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 am really pleased to have been re-elected as a Governor to represent the people of Bath. I have been a Governor for three years and an NHS dentist in Bath for the last 27 years and I am keen to ensure the RUH maintains its excellent level of service to the community and is fully prepared to face future challenges.

I am looking forward to continuing to meet with members at Caring for You events and Constituency meetings and am always happy to hear your concerns, help to resolve any issues and pass on any positive feedback. I will also continue to raise concerns with the Non-Executive Directors and ensure that member views are taken into account by the Board of Directors.

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.
Melanie Hilton

I am delighted to be representing the residents of North East Somerset. I care deeply about the issues facing the RUH, its staff and the NHS and am honoured to have received your votes. This is a fantastic opportunity and I will put the wealth of experience and expertise that I have gained from senior positions that I have held in general and mental health nursing to good use in voicing your views.


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

I am very pleased to have been re-elected as a Governor for Mendip. I have an active interest in healthcare provision for Somerset, particularly for those in Mendip and will continue to follow plans for the future with emphasis on primary care, healthy living and the prevention of chronic conditions.

I will work to maintain a knowledge of both the healthcare plans for Somerset and the RUH because Mendip patients are served by both. I am looking forward to continuing to encourage both healthcare providers and patients to work responsibly together to meet the needs of the rural population of Mendip District. I have been a patient at the RUH and the Min for years, but it is as a Governor that I have come to both know and appreciate the huge efforts made by so many people, in so many different capacities and I am pleased to be able to contribute to that effort as a Governor for another three years.

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.”
Jerry Willmott CBE

I am pleased to have been successfully elected as an RUH Governor for North Wiltshire. I have experience in both military and fire services and my concern and skills have always been people orientated.

"My ethos is 'do as you would want to be done by' and it is my intention to follow this in my representation of the North Wiltshire members. I and my wife have used the RUH for more than four decades and this is a fantastic opportunity to give something back, to benefit others and to work on behalf of staff, patients and members of the public.

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.
Gill Little

I am delighted to have been elected by you as Governor for South Wiltshire. I have had a long career in healthcare and have an ongoing love of caring and promoting health in the population and ensuring the efficient delivery of healthcare.

As a Governor I will use the knowledge I have gained of caring at grass roots level combined with my understanding of the costs associated with the responsibility of providing healthcare to guide the Trust and its Directors and ensure the patient always remains firmly centre stage. I will also actively seek out the opinion of South Wiltshire members and extend awareness for our local population and will work to increase membership of the RUH to promote a feeling of belonging.

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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