Council of Governors

Meet your Public Governors

City of Bath

Amanda Buss

I was delighted to have been re-elected as a Governor to represent the people of Bath and am looking forward to continuing to meet many more members.

I am hoping to build on the knowledge that I have acquired since I was first elected and to utilise this to further improve the communication between the Trust and the membership. I am also excited to see the new RNHRD and Therapies Centre and the Cancer Centre.
Mike Midgley

I have worked in Bath as an NHS dentist for 25 years and am looking forward to being part of the team that helps maintain the excellence that the RUH has upheld. Despite the increased pressures Mike is keen to ensure that the RUH, and the NHS as a whole, is run for people rather than profit. I would like to help strengthen links between the RUH and the wider community, with an emphasis on support for community services and initiatives.

North East Somerset

Helen Rogers

I was delighted to be once again representing the people of North East Somerset on the Council of Governors. I currently work for the Royal College of Midwives, and really enjoy using my experience to work alongside the other Governors to make a difference at the RUH and I am looking forward to meeting and talking to more of you in the future.
Nick Houlton

I was delighted to be
re-elected as your Governor for North East Somerset in October 2016 and shall continue my efforts to represent members interests and will ensure that the Trust works to provide the best service possible.

I would be happy to hear from anybody who has any queries, and with along with Helen Rogers, shall continue to hold public meetings across the area to which all members are very welcome to attend.


Michael Welton

I was very pleased to be re-elected after having been a Governor for five years. I feel that the Governors have achieved a lot in terms of communication with the local community and feeding into the strategy and direction of the RUH. In the last two years Governors have held the Non-Executive Directors to account and monitored the performance of the Board and I am looking forward to continuing this good work.
Anne Martin

Anne has worked in education and pastoral care and takes an active interest in healthcare provision in Somerset, especially the Mendip District.

As a patient, carer and friend working and living with people with health problems both physical and mental, Anne appreciates how health providers have to work together to meet an individual’s needs and believes this to be an invaluable trait for a Governor.

North Wiltshire

Jacek Kownacki

After previously having worked for the NHS and following first-hand experience of the RUH saving the lives of two close relatives I wanted to offer my support to staff in a practical way.

I am looking forward to this new vocation where I can put something back into the community. To end with a personal note, “Thank you for putting your trust in me.”
Chris Callow

Chris was delighted to be
re-elected as Governor for North Wiltshire.

He has lived in Wiltshire for twenty six years and hopes that his experience in local government and connections to the local community will be skills that are needed by the RUH now, and in the future.

Chris looks forward to continuing to communicate with as many people as possible who use our services.

South Wiltshire

Chris Hardy

I have previously worked as a nurse and midwife within the NHS and am looking forward to using my 50 years of experience to help the RUH and the local community.
I am passionate about maintaining and extending the local community health services and feel that my experience as a patient will be beneficial in my role as Governor.
James Colquhoun

James has worked in the public sector for over 20 years and has enjoyed attending the Caring for You events at the RUH.

He is keen to take on the role of Governor to represent the patient and public interest thereby helping to raise the RUH’s performance to even higher standards. James hopes that his public sector background provides relevant, transferable skills that can be applied to the RUH governor role and exercised with the best interests of the South Wiltshire constituency in mind.

Rest of England & Wales

Andrew Simkins

I am a former soldier. In 1973 I was commissioned into the Royal Artillery and served four years in Malta, before completing an Army Pilots' Course. Three years later I then transferred to the Army Air Corps and went on to command aviation units at squadron and regimental level. After military service I ran the Museum of Army Flying at Middle Wallop, Hampshire.

I now focus my attention on my family and various charitable and voluntary responsibilities. Both my family and I have experienced outstanding clinical care at the RUH and I therefore felt an obligation to support the Foundation Trust in this small way. I have a particular interest in the research, diagnosis and treatment of lupus.

I am pleased to be able to support the Trust in my role as Governor and look forward to acting as the link between the Trust and its wider constituency.

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