Who’s who

Trust Board

Non-Executive Directors and places of residence:

Sir Richard Ibbotson

Sir Richard Ibbotson, Plymouth

Sir Richard Ibbotson was appointed Chair of the Trust in June 2014 shortly after retiring as an Admiral in the Royal Navy. His naval career included periods as Commodore of Britannia Royal Naval College, Commander British Forces Falkland Islands and, most recently, Deputy Commander-in-Chief Fleet (effectively Chief Operating Officer of the Royal Navy and Royal Marines). As well as being knighted for his services, Sir Richard is a Companion of the Most Honourable Order of the Bath and holds the Distinguished Service Cross and the NATO meritorious service medal. He also holds other public roles, for example, as a Deputy Lord Lieutenant for Devon. He has been a Governor of Plymouth University and Chairman of the Royal Navy Royal Marines Charity and was a Member of the Armed Forces Pay Review Body.

David Allen

David Allen OBE, Chudleigh

David Allen OBE has been a Non-Executive Director for the Trust since 2012 and was Acting Chair from February 2014 to May 2014. He spent 37 years in higher education and retired as Registrar and Deputy Chief Executive of the University of Exeter in 2013. David is a Principal Consultant with Perrett Laver, an executive search firm, and a Council member of the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales. He is a Governor of Exeter College and was awarded an OBE for services to higher education in the 2012 New Year Honours List.

James Furse

James Furse, Totnes

James was appointed as a Non-Executive Director in January 2014. He enjoyed a long and distinguished career with the John Lewis Partnership from 1981 to 2010, the last four years of which he was the first Managing Director of their financial services arm, Greenbee.com, now John Lewis Financial Services. In 2010, James was appointed Executive Director of The Prince’s Social Enterprises Ltd and became a member of a number of related boards, including Duchy Originals Ltd. James was appointed as a Non-executive Director of NS&I in January 2012 and is Chairman of its Appointments and Remuneration Committee.

Jacqui Lyttle

Jacqui Lyttle, Torquay

Jacqui Lyttle joined the Board as a Non-Executive Director in October 2014. Having spent over 20 years working in the NHS at very senior manager and board level, Jacqui established her own independent healthcare consultancy in 2008. She has a genuine passion for improving care for patients and has spoken both nationally and internationally about service improvement and transformational change. Jacquie continues to work actively within the NHS, being a director of a small specialist provider organisation to NHS England, and as executive commissioning advisor to five Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) and one Commissioning Support Unit, Royal College of General Practitioners (Pain faculty), The Dystonia Society and The European Parliament. She is also a lecturer for Health Education Wessex, and the Royal College of Surgeons (Dental Faculty).

Jacqui Marshall

Jacqui Marshall, Newton Abbot

Jacqui Marshall joined the Trust as Non-Executive Director in April 2016. Jacqui is an experienced Human Resources and Organisational Development Director who is comfortable operating in a large complex public service organisation. Jacqui’s current role is Deputy Registrar and HR Director at the University of Exeter. She also brings board experience as a Trustee of a charity and board level experience within Whitehall. An organisational change specialist with merger, transformation and cultural change expertise she has direct and relevant experience to bring. Jacqui’s role as Trustee at Young Bristol has helped her to understand the role of a non-executive director; contributing to strategy, governance and risk in addition to supporting the executive, but not interfering with day to day operations. A senior civil servant by training, Jacqui comes across as politically astute and adept at influence in complex environments. Her Ministry of Defence (MOD) roles have a large organisational and development / transformation component, leading to new ways of working and streamlining services. She also led the people aspects of merger of the two large MOD organisations; Defence Logistics Organisation and Defence Procurement Agency.

Robin Sutton

Robin Sutton, Newton Abbot

Robin Sutton joined the Trust as Non-Executive Director in May 2016. Robin is a chartered accountant with over thirty years of financial experience gained at a senior level for both private and public enterprises in both executive and non-executive director roles. Robin has previously held non-executive director and senior positions at several multi-national organisations including Sifam, Fianium Holdings, CompAir Holman and Rolls-Royce PLC. Robin’s interest in healthcare stems from a variety of different factors, ranging from consulting for Lowell General Hospital in Massachusetts through to working with Novartis in developing ultrafast fibre laser technology for eye surgery. He has also been heavily involved with care services and social care covering a spectrum of services from meals on wheels, day care, supported living and residential care. Robin has also enjoyed completing an Innovating in Healthcare program with Harvard University with a team of like-minded individuals looking at smart phone applications in the field of dementia.

Sally Taylor

Sally Taylor, Modbury

Sally Taylor joined the board in January 2013. She was the Chief Executive of St Luke’s Hospice in Plymouth until December 2015. St Luke’s delivers specialist palliative care, including advice and support to other professionals, for patients in Derriford, at home and in the hospice in-patient unit. Prior to that she spent nine years as a Chartered Accountant with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) in London, specialising in corporate finance for small and growing businesses. She has been trustee/ treasurer/chairman of a number of charities including Hospice UK (the national membership body for hospices), the Harbour Centre drug and alcohol advisory service and the Barbican Theatre in Plymouth. She currently sits on the board of Pluss and is a facilitator for the Windsor Leadership Trust.

Jon Welch

Jon Welch, Brixham

Jon was appointed as a Non-Executive Director in January 2014. Jon joined the Board of Torbay and Southern Devon Health and Care NHS Trust in 2006 (then known as Torbay Care Trust) and had corporate responsibility for both community health and for adult social care provision. He played a key part in ensuring that the Trust achieved both financial and operational targets, initially as Audit Committee Chair and then as non-executive director responsible for governance. Jon comes from a Royal Navy background, with his last appointment before he retired being Head of Research and Technology for NATO Transformation Command in the US. He received a letter of appreciation and commendation from the NATO Secretary General following his successful formation of a new department with high level NATO interest. He was also honoured with the Legion of Merit by the US President; the highest award the US can give to a foreign national.


Executive Directors and responsibilities

Mairead McAlinden

Mairead McAlinden

Chief Executive

I head up the executive team and am responsible for all areas of Trust activity

Paul Cooper

Paul Cooper

Deputy Chief Executive
Director of Finance, Performance and Information

I am responsible for our financial and contractual services, IT, health records and Torbay Pharmaceuticals

Dr Rob Dyer

Dr Rob Dyer

Medical Director

I am responsible for the quality and safety of the services provided by the Trust.
I am the lead for medical education, research and development, and medical workforce.
The Caldicott Guardian (who is responsible for protecting the confidentiality of patient information and enabling appropriate information-sharing) reports to me.

Liz Davenport

Liz Davenport

Chief Operating Officer

I am responsible for the joined up delivery of health and social care through our service delivery units: community; surgical; medical; and women, children, diagnostics and therapies.

Jane Viner

Jane Viner

Chief Nurse

I am responsible for the quality and safety of the care we provide, including prevention and control of infection.
I am the lead director for improving the experience of people who use our services.
My portfolio covers non-medical professional education, safeguarding, chaplaincy and volunteers.

Ann Wagner

Ann Wagner

Director of Strategy and Improvement

I am responsible for strategic planning, communications, service improvement and transformation, and performance management.
I am also lead director for the Horizon Institute.

Judy Saunders

Judy Saunders

Director of Workforce and Organisational Development

I am responsible for workforce and organisational development.
I am also responsible for leadership/management development.

Lesley Darke

Lesley Darke

Director of Estates and Commercial Development

I am responsible for estates, facilities and retail services, including car parking, cleaning and security.
I am also responsible for emergency planning and business continuity, health and safety and capital projects.


The Clinical Executives form the main group that leads the organisation. This group includes all the Executive Directors as well as Associate Medical Directors and Deputy Medical Director. They are:

Deputy Medical Directors

  • Mr Ian Currie
  • Miss Morven Leggott
  • Dr Andy Griffiths
  • Dr Joanne Watson

Associate Medical Directors

  • Mr David DeFriend – Surgical Services Division
  • Dr Ian Mahy – Medical Services Division
  • Miss Morven Leggott – Women’s, Children’s, Diagnostics and Therapies Division

Further information about Board Directors’ expertise and experience, terms and conditions, expenses and remuneration and also the Board of Directors balance and completeness is contained in the Trust’s Annual Report.

Switchboard Tel: 0300 456 8000 (local rate) or 01803 614567

For a statement of the objectives of the Trust, see our Annual Plan.

To contact members of our Governance Board or our Board of Directors, email the Foundation Trust Office.

For information about the Trust’s Audit Committee, see the Annual Report.

Details of directors’ expenses are available on request through our Freedom of Information Office.

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