and interest are for right-sizing regulatory regimes, strategic governance and corporate systems of internal control and risk management across the public, private and charity sectors.
Kaye is also Chair of Gloucestershire Managed Services (GMS) Board, the Trust's wholly owned subsidiary company, and is the Senior Independent Director of a registered provider of social housing in Wales. Since 2003, she has been an independent board member for housing associations varying in size and complexity, and a sector skills body. She has chaired subsidiary companies and committees including commercial asset management and development, operations, audit and risk, remuneration and professional standards, and numerous task and finish groups and executive recruitment panels.
Kaye has a degree in management systems, and higher degrees in health management and rural resource management.
Alison is an established Board level Director with extensive Executive and Non-Executive experience both in the NHS and Charitable sector. Alison has held leadership and transformational roles at organisation, system and regional levels.
With a clinical background as a nurse, Alison brings a systems and people perspective and passion which focusses on population health, reducing health inequalities and the quality of healthcare services.
Alison is a Non-Executive Member of the Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Integrated Care Board. Alison has an MA in Management and is also an independent Executive Coach.
Mike Napier is an experienced senior executive with a background covering a range of corporate services. He spent 31 years with Shell plc, during which time he headed their global Procurement, Real Estate, Shared Services and Corporate Communications divisions. He has lived and worked in a number of countries across five continents. He also has more than fifteen 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.
As a Professor in Health and Care Education Sally has over 20 years’ academic experience of developing and leading innovation and change within Higher Education. She is currently the Pro Vice Chancellor for Health and Science at the University of Worcester and is a member of the University Executive Board. She provides academic leadership to the Academic Schools of Nursing and Midwifery, Allied Health and Community, Medicine, Sports and Exercise, Science and the Environment and Psychology with a focus on delivering an outstanding academic experience for all students, enhancing research and enterprise, and developing the University's educational offer. She previously worked in a range of senior leadership roles at the University of West of England, Bristol. She is passionate about ensuing that health and care programmes develop practitioners for the future who will have a positive impact in their chosen field. Sally’s professional background is in nursing and her area of expertise is within the field of Emergency Care and Advanced Clinical Practice, with a focus of developing and supporting new roles within the health and care sector. She has extensive experience of working in partnership with external organisations to develop innovative programmes to support workforce need.