Non-Executive Directors


There are seven Non-Executive Directors who, together with the Chair, form a majority on the Board of Directors.

Non-Executive Directors do not have responsibility for the day-to-day management of the Trust, but share the Board’s corporate responsibility for ensuring that the Trust is run efficiently, economically and effectively. To be effective, they must be well-informed about the Trust and have a good grasp of the relevant issues.

They will scrutinise the executive management’s performance in meeting agreed goals and objectives and monitor the reporting of performance. They must satisfy themselves on the integrity of financial information and that financial controls and a sound system for the management of risk are in place. They will seek to establish and maintain public confidence in the Trust, and must be independent in judgement and constructively challenge and help develop decisions and strategy for which they bear equal responsibility.

Dame Shan Morgan

Chair

Dame Shan Morgan

Shan joined the Trust as Chair on 1 April 2022. She has a wealth of experience from her career working in a variety of roles in both the Foreign Office and the home Civil Service. She was HM Ambassador to Argentina and Paraguay, and has represented the UK in the European Union. In her previous role, Dame Shan was head of the Civil Service of the Welsh Government in Cardiff and led over 5,500 staff with responsibility for a budget of £17billion.  

Dame Shan was appointed Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG) in the 2012 New Year Honours and Dame Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George (DCMG) in the 2017 Birthday Honours.

Key Roles:

  • Chair, Board of Directors and Council of Governors

Membership of Board sub-committees:

  • Remuneration Committee – member

Attendance at other key Trust committees:

  • Governance Committee

Steve Kirby

Vice Chair

Steve Kirby

Steve joined us in September 2017. Following a period in the NHS, he worked internationally in health, running hospitals before moving to consulting. As a Partner at KPMG and then Ernst & Young (EY), he has consulted with a wide range of government and health organisations both in the UK and overseas. He has worked at all levels on a wide variety of health projects and programmes, including large system reorganisations, regulatory issues, and "at the coal face" helping to develop services or dealing with failing organisations. Steve was one of the two EY partners who undertook the administration of Mid Staffs NHS FT.

Key Roles:

  • Vice Chair, Board of Directors and Council of Governors
  • Lead Non-Executive Director for Freedom to Speak Up Guardians
  • Lead Non-Executive Director for Ockenden (maternity – Exeter and community sites)

Membership of Board sub-committees:

  • Audit Committee - member
  • Governance Committee - member
  • Remuneration Committee – member

Attendance at other key Trust committees:

  • System Transformation and Efficiency Committee (STEC, a Devon system committee) - Vice Chair

Carole Burgoyne MBE

Non-Executive Director

Carole Burgoyne MBE

Carole Burgoyne MBE

Non-Executive Director

Carole joined the Board in June 2021. She retired from Plymouth City Council in 2019 after 40 years of Local Government experience. She started her career as a Social Worker in Plymouth, became an Human Resources professional and ended as Strategic Director for People which covered the Statutory roles of Director of Children’s Services and Adult Services. Carole has worked with partners in health to lead the transformation of social care in Plymouth and delivered a pioneering project to deliver the integration of commissioning with NEW Devon CCG and an integrated community health and social care services in Livewell Southwest. She worked in a range of senior leadership roles across the Council and led a wide range of services including Corporate Services, Refuse collection, Culture, Sport and Leisure, Community Safety and Housing as well as the Children’s and Adults Services. Carole was awarded an MBE for services to children and young people in June 2017.

Married and living in Plymouth, Carole is a Trustee of Transforming Futures Multi Academy Trust and a Co-opted Governor of Thornbury Primary School.

Key Roles:

  • Lead Non-Executive Director for Patient Experience

Membership of Board sub-committees:

  • Charity Sub-Committee - member
  • Governance Committee – member
  • Patient Experience Committee - member
  • Remuneration Committee – member

Attendance at other key Trust committees:

  • RDUH and University of Exeter Strategy Board member

Professor Janice Kay CBE

Senior Independent Director

Professor Janice Kay CBE

Janice joined the Trust in April 2014. She is the Provost of the University of Exeter and Deputy to the Vice-Chancellor. She line manages the University of Exeter Medical School among other key roles. She holds a number of national positions in Higher Education, including the HEFCE Strategic Advisory Committee on Quality, Accountability and Regulation. Janice was appointed Senior Independent Director in April 2017.

