The Trust Board

Executive Directors

Nerissa Vaughan 160Nerissa Vaughan, Chief Executive

Nerissa became Chief Executive in October 2011.

She has held a number of senior management roles in the NHS since the early 1990s and was formerly the Chief Executive of The Queen Elizabeth Hospital King's Lynn NHS Foundation Trust.

She said: "I am delighted to be offered the opportunity to be Chief Executive of The Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. I think it's a fantastic organisation and I feel privileged to have secured such an amazing job.

"I think the Trust is very well placed to develop as an organisation and I am excited about bringing together hospital and community services." 

Guy Rooney 160aGuy Rooney, Medical Director

Guy first joined the Trust in 1999 as a new consultant in sexual health and HIV.

Over the years he has been a key contributor to national guidelines; incorporating the management and testing of patients for HIV and extending to the recognition of sexual infections in children exposed to sexual abuse. 

His sexual health work has involved working for the UK Government in Russia, contributing to the National Sexual Health Strategy, and a key author of STIF: a national training programme for primary care. 

For the last few years he has been involved within the management structure of the Trust, initially as Clinical Lead for Non-acute Medicine, followed by Associate Medical Director for Diagnostics & Outpatients. 

He was appointed as Medical Director in April 2014. He is keen to continue the drive for clinical engagement in all aspects of the work the Trust undertakes, in particular the transformation work recently outlined in Simon Stevens's (CEO NHS England) five-year vision for the NHS. 

Oonagh Fitzgerald 160Oonagh Fitzgerald, Director of Workforce and Education 

Oonagh joined the Trust in February 2008 from her previous role as Director of Human Resources & Organisation Development at Kingston Hospital, south west London.

She reports to the Trust Board on all matters relating to the Trust workforce, organisation development, staff health and wellbeing, health and safety, and learning and development.

Oonagh is responsible for ensuring that our people have the right skills and values to look after our patients, and that we are developing and planning for our future workforce.

Hilary Walker 160Hilary Walker, Chief Nurse

Hilary has been a registered nurse for 30 years and has a wide range of experience in both clinical and senior corporate roles.

She has worked in a number of NHS organisations including acute, community and commissioning Trusts.

Hilary was appointed as Chief Nurse in November 2012.

She is passionate about getting the fundamentals of care right for all our patients while making sure that our nursing and midwifery workforce are properly equipped to provide contemporary healthcare in our fast changing NHS.

Hilary reports to the Board on the safety and quality of patient care as well as patient experience.

Karen Johnson 160Karen Johnson, Acting Director of Finance

Karen joined the Trust in June 2013 from her previous role as Acting Chief Finance Officer for Wiltshire PCT. 

She has over 23 years' experience in the public sector including in the Ministry of Defence, a local authority and in the NHS. 

Karen joined the NHS in January 2010 and is committed to ensuring the public sector provides good value for money whilst maintaining good quality services.

Non-voting executive directors

Kevin McNamara 160Kevin McNamara, Director of Strategy

Kevin first joined the Trust is November 2009 as Head of Marketing and Communications and has worked in the NHS for over 10 years.

Kevin previously worked at South Central Strategic Health Authority (SHA) leading on public campaigns, market research, stakeholder engagement and parliamentary business. Before that Kevin worked for Thames Valley SHA on media relations.

In his previous role in the Trust, Kevin lead on all aspects of communications and reputation management including the Patient Advice and Liaison Service and the way the Trust investigates and responds to complaints and other customer feedback.

Since December 2013 Kevin has been the Director of Strategy, and is the Board lead for developing and implementing a five-year plan for the Trust and for identifying new business opportunities through bids, tenders and fundraising.

Douglas Blair 160aDouglas Blair, Director of Community Services

Douglas was appointed to the Trust as Director of Community Services in August 2014.

Before this, he held local and regional roles in NHS England and the South West Strategic Health Authority.

This included the establishment of Clinical Commissioning Groups and Commissioning Support Units.

He joined the NHS in 2006 in a Primary Care Trust commissioning role after spending eight years as a civil servant in central and regional government working on areas such as homelessness, rural issues and the Criminal Justice System.

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