Council of Governors

The role of the Council of Governors

Governors provide a vital connection between the RD&E and its patients, the community it serves and its partners. The Council of Governors (CoG) has a real say in the RD&E’s future priorities, who fills key posts on the Board, and holding the Board to account.

Holding the Non-Executive Directors to account, individually and collectively, for the performance of the Board of Directors; and the appointment of Non-Executive Directors and the Chair.

Representing the broad interests and views of local people to the Trust’s Board; and feeding back information about the Trust, its vision and performance to the communities we serve.

This means discussing things like major new service developments, the annual report and accounts, and how members are being recruited and kept informed. They are also responsible for the appointment and remuneration of the Chairman and Non-Executive Directors of the Trust.  

The Council meets four times a year and in addition many Governors also participate in informal working groups: 

  • CoG Coordinating Committee
  • CoG Effectiveness Working Group
  • Member and Public Engagement Working Group
  • Patient Safety & Quality Working Group

GOVERNOR ELECTIONS

The majority of Governors are elected by members to represent the RD&E’s patients, staff and the general public. Elections are run by external polling company, ERS, on our behalf. Members will receive ballot papers and information by post when an election takes place. A Governor’s term of office is for three years, after which they can choose to stand for re-election up to a maximum of nine years.

YOUR GOVERNORS

The RD&E’s Council of Governors consists of 26 Governors, 19 elected public, 5 elected staff, and 2 appointed individuals from key organisations:

AllAppointed GovernorsEast Devon Dorset and SomersetExeter and South DevonMid North West Devon and CornwallStaff Governors
Kay Foster

Kay Foster

Governor

Kay Foster

Kay Foster

Governor

Kay was elected in September 2014 for a term of three years. Kay lives in Exmouth.

She is a retired State Registered Nurse and Midwife with over thirty years of nursing experience. She held Sisters post at the RD&E in ITU and CCU. Kay also served as a Nursing Officer for 18 years with Queen Alexandra Royal Army Nursing Corps retiring in the rank of Major. She has a BSc (Hons) in Health Services Management.

Kay is a member of the Patient Experience Committee, and of the Member and Public Engagement and Patient Safety and Quality working groups. She is committed to her role as Governor and is fiercely proud of working as a volunteer  at such an excellent Foundation Trust as the RD&E.

Jill Gladstone

Jill Gladstone

Governor

Jill Gladstone

Jill Gladstone

Governor

Jill lives in Otterton.Her varied nursing career included acute and emergency medicine, clinical audit and nursing adviser to the Health Service Ombudsman.

Jill was first elected in 2008 and re-elected for a further three year term in 2011 and 2014. Jill is a member of the Patient Safety and Quality working group.

Alan Murdoch

Alan Murdoch

Governor

Alan Murdoch

Alan Murdoch

Governor

Alan was elected in September 2014 for a term of three years. Alan spent seventeen years in the RAF followed by employment in the electronics and scientific instruments industries before retiring as a Director with a Multinational company. Alan lives in Exmouth.

Alan is a member of the Non-Executive Director Remuneration Committee (NEDRC) and Nominations Committee. He is also a member of the CoG Effectiveness Working Group and the Member & Public Engagement Group.

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Richard Bowes

Richard Bowes

Governor

Richard Bowes

Richard Bowes

Governor

Richard was elected for a three year term in September 2015. Living in West Hill, Ottery St Mary, Richard has previously been elected to East Devon District Council. He has worked in pharmaceutical sales in the South West and has knowledge across 16 therapy areas, including cardiovascular, diabetes, osteoporosis, dementia, renal, infectious diseases, Parkinson’s and musculoskeletal (OA and RA)

Peter Foxall

Professor Peta Foxall

Governor

Peter Foxall

Professor Peta Foxall

Governor

Peta lives in East Budleigh and was elected in September 2016 for a term of three years. She has contributed to the Council of Governors since 2013 through representation of the University of Exeter Medical School as an appointed governor. Peta is also a co-opted member of NHS Providers Governor Advisory Committee.

Peta has over thirty years of professional commitment to the NHS, working as a biomedical scientist, clinical researcher and educator at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, the SW Thames Renal & Transplantation Unit and the Universities of London and Exeter. She became Chair of Devon Wildlife Trust in December 2016 having been a Trustee for six years.