Key Roles:

  • Senior Independent Director

Membership of Board sub-committees:

  • Audit Committee - member
  • Charity Sub-Committee - member
  • Digital Committee - member
  • Remuneration Committee – Chair

Attendance at other key Trust committees:

  • Nominations Committee – member (for any work related to the Chair of the Trust’s appointment or annual appraisal)

Professor Bridie Kent

Non-Executive Director

Professor Bridie Kent

Bridie joined us in June 2021. Bridie is a Registered Nurse, with a background in both clinical and academic appointments, resulting in extensive experience in leadership, quality improvement, practice change, health services education and implementation research. She has held a number of senior academic positions, including Head of school and Executive Dean at the University of Plymouth. For the last 20 years, she has played a leading role in evidence-based practice uptake and implementation in the UK, New Zealand and Australia, working to enhance the transfer of evidence into practice, and improve quality of care for patients.

Key Roles:

  • Lead Non-Executive Director for End of Life Care

Membership of Board sub-committees:

  • Charity Sub-Committee - member
  • Governance Committee - member
  • Remuneration Committee – member

Attendance at other key Trust committees:

  • End of Life Steering Group - member
  • Organ Donation Group - Chair

Alastair Matthews

Non-Executive Director

Alastair Matthews

Alastair joined us in October 2018. He has broad strategic financial and commercial experience gained in both the private and public sectors. He recently retired as Chief Financial Officer at the University of Plymouth. Prior to that, he spent 8 years as Finance Director and Deputy CEO at the University of Southampton NHS Foundation Trust. He has been Finance Director at Ordnance Survey, including being a member of HM Treasury's Financial Reporting Advisory Board, and spent six years as Vice President of Finance and Administration at Computer Sciences Corporation. He qualified and worked with PriceWaterhouse in Bristol and then Southampton on a broad range of assignments across many sectors.

Membership of Board sub-committees:

  • Audit Committee – Chair
  • Charity Sub-Committee - Chair
  • Integration Programme Board - Chair
  • Remuneration Committee – member

Attendance at other key Trust committees:

  • Emergency Preparedness, Resilience and Response (EPRR) steering group - member

Kevin Orford

Non-Executive Director

Kevin Orford

Kevin joined us in March 2021, having also been a NED at Northern Devon Healthcare Trust since April 2019. Kevin has a background in finance with previous roles as both an Executive Director and a Non-Executive Director in the NHS and as a Trustee on charity boards. He has previously served as a Non-Executive Member for Governance (Audit and Risk Committee Chairperson) for Southern Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group and was formerly Director of Finance and then Chief Executive of East Midlands Strategy Health Authority. He has a special interest in finance, governance and audit and their role in delivering high-quality patient care. Kevin also serves on the Board of the Intellectual Property Office.

Key Roles:

  • Lead Non-Executive Director for Inclusion

Membership of Board sub-committees:

  • Audit Committee - member
  • Governance Committee – member
  • Integration Programme Board – Vice Chair
  • North Devon ‘Our Future Hospitals’ programme – Chair
  • Remuneration Committee – member

Attendance at other key Trust committees:

  • Inclusion Steering Group - member

Tony Neal

Non-Executive Director

Tony Neal

Tony joined the Trust on 1 April 2022, having served as a NED at Northern Devon Healthcare Trust since January 2016. Tony has a background as a Management Consultant in IT and business consultancy with a particular focus on organisational visioning, development and change with previous extensive Board level experience with BT and Fujitsu. He has worked locally with each of the South West Local Authorities and a number of third sector organisations, chiefly as an interim manager and leading/supporting business turn around and change.

Key Roles:

  • Lead Non-Executive Director for Freedom to Speak Up Guardians
  • Lead Non-Executive Director for Ockenden (maternity – Barnstaple and community sites)

Membership of Board sub-committees:

  • Audit Committee – member
  • Digital Committee – Co-Chair
  • Governance Committee – Chair
  • Remuneration Committee – member

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Last updated: April 01, 2022