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Council of Governors

Oxford University Hospitals became an NHS Foundation Trust on 1 October 2015.

As a Foundation Trust, we have a Council of Governors which is composed of governors elected by public and staff members as well as appointed representatives from local organisations that we work with. The Trust is accountable through our membership and Council of Governors to our local communities.

The governors play a valuable role by holding our Non-executive Directors to account, ensuring that the interests of the Trust's members are taken into account and helping to shape our plans for the future.

Details of how our Council of Governors is formed and how it works are available in our Constitution (pdf)

The register of interests for our Council of Governors is available at the link below:

Council of Governors Register of Interests (pdf, 150 KB)

To contact a governor please email

Governors by constituency

Buckinghamshire, Berkshire, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire

Sally-Jane Davidge

Sally-Jane attends Trust public meetings to listen and be a voice for patients, their carers and families. As Chair of the Governors' committee for Patient Experience, Membership and Quality, patients' point of view is her priority.

Sally-Jane is part of a group looking at the process of discharge from hospital. She monitors developments for better working between the Trust and different healthcare services. She highlights the particular problems for patients whose care is provided across county borders.

As a disabled person, she advocates improvements for disabled patients and visitors, including asking questions about the Trust's digital communication with patients and carers. She speaks up to ensure those without access to such technology are not disadvantaged.

Declaration of interests: Patient Advisor for Ufonia.

Sally-Anne Watts

Sally-Anne is a former communications director with more than 20 years' recent experience working at board level within the NHS in both corporate governance and communication roles. She has worked on large and small scale reconfiguration projects which have provided invaluable learning and insight to the complexities inherent in our health and social care system, as well as reinforcing the importance of effective communication to both underpin success and ensure the needs of staff and patients are met.

Declaration of interests: none.

Jeremy Hodge

Jeremy grew up in Gloucestershire, lived in Oxford during his degree and doctorate in chemistry, and has been based in Buckinghamshire for the last 25 years.

His varied career has focused on applying science and technology to real problems, focusing on areas of safety, compliance and public policy. He currently runs a manufacturers' trade association.

He has contributed to the work of organisations including government committees, charity boards and in secondary education.

Declaration of interests: his sister holds shares in Sanofi Group.

Jeremy Hodge


Gemma Davison

Gemma is a solicitor specialising in family law work and has been in this role for over 10 years, receiving recognition as a Recommended and Next Generation Lawyer in the Legal 500. In addition since 2013 she has practiced as a Mediator. Gemma has a Masters in Medical Ethics and Law and was previously a Lay Plus Member of a Research Ethics Committee based at the John Radcliffe Hospital for two years. This considered applications for clinical trials, emergency waiver, paediatric medicine and tissue banks.

Since April 2018 she has been a Director of The Sunshine Centre, a charity based in Banbury which offers Early Years Care and family support services. She is Chair of the Funding Sub-Committee and member of the HR Sub-Committee. Gemma’s experience and skills in this role show that she is able to manage complex matters through an analytical approach, good communication and considered research.

Declaration of interests: Gemma is a director of The Sunshine Centre, Banbury.

Anita Higham OBE

Anita was the Principal of Banbury School, a large mixed secondary comprehensive school, from 1985.

On retirement from education, Anita was engaged as Non-executive Director of the Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals NHS Trust until 2001, when she was elected as the founding Chair of the Cherwell Vale NHS Primary Care Trust (North Oxfordshire and South Northamptonshire areas) until 2006.

Anita chaired the North Oxfordshire GPs' Patient Representatives' Forum, until February 2021. She contributed to Age UK's Health and Social Care group and was for many years a Trustee of the Banbury Bretch Hill Children and Family Centre in Banbury.

Anita's life-long commitment to supporting young people's rights to learn has now been joined by supporting patients' rights to good health services and good hospitals.

Declaration of interests:

  • Member of Age UK Oxfordshire's Health and Social Care Panel
  • Elected Associate Life member of the Royal Society of Medicine
  • Elected Council Member of the Royal Society of Medicine's Patient Safety Sector
Anita Higham

Northamptonshire and Warwickshire

Anthony (Tony) Bagot-Webb

Tony brings many years' experience operating at director level in multi-national companies responsible for large client accounts within outsourced IT in both the private and public sectors. This included working through complex business issues, business transformation, mergers and acquisitions. Tony has held, during his career, three Non-Executive (NED) positions. Tony has lived and worked in the USA and Germany being responsible for business and staff on most Continents and major regions before retiring from Hewlett Packard as Operations Director for Middle East, Africa and Mediterranean.

