Promoting Dignity, Care, Health and Independent Living

Gloucestershire Older Persons Association - Promoting Dignity, Care, Health and Independent Living


At the present time GOPA is been run by 4 trustees who between them have a wide range of experience across the statutory, voluntary and private sectors.

1. David Grant – Chair

Born 1957. David lives in Cheltenham and provides Corporate Governance advice to GOPA. He is the Regional Security Manager (Europe) at CH2M Hill where he advises on Physical security, Computer security and Business Continuity. Prior to working with the Group, David spent 26 years with the Ministry of Defence where he was responsible for assisting in policy and formulating procedures of physical security and counter terrorism working as part of a NATO evaluation team.

Following his service with the MoD. David worked within GCHQ where he focused on Computer and Network Security. David has provided consultancy to Government Departments, reporting at ministerial level and to NATO and provided consultancy on physical security measures within ports, airports and national infrastructure

2. David Hearn – Treasurer

I am 69 years old and have been living in Gotherington for 30 years. Where I have been a member of the parish council in Gotherington for about four years and have been the chair of the council for over 2 years.

I am on the committee of the Tewkesbury and District University of the Third Age, U3A, and am a member of the British History and Latin groups.

As chair of the Tewkesbury Borough Seniors’ Network we regularly provide cream teas and entertainment to establishments catering for the elderly.

I was a member of the Gloucestershire LINk for six years and now this has been stopped, I am heavily involved in the Gloucestershire Healthwatch Transition Board..In LINk,  I have been involved in “Enter and View” actions in Tewkesbury and will be part of the major review at Cheltenham Hospital early in October

Finally, I am a fervent steam railway enthusiast and am an active member of the GWSR, based at Toddington, near Cheltenham.

3. Pamela Tawse

Born 1934. Pamela trained as a nurse at St Bartholomew’s Hospital, London and worked in the UK and Canada as a Nurse and Midwife during the 1950’s and 1960’s. She worked as a Nurse Practitioner with the Grenfell Mission in Northern Newfoundland after which she became the Nurse Co-ordinator of Canada’s first paediatric Home Care Program, later moving on to becoming the Administrator of Metropolitan Montreal’s Home Care Program for adults, which involved working in a multi-cultural society.

On returning to the UK after marriage in 1970, Pamela was a lecturer in Early Years & Health & Social Care Studies at Stroud College. For 18 years she was the County Nursing Officer for the Gloucestershire Branch of the Red Cross. Since 1958 she has been engaged with the voluntary sector, an area of which she is particularly interested. She was a founder member of the Uplands Care service in 1993 and GOPA in 2000. She shares an interest in heritage railways with her husband.

4. Dilys Warren

Dilys has lived in Stroud since 1990, having moved from Surrey due to her husband’s job relocation from London. In 1993 she began working for NHS Gloucestershire Health Authority and during that time worked on many projects including the setting up of the Primary Care Groups across the county.

In 1999 Dilys joined Stroud District Council as Health and Wellbeing Officer covering roles such as co-ordinator of the Stroud Health and Wellbeing Partnership, the Older Persons’ Forum and co-ordinated some innovative projects such as the ‘Beacon Award for Older People’s Services’and the Total Place project. In July 2013 Dilys retired from the District Council and is now working with various organisations in paid and unpaid employment. Dilys is also a trustee for Listening Post.


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