Executive Recruitment

Trust Board

Executive DirectorsKevin McNamara 160

Kevin McNamara, Acting Chief Executive

Kevin oversees several key areas including Swindon Community Health Services, which comprises a range of adult community health services in Swindon including Swindon Intermediate Care Centre (SwICC), Community Nursing and Therapies.

He also has responsibility for a range of corporate functions including the Trust's internal and external communications services; its charity, Brighter Futures; and its estates and facilities function including overseeing the Private Funding Initiative (PFI).

Kevin has worked for the Trust in a number of roles since joining in November 2009, and his main priority is to realise the potential for integrating community and secondary care services within the wider system.

Charlotte Forsyth, Medical DirectorCharlotte Forsyth 160

Charlotte joined the Trust in 2003, became a consultant in 2011 and was appointed Medical Director in 2019.

She oversees the delivery of high quality care for patients in hospital and out in the community.

Charlotte will promote a strong quality improvement programme that will ensure all patients receive the best level of care. 

She is also responsible for Information Governance as the Caldicott Guardian. 

Charlotte has also worked in a range of other front and back door roles.

Jude Gray, Director of Human Resources

Jude Gray 160

Jude became the Trust's Director of Human Resources in July 2019.

Jude is responsible for running the administrative functions of the Trust.

She will oversee the recruitment of staff, manage strategic staffing planning and will serve as a link between the Trust and its employees.

Jude is new to the NHS, with previous experience from years working for the BBC in a variety of HR roles.

She was also the Head of HR for Her Majesty's Prison and Probation Service.

Julie Marshman, Chief Nurse 

Julie Marshman 160

Julie is responsible for the clinical leadership for all nursing, midwifery, allied health professionals and healthcare science staff.

She oversees quality governance and leads on the mental health and safeguarding agendas.

She is passionate about high quality care, excellent patient experience and staff well-being.

Julie has worked in a variety of nursing roles across acute and community in Swindon and Wiltshire, including Clinical Nurse Specialist, Matron, Divisional Director of Nursing and Deputy Chief Nurse.

Karen Johnson, Director of Finance 

Karen Johnson 160

Karen is responsible for finance and is committed to ensuring the Trust provides good value for money whilst maintaining good quality services.

She is focusing on ensuring that the Trust has a sustainable financial position and is working closely with divisions to achieve this.

Karen joined the Trust in January 2013 and was appointed to her current position in August 2015.

Jim O'Connell, Chief Operating Officer 

Jim O'Connell 160

Jim joined the Trust as Chief Operating Officer in October 2017.

Following a brief career in the private sector, Jim has over 25 years' NHS experience with over 20 at executive level.

Previous Chief Operating Officer posts have included University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust, Salisbury Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and University Hospitals South Manchester NHS Foundation Trust.

Prior to working as Chief Operating Officer, Jim worked as a Workforce Director both at hospital and regional level and was National Programme Director for the implementation of the Electronic Staff Record (ESR) - the world's largest HR and payroll system.

Non-voting Executive Director 

Carole Nicholl 160

Carole Nicholl, Director of Governance and Assurance

Carole is responsible for the Trust's assurance framework and corporate governance, including the company secretarial function and legal services. 

Her focus is to ensure that the Board receives assurance on all matters relating to Trust business and that there is an effective Council of Governors working alongside it to represent the views of members and local people.

Carole previously worked in local government leading on democratic services, and joined the Trust in 2011.

Non-Executive Directors

Liam Coleman, Chair 

Liam Coleman 160

Liam took over as Chair of the Trust on 1 February 2019 and in November 2019 was also appointed for a three-year term as a Non-Executive Director on the board of the Financial Conduct Authority.

He has significant previous experience in the NHS, having worked as one of our Non-Executive Directors from 2009 to 2016.

He was also previously the Chief Executive of the Co-Operative Bank plc and a senior executive at Nationwide Building Society, headquartered in Swindon.

His appointment as Chair comes at an exciting time for the Trust, and he will be heavily involved with its expansion following the £30million funding recently approved, and the establishment of radiotherapy services following the hugely successful Brighter Futures appeal.

He has a particular interest in the links between the Trust and the local community it serves, and he will be working to ensure that those links continue to strengthen.

Dr Nicholas Bishop, Non-Executive Director Nicholas Bishop 160

Nick was a consultant general and interventional radiologist and Brighton Health Care's first Trust Executive Medical Director.

He was Medical Director in United Bristol Healthcare NHS Trust at the time of the Bristol Inquiry into paediatric heart surgery.

He was then Assistant Medical Director to the Commission for Health Improvement, retaining a radiology commitment in Bristol.

