Meet your Governors
Lead Governor (also representing Teignbridge)
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
Peter Coates, Kingsbridge
Peter qualified as an accountant with Cooper Brothers in London (now PWC). He spent his working life in industry having many different responsibilities in the same company including working overseas. The company had many similarities to the Health Service in that it had no order book and many product areas. Peter believes this helps him understand the business of the NHS. He moved to Devon from Kent in 2010. Peter has experience of government accounting and the role of being a governor.
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, 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.
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, 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, 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, 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, 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.
Sue Whitehead, Ipplepen
Sue worked within the NHS in Torbay and South Devon for approximately 18 years from 1993. She has a great deal of experience dealing with patients and their families often during difficult or traumatic situations and was trained to listen to patients’ experiences and to help the Trust improve their quality of service based on them.
Bob Bryant, Babbacombe
Bob is a newly elected governor who moved to Torquay in 2015 having retired as a hospital governor and lay member on the Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) in Cheshire. Following a stroke, which left him wheelchair bound, he founded Britain’s biggest stroke club in 1999 and he has campaigned tirelessly for patients and the disabled. He was awarded the B.E.M by the queen for stroke services to health and work in the community. He also became a Councillor in Cheshire with the intention of bringing health and disability to the forefront of the Council’s thinking. He is grateful for being given the opportunity to share the benefit of his experience here in Torquay.
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.
Paul Lilley, Torquay
Paul has a banking background and has worked both in the UK and overseas. Semi-retired and now working with ex-colleagues, helping Small, Medium Enterprises (SMEs). Paul has been a President of a Chamber of Commerce and chair of a Young Enterprise board. Paul and his wife are active Guide Dog puppy walkers. Born in Exeter, they returned to Devon, after 30 years of being away, to be closer to family and friends.
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, 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.
Simon Slade, Paignton
Simon lives in Paignton with his young family. He has a background in international project management, and currently works for the Ambulance Service. He has spent 15 years as a volunteer with Mountain Rescue, and currently volunteers with a variety of local community projects, including working with disadvantaged children.
NHS South Devon and Torbay Clinical Commissioning Group: Derek Blackford
Derek has worked in the NHS in South Devon since 2001, now the Deputy Chief Finance Officer with South Devon and Torbay CCG. He has held roles with South and West Devon Health Authority, Torbay Primary Care Trust, and Torbay Care Trust in this time. He went to University in Cardiff, where he stayed for 6 years working in local government, then for a housing association, before moving back to the South West in 1999. He has also been a primary school parent governor and has a keen interest in music, football and running. He has lived in Torquay since 2015.
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.
Devon County Council: Stuart Barker
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.
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.
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.
Non-Clinical: April Hopkins
April moved to Devon from the Isle of Man in 2011 and joined what was Torbay Care Trust, firstly as part of the Corporate Governance team, before moving to Patient Experience and Engagement. In 2016 she took up her current role as Service Manager for Women’s and Children. April is passionate about leadership, engagement and patient experience.
Non-Clinical: Catherine Micklethwaite
Catherine moved to South Devon and joined the Trust as a Library Manager in 2015. She is passionate about changes and improvement being evidence-based to ensure that patients receive the best possible care.