Who we are


The Council of Governors is an important link between our local communities and staff, and the Trust Board.


NHS Foundation Trusts share all the same values, quality and safety standards as NHS Trusts, but they are ‘owned’ by their members who elect a Council of Governors to represent the views of members, patients, staff, partner organisations and the public.

This means that the Council of Governors is an important link between our local communities and staff, and the Trust Board, which has the responsibility of running the organisation and preparing the Trust’s strategy. The Council of Governors works alongside the Trust’s Board of Directors to help local communities and staff have a greater say in the strategic direction of the Trust, and how services are developed and delivered by the Trust.

The Governor Role

Members can stand and vote in elections to the Trust’s Council of Governors.

The Council of Governors includes public, staff, Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and Local Authority representatives. The main roles of Council of Governors as set out by the Government are to represent the interests of the people within their constituency or partner organisation, report feedback on our services and, wherever possible, how they could be improved and to hold Non-Executive Directors to account for the Board’s performance.

In our Trust, the Council of Governors fulfils these roles by:

  • Meeting with service users, carers, members and the public in their local community or staff group, to listen to their experiences and ideas and to provide feedback to the Trust, especially if a particular issue is seen as a trend.
  • Commenting for the membership on the Board’s strategic direction and annual planning, before it is finalised.
  • Participating in Trust initiatives to inform local communities, partner organisations and staff about the Trust’s plans, and celebrate achievements.
  • Questioning the Non-Executive Directors about the performance and effectiveness of the Board and its Committees.
  • Conducting formal business such as:
  • Appointing and, if appropriate, removing the Trust Chair and the Non-Executive Directors.
  • Having a say in the appointment of the Chief Executive.
  • Approving the appraisal process for the Chair and Non-Executive Directors.
  • Appointing and, if appropriate, removing the Trust’s External Auditors.
  • Receiving the Trust’s annual report and accounts (once these have been laid before Parliament) in order to understand the Trust’s performance.
  • Approving major transactions such as acquisitions, mergers or large tenders.

Our Governors

For more information about the role of the governors, please e-mail trustsecretary@ghc.nhs.uk.

Public governors

Mervyn Dawe




Dan Brookes



Forest of Dean

Juanita Paris


Tracey Thomas


Ruth McShane

Greater England and Wales

Said Hansdot

Gloucester City

Andy Holness


Graham Hewitt


Jenny Hincks


Laura Bailey


Chris Witham

Forest of Dean

Staff governors

Karen Bennett

Management, administration and other

Kizzy Kukreja

Medical, Dental and Nursing

Nic Matthews

Health and Social Care Professions

Erin Murray

Management, administration and other

Dr Paul Winterbottom

Medical, Dental and Nursing


Medical, Dental and Nursing

Sarah Nicholson

Health and Social Care Professions

Other governors

Cllr Rebecca Halifax

Gloucestershire County Council

Julie Clatworthy

Gloucestershire CCG representative

Council of Governor Meetings

The Trust holds up to six Council of Governor meetings during the year. Members of staff and the public are invited to attend all meetings.

Next meeting

Wednesday 16 March 2022,  2pm – 4.30pm

This meeting will be taking place in public via Microsoft Teams. To join the meeting, or for further queries, please contact Anna Hilditch, Assistant Trust Secretary at anna.hilditch@ghc.nhs.uk. 



Future meetings

  • Wednesday 18th May
  • Wednesday 13th July
  • Wednesday 14th September
  • Wednesday 16th November

All meetings are held 2.00pm – 4.30pm

How to contact your Governor

You can contact your Governor at any time by the following methods:

  • E-mail  trustsecretary@ghc.nhs.uk
  • Write to: Trust Secretary, Foundation Trust Governors, Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust, Edward Jenner Court, 1010 Pioneer Avenue, Gloucester Business Park, Brockworth, Gloucester, GL3 4AW.