For many years Nick was on the Board of the British Association of Medical Managers (BAMM) including a fixed tenure as its Chairman. 

Nick remained in a senior advisor role in the transitions to Healthcare Commission and Care Quality Commission (CQC).

He is an Education Associate with the General Medical Council (GMC) and was appointed to the National Advisory Group on Clinical Audits and Enquiries in 2014. 

He chairs the GMC's visiting team that is overseeing the new medical school at University of Buckingham, and is a member of its Quality Scrutiny Group. 

Nick ceased his radiology practice and retired from employment with CQC in September 2015 but he continues to chair CQC inspections of acute and specialist hospitals as a Specialist Advisor.

Andy Copestake, Non-Executive Director 

Andy Copestake 160

Andy joined the Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Board on 1 July 2016.

He has held a number of senior finance positions in the private, public and charity sectors.

From the late 1990s until May 2016, he was the Director of Finance at the National Trust in Swindon.

Prior to that, he was the Finance Director at St Mary's NHS Trust in Paddington, a major London teaching hospital.

His early career was spent at Thorn EMI in their Home Electronics division in a variety of finance and operational roles.

He is a certified accountant and has lived in Swindon for many years.

He sits on the Finance, Investment & Performance, Audit, Risk & Assurance, and Governance Committees.

Peter Hill, Non-Executive Director

Peter was appointed as a Non-Executive Director in April 2017 following a 38-year career in the NHS. Peter Hill 160

He brings a wealth of NHS experience to the Board, having fulfilled numerous clinical and non-clinical roles over the years.

He began his NHS career as a nurse, with a variety of posts in London, Essex, Newcastle and Wiltshire. 

Peter's management and leadership roles have extended from Charge Nurse to Chief Executive, with his most recent position being Chief Executive for Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust. 

Peter is a member of the Trust's Quality and Governance Committee; Finance and Investment Committee; and the Performance, People and Place Committee.

Paul Lewis, Non-Executive Director 

Paul Lewis

Paul joined the Trust Board on 1 April 2018.

He is also a Regional Director for Lloyds Bank, and has held a number of senior positions in the private sector, including Regional Director for the Halifax, Customer Services Director for Zurich Financial Services, Capita (Life & Pensions) and Eagle Star Life.

His early career was spent at Hambro Life and Allied Dunbar in a variety of operational roles.

Paul has also been a Vice President for the Institute of Customer Service, and has a breadth of experience in leading transformational change programmes, customer experience improvement, staff/colleague engagement, cultural change and risk & regulatory compliance.

He is a member of the Trust's Quality and Governance Committee; Finance and Investment Committee; and the Performance, People and Place Committee.

Jemima Milton, Non-Executive Director 

Jemima Milton 160

Jemima has been involved in local government for the last 14 years - first as a Councillor on Swindon Borough Council, holding a number of Cabinet positions.

She was then Councillor on Wiltshire Council, where she took a key interest in health and social care.

She was an active partner in the family farm with her late husband, when she also ran a catering company, and then a bed and breakfast business.

Jemima is a member of the Audit, Risk and Assurance Committee, the Governance Committee, the Remuneration Committee, and the Mental Health Act/Mental Capacity Act Committee; and she is Chair of the Workforce Strategy Committee.

Julie Soutter, Non-Executive Director 

Julie Souter 160

Julie is currently Interim Chief Operating Officer for the Energy Systems Catapult, a technology and innovation centre, which transforms ideas into new products and services in the energy systems sector.

With management experience in a variety of roles in the professional, private and public sectors, she has been a Non-Executive Director since 1 January 2015.

Recent roles include Director of Finance and Operations for the Chartered Institute of Housing, and Head of Operations at Innovate UK - an organisation which supports innovative businesses.

Julie has also held senior positions in the NHS and has experience in organisational change, project management, and service improvement.

Lizzie Abderrahim, Non-Executive Director 

Lizzie Abderrahim 160

A Gloucestershire resident, Lizzie qualified as a social worker, is a non-practicing barrister and has a doctorate in linguistics.

She has board level experience as a Non-Executive Director in large complex organisations in the health, criminal justice and regulatory sectors where, alongside Board colleagues, she has led significant cultural change, overseen the management of major projects, and has worked with partners in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors.

She is a strong advocate for the NHS and, with her appointment to the Trust's Board, takes pride in joining an organisation that strives to improve health and well-being, that puts the patient at the heart of things, that maximises its resources ensuring that the whole community can benefit, and that strives to get the basics of quality of care right every time, and which responds with humanity and kindness affording respect and dignity to all.