The role of the Council of Governors

INTRODUCTION TO BEING A GOVERNOR

GOVERNOR ELECTIONS

The majority of governors are elected by members to represent patients, staff and the general public. We hold elections each year, and members vote for governors within the constituency they live.

Elections are run by an external polling company and members receive ballot papers and information by post when an election takes place.

2019 ELECTION RESULTS

Voting in this year’s election closed at 5pm on Thursday 12 September 2019. The results are as follows:

East Devon, Dorset & Somerset & Rest of England (5 to elect)

  • Peta Foxall re-elected for a term of 3 years
  • Rachel Noar newly elected for a term of 3 years
  • Tony Wilkinson newly elected for a term of 3 years
  • Andrew Beresford newly elected for a term of 2 years
  • Bob Maskell newly elected for a term of 1 year
  • Turnout was 23.56%

Exeter & South Devon (4 to elect)

  • Faye Doris re-elected for a term of 3 years
  • Olwen Goodall newly elected for a term of 3 years
  • Desmond Kumar newly elected for a term of 3 years
  • Christopher Green newly elected for a term of 2 years
  • Turnout was 19.28%

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Mid North West Devon & Cornwall (4 to elect)

  • Monika Herpoldt-Bright newly elected for a term of 3 years
  • Peter Flatters newly elected for a term of 3 years
  • Michael James newly elected for a term of 3 years (previously a Governor from 2015-2018)
  • Marcus Pipe newly elected for a term of 1 year
  • Turnout was 20.01%

Staff (3 to elect)

  • Hazel Hedicker re-elected for a term of 1 year
  • Rob Biggar newly elected for a term of 3 years
  • Anum Shuja newly elected for a term of 1 year
  • Turnout was 10.78%

The full report of voting is available to download. Thank you to all our candidates and to all our members who voted.

The terms of office begin at our Annual Members' Meeting on 25 September 2019.

WHAT THE ROLE IS

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 and who fills key posts on the Board.

It holds the Board and Non-Executive Directors to account, individually and collectively, for the performance of the Board of Directors.

Governors represent the broad interests and views of local people to the Trust’s Board, and feed back information about the Trust's performance to the communities we serve.

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This means discussing things like major new service developments, the annual report and accounts, and how members are being recruited and kept informed.

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

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 the Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) on 01392 402093 or rde-tr.pals@nhs.net.

YOUR GOVERNORS

The RD&E’s Council of Governors currently consists of 25 Governors. This is made up of 18 elected members of the 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
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Cllr Phillip Twiss

Appointed Governor

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Cllr Phillip Twiss

Appointed Governor

Appointed by Devon County Council.   Phillip is an elected County Councillor representing East Devon and has been a member of the RD&E Council of Governors since 2018.

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.

Peter Foxall

Professor Peta Foxall

Lead Governor

Peter Foxall

Professor Peta Foxall

Lead Governor

Peta was re-elected as Public Governor in September 2019 for a term of three years.

She has been a member of the RD&E’s Council of Governors since 2013 and carries out the responsibilities of the Lead Governor following election to that role by her peers in 2017. Peta has extensive experience of leading and working in multi-professional teams, primarily within the NHS, higher education and third sector organisations. She is a committed advocate for social action and demonstrates that in several ways, through volunteering in the local community and as the national Chair of The Wildlife Trusts and Trustee for Step Up To Serve.

Kay Foster

Kay Foster

Governor

Kay Foster

Kay Foster

Governor

Kay was first elected in 2014 for a term of  three years and re-elected in 2017 for a term of  three years .  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 PMEG and Patient Safety and Quality working groups.

Barbara Sweeney

Barbara Sweeney

Governor

Barbara Sweeney

Barbara Sweeney

Governor

Barbara was elected in September 2017 for a three year term.

She has lived in East Devon for 40 years and has recently retired from further education where she worked in governance. During her working career she has also held senior positions in management in healthcare and in higher education. Three of her four children work in the NHS and her late husband was an academic GP in Exeter.  Her particular interest is in the quality of patient experience, and on the Council of Governors she has been elected to sit on the Public Experience Committee and the Nominations  Committee. She also sits on the Public and Members Engagement Group.

Barbara is a Trustee at Hospiscare. Other Board experience includes eight years as a Governor of Exeter College

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Andrew Beresford

Governor

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Andrew Beresford

Governor

Andrew was elected in September 2019 for a term of two years.   Profile awaiting.

Rachel Noar

Rachel Noar

Governor

Rachel Noar

Rachel Noar

Governor

Rachel was elected in September 2019 for a term of three years

Rachel is Deaf and lives in Ottery St Mary. Her family’s first language is British Sign Language (BSL). Rachel worked with young Deaf people at Derby College, as an Independent Support Worker, encouraging them to develop independent living skills. She went on to study Contemporary Arts/ Computer Animation, gaining an MA. She became a consultant for a disability board for East Midlands Art Council and was a member of the board of EQUATA, an arts agency for Deaf/disabled. She worked as an Advisory Deaf Inclusion worker for DCC. Rachel supported hearing families with deaf babies/toddlers. This job centred on giving parents confidence to develop their children’s language skills. She also worked with nurseries and schools to develop the inclusion of Deaf children in mainstream situations. Since developing MS, she has become the full time mother of two boys.

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Tony Wilkinson

Governor

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Tony Wilkinson

Governor

Tony was elected as governor in September 2019 for a 3-year term.  After studying philosophy, Tony first worked for the government on tax policy and then in the private sector worked on financial advice to developing countries. He later moved to investment management and finished his financial career with a spell directing IT. In retirement, he has published two books on ethics. He has been an advisor, trustee and local chair at Citizens Advice. He holds second dan grade in the martial art aikido and is a keen tennis player, a sport he took up in his sixties. Tony is delighted to contribute as a governor and believes the NHS is one of the best things about our country. He hopes the skills acquired in his varied career will help in the central task of holding the Board to account and that through two-way communication he can help the community to feel connection and involvement with their hospitals.

 

 

Bob Maskell

Bob Maskell

Governor

Bob Maskell

Bob Maskell

Governor

Bob was elected for a term of one year in September 2019. He has lived in East Devon all his life and his current home is in Exmouth. After completing a short career commission in the Royal Navy, attaining the rank of Lieutenant, Bob worked in export trading before moving to a customer support role in managed computer services. He has over 30 years’ experience in customer facing roles.  Bob has been actively involved with a local charity, the Exeter MS Therapy Centre, for more than 15 years and has served on their board of trustees, completing a period as chair in 2017. Having resigned as a trustee in April 2019 he continues to volunteer at the Centre as an Oxygen therapy operator.

Tony Ducker

Tony Ducker

Governor

Tony Ducker

Tony Ducker

Governor

Tony was re-elected in September 2017  for a term of three years.

Before he  retired in 2006 Tony worked  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 Consultant Neonatal Paediatrician in Kent.  He  has  served on various hospital and regional and national committees including a National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guideline group. He spent 27 years as a member of the territorial army including 5 as commanding officer of 220 Field Ambulance in Maidstone. Since retiring  He has worked with Clinical Commissioning Groups as Lead Clinician for the appraisal of neonatal units in East of England and South West England.

Faye Dorris

Faye Doris

Governor

Faye Dorris

Faye Doris

Governor

Faye was elected in September 2016 for a term of three years and was re-elected in September 2019 for a further three years.  She lives in Exeter and is a retired nurse, midwife and Associate Professor of Midwifery for the University of Plymouth.  She has been an active member of the Council of Governors at RD&E NHS FT and is the Chair of the Patient Safety and Quality Working Group of the Council of Governors.  Faye is also a member of the Patient Experience Committee and the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Steering Committee.  She brings to the Council experience of leadership and management, listening and responding to stakeholder and staff feedback. As a governor Faye supports all aspects of inclusivity and is a member of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Working Group at RD&E NHSFT.  She believes in the NHS providing safe and effective care that is kind, compassionate and fair to all

John Murphy

John Murphy

Governor

John Murphy

John Murphy

Governor

John was elected in September 2018 for a three-year term. For over twenty years he worked in the NHS and for the Department of Health. With the NHS in Devon, he worked on supporting community hospitals, including the new Newton Abbot hospital. He helped set up the league of friends at Whipton Hospital in Exeter. At Cornwall and Isles of Scilly primary care trust, John answered questions from the public on controversial issues about the way health care is delivered. Working for Devon and Cornwall at NHS England, he looked into patient experience of local health services. His particular interests are in improving team working, delivering better communications among staff and patients and with local communities served by the RD&E.

Olwen Goodall

Olwen Goodall

Governor

Olwen Goodall

Olwen Goodall

Governor

Olwen was elected as governor in September 2019 for a 3-year term. Her work has been in education and psychology and retired two years ago from lecturing at Exeter University.  She has always volunteered regularly - helping to set up & work with the Exeter Rape Crisis Line and now at the Foodbank.  As a teacher, psychologist and lecturer for over 40 years, she has worked with all ages in a wide variety of contexts.  She was also a school governor for 17 years.

During 40+ years in Exeter, she and her family have made much use of the RD&E.  Having been a non-NHS employee, she hopes to represent and advocate for service users and their families.  She has recent experience of providing an outsider’s perspective, both teaching at the medical school about the importance of clear communication, and also public involvement in medical research.  She looks forward enormously to supporting the work of a hospital that she greatly respects.

Christopher Green

Chris Green

Governor

Christopher Green

Chris Green

Governor

Chris Green was elected  in September 2019 for a two-year term. Married to a retired staff nurse, he has two daughters and 5 grandchildren. Retiring four years ago, Chris had spent the ‘Lion's share’ of his working life in the brewing industry. A major part of that career as a Commercial Manager. His roles have been varied, including implementing I.T., public house audit and estate & financial management. He has also managed a number of departments including loans, acquisitions & disposals, credit control and even customer service and telesales. Since his initial volunteering at the RD&E and being elected to the Council of Governors, Chris has joined the Patient-Led Assessments of the Care Environment and Patient Research Ambassador roles, both as a volunteer.  This has gone some way in meeting his ambition to give back to the NHS for what has been a lifetime of care for him and his family.

Desmond Kumar

Desmond Kumar

Governor

Desmond Kumar

Desmond Kumar

Governor

Desmond Kumar was elected in September 2019 for a term of 3 years

Born in Guyana S.A. on a sugar plantation next to the river Demerera, his  family arrived in London in 1962. He went to school and then moved to Exeter to study Mathematics and Economics  at the University. After qualification he joined the Devon & Cornwall Police force, where I was posted around Devon. He ran his own business and started a career as a teacher at Blundells' School,  later moving to schools in Ottery and Honiton. During this time he coached hundreds of young people basketball, many who have gone on to represent their country and played in Europe and the USA. He is  passionate about supporting   young people and believes we all need to do our bit to help our community.

James Bradley

James Bradley

Governor

James Bradley

James Bradley

Governor

James was re-elected in September 2018 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 an independent lay member of the NHS England Specialised Services Public and Patient Voice Assurance Group, lay member for NHS England Specialised Services Clinical Frailty Programme of Care Board, Member of Devon County Council Commissioning Involvement Group, Chair of Okehampton Medical Centre Patient Participation Group, Member of South West Academic Health Science Network Quality Assurance Group, The College of Optometrists Public Patient Reference Group, Trustee of West Devon Community and Voluntary Services and Treasurer of Devon Health and Social Care Forum.

Monika Herpoldt-Bright

Monika Herpoldt-Bright

Governor

Monika Herpoldt-Bright

Monika Herpoldt-Bright

Governor

Monika was elected for a three year term in September 2019. She is a retired Cabin Service Director with a degree in education who lives just outside Crediton. Having been raised and educated in Exeter she is very aware of the needs of the community. She has volunteered for the past 16 years as a Samaritan and was privileged to be their Director. She now has a national role as a Quality Mentor. Having been a cancer patient and more recently having had one of her sisters undergoing major surgery she is very aware not only of the negative aspects of the hospital, but more especially what an amazing asset to the community the RD&E is.

Marcus Pipe

Marcus Pipe

Governor

Marcus Pipe

Marcus Pipe

Governor

Marcus was elected in September 2019 for a one year term. He previously served as a Governor at another NHS Foundation Trust and is familiar with some of the processes used in the NHS and the characteristics and skills needed to be a Governor. He was formerly Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner for Dorset and has experience of  governance and how executive functions are performed.   He served 15 years as a Magistrate and more recently as a Legal Ombudsman.  The relationship between the Council of Governors and the Board, whilst robust, needs to be handled with tact and diplomacy.  He hopes that his ten years negotiating international treaties both in Europe and worldwide will help equip him with some of those skills.

Michael James

Michael James

Governor

Michael James

Michael James

Governor

Michael was elected in September 2019 for a term of 3 years. Profile awaiting

Peter Flatters

Peter Flatters

Governor

Peter Flatters

Peter Flatters

Governor

Peter Flatters was elected in September 2019 for a term of 3 years. A large part of his career focussed on the collection, interpretation and presentation of scientific data, working for ICI as a Field Team Leader and research planning.  Later he bought a rural Post Office in Devon in which he gained experience in practical economics and Government Regulations, basic banking, pensions, benefits, car-tax and fishing licences to the Village People.  This background (science, regulation and looking after Post Office customers) has given Peter a good basis to contribute to Hospital Governance.

Hazel Hedicker

Hazel Hedicker

Staff Governor

Hazel Hedicker

Hazel Hedicker

Staff Governor

Hazel was first appointed as a staff governor in September 2013 and was re-elected in 2019 for another 1 year term.  She 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.

Catherine Geddes

Catherine Geddes

Staff Governor

Catherine Geddes

Catherine Geddes

Staff Governor

Catherine was first elected in 2016 for a term of two years and re-elected in 2018 for a term of three years.

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.

 

Dominic-Hazell

Dominic Hazell

Staff Governor

Dominic-Hazell

Dominic Hazell

Staff Governor

Dominic was elected as a Staff Governor in September 2018 for a term of 2 years.
He started his career at the RD&E as a Student Physiotherapist in 2008. Since qualifying as a Chartered Physiotherapist he has worked throughout multiple departments within both the Acute and Community settings at the RD&E. He has previous experience acting as a workplace steward for the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy since 2014 and his current role as a Senior Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist is located at Exmouth Hospital.

Rob Biggar

Rob Biggar

Staff Governor

Rob Biggar

Rob Biggar

Staff Governor

Rob was elected as staff governor in September 2019 for a 3-year term. He is the lead physicist at the RD&E in radiotherapy treatment planning, with a background of 8+ years providing service development and direct patient care, within oncology. Rob has experience at different NHS trusts across Merseyside and Wirral before moving to the sunnier climates of Devon, and to the RD&E. Rob’s role requires solving complex technical, clinical and logistical problems and help implement solutions to improve patient safety and clinical outcomes. Rob is also an honorary lecturer at the University of Liverpool. He is a member of the Institute of Physics and a chartered scientist.

Anum Shuja

Anum Shuja

Staff Governor

Anum Shuja

Anum Shuja

Staff Governor

Anum was elected for a term of one year in September 2019. She has over a decade of experience in client services and relationship management. Anum has worked for both, the private and not for profit sector in a diverse set of service providing roles. Anum joined the RD&E in 2018, as a Patient Experience Lead for the Community Services Division. This allowed her to continue her ambition of working in the service industry in a role that focused on care for others. Anum is passionate about the NHS - both, as a service user, and as an employee. She believes that the organization should continue striving for the highest level of care, by ensuring the staff and patients are at the centre of every decision made. Anum is particularly interested in improving communication between the senior team and the diverse staff population. In her spare time, Anum enjoys spending time with her family and volunteers at her local school.

CONTACT YOUR GOVERNORS


Phillip TwissAngela ShorePeta FoxallKay FosterBarbara SweenyAndrew BeresfordRachel NoarTony WilkinsonBob MaskellTony DuckerFaye DorisJohn MurphyOlwen GoodallChris GreenDesmond KumarJames BradleyMonica Herpoldt-BrightMarcus PipeMichael JamesPeter FlattersHazel HedickerCatherine GeddesDominic HazellRob BiggarAnum Shuja

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