Liam Coleman, ChairLiam Coleman, Chair

Liam took over as Chair of the Trust on 1 February 2019.

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.

In November 2019, Liam was appointed for a three-year term as a Non-Executive Director on the board of the Financial Conduct Authority.

Dr Nicholas Bishop, Non-Executive DirectorDr Nicholas Bishop, Non-Executive Director

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 DirectorAndy Copestake, Non-Executive Director

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 DirectorPeter Hill, Non-Executive Director

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

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 DirectorPaul Lewis, Non-Executive Director

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.

Julie Soutter, Non-Executive DirectorJulie Soutter, Non-Executive Director

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 DirectorLizzie Abderrahim, Non-Executive Director

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. 

Farid Chopdat, Non-Executive DirectorFarid Chopdat, Non-Executive Director

Faried is an experienced and dynamic global leader with proven capability business transformation, risk management, and audit.

He has experience of delivering results through people-centric leadership that delivers sustainable value to all stakeholders.

His passion for coaching and mentoring others to reach their full potential led him into the world of executive coaching.

Faried is a director of his own boutique advisory and coaching business helping leaders and professionals with their transformation journeys. 

Claudia Paoloni, Associate Non-Executive DirectorClaudia Paoloni, Associate Non-Executive Director

Following medical and specialist qualification, Claudia has held positions of leadership and influence in her senior medical career.

Having led and delivered major transformational service delivery and workforce projects at University Hospital Bristol and Weston Foundation Trust, she held a clinical director tenure for three years, a Divisional Board position, and currently remains Chair of the Hospital Medical Committee.

She has also held an executive member position for Hospital Consultants and Specialists Association (HCSA), and since April 2019 holds the elected role of President - the first female president since its inception in 1948.

This is a stakeholder role within NHS England and Improvement, NHS Employers, Parliamentary committee reviews and campaigns, the Treasury and the Department of Health, having recently worked on the NHS Medical Workforce Female Gender Pay Gap review, the Treasury and DOH Pensions and Taxation review and the Review Body on Doctors' and Dentists' Remuneration (DDRB) and response to COVID-19.

Passionate about the NHS, Claudia actively works towards influencing the recruitment and retention of our NHS staff for the future.

Sanjeen Payne-Kumar, Associate Non-Executive DirectorSanjeen Payne-Kumar, Associate Non-Executive Director

Sanjeen joined the Trust Board on 1 April 2021. 

He brings over 30 years' of global experience in the design and execution of major transformation programmes in the retail, energy, professional services and charity sectors.   

Previous positions include senior finance and transformation roles in BP, Castrol, KPMG and ADNOC Distribution.

Trustee roles include the Wiltshire Air Ambulance, Afrikaya, and the Hayfran Trust. 

Sanjeen's primary expertise is in finance, digital transformation, and commercial management.  

He has lived in Wiltshire for many years.

Helen Spice, Non-Executive DirectorHelen Spice, Non-Executive Director

Helen is an experienced finance professional with a 35-year career in the corporate, health and social care and not for profit sectors.

She has held a number of senior positions; most recently Helen was Chief Financial Officer of Turning Point, a social enterprise working with people to support their mental health, drug and alcohol use and people with a learning disability. 

Helen is also a Non-Executive Director of the Make-a-Wish Foundation, providing life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses and the Mental Health and Employment Partnership Limited supporting individuals with severe mental illness, substance misuse and learning disability, to obtain employment.

She has a strong motivation to support people across the community to ensure that everyone has equal access to the health and social care services they require.