Meet your Governors

Lead Governor (also representing Teignbridge)

Cathy French

Cathy French, Stokeinteignhead

Cathy French has lived on the family farm in Stokeinteignhead for 48 years. She has a special interest in the work of the National Osteoporosis Society and is secretary of the local group. She has been a Governor since 2009.

South Hams and Plymouth

Christina Carpenter

Christina Carpenter, Totnes

Christina was appointed as the third governor for South Hams in 2011. With a nursing career background and being more recently a full-time carer for her late husband, she is keen to promote the best of hospital services.

Craig Davidson

Craig Davidson, Dartmouth

Craig was a consultant physician (intensive care and respiratory medicine) in London for 25 years. He and his GP wife moved to Dartmouth on retiring from clinical work in 2013. Craig has experience of specialist service development in the NHS, involvement in hospital management and, through a secondment to the NHS, strategically shaping healthcare delivery in London. He was Director of Training (respiratory medicine) in the SE England for 10 years. Craig hopes that, as a governor, he can play a part in helping our Trust to develop high quality healthcare across the community and our hospitals.

Mary Lewis

Mary Lewis, Dartmouth

Mary was appointed as one of three governors for the South Hams in March 2016. With a nursing and management background, she worked in the NHS and the Private Health Care sector. She was the Matron of Mount Stuart hospital for 14 years prior to taking up a position as Regional Manager for the South West with a long term care company. Mary also worked as a Practice Manager and then HR Director for a Devon law firm for 12 years until her retirement in June 2015. Her voluntary work experience includes that of a Local Authority school governor and 4 years as Treasurer for the Totnes Conservative Association. Mary has a particular interest in patient experience and promoting excellent standards of care. She lives with her husband near Dartmouth where they manage their self-catering holiday business.


Terry Bannon

Terry Bannon, Bishopsteignton

Terry has lived locally since 1996 and has been a governor since 2011. He is a Fellow of the British Computer Society and is currently the governor observer on the Trust’s Capital Infrastructure and Environment Group which oversees the estate and the Information Management and Information Technology (IM&T) Group.

Carol Day

Carol Day, Dawlish

Living in Dawlish for the past 12 years, Carol has a background in biotechnology and microbiology. Semi-retired, she currently tutors biological subjects to nurses and paramedics with the Open University in the South West. Her interests include the effects of funding on acute care.

Annie Hall

Annie Hall, Newton Abbot

Annie has a teaching background and has been a cub leader. She has done voluntary work with vulnerable adults and managed a small business. She is presently on a patient participation group with Cricketfield Surgery and is a member of the Working with Us Panel at Torbay Hospital. Annie is passionate and motivated to give the best service as a public governor.

Barbara Inger

Barbara Inger, Ipplepen

A new member from 2015 who moved to Devon from the Midlands in 1997. She has had various administrative roles within the NHS over the last 25 years.

David Parsons

David Parsons, Teignmouth

David Parsons moved to Devon in 1993 and formally owned his own building company. Having served on the committee of a property management company abroad, David hopes to bring some ideas to the table as a new Governor. David lives in Teignmouth and has four children who have flown the nest.

John Smith

John Smith, Kingsteignton

John and his family have lived in the locality since 1986. He has a background in publishing and book-selling. Before retiring he was a founder director of what is now the leading firm of Independent Financial Advisers in the South West. He now advises private clients in setting up trusts to protect their property.


Adrian Cunningham

Adrian Cunningham, MBE, Paignton

Adrian has lived in Paignton since 2011 and has fourteen years’ experience working for the NHS in Kent. Awarded his MBE for his work in health and safety, Adrian is particularly interested in the safety, health and welfare of patients and staff within Torbay Hospital.

Sylvia Gardner-Jones

Sylvia Gardner-Jones, Maidencombe

Sylvia has been a Governor since March 2011. She has a background in nursing, having trained at Torbay Hospital, trained and practised as a midwife and family planning nurse, and is a qualified counsellor. She is also a lay chaplain in Torbay Hospital Chaplaincy Team.

Lynne Hookings

Lynne Hookings, Torquay

Lynne was a professional hotelier and involved in Tourism for 40 years – now retired. Her previous voluntary posts have included 25 years as a General Commissioner, Chair of Wellswood District League of Friends for 12 years and Chair of Torbay Hospital League of Friends between 2010-2012. Lynne is now a Vice President of the League. She has served as a Governor since 2013 and has sat as the Governor Observer on the Audit and Assurance Committee for two years and has chaired the Mutual Development Group.

Wendy Marshfield

Wendy Marshfield, Brixham

Wendy was elected as governor in March 2014. She is a former Director of Nursing and most recently Capital Development Director for the NHS. Her areas of particular interest are the patient experience and health and safety. Wendy is also an active member of the Working with Us Panel.

Andy Proctor

Andy Proctor, Paignton

Andy was elected as governor in March 2016. Andy has held engineering, business and consultancy positions within a variety of organisations for over 20 years both within the UK and overseas. His particular interest as a governor is in the implementation of innovative ideas and technology to address the Trusts’ challenges. Andy is a Fellow of the Royal Institute of Navigation and the Institute of Sales and Marketing Management.

Peter Welch

Peter Welch, St Marychurch

Peter Welch, elected as a Governor in April 2015, was an International monitor of aid programmes worldwide for over 20 years. Previous to this he had a wide and successful academic and business career that included farming, retailing and management of a multidisciplinary research team looking into both human and animal health and welfare issues.

Simon Slade

Simon Slade, Paignton

Nominated members

Gill Montgomery

Devon Partnership Trust: Gill Montgomery, Nr Honiton

Gill has been a Nominated Governor since the Foundation Trust was formed, has worked in the NHS since 1976 and has a background in corporate governance and nursing.

Mark Procter

NHS South Devon & Torbay Clinical Commissioning Group : Mark Procter, Torquay

Mark Procter works for NHS South Devon & Torbay Clinical Commissioning Group as Director of Corporate Affairs & Medicines Optimisation. His varied portfolio includes Medicines optimisation, Corporate Governance, Emergency Planning & Preparedness, Estates, Human Resources, IT, Information Governance, membership engagement and working in partnership with providers. Mark has worked within the NHS since 1994 and lives with his family in Torquay.

Simon Wright

South Hams District Council: Simon Wright, Nr Kingsbridge

Simon has lived in the South Hams since 1987. He followed a career in the Marine Industry running a sea school for a number of years and was the UK and Ireland distributor for a range of American sports boats. Simon and his wife Mary have two grown up children and since his retirement Simon has been enjoying life on the family smallholding. He continues to sail his Drascombe Lugger in the Salcombe Estuary.

Rosemary Rowe

Devon County Council: Rosemary Rowe, Stoke Gabriel

Rosemary has lived in the South Hams for most of her life. She has been a member of South Hams District Council since 1995 and Devon County Council from May 2013. She was elected as a governor in May 2013 representing Devon County Council. She comes from a background of farming and tourism having worked in both industries. She lives in Stoke Gabriel and is married to Tony.

Sylvia Russell

Teignbridge District Council: Sylvia Russell, Teignmouth

Sylvia is an elected Councillor who has served at all levels of local government since 1979. She is currently responsible for the Health and Wellbeing Portfolio at Teignbridge District Council. She has had close involvement with NHS changes over the years as a Member of the former Torbay Health Authority, Non-Executive Director of SDHFT and for seven years as Chairman of Exeter & District NHS Trust.

Staff Governors

Lesley Archer

Clinical: Lesley Archer

Lesley has worked in the NHS since 1995 and has been employed at South Devon NHS Foundation Trust as a Consultant Radiologist from 2010. She has recently introduced new Cardiac Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) services locally and is passionate about good local care.

Nicola Barker

Community: Nicola Barker

Nicola is Head of Complex Care and Operational Support in the Trust, leading myriad teams dedicated to improving quality standards, promoting equality and developing a joined-up approach to practice. Nicola lives in the bay and is passionate about people living healthy, independent lives in our community whatever their age or ability.

Diane Gater

Clinical: Diane Gater

Diane joined South Devon Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust as a dietitian in 2008. Her role includes care of people who have had a stroke, both those at risk of malnutrition, and in secondary prevention, and patients at nutritional risk in community hospitals. She is passionate about patient centred care in the NHS, and supporting staff to do this.

Community: Carol Gray

Carol works for Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust as the Strategic Lead for Palliative and End of Life Care. She is currently studying towards a Doctorate in Clinical Practice, her research title is : An Exploration of the Needs & Preferences of Older People at End of Life. She is passionate about patient centred care in the NHS, and supporting staff to do this.

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