In public life he has recently been Mayor of Brackley and Chairman of South Northants Council.

Tony's past ten years Governor experience on both Community and Acute Trusts gives him a deep understanding of the role of Governor and need to "Hold the NED's to Account" in a team spirited manner, invaluable within complex and fast changing organisational models. Tony has been an observer at Board and Director level meetings and played the role of ‘Critical Friend’ when and where necessary.

Declaration of interests:

  • Unitary Councillor for West Northants Council
  • Town Councillor for Brackley North Ward
  • Chairman of Sir Crewe Alms Houses Trust, Trustees, Brackley
  • Trustee of United Feoffee Charity, Brackley. Trustee of Brackley Community Hospital 2020 Trust
  • Core Team Committee Member of Brackley Medical Centre
  • Married to Kareen Bagot-Webb, Health Care worker (HCA) at Brackley Medical Centre

Mark Whitley

Declaration of interests: none.
Mark Whitley

Oxford City

Mike Gotch

Mike is a retired architect and ran his own practice for 25 years, with extensive experience of designing hospital buildings in Oxford and environs. Mike would offer that experience as a governor, as well as 12 years' experience as a city councillor, has given him a knowledge of the wide divergences that exist across the City and a key theme has been to try to balance the differences within and without Oxford and Oxfordshire.

Declaration of interests: none.

Jane Probets

Jane has a history in the Social Sciences and Education and has worked for Age UK Oxfordshire for the past ten years.

Jane is a Dementia Adviser within the City; in her role she works collaboratively in the community with both the Third Sector, Primary and Secondary Care.

She has supported research to improve pathways for patients within the NHS to make access and navigation of services more user-friendly. Jane welcomes the chance to support all groups of people at a higher level especially the older and more vulnerable in the city.

She is a great believer in collaborative working, is a Co-ordinator for her local Neighbourhood Watch and liaises with police and neighbours to improve the community and bring people closer together.

Declaration of interests: none.

Jane Probets

Rest of England and Wales

Jonathan Wyatt

As an arbitrator Jonathan has participated in the process of commercial dispute resolution including medical issues. These arbitrations dealt with hospitals, their equipment, the competence of medical practitioners and the treatment of patients.

Jonathan has a unique perspective as the number one guinea pig in Professor MacLaren's successful ground-breaking gene therapy research trial at the OUH. He hopes to return a benefit by harnessing his dynamism and energy for the wonderful care and treatment that he has received from the Trust.

An experienced complex problem solver he is able to absorb large amounts of information and determine actions that should be taken. Having had a career that involved presenting cases and determining disputes he is able to represent others' views with experience and skill.

He is a Barrister of Gray's Inn and Chartered Arbitrator.

Declaration of interests: none.

South Oxfordshire

Janet Knowles

Having trained as a nurse and midwife, Janet's career was spent in health care, 28 years with the OUH Trust. She worked in numerous roles predominantly within maternity services, before being appointed as Head of Midwifery and managing women's health across the Trust.

Janet was motivated to seek election as a governor following the negative reporting of NHS services and staffing challenges during the winters of 2015-17. She was keen to see greater collaboration between health and social care and increased use of information technology to enable seamless access to health care.

Janet is a member of the Patient Experience, Membership and Quality committee.

As a result of the staff exchange programmes between Kimberly Hospital South Africa and the OUH in 1993/4, on retirement as churchwarden Janet co- developed and continues to work with her church partnership with an urban township in South Africa.

Declaration of interests: none.

Nina Robinson

Nina has extensive practical experience in business transformation, risk management, process optimisation in the corporate sector and more recently, in the charity sector. Her current portfolio combines a mix of non-executive and consulting roles.

She is a graduate in Economics (gold medal) and Mathematics, trained as a chartered accountant and Systems & Risk consultant at EY and PwC, and provided practical expertise for financial services regulatory reform of the Mutual Insurance services sector.

