Gloucester City Council Area

Gloucester Governors

Mrs Denise Powell

Mrs Denise Powell moved to Gloucestershire as a teenager with her family. Educated at Stroud High School for Girls, she gained her BSc (Hons) Environmental Health at UWE and spent many years working for local authorities in the Midlands before spells at both Gloucester City and Cheltenham Borough Councils. 

In 2011 Mrs Powell undertook a Post Graduate Diploma of Law at the University of Birmingham and a Certificate in Mediation.  However, her studies were put on hold on learning she had mouth cancer in 2012. During that time Mrs Powell relied on and had close contact with the breadth of NHS services.

She said: “My skills mean I can combine this experience with a professional and objective view of the needs and limitations faced by public sector organisations and apply them to helping make our trust the best it can be.” 

Elected 2014 - 3 year term of office


Mr Graham Coughlin

Graham was born in Gloucestershire Royal Hospital (GRH) and brought up in the City of Gloucester. He served an Engineering apprenticeship at a local firm and then worked in an engineering environment for the rest of his working life. Graham joined the medical engineering team at Cheltenham in 2001, working mostly on mechanical equipment before retiring in 2013. Graham is married with four adult children and six grandchildren. He is also a trustee of the local church.

Elected 2016 - 3 year term of office