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Board Member Profiles

Non-executive members
   DSC00896 Angela Ballatti - Chair
Angela joined the Trust in July 2013.  She was most recently Chair at Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust for 6 years between 2006 and 2012. Prior to this Angela was a Chair of County Durham and Darlington Acute Hospitals and North Durham Healthcare NHS Trusts in the North East for nearly 9 years in total.  She has been appointed until July 2015.

Adam Broome

Adam, from Lostwithiel, joined the Trust in September 2014.  He has a wealth of experience and track record of success in the public sector, particularly as part of the senior management team that led the transformation of the performance of Plymouth City Council.  Adam has a long-held interest in the NHS and a good understanding of the need for closer working between health and social care providers. He runs his own company providing consultancy support, advice, training and interim management to organisations.

 RogerGazzard Roger Gazzard - Vice Chairman (designate)
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.



John Bennett

John is a partner in a specialist healthcare advisory practice.  He has over 17 years experience of working in health care consultancy, in the UK and overseas, and in the NHS where he commenced his career as an NHS General Management Trainee in 1996.  John’s current work focuses on health economy-wide transformation and strategic reform, including work across different sectors including local government and public interest groups


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




Professor Steve Thornton (Associate)

Steve joined the RCHT Board in May 2014.  He has previously held positions on NHS trust boards in the South West and in the West Midlands. He is an academic obstetrician and has worked in Newcastle, Cambridge, Warwick and more recently in the South West. He is Dean of Medicine at The University of Exeter Medical School and at Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry.

Steve has previously held leadership positions with the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, the Strategic Health Authority and clinical research network

Executive members

Bill Shields - Interim Chief Executive

Joining RCHT in January 2015, Bill was formerly Chief Financial Officer at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust in London and was their Acting Chief Executive jointly with the Medical Director between October 2013 and April 2014. Bill has also been Director of Finance and Performance at the South West Strategic Health Authority, a Deputy Chief Executive/Chief Financial Officer at Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust and Director of Finance and Performance at Essex Rivers Healthcare NHS Trust.



Andrew MacCallum - Nurse Executive

A ndrew joined RCHT in May 2012