Who’s who

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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 from a career in the Royal Navy. This included periods in command of Britannia Royal Naval College Dartmouth, Commander British Forces Falkland Islands and, most recently, Deputy Commander-in-Chief Fleet (effectively Chief Operating Officer of the Royal Navy and Royal Marines). He is experienced in operating at Board level and dealing with operational pressures and challenging budgets.

As well as being knighted for his services, 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, notably as a Deputy Lord Lieutenant for Devon.

Richard 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.

Chris Balch

Chris Balch

Chris Balch joined the Trust as Non-executive Director in April 2019. Chris is Emeritus Professor of Planning at Plymouth University and is a Chartered Town Planner and Surveyor. Prior to his academic career he held senior executive positions with an international property advisory company, latterly as Managing Director of DTZ UK & Ireland, now part of Cushman & Wakefield. He has extensive experience of providing consultancy advice to public and private sector clients across the UK and overseas specialising in the planning and delivery of major regeneration projects and programmes.
He was Chair of Basildon Renaissance Partnership, a member of the Council of Essex University, a Director of Torbay Development Agency and was until 2017, Non-executive Chairman of Hilson Moran, a consultancy specialising in the energy performance of complex buildings. He is currently a member of the Supervisory Board of Ecorys BV, a European policy and research consultancy and is a Trustee of South West Lakes Trust.
His interest lies in tackling the underperformance of places and managing positive change within professional organisations and communities.

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 executive board level before establishing her own healthcare consultancy in 2008. She has a genuine passion for improving care for patients and speaks both nationally and internationally on service improvement, commissioning for outcomes and the management of change within healthcare.

Jacqui has an interest in the management of pain and is an executive member of the Chronic Pain Policy Coalition a standing committee of an all Parliamentary Party Advisory Group and member of the Societal Impact of Pain Platform, which reports into the European Parliament.

Other areas of interest include rheumatology, dermatology, endocrinology, cardiology and oncology with Jacqui working extensively in these areas across the UK.

Jacqui continues to work actively within the NHS, undertaking service reviews and leading on large scale quality improvement programmes. She acts as an executive commissioning advisor to several Royal Colleges, Crohns and Colitis UK and the London Joint Working Group (Hep C).

She is an NHS advisor to several professional bodies including the British Society for Rheumatology and the British Association of Dermatology. She is also a member of the NHS Masterclass faculty for Health Education England. Jacqui is chair of AGE UK Torbay.

Vikki Matthews

Vikki Matthews, Kingsbridge

Vikki Matthews joined the Trust as Non-executive Director in December 2017. She is the owner of a strategic consulting and executive coaching business and lectures in the areas of HR and leadership.

Prior to this, Vikki was the Chief Talent Officer for Plymouth University and before that, she held several Global and EMEA-wide Director level roles for Nike based in Holland and the USA.

Vikki is the Chair of a Multi Academy Trust based in Plymouth and is the Company Secretary for a small education charity in Brighton.

Paul Richards

Paul Richards, Newton Abbot

Paul Richards joined the Board as a Non-executive Director in November 2017. In the early part of his career he spent many years working in the NHS at senior manager and board level leading healthcare computing and contracting, information and medical records functions.

Since Paul moved to the commercial sector he has lead healthcare information technology systems businesses and went on to work internationally within some of the world’s leading organisations at the forefront of digital transformation in the healthcare industry. Paul has extensive experience of running large health and social care integration programmes and a variety of industry leading Health and Social Care Information Technology companies providing clinical systems and Electronic Patient Record systems to health and social care providers world-wide.

Paul has a passion for improving and connecting health and social care to improve services to patients and ensure high quality outcomes. He continues to have a variety of business interests amongst them a local visitor attraction and conservation programme which aims to protect wildlife and provide wildlife education to visitors.

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, Rolls-Royce PLC and Deloittes.

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 people 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 from 1994 to 2016. 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 several charities including Hospice UK (the national membership body for hospices), the Harbour Centre drug and alcohol advisory service and the Barbican Theatre in Plymouth.

Sally is a Non-executive Director of Pluss and a facilitator for the Windsor Leadership Trust.

Jon Welch

Jon Welch, Brixham

Jon Welch 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 USA. 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 USA can give to a foreign national.


Executive Directors and responsibilities

Liz Davenport

Liz Davenport

Chief Executive

Liz has been employed in the NHS for 33 years and has a clinical background as an Occupational Therapist qualifying in 1986.

Liz’s passion for service improvement and transformation is driven by the recognition that there is a need to change and adapt to meet the changing needs of our people and communities. Her experience in service change started in the 1980’s with the Hospital Closure Programme and development of community services for people with mental health needs in Lincoln. She has subsequently continued to work in a number of NHS organisations across the country leading on a number of service improvement projects in mental health, learning disabilities and social care services. Liz started work in the Torbay and Devon system in September 2014.

Liz has held a broad portfolio of Executive Director positions including Director of Operations, Director of Workforce and Deputy Chief Executive. She has been an Interim Chief Executive at Devon Partnership Trust and at Torbay and South Devon Foundation Trust.

Liz was appointed as the substantive Chief Executive and took up post on 1 October 2018.

John Harrison

John Harrison

Chief Operating Officer

John Harrison joined Torbay and South Devon NHS FT in February 2012. In January 2018, John took on the operations portfolio as Interim Chief Operating Officer from his previous role as Deputy COO.

Prior to joining the Trust John was Director of the Peninsula Cancer Network and led the process across Devon and Cornwall to secure services changes necessary to deliver the NHS Cancer Plan improvements. John has 21 years of healthcare experience and was previously Director of Commissioning for Plymouth Primary Care Trust having run GP Fundholding for the previous Health Authority.

Paul Cooper

Paul Cooper

Director of Finance

Paul Cooper qualified as a chartered accountant with KPMG before joining the NHS in 1992. He has undertaken a wide variety of financial management roles in health authority, primary care Trusts and provider organisations, all within the South and West Devon area.

Paul joined the Trust in July 2010, from his previous post at Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust. As well as leading on all aspects of financial management, Paul has a wealth of experience in contracting, performance and information management and is committed to integrating these disciplines, delivering comprehensive business support to clinical teams as they steer their services through what are challenging times for the NHS.

Paul is an active member of the Healthcare Financial Management Association.

Dawn Butler

Dawn Butler

Interim Director of Transformation and Partnerships

I am responsible for organisational strategy and improvement and shaping the Trust’s strategic vision for the future.

I am responsible for leading and enabling the Trust’s programmes of transformation redesigning the Trust’s healthcare services to improve the experience of service users, carers, and their families.

I work closely with key partners and stakeholders in the wider community and the Devon STP and lead the translation of our vision into practical reality through the Trust’s annual business plan.

My portfolio includes the Trust’s Health Informatics Service to ensure the Trust has effective technology systems, maximises the use of technology enabled care, and performance information which drives and supports the Trust’s clinical and corporate decision making.

Dr Rob Dyer

Dr Rob Dyer

Medical Director

I am responsible for the quality and safety of the services provided by the Trust.

Prior to becoming Medical Director, Rob was a Consultant Physician and Endocrinologist. He trained in Birmingham and Newcastle and has been a consultant since 1994, first in Northumberland and Newcastle, and from 1998 at Torbay Hospital. His clinical specialisms were in diabetes, endocrinology, and thyroid problems.

Rob also held the position of Associate Medical Director for Long Term Conditions and Transformation, acting as clinical lead for the formation of the Integrated Care Organisation. He has a long-standing interest in integrated care models, patient self-management and prevention in long term conditions.

He has had a range of appointments in educational roles through his career and is currently the Lead Medical Director for Devon STP.

Prof Jane Viner

Prof Jane Viner

Chief Nurse and Deputy Chief Executive

I am responsible for the quality and safety of the care we provide, including prevention and control of infection.

Jane Viner qualified as a nurse in 1985 and specialised in critical care and emergency medicine where she held a wide range of clinical, management and education roles. She has held various posts in the South West since 2001, including Nurse Consultant and Associate Director of Nursing at SDHFT, Deputy Director of Nursing at RD&E, and Director of Nursing and Professional Practice and Deputy Chief Executive.

Jane joined this Trust in April 2013 and leads on several objectives including quality, professional practice, patient experience, safeguarding, infection prevention and control, clinical governance.

Jane recently completed a NICE Fellowship and is an Associate Professor at Exeter and Plymouth Universities.

Judy Falcão

Judy Falcão

Director of Workforce and Organisational Development

Judy is responsible for workforce and organisational development which includes recruitment payroll and pension services workforce information staff experience and engagement health and well-being leadership and management development, talent management , employee relations and occupational health .

Prior to joining the Trust Judy was the Director of Workforce and Organisational Development at Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. She has held several Executive Director roles across the NHS including Acute, Mental Health, Health Authority, and the Ambulance Service.

Lesley Darke

Lesley Darke

Director of Estates and Commercial Development

Lesley Darke began her career as a nurse, training at Guy’s Hospital London and in cardiothoracic medicine at the Royal Brompton. She has held a variety of senior nursing and management posts in a variety of provider organisations and a health authority including director of planning, deputy and interim chief operating officer and director of estates, facilities, and site services.

She has a master’s degree in business administration. Lesley is experienced in planning and delivering estates, support, and commercial services. She retains her nursing values and is passionately committed to ensuring estates and facilities management services support quality care and are person-centred. She is extremely proud to be the ‘champion of the patient environment’.


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
  • 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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