With over 15 years of experience in finance, governance, risk management, regulatory compliance and best practice, she has supported organisations through times of challenge and change, assuring stability, growth and security of asset values, income and reputation.

Declaration of interests:

  • Treasurer, Board of Trustees at the Royal Free Charity and a founding fellow of St George's House Leadership network, Windsor
  • Non-executive Director at Slough Children First
  • Chair of Audit and Risk Committee at Slough Children First.

Vale of White Horse

David Matthews

David is a retired Consultant and Professor of Diabetes; he served the Oxford hospitals for many years as a Consultant and Professor of Diabetes.

David has a very wide range of interests in healthcare. He conceived and led the funding campaign and building design team for the Oxford Centre for Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism (OCDEM). David was its Founding Chairman.

David has deep interests in research, teaching and clinical care.

He is the past President of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes where he updated all the governance.

David is an elected Emeritus Fellow of Harris Manchester College and was for many years its medical tutor. He was, in turn, Vice Principal and Dean.

David is a local (lay) preacher of the Methodist Church and serves on its central Strategy and Resources Committee and Council. He is a past Chair of the Trustees of the Methodist Relief and Development Fund (now 'All We Can').

Declaration of interests: Chair of Trustees, Oxford Hospitals Charity.

David Matthews

Jill Haynes

Jill has been involved in the OUH NHS Foundation Trust from its inception, playing an active part in all meetings of the Council of Governors (including Seminars) and working with the following groups as an active member:

  • Neurosciences Orthopaedics Trauma and Specialist Surgery Division (NOTSS)
  • Governors Membership, Patient Experience and Quality Committee
  • Patient Lead Assessment of the Care Environment (PLACE)

Jill's practical experience as an OUH governor is built on a strong record of involvement with community life, including Oxfordshire Pre-schools Playgroup Association for twenty years at national, regional and local levels, and as a school governor working alongside professional bodies. Jill has time for all people as she hosts many community social gatherings and attend local groups so we can learn from one another. She feels her strongest skills are in communication and organisation and contributing these to others.

Declaration of interests: none.

West Oxfordshire

Robin Carr

Robin is a 64-year-old retired local GP, who has worked in Witney, Oxford, Somerset and as an army doctor in the 1980s. Robin specialised in Respiratory Medicine, which enabled him to be on some of the NICE guidelines committees, and long-term condition lead in Somerset and Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (OCCG).

Robin has experience of being a commissioner, provider and as a patient, and has worked principally in the NHS, as well as running an independent Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) service for Somerset.

Robin has an interest in self-management and well managed joined up care. He has helped patient groups and has set some up in his previous career, and sees patient participation groups as a vital lived experience which can help shape services.

Together with an Oxford secondary school, he has released a film about Asthma in Schools.

Robin is a keen runner, fly fisherman, cook, old car enthusiast, beekeeper and gardener.

Declaration of interests: none.

Robin Carr

Graham Shelton

A post-doctoral scientist and entrepreneur, Graham has lived, farmed and brought up his family in West Oxfordshire over more than 35 years.

Graham is Founder and Chairman of a 23-year-old communications company, which is twice winner of the Queen's Award for Exports and employs over 370 people, so he knows how to work with people and get things done.

Graham is Chairman of Northmoor Parish Council and is proud to have received the High Sheriff's Award for Community Service.

Declaration of interests:

  • Owner or part owner of:
    • Oxford PharmaGenesis Limited, Northmoor Enterprises, Oxford PharmaGenesis Inc., Oxford
    • PharmaGenesis AG, Oxford
    • PharmaGenesis Holdings Limited
    • PharmaGenesis Pty Limited
    • Northmoor Lion Limited, Oxford
  • Director of the Oxford Health Policy Forum
  • Chairman of Northmoor Parish Council
  • Trustee of Northmoor Village Hall Foundation
  • Trustee of Rotary Club of Oxford North

Staff clinical

Giles Bond-Smith

As Clinical Lead for Emergency General Surgery Giles has the ability to interact with many different areas, teams and members of staff across the whole of the Trust.

Giles has helped to develop the role, and needs, of the Surgical Emergency Unit to better support ED, EAU and AAU to improve patient outcomes and experience. His success in this area has been due to his open, diplomatic and team orientated approach to solving issues.

