Meet your Governors
Lead Governor (also representing Torbay)
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.
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.
Chris Edwards, Chudleigh
Chris brings extensive experience as a “critical friend” and external reviewer of health, social care, and other public services. He has been an innovator in the development of statutory social care, joint working, performance management, and strategic regulation. He has facilitated change and improvement in services across the UK, social care especially, in various capacities.
Chris is dually accredited by Ashridge Business School as an executive coach, and coach/ organisation consultant supervisor, and works developmentally with leadership teams and senior executives. On sabbatical as an Attorney representing a relative with advanced dementia in another region, Chris gained important insights into the fragmented governance arrangements for safeguarding vulnerable adults in England. He is undertaking further research and development work in this field.
Eileen Engelmann, Newton Abbot
Eileen is a retired qualified nurse with many years in nursing, including management of her own local care home for elderly people. Since 2004 she has worked for South Devon College as a trainer, assessor and moderator for Health & Social Care qualifications. She has a special interest in promoting services for dementia conditions and volunteers at a Memory Cafe in Torquay.
Annie Hall, Newton Abbot
Annie has a teaching background. She has worked in Care work for Vulnerable Adults for Social Services, Cub Leadership, and Shop Management. Annie is on the ‘Working with us Panel’ and has a special interest in the Pituitary Society at the hospital. Annie also collaborates with the police to help promote the awareness of ‘County Lines’, with the hospital, schools and the wider community.
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.
Michael James, Dawlish
Michael is a retired Legal Executive. After studying medicine he pursued a career in Law. He has been involved in several local charities including a cancer charity. Michael is deeply interested in health and is a keen sports enthusiast and a former Torbay Councillor.
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.
Michael Birch, Torquay
Most of Michael’s experience has been at senior management levels in Publishing and Distribution locally, regionally and internationally. In latter years he has been Secretary and Licensee of numerous Clubs. Since retiring he has been active in Bowls and has been president of both indoor and outdoor Associations. In addition he has been active in Disability Bowls and is also a Director of EIBA Ltd which is the National Governing Body for the sport. Michael has been resident in Torquay since 2002 and has been associated with many medically related research and charitable bodies.
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.
Elizabeth Welch, Torquay
Elizabeth is a former Financial Director of an international company involved in financial reporting and contract negotiations both in the UK and overseas. She has experience of working within government organisations helping to formulate beneficial changes. Elizabeth is Trustee and Treasurer of The Torbay Hospital League of Friends and a former Advisor for the Citizens Advice Bureau. She is a recipient of a number of successful procedures within Torbay Hospital thus giving the knowledge and experience of being an in-patient in the ‘system’. Elizabeth believes that being a Governor will allow her to give something back to the hospital in a constructive way.
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: Peter Smerdon, South Brent
Devon County Council: Jonathan Hawkins
Jonathan is an elected representative of County and District for the area of Dartmouth and Marldon, living in Kingswear. At South Hams he has the Executive lead for Health and Well-being and is particularly interested in the provision of services in the Rural Areas.
Teignbridge District Council: Lorraine Evans, Teignmouth
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.
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.
Community: David Hickman
David joined the Trust permanently in 2009, having previously worked on the Bank. He worked in A&E as an Assistant Practitioner Adults and Paediatrics until 2013 when he moved across to the Community as Clinical Patient Safety Officer. In June 2016 he became Clinical Governance Lead for the Community Service Delivery Unit. He has day to day responsibilities for managing incidents and investigations for Patient and Staff incidents in the Community SDU. David is passionate to improve the safety of Patients and Staff who are in receipt of our services.
Community: Anna Pryor
Anna has been in the NHS since 2008 and worked as Membership Officer at Milton Keynes NHS Foundation Trust up until she moved to Devon in April 2011. Her role is Office/Admin Manager at Torquay Health and Social Care Team, and also the Health Centre Manager at Castle Circus Health Centre. Anna feels it is very important to be involved in shaping the future of Trust and that as a member of staff representing the Community Health and Social Care Team, she can bring some Community based points of view to the Board.