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Trust Board Member Profiles








Non-executive members
 Andrewes, Jon
Dr Jon Andrewes - Chairman
Jon joined the Trust in July 2015 from Torbay and Southern Devon Health and Care NHS Trust - an integrated health and adult social care organisation.  Jon has extensive leadership experience at large NHS, private and third sector organisations including establishing the Government’s first successful single regeneration trust and leading the Groundwork South West environmental regeneration company. Between 2000 and 2011 he chaired Brixham 21 – a public interest company established to promote regeneration opportunities in the Brixham community.  Between 2005 and March 2015 Dr Andrewes was also Chief Executive at St Margaret’s Somerset Hospice where he led pioneering services and choice for patients and their families facing a life limiting illness.

Roger Gazzard - Vice Chairman
Roger is a born and bred Cornishman. A qualified accountant who spent thirteen years as a Director of a group of companies in the waste management and haulage industry sectors. He has also worked in local authority finance both locally and nationally. In recent years he ran a company providing business advice to small and medium businesses. Since the beginning of 2011 he has held the position of Town Clerk to Truro City Council. Having been appointed in 2007, Roger is now in his third term of office which runs until October 2016.

Charlotte Russell

Charlotte joined the Trust in October 2013. She was a Non-Executive Director at the South Western Ambulance Service for nine years and part

of the team that achieved NHS Foundation Trust status in 2011. She is a company director of an organic farming business with her partner and has been involved in the strategic development of the food and farming industry in Cornwall for many years. She is currently Business Development Manager at the Eden Project and has previously worked in both print and broadcast media with a particular interest in the environment.

 McLean, Mairi    

Dr Mairi Mclean

Mairi has a background in social work, psychology and leadership and has held senior positions in local government and is a former Council Chief Executive Officer.  Mairi currently runs her own consultancy business which provides leadership and executive coaching, strategic planning and team development.  She also holds a number of other local and national advisory and visiting lecturer position


Paul Hobson

Paul joined the Trust Board in February 2016.  Paul is the Chief Executive of the CSW Group which is owned by the local authorities in Cornwall and Devon. CSW provide a range of services and products, supporting people and businesses across the South and West. Paul has held senior director posts for over 30 years in the public and private sector having started his clinical career as a radiographer in his native Cornwall.

Pryce, Sarah

Sarah Pryce (Associate Non-Executive Director)

Sarah is a former Head of Human Resources and Organisational Development at the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI). She joined the Trust Board in February 2016 and  is currently a trustee at Cornwall Air Ambulance Trust and owns her own consultancy company specialising in leadership and organisational development.  

Executive members
Byrne, Kathy

Kathy Byrne, Chief Executive

Kathy joined RCHT in April 2016.  She has a long and distinguished career as a health service Chief Executive in Australia and was formerly head of Health Support Queensland and Deputy Director General at Queensland Department of Health.  She has considerable experience of leading major healthcare organisations and transforming health and social care systems.


Andrew MacCallum - Deputy Chief Executive

Andrew joined RCHT in May 2012. He was formerly Director of Nursing and Lifelong Learning at Chelsea & Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in London and Director of Nursing at Queen Mary's Sidcup NHS Trust. Before coming to RCHT Andrew was Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean of the College of Nursing Midwifery and Healthcare at the University of West of London.


Dr Rob Parry - Medical Director

Rob has worked at RCHT since 2000 and has played a key part in a host of developments within the renal service. Alongside that he has carried out a number of roles involving strategy development, implementation and working across multi disciplinary teams. These include having been Renal Departmental Lead, over four years as Clinical Director for Acute Medicine, and five years as Renal Network Clinical Director for the Peninsula. Rob has also led Trust work on organ donation, clinical coding and appraisal



Christine Perry, Interim Nurse Director (from end Nov 2015)

Chris joins RCHT having most recently been Director of Nursing at West Area Health NHS Trust.  Chris has an extensive history in nursing leadership, including Assistant Director of Nursing at University Hospitals Bristol, and has undertaken significant work for both the Department of Health and the NHS South West Strategic Health Authority on infection prevention and control. 

Bardell, Ruth

Ruth Bardell, Acting Director of Human Resources and Organisational Development

Ruth joined the Trust Board in May 2016 having been Deputy Director of HR at RCHT.
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Paul Bostock - Chief Operating Officer

Paul took up post as Chief Operating Officer in October 2015. He was formerly in a similar role at Surrey & Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust. Prior to this he was Associate Director for Surgical Services at Frimley Park Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.  Paul began his career in the NHS in 1994 as a clinical coder and has worked in many roles across community and acute care, as well as a secondment with the Department of Health supporting Military Hospital Defence Units during the 2003 Gulf War.

KarlSimkins  Karl Simkins - Director of Finance
Karl Simkins, joined the Trust in July 2010, coming from a similar role at NHS Leicester County and Rutland - one of the largest Primary Care Trusts in the country.  Karl has extensive experience of working across acute Trust, Strategic Health Authority (SHA) and Primary Care Trust organisations, including an SHA role reviewing Trust's readiness for Foundation status.

 McCarthy, Ethna

Ethna McCarthy – Director of Strategy and Business Development


Ethna is an experienced Director having held a range of senior posts since 1995 across all sectors of the NHS. A chartered accountant by profession, Ethna has significant experience covering finance, business planning, strategic development, risk management, and research and development. Ethna joined the Board of RCHT in January 2012.

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