Swindon constituency

(Seven governors)

Maggie Jordan

Though now retired, Maggie has 42 years of experience working as a registered nurse and during her career, worked not only in the NHS, but also overseas in Zambia and in the private sector as Matron of a 61 bedded Nursing Home.

She has since held senior nursing positions within the Great Western Hospital and in addition, was a Trustee of Prospect Hospice for seven years.

As Matron, she was involved in the development of the Trust's Mental Health and Mental Capacity Policy in line with the introduction of the Mental Health Act 2007 and the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and provided training to both Medical and Nursing staff and other allied health professionals.

She gained significant experience in management of change, introducing new ways of working, chairing committees and communicating effectively at all levels. 

Michelle Howard

Due to her first-hand experience of both NHS and social care services, Michelle applied to become a Non-Executive Director (NED) of a local NHS Community Trust focusing on improving patient experience and quality of service. Prior to this, she practised law for seven years. 

She is an experienced charity trustee nationally - Spinal Injuries Association - and locally - Citizens Advice Bureau, Willows Counseling Service - and is Chair of Swindon Equality Coalition.

She has been a school governor for nearly 20 years and was very proud to have been nominated and awarded a Pride of Swindon Award for her voluntary work in 2016. 

Furthermore, she is a Mental Health Act Associate with AWP NHS Trust and occasionally acts as an Expert by Experience with the CQC.

She has two part time roles as a Church Development Worker with the URC southwest and is a Regional Care Manager with Spinal Homecare.

Judith Furse 

Elected April 2020.

Judith is an independent businesswoman who runs Swindon Braille Services and has 25 years' experience of providing specialised braille services to the visually impaired community throughout the UK.

She has a degree in Law and has previously worked for the RNIB (Royal National Institute of Blind People).

She is a skilled negotiator with considerable experience of delivering services, motivating and organising people, and managing change within the voluntary sector.

She is Chair of the Executive and Staffing Officer at Central Church in Swindon, an ecumenical church and registered charity based in the heart of the town which runs a café, works with the homeless, lets out meeting rooms and has employed up to six people.

She is also Chair of the Swindon and Marlborough Amnesty International Group.

Having both a severe visual impairment and limited mobility, Judith is a passionate advocate of equal access to NHS services for everyone, regardless of disability, gender or race.

She has a thorough grasp of what does and does not work for patients and a commitment to making sure accessible information is available for all those who cannot read standard print.

Ashish Channawar

Ashish, a successful technology leader in financial crime covering counter-fraud, anti-money laundering and counter-terrorism financing, has helped many financial services and Government agencies to make the world a safer place.

Ashish describes himself a Swayamsevak, which is a Sanskrit word for community contributor with the mission of selfless service with detachment.

With the passion for community service, Ashish has led many projects like:

  • Organizing special blood donation drives for NHS to increase donors from BAME background, with a result of 135 donations made with 75 first-timers
  • Free kitchen serving free food to more than 2,500 people
  • Supplying food and new clothing for the underprivileged
  • Supporting Christmas Care and Homeless Shelter
  • Volunteering at Care Homes for refurbishments as well as to address loneliness
  • Helping many schools with religious education needs
  • Fundraising:
    • £10,500 for a bereaved family in 2019
    • £54,200 for a bereaved family in 2017
    • £5,000 for Nepal Earthquake relief in 2015
    • £4,177 and £3,000 for Rotary Jaipur Limb in 2019 and 2018 respectively

During COVID-19 times, when the demand of the Food Bank almost tripled, Ashish and his team donated more than 1,500kg of nutritious tinned food to Swindon Food Collective.

He has also helped many families in isolation, and elderly people with buying essential supplies, making pharmacy runs, etc.

He is:

  • An Ambassador of Switch On To Swindon campaign
  • Deputy Chairman of the Independent Advisory Group of Wiltshire Police
  • An executive committee member of many charities
  • A member of FAB Swindon - a community group
  • A member of the local litter picking group
  • The co-ordinator for his local Neighbourhood Watch group
  • A member of Swindon Interfaith
  • A volunteer for AbilityNet - helping elderly and needy peole resolve issues with technology, and providing support and training

With a passion for community service and strong skills such as audit and inspection, HR and IT, Ashish is keen to use his experience and skills to serve and assist the NHS, the Trust and the community.

(Three vacancies)

Wiltshire Northern constituency

(Two governors)

Pauline Cooke

Elected 12 November 2015.

For the past 25 years Pauline has worked in the private sector for a multinational utility company.

With 20 years in the HR function at a senior level, having worked previously in other areas, including finance, pensions and credit management.

In addition, to this for the last 16 years, Pauline has been very active in the charity sector and has been the President of Electricity Industry Charity for two years.

Over the past 21 years she spent a lot of time in various NHS hospitals due to family reasons and decided that it was now the right time as she has taken early retirement to try and offer my experience and skills to the Governing body of the GWH Trust, to help and assist in any way that she can.

Pamela Kemp

Appointed December 2021.

After schooling, Pamela trained in diagnostic radiography in Oxford with training at the Radcliffe Infirmary, Nuffield and Churchill Hospitals.

She worked in the NHS for 40 years - initially in South Bucks as a diagnostic radiographer, rising through the ranks of the profession achieving General Manager status for Radiology, and Divisional General Manager for Diagnostic Services.

Pamela managed other services, including:

  • Ophthalmology
  • Oral Surgery
  • Breast Screening
  • Genito Urinary Medicine

She then became General Manager at the Churchill Hospital and the Neuro Radiology Department, John Radcliffe Hospital, in Oxford.

Pamela's work involved being part of the wider teams dealing with care packages and patient care, and her roles included:

  • Waiting list management
  • Customer care and service training
  • Ensuring health and safety regulations were implemented
  • Designing extensions and rebuilds to departments which included the new Radiology Department at the Churchill Hospital

During Pamela's years of employment, she was headhunted twice:

  • PACS (Digital Imaging) Implementation Advisor for the South of England
  • Senior Health Advisor, Health Protection Agency Chilton (Harwell Science Site), Oxfordshire. This role was leading a Department of Health project looking at Optimization of use of Diagnostic Radiography Equipment in England.

She has supported local communities in these roles:

  • Magistrate in Buckinghamshire
  • School Governor
  • Parish Councillor
  • PLACE Assessments at GWH
  • Assessor for CQC (Care Quality Commission)

Pamela brings a breadth and depth of healthcare and life experiences to the role of Governor.

Wiltshire Central and Southern constituency

(Two governors)

Chris Callow

Chris has lived in Wiltshire for 30 years - happily married with four grown-up children and three grandchildren, all born at the Great Western Hospital.

He worked in the computer industry for UK manufacturers International Computers Limited and Cray Communications and American companies Modcomp, Telematics and Cisco Systems.

Later, he was a business analyst and project manager with Wiltshire Council, running projects within the business transformation programme.

He was also a public governor for the Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust (RUH), and was their Lead Governor for two years, so has some valuable relevant experience.

He is also a trustee of the Wiltshire Museum in Devizes, a Parish Councillor for Bishops Cannings, a member of the Devizes area Independant Police Advisory Committee, and is on the steering committee for the Neighbourhood Plan for the Devizes Area.

These outside roles, and the experience from the RUH, bring useful skills to the Council of Governors; in understanding the role of a non-executive director; bringing and working together with people of different backgrounds.

He has the ability to come up with a plan to deliver what is required, through an understanding of how hospitals work.

Maurice Alston

Appointed December 2021.

Maurice is a retired management consultant and was an elected public Governor and Lead Governor for 10 years at the Hampshire Hospitals Foundation Trust.

He served for three years a member of the NHS Providers Governor's Advisory Committee.

Key issues for Hampshire Hospitals Governors addressing the following over a 10-year period:

  • Acquiring a non-foundation trust and successfully merging all departments
  • Seeking to build a new hospital (including a major cancer unit) to serve present and future needs for a population of 650,000 and growing
  • Overseeing the appointment of two chief executives and many senior staff positions
  • Preparing for the forthcoming systems approach to achieve "joined up" health service delivery across the region
  • Dealing with the aftermath of a CQC (Care Quality Commission) inspection rating of 'Requires Improvement'

Maurice is currently a Trustee of the ITB Pension Funds (£1bn. invested) and a committee member of Pewsey Vale U3A.

In his consulting work before retirement, Maurice did extensive work for HMG and other clients in training and development projects across the UK.

He holds qualifications in management, chemical engineering, and neighbourhood mediation.

Maurice is deeply committed to the values and activities of the NHS and, to inclusion, diversity, and non-discrimination.

West Berkshire, Oxfordshire, Gloucestershire and Bath and North East Somerset Constituency

(One governor)


Rest of England and Wales constituency

(One governor)


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