Meet our Public Governors

Janet Jarmin, Public Governor - Central Wiltshire Constituency

Janet Jarmin 120x160Re-elected 12 November 2015

After 12 years working in the Inland Revenue and then for a firm of chartered accountants Janet took some time out to bring up two small boys.

Janet started nurse training at Royal United Hospital in Bath and took a post graduate course in nursing the elderly, after which she worked in the community on a three-year feasibility study assessing over-75-year-olds.

This was followed by work with a GP surgery as a practice nurse specializing in the elderly.

Janet's various voluntary roles include being a trustee of Alzheimer's Support for 13 years, an elected member of Bath & District Community Health Council, member of Wiltshire Patient Participation Involvement Forum and is an elected core member of Wiltshire Involvement Forum for which she sits on the Wiltshire & Bath Maternity Strategy Liaison Committee and Wiltshire NHS Breast Screening Steering Group.

Ros Thomson, Public Governor - Swindon Constituency

Ros Thomson 120x160Re-elected 11 November 2013

Ros was a senior nurse for many years working in the NHS and Private Sectors.

During this time she acquired a range of management and teaching qualifications.

Louise Hill, Public Governor - Swindon Constituency

Louise Hill 120x160Elected 11 November 2013

Louise has been employed by a number of large NHS Trusts as Fire, Health and Safety adviser.

Through this work she accessed all areas and came to understand the demands upon them.

Her challenge was to support staff in making work safe for all concerned; at minimum cost and with minimum disruption to the service.

Louise loved working for the NHS; the complexity, the sheer variety of work and tasks, the diversity of skills and people.

The demands and pressures were extraordinary but this is what made NHS work so challenging and exhilarating.

Louise should very much like to put this experience and knowledge to good use in service to the people of Swindon, as Governor of Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. 

Balbir Virik, Public Governor - Swindon Constituency

Balbir Virik 120x160Elected 11 June 2018

After qualifying by Medical Licensing Examinations in India, Malaysia, the UK and the US, Balbir settled here and has been a Swindon resident since 1985.

Accident & Emergency, Orthopaedic Medicine and Lower Limb Prosthetics & Rehabilitation preceded GP training at the Princess Margaret Hospital, Swindon.

He worked for and improved the General Medical Council (GMC) framework for registering non-EU doctors and took part in improving the work conditions and training for junior doctors in the NHS at a local level, before EU directives came into force.

As a GP Principal, he was appointed as a General Practice Quality & Outcomes Framework Assessor and a General Practitioner Appraiser.

With his orthopaedic background, he assisted his Primary Care Trust (PCT) design and put into place a musculo-skeletal intermediary service to improve and balance this area of NHS services at a local level.

In his own practice, he brought the Surgery into the 21st Century by planning and procuring cost-effective computer equipment, medical software and staff training - enabling the surgery to go 'paperless' in less than six months, spearheading the PCT's efforts in this direction.

Balbir is married and has a son who is a GP, and a daughter who is a teach and also worked as a Police Special Constable in Swindon.

Now retired, Balbir still keeps an interest in his local and wider community.

Roger Stroud, Public Governor - Swindon Constituency

Elected 24 November 2016

Roger is a qualified chemist (CSci, CChem, MRSC) and spent his working life developing new pharmaceutical products and bringing them to the global market.

In addition he both conducted and hosted quality audits and inspections relating to the pharmaceutical industry and helped organisations prepare for quality audits, especially in relation to the American Food and Drug Agency.

Following retirement, he feels that he has the expertise, enthusiasm, passion, time and energy to help the Trust plan strategically and shape the quality of the Trust.

In addition he wishes to represent and reflect the interests of both the local people and the Trust and ensure patients feel positive, confident and safe in the care provided.   

Through work, he understands other cultures and has significant experience on committees and finds it easy to work with all levels within an organisation.

He has a wide knowledge of business planning, management of change, project management, risk assessment and mitigation to ensure that projects and programmes can be delivered effectively, in  a timely fashion.

He is highly motivated and thrives on new challenges.  

Roger served previously as a Governor for a Swindon secondary school and served on the management committee of a small national medical charity and the executive committee of a European federation of medical charities.

Rosemarie Phillips, Public Governor - Swindon Constituency

Rosemarie PhillipsElected 24 November 2016

Rosemarie has over 50 years' experience working on behalf of patients.

Working fulltime as a secondary school teacher, after school she was her GP husband's receptionist.

Her daughter qualified at St Bartholomew's with a degree in nursing and is working as a Company Secretary within the NHS.

Other interests include starting 'Mother Care for Children in hospital' in Bath, helping people with sensory loss - representing the RNIB in the SW and as a committee member of 'Let's Hear in Swindon'.

She is a member of her surgery's Patient Participation Group.

For seven years Rosemarie was registered blind but after many operations, now Rosemarie can see, "a miracle!"

With improved hearing aids, she can hear!

In 2016, she was a patient at GWH.

Other interests include working for Age UK, volunteering for Lawn Community Association, Swindon Borough Council Equality Advisory Forum, and for relaxation, Rosemarie enjoys playing bridge.

She put herself forward to be a GWH Governor in order to continue the work which she has been doing on behalf of patients, relatives, friends and staff for over 50 years - initially in Bath, and for the last 40 years in Swindon.

She is particularly keen to help people with sensory loss.

Jane Turner, Public Governor - West Berkshire and Oxfordshire Constituency

Details to follow.

Pauline Cooke, Public Governor - Wiltshire Northern Constituency

Pauline CookElected 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.

Enam Chowdhury, Public Governor - Wiltshire Northern Constituency

Enam Chowdhary 120x160Enam has been in the catering industry for over 30 years, establishing a business in Swindon, and then moving to Royal Wootton Bassett.

He's a Governor for the Royal Wootton Bassett Academy Trust and a a member of the police Independent Advisory Group (IAG).

Enam has been involved with the local community for the last 30 years whilst in the Rotary Club, Bangladesh Association Swindon, Caterers' Association and others.

He's also a President of a Trustee Board for an international charity that focuses on the education and well-being of orphans.

Enam is active in politics, and managing both my catering and real-estate businesses.

Having received care from the Trust himself, he's keen to use his previous experience in multiple roles to serve and assist the NHS, Trust and the community.

Public Governor - Wiltshire Southern Constituency


Public Governor - Central Wiltshire Constituency



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