Meet our Staff Governors

Claire Brooks - Allied Health Professionals

Claire BrooksClaire graduated from the University of Southampton in 2010, having qualified as an Audiologist and has worked in the Audiology Department at the Great Western Hospital ever since.

Elected 24 November 2016.

In 2016 she completed the Scientist Training Programme (STP), with its associated MSc in Clinical Neurosensory Sciences from Aston University.

The STP provided her with a unique opportunity to work alongside many other allied health professionals within the Trust giving her a greater understanding of the services they provide and the challenges they face.

Claire has a passion for high-quality healthcare and ensuring that we (as staff) are provided with an environment that stimulates and excites us, making us proud advocates of the care that we provide.

Throughout her time in academia she has always found herself in the role of student representative, ensuring the student voice is heard at both local and national levels.

This experience has given her skills to tackle the role of staff governor. 

Sarah Watts - Administrators, Maintenance, Auxiliary and Volunteers

Sarah WattsSarah was born and raised in Swindon and has four children and one grandson. 

She has worked for GWH since May 2017 and was previously at BMI Ridgeway for six years dealing with inpatients, and understanding good quality care and service in the diverse and equal society we are today. 

In her spare time, Sarah enjoys cooking, reading and spending time with family and friends. 

She has previous experience with Sovereign Housing Association, sitting as the chair on the Scrutiny Residents panel, to make residents' voices heard and make improvements in a cost-effective way to benefit Sovereign and their residents. 

Sarah understands the challenges the NHS faces now and in the future, and would like to support all users with the increasing demand for services across the board to deliver a safe and efficient journey with a high standard of care and commitment.

Karen Hawkins - Nursing and Therapy staff

Karen Hawkins 120Karen qualified as a physiotherapist in 1990 and has always worked in Swindon.

She manages a large team of physiotherapists and occupational therapists in Outpatients, covering work on the acute hospital site and in community centres and GP practices.


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