Declaration of interests:

  • Giles carries out private practice at The Manor Hospital, Oxford
  • Paid speaker and educationalist for Johnson & Johnson
  • Non-paid / volunteer tester and developer for Kinetic-6 communications devices
  • Founder and Trustee of LAP Research. This is a charity that specializes in raising money for cutting edge research into HPB disease.

George Krasopoulos

George has been a Consultant Cardiac Surgeon since 2008 and joined the Oxford Heart Centre in July 2013.

In 2019 George was awarded the title of Honorary Professor in Cardiac Surgery, and he is affiliated with the universities of Oxford, Anglia Ruskin, Cumbria and Buckingham.

In 2016, he joined the Liga College as a Non-executive Director and was the Chairman of the Non-executive Board of Directors until May 2020.

George finished his surgical training in London, England and his fellowship in Toronto, Canada, where he sub-specialised in advanced aortic repairs and reconstructive cardiac surgery.

George's philosophy is based on providing surgical, medical and humanitarian services of the highest standards.

George believes in the development of quality health services and devotes much of his time to making sure that his patients, their relatives and the public receive what they are entitled to and deserve: effective medical and surgical care, safety, dignity and respect.

Declaration of interests:

  • Consult advisor and proctor for Medistim and Abbott
  • Director and principal shareholder of Cardiac Surgery GK Limited; his wife is a director and shareholder for this company (Cardiac Surgery GK Limited is a limited company for private practice in cardiothoracic surgery, medicolegal work and educational activities)
  • Affiliated with the University of Oxford, University of Buckingham, University of Cumbria and University of Anglia Ruskin
  • Medical Advisor Committee member for the Manor Hospital, Oxford
  • Married to Catherine Krasopoulos, Lead Research Nurse for OCMR, who is employed by the University of Oxford, but also has an honorary position with the Trust
  • Ex-governor for Liga College, Oxfordshire
George Krasopoulos

Pauline Tendayi

Pauline started her nursing career in in Toronto, Canada, where she studied and practised nursing in a variety of settings including palliative care, emergency care and community nursing.

During her diverse experiences, she has learned the importance of working collaboratively with individual departments, hospitals and communities so patients receive efficient safe care in a suitable and appropriate environment and setting.

Pauline is also a member of the Florence Nightingale alumni and enjoys driving change to impact patient care and health practice.

In her current role as the Endoscopy sister, she is responsible for the day to day running of the department in terms of nursing workforce, the physical environment, Infection control, Health and Safety and the Decontamination Service.

As she continues to develop her nursing professional leadership capability, she hopes to influence Trust and patient outcomes at different levels of healthcare delivery during her term as governor.

Declaration of interests: none.

Pauline Tendayi

Julie (Jules) Stockbridge

Jules has worked at the Trust since 1989, initially as a staff nurse in the Emergency Department. She has been in her current role for the last eight years, as Lead Nurse for the Operational team. This is a very visible Trust wide role that enables Jules to connect with staff in all clinical areas.

The last year has seen unprecedented demands on the Trust, Jules's role has enabled her to witness first-hand the fantastic response from all staff working under incredibly challenging conditions. The Council of Governors meet on a regular basis and she has been able to provide personal experience of working throughout the pandemic. Moving into the next term of office, Jules would like to build upon the expertise she has gained on the Patient Experience Sub-Committee, attending public and Council meetings.

Declaration of interests: none.

Staff non-clinical

Megan Turmezei

Megan started in the NHS in Oxford in 1972 and then joined Oxford's acute hospitals in 1975 covering general, clinical and resource management, strategic planning and latterly was Associate Director of Governance which included working with the CQC and two stints as Trust Board Secretary up to 2012.

In 2013/14 she was part of the team that established the Oxford Academic Health Science Network (AHSN) and was its Director of Corporate Affairs until April 2018. In addition, she was actively involved in the competitive designation of the Oxford Academic Health Science Centre (AHSC) in April 2014.

Her current role is Senior Programme Manager for the Oxford Academic Health Partners, redesignated as an AHSC in 2020. The Partnership involves the OUH, Oxford Health, Oxford Brookes, Oxford University and Oxford AHSN.

She has a particular interest in the value of research and innovation for service and quality improvement and in how innovations can improve and impact on all services – clinical and non-clinical. Megan believes that the work and contribution of the non-clinical staff is key in identifying and delivering continuing successes.

Declaration of interests: none.

Megan Turmezei

Aliki Kalianou

Since June 2020 Aliki has held the position of Senior Purchasing Manager at OUH.

Prior to joining OUH in 2019, she had a successful career in procurement and international trade both in Greece where she comes from, and the UK which has become her home.

Coming from a multinational background Aliki embraces diversity, recognises differences and advocates for respect. As a single parent to a child with autism, she is well aware of the challenges people may face, and streamlines her energy, knowledge and skills to overcome problems and achieve positive outcomes.

As a self-motivated, keen learner she received two Bachelor's degrees in BA (Marketing), and Political Science and International Relations from Mariupol State University, and continues to develop professionally and personally.

Declaration of interests: none.

Aliki Kalianou


Astrid Schloerscheidt

Oxford Brookes University

Astrid is a Cognitive Neuroscientist with a wealth of experience in research, teaching and academic leadership.

Astrid started her education in Germany where she obtained a degree in Business Studies. She then moved to the UK, where she completed an MSc in Experimental Psychology at the University of Sussex, before heading to the University of St. Andrews where she obtained a PhD in Psychology.

Astrid joined Oxford Brookes University in September 2016 as Associate Dean for Strategy and Development in the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences before being appointed to the role of PVC / Dean in May 2017. Prior to this Astrid worked at the University of Dundee for 12 years. During her time there she held a number of strategic leadership roles including Dean of the School of Psychology and Associate Dean (Academic) in the School of Social Sciences.

Declaration of interests: Astrid's husband is a senior project manager for the National Consortium for Intelligent Medical Imaging.

Stuart Bell CBE

Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust

Stuart retired as Chief Executive Officer of Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust in 2020. He was previously chief executive of South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLaM) for over 13 years. Before SLaM, he was chief executive of Thameslink NHS Trust and Lewisham and Guy's Mental Health NHS Trust.

Earlier in his career he worked at Charing Cross and Whittington hospitals before moving to the South West Thames Regional Health Authority in 1990. He has also been the Head of NHS Performance in England in the NHS Executive. Stuart was instrumental in developing King's Health Partners in London - one of the academic health sciences centres with a major mental health involvement - prior to joining Oxford Health where he helped in the foundation of Oxford Academic Health Sciences Centre.

Stuart is an Honorary Fellow of King's College London and an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists. He has until recently been Chairman of the Picker Institute (Europe).

Declaration of interests:

  • Trustee of Help for Heroes
  • Patron of The Picker Institute

Helen Higham

University of Oxford

Helen is a Consultant Anaesthetist in Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and an Associate Professor at the University of Oxford. She has always had a keen interest in medical education and is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, Director of Undergraduate Teaching in the Nuffield Division of Anaesthetics and Director of the Patient Safety Academy. Her research interests include SBE in healthcare and systems engineering for patient safety.

She became the medical director of the Oxford Simulation, Teaching and Research Centre (OxSTaR) when it opened in 2008 and she is the Simulation and Technology Enhanced Learning (STEL) Tutor for HEE-TV. She was a founding member and past president of the UK’s Association of Simulated Practice in Healthcare and sits on the HEE steering group for STEL.

Declaration of interests:

  • Helen is an employee of the Trust (Consultant Anaesthetist) and the University (Associate Professor)
  • Medical director of the University of Oxford’s simulation centre (OxSTaR) which provides training in teamwork, human factors and quality improvement in the Trust
  • Director of the Patient Safety Academy and sits on the oversight committee for the Patient Safety Collaborative at the Academic Health Science Network
  • Chair of the Trust’s Safe Surgery and Procedures Implementation Group

Annabelle and Ishaan

Young People's Executive

Our Young People's Executive (known as YiPpEe for short), is a group of young people aged 11-18 years who work and meet with hospital staff. YiPpEe helps us to understand what young people in hospital want and need.

YiPpEe nominate an older member of the group to sit on the Council of Governors

Declaration of interests: none.

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Councillor Tim Bearder

Oxfordshire County Council
Tim Bearder

Vacant posts

The posts for NHS England and Oxfordshire Local Medical Committee are currently vacant.
Last reviewed:23 May 2023