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:
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.
The RD&E’s Council of Governors consists of 26 Governors, 19 elected public, 5 elected staff, and 2 appointed individuals from key organisations:
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.
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
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 appointed governor. Peta is Lead Governor (from September 2017) and 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.
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.
Appointed on behalf of the University of Exeter, from October 2016.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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%.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Susie was elected in September 2017. She has worked for the RD&E for over 12 years and is currently the lead paediatric dietitian, based on Bramble ward, working in both acute and community settings. She is also a proud member of the hospital choir.
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:
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.
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