Peta sits on the Nominations Committee and the Member and Public Engagement Group of the Council of Governors.

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Douglas Hall

Douglas Hull

Governor

Douglas Hall

Douglas Hull

Governor

Cllr Douglas Hull  lives in Axminster and was elected in September 2016 for a term of 3 years. He has served on Town, District and County Councils in East Devon over the course of the last fifty years.

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Trish Llewellyn

Trish Llewellyn

Governor

Trish Llewellyn

Trish Llewellyn

Governor

Trish lives in Exmouth and was elected in September 2016 for a term of three years.

Trish has a wide variety of business experience in national business, over many years, achieving accolades such as ‘manager of the year,’ among many others.  She was appointed as Travel Lodge Company Trainer for the South West of England, teaching various health and safety courses, in line with Government guidelines.

Trish has been a volunteer member of staff at the RD&E for many years, taking a role within the hospital trolley shop service, of which all profits go to the hospital wards for patients. Trish also sits on the committee and runs the rota for the service.  She has also been elected to the Volunteers Lead Forum.

Trish has lived and worked in Singapore and is very sport minded she has played league netball in both the Far East and the UK.  She has 2 sons and five grandchildren, with one son being the head of an International School in Switzerland and another son having his own business in Exeter for the past 25 years.

Trish is looking forward to her new challenge as a Governor and will be committing 100%.

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Barbara Sweeney

Governor

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Barbara Sweeney

Governor

Barbara was elected in September 2017. She has worked in the NHS and now works in governance in Further Education. She is a Trustee at Hospiscare and former governor at Exeter College.

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Paul Bedford

Paul Bedford

Governor

Paul Bedford

Paul Bedford

Governor

Paul was elected in September 2014 for a term of three years. Paul has nearly thirty years NHS experience with fifteen years in finance and the remainder in Information Services, with eleven years at the RD&E. His work involves providing information for the RD&E’s Safety Thermometer and supporting Child and Women’s Health services. Paul’s previous voluntary experience includes being a Treasurer for Salisbury League of Friends.

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Hazel Hedicker

Hazel Hedicker

Governor

Hazel Hedicker

Hazel Hedicker

Governor

Hazel commenced employment with the NHS in 1994 and joined the RD&E in 2000, having previously worked for another large acute Trust in the southwest.

Having worked within NHS facilities management for 16 years, Hazel joined the Programme Management and Service Change department in May 2012. She currently provides project management support for projects that sit within the Trust wide Integration Programme including the Transfer of Community Services (TCS) in 2016 and more recently Trustwide Outpatient Services. She also provides project management support and advice to colleagues within Corporate and Support Services division. Hazel has a Master’s degree in Business Administration and is a fully qualified Prince 2 Practitioner.

She also has a keen interest in Communications & Engagement particularly around the involvement of patients, carers and staff within service redesign and the implementation of change. She was first appointed as a staff governor in September 2013 and was re-elected for a further 3-year term in 2016

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Catherine Geddes

Catherine Geddes

Staff Governor

Catherine Geddes

Catherine Geddes

Staff Governor

Catherine’s career with the Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Foundation Trust began as a student nurse in 1995. As a staff nurse she worked in both the community and within the acute setting at the RD&E. In 2000 she qualified as a midwife and spent the next 11 years working in both community and hospital settings. After gaining her PGCE Catherine took a career break in 2009 and spent a year teaching student nurses and midwives in Western Australia.  Catherine successfully completed her PGCert in obstetrics and gynaecology ultrasound in 2011 and has been the Clinical Lead Midwife Sonographer in the Centre for Womens’ Health since 2014.

Catherine was elected in September 2016 for a term of 2 years.

Michele Baxendale-Nichols

Michele Baxendale-Nichols

Staff Governor

Michele Baxendale-Nichols

Michele Baxendale-Nichols

Staff Governor

Michele has been a nurse for 23 years and over the course of her career has gained wide-ranging experience, from frontline nursing in acute settings, including Oncology and Gastroenterology; as a Clinical Nurse

Specialist in Sexual Health; and as a Site Practitioner at the RD&E. Michele is currently a Band 7 Community Nurse Team Manager and she feels that as the RD&E has recently integrated with Community Services, it is vital that there is a voice for Community Services on the Council of Governors.  Michele was elected for a one year term in December 2016.

Loveday Varian

Loveday Varian

Staff Governor

Loveday Varian

Loveday Varian

Staff Governor

Loveday has worked for the NHS as a hospital-based medical secretary for the past thirty years. She has worked at the RD&E for the last 13 years as a medical secretary within the renal team. Loveday was elected for a term of one year in December 2016, having previously been a member of the Council of Governors as Staff Governor between 2009-2015.

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Chris Gardner

Chris Gardner

Governor

Chris Gardner

Chris Gardner

Governor

Chris was elected in September 2017 and has worked for the NHS since 1982, joining the RD&E in 1996. He currently heads up Research and Development in the Trust which supports multi-disciplinary staff across all specialties and departments engaged in a wide variety of research and innovation activity. Chris has several years’ experience as a local school governor and have also served as a managing Trustee for several Devon based charities.

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Keith Broderick

Keith Broderick

Governor

Keith Broderick

Keith Broderick

Governor

Keith is an accountant who took early retirement from the public sector in 2005. He lives in Exeter and was re-elected in 2011 and again in 2014. Keith is Chair of the CoG Effectiveness and Audit working groups and is a member of the CoG Coordinating Committee.

Geoff Bar

Geoff Barr

Governor

Geoff Bar

Geoff Barr

Governor

Geoff was elected in 2013. Geoff taught politics and other social studies at Exeter College for many years; however, he has now moved on to teach at the Open University and University of Exeter Medical School. Geoff is an active member of the St Leonard’s Practice Patient Participation Group and the practice research team. Alongside this he is an active member of Keep Our NHS Public and 38 degrees. Geoff is a member of The Labour Party and a life member of the Neuro Foundation.

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Tony Ducker

Tony Ducker

Governor

Tony Ducker

Tony Ducker

Governor

Tony was elected in September 2014 for a term of three years. Tony spent his career in the NHS, including five years as a Lecturer in the Department of Child Life and Health at St George’s Medical School and twenty-two years as a Consultant Neonatal Paediatrician in Kent.  He served on various hospital and regional committees including a National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guideline group.  Tony spent 28 years as a doctor in the Territorial Army serving in four medical units including five years as Commanding Officer in 220 (1st Home Counties) Field Ambulance.

Since retirement Tony has worked with Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) as Lead Clinician for the appraisal of neonatal units in East of England and South West England.

Tony retired to South Devon 10 years ago.  He is Chairman of the CoG Patient Safety & Quality working group and Vice Chairman of the  Effectiveness working group.  He is a member of the Nominations Committee and represents the Governors on the Extraordinary People Awards panel.

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Molly Holmes

Molly Holmes

Governor

Molly Holmes

Molly Holmes

Governor

Molly was elected in September 2014 for a term of three years. Molly lives in Exeter. Molly is currently Chief Officer at Age UK Mid Devon. Molly also works as a freelance consultant specialising in housing, health and supported living. Molly previously held posts at Director level with a national Housing Association; with NHS (E) as Better Care Manager and as a Non-Executive Director with Devon PCT and Torbay Care Trust.

Molly is a member of the Patient Experience Committee and Vice Chair of the Patient Safety and Quality Working Group.

Richard May

Richard May

Governor

Richard May

Richard May

Governor

Richard, who lives in Exeter, is a chartered civil engineer, and latterly ran a waste management company providing a range of waste management services within Exeter and the surrounding areas. Richard was re-elected in September 2012 and again in 2015. He was re-elected by the Council as Lead Governor in July 2013. He sits on the CoG Coordinating Committee as well as the Nominations Committee and Non-Executive Director Remuneration Committee.

Rachel McInnes

Rachel McInnes

Governor

Rachel McInnes

Rachel McInnes

Governor

Rachel is a scientist who works in climate research at the Met Office. Originally from Scotland, she has lived in Exeter since 2009. Rachel was elected for a term of three years in September 2013, and re-elected in September 2016. Rachel was elected by the Council as Deputy Lead Governor in July 2016.

Rachel sits on the CoG Coordinating Committee as well as the Nominations Committee.

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Faye Dorris

Faye Doris

Governor

Faye Dorris

Faye Doris

Governor

Faye was elected in September 2016 for a term of three years. Faye lives in Exeter and is a retired nurse, midwife, Supervisor of Midwives and Associate Professor of Midwifery for the University of Plymouth.  She was responsible to the university for the education and practice of midwives across the southwest peninsula. Faye has been a senior manager at the RD&E for two years and at Plymouth University for over 20 years.  She was initially the Head of School for the Health Professions which included Dietetics, Midwifery, Podiatry, Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy.

She also chaired the Race Equality Committee and was very involved in the promotion of diversity and inclusion. She was a member of the University’s Academic Board for three years. Nationally, Faye was a member of the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s Lead Midwife for Education Group. Faye’s key skills include; leadership and management, selection and recruitment, listening, evaluating and responding to staff and stakeholder feedback. Faye is a member of the Patient safety and Quality working group.

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Rosemary Shepherd

Rosemary Shepherd

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Rosemary Shepherd

Rosemary Shepherd

Rosemary was elected in September 2017. She has a long and varied experience in health, welfare and hospitality services both in the UK and abroad.

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James Bradley

James Bradley

Governor

James Bradley

James Bradley

Governor

James was elected in September 2014 for a term of three years. James was a Chartered Environmental Health Officer and Chartered Safety and Health Practitioner who having completed a military career has worked in Local Government, the National Health Service and finally as an international consultant. He is a member of Mid Devon Patient Forum, a Community Representative for the Mid Devon sub locality and the Public Representative for the Patient and Public Engagement Committee of the Eastern locality of NEW Devon CCG.

He is a member of the CoG Effectiveness working group and the Chairman for the Member and Public Engagement working group; as that Lead he sits on the CoG Co-ordinating committee and also on the NHS England Public and Patient Voice Assurance Group for Specialised Services members. James lives with his wife and cat near Okehampton.

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Christopher Wilde

Christopher Wilde

Governor

Christopher Wilde

Christopher Wilde

Governor

Christopher was elected in September 2014 and re-elected in 2016 for a further three years. Christopher has been an owner of a general dental practice, as well as a Managing Director of a limited company specialising in dental material research. Christopher was Chairman of a government-sponsored group (SW-Smart) of research companies. Christopher lives in Tiverton.

Michael James

Michael James

Governor

Michael James

Michael James

Governor

Michael was elected for a term of three years in 2015. Michael lives in Copplestone, Crediton An engineer and scientist by trade Michael has worked in many industries including aviation medicine. Having owned and run his own business with his wife in the heart of Devon for over 20 years he is now retired and is looking forward to offering some of his time to support and represent his local community.

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Cynthia Thornton

Cynthia Thornton

Governor

Cynthia Thornton

Cynthia Thornton

Governor

Cynthia lives in Willand. She has had wide nursing experience, including ten years as a district nursing sister. She has also held University teaching and research posts in London and Reading. She has a MSc. in Care, Policy and Management.

Cynthia was elected in September 2016 for a term of 3 years, but has previously held a Governor role being elected in 2008, re-elected in 2011 and was a member many different committees.

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Linda Hall

Governor

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Linda Hall

Governor

Linda was elected in September 2017. She qualified as an Occupational Therapist in the NHS and held various roles at the RD&E from 1988 to her retirement in 2008. Her roles included Head of Occupational Therapy, Clinical Director for Professional Services and Director of Facilities.

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Ray Bloxham

Cllr Ray Bloxham

Governor

Ray Bloxham

Cllr Ray Bloxham

Governor

Appointed by Devon County Council.  Ray is an elected County Councillor representing East Devon and has been a member of the RD&E Council of Governors since 2017.

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Angela Shore

Professor Angela Shore

Appointed Governor

Angela Shore

Professor Angela Shore

Appointed Governor

Appointed on behalf of the University of Exeter, from October 2016.

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Interested in the role?

We hold elections to the Council of Governors each year. Like local and national elections, members vote for their Governors within the constituency they live. If you would like to find out more about what’s involved and the election process then take a look at our:

WHAT THE ROLE IS NOT

The RD&E is committed to listening to your views and experiences about the Trust and your feedback helps us to continually improve our services. Governors play a key role in representing these views as a collective. They do not, however, represent individual cases.

If you have any questions or concerns about any aspect of your treatment or care please contact: Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) 01392 402093 / rde-tr.pals@nhs.net

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