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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)

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.

Sue Woollacott BSc, MCIPD

Sue's degree in Physics was followed by twenty years in human resource management, first in pharmaceuticals and then in the City of London. On the birth of her daughter, she embarked on a second career in Physics teaching.

Since retiring she has been working in the voluntary medical sector in Oxfordshire, including running for twelve years the NOC Network, the patient consultative body of the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre. She has maintained her interest in medical research throughout this period by serving as the patient representative on a number of research committees, particularly in the field of orthopaedics. She is currently a member of the steering group of the Oxford Centre for Osteoarthritis Pathogenesis, based at the Kennedy Institute in Oxford, and of the committee tasked with the funding and overseeing the expansion of Oxford's Botnar Research Centre. She has been a public governor on the Council of Governors for three years.

Declaration of interests: none.


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; she was for many years a Trustee of the Banbury Bretch Hill’s Children and Family Centre in Banbury. Anita’s life-long commitment to supporting young people’s rights to learn, then moved to supporting Patients’ rights to good health services and good hospitals.

Declaration of interests: Member of Age UK Oxfordshire's Health and Social Care panel, an elected Associate Life member of the Royal Society of Medicine, and an elected Council Member of the Royal Society of Medicine's 'Patient Safety Sector'.

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


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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.

Cecilia Gould

Lead Governor

Both Cecilia and her family have been patients of the Trust's hospitals, and she has been a General Practitioner all her working life, and in Oxford for 12 years before retiring.

Cecilia has great experience of governance, including the management of budgets and service delivery while retaining a great belief in pragmatism and common sense.

Cecilia has gained an understanding of the constraints experienced by our Health and Social Care services particularly given current staffing shortages. Currently she is Lead Governor of the Trust's Council of Governors, and Chair of their Workforce, Finance and Performance Committee. In these roles she has met enormous numbers of patients and carers. Being aware of their health issues and expectations of healthcare providers, she is an effective voice on their behalf.

Declaration of interests: married to Dr Paul Altman, Consultant Nephrologist and Chief Clinical Information Officer at OUH.

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.

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Martin Havelock

Originally a barrister, Martin has broadly-based experience as a Human Resources specialist in different industry sectors, including Oxford University Press and a City law firm. Earlier in his career he was HR Director, then Chief Executive, at a district general hospital trust in London.

More recently he has undertaken the Financial Times non-executive director programme and works as a mediator in commercial, workplace and community disputes. He also volunteers with the Oxfordshire Youth Justice Service and Thames Valley Restorative Justice Service.

Declaration of interests:

  • External member, Safeguarding and Quality Panel, Metropolitan Thames Valley Housing Chair, Oxford Mediation
  • Trustee and NED, Family Links.

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

David Heyes

David graduated from Queen's University, Belfast in Mechanical Engineering. He went on to work for a leading systems company, ending his career a Director of IT and Logistics for a clothing manufacturer. He has a strong focus on systems engineering and quality management and brings that experience to the work of the Patient Experience and Management of Quality committee.

The principles of the ISO 900 Quality Management standard, when effectively applied, will often transform the effectiveness of an organisation.

As a resident of Chipping Norton, he is particularly aware of the issues many patients face in reaching Oxfordshire hospitals. A key theme of his is the need to provide care closer to the patient wherever possible. While the use of video links has become commonplace, it has many drawbacks as a diagnostic tool.

Declaration of interests: none.

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.

Shahab (Shad) Khan

As a surgeon, Shad has worked in a variety of units in Oxford / Cambridge / London. During this time he worked for one of the largest Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG) in London as a specialist advisor.

Declaration of interests: none.

Shing (Tom) Law

Shing (Tom) Law studied medicine at Jesus College, Oxford University. He completed Internal Medicine residency at Steward Carney Hospital and Rheumatology fellowship at Boston Medical Center in Massachusetts, USA. He is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology by the American Board of Internal Medicine.

He has been awarded the Henni Mester Scholarship at University College, Oxford University, to undertake DPhil in Molecular and Cellular Medicine. His research involves collaborating with National Institute for Health Research and Oxford University Hospitals Foundation Trust to advance therapies for patients with rheumatoid arthritis and psoriatic arthritis.

He is an Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer in Rheumatology at Oxford University where he is an Internal Assessor for final year medical students. He is also a member of the Oxford Medical Alumni Advisory Board where he provides support and guidance on the alumni strategy with a goal of increasing and enhancing engagement among its global community.

Declaration of interests: none.

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

Rebecca Cullen

Rebecca has been part of the Oxford University Hospitals team since April 2017, when she moved from the Midlands to work in the Renal and Transplant department. Since then, she has worked in the Maternity directorate before becoming the Deputy Head of Strategy and Partnerships for the Trust.

A Microbiology graduate by background, she holds an MSc in Healthcare Leadership and has worked across various specialties in the NHS including a brief stint at the NHS European Office, part of the NHS Confederation.

An area of personal interest for Rebecca is our staff engagement and Digital by Default agenda, she also enjoys undertaking Values Based Interviews in the Trust.

Declaration of interests: Trustee of the Oxford Transplant Foundation and Independent Assessor for the Human Tissue Authority.


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Dr 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

Gareth Kenworthy

Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group

Gareth has been the Director of Finance at NHS Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group since it was established in April 2013. He has established and effective working relationships with members of the Trust senior team. Over the past three years he has combined his CCG role with that of the STP / ICS Finance Lead role for the Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire West (BOB) ICS.

Having graduated from the NHS National Finance Management Training Scheme in 2000 Gareth has worked all of his professional career in the NHS which has included experience as Director of Finance of a Foundation Trust.

Declaration of interests:

  • Director of Finance, NHS Oxfordshire CCG
  • BOB ICS Finance Lead
  • (NHS) Director of Oxford Infracare LIFT Co
  • Small (<£1k) shareholding in a range of UK Biotech companies, including some Oxfordshire based ones

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


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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Vacant posts

The posts for NHS England, Oxfordshire County Council and Oxfordshire Local Medical Committee are currently vacant.
Last reviewed:05 November 2021