By working collaboratively with staff across all organisations and grades, and bringing together our senior leadership, we want to strive to make improvements across the finance function and deliver the National Strategies in line with our regional vision.

Key areas of focus

Developing our people

The South West Finance Academy will promote NHS finance as a career, nurture talent and support growth in finance, innovation and leadership skills.

Championing equality, diversity, and inclusion

We will ensure that there is equality, diversity and inclusion in organisational culture and career development, as well as in recruitment.


We will increase the networking, sharing and collaboration opportunities across the region, and will focus on the health and wellbeing of our staff.

Regional Contact: Charley Spicer –

South West Finance Leadership Executive

Find out more information about the membership of the SW Finance Leadership Executive – responsible for overseeing the development and delivery of the South West Finance Academy.

  • Chair – Sarah Brampton, Chief Finance Officer, University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust
  • Vice-Chair – Simon Truelove, Director of Finance, Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust
  • Simon Gittoes-Davies, Chief Finance Officer, Cornwall and Isles of Scilly ICB
  • Ian Dean, Finance Director, Royal Cornwall NHS Foundation Trust
  • Richard Lake, Deputy Director of Finance, Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
  • Jeff Buggle, Regional Finance Director, NHS England – South West
  • Linzi Holden, Director of Operations Finance, NHS England – South West
  • Mark Brice, Interim CFO, Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust
  • Alison Henly, Director of Finance, Performance, Contracting and Digital, Somerset ICB
  • Pete Papworth, Chief Finance Officer, University Hospitals Dorset NHS Foundation Trust
  • Michael Gravelle, Deputy Director of Finance – Strategy, Estates and Capital,  NHS Dorset ICB
  • Andrew Rosser, Executive Director of Finance and Infrastructure, South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust
  • Cath Leech, Chief Finance Officer, Gloucestershire ICB
  • Katrina Napthine, Senior Operational Finance Manager, Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust
  • Stephen Edmonds, Senior Finance Business Partner – Medicine, Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (HFMA South West branch chair)
  • Johanna Bogle, Deputy Director of Finance, Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Libby Walters, Director of Finance, Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust (Regional National Finance Academy representative)
  • Padma Ramanan, Head of Finance, Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire ICB
  • Charley Spicer, Programme Manager – finance academies, HFMA
  • Georgia Purnell, Programme Executive, HFMA
  • Camilla Godfrey, Associate Director of Operations, One NHS Finance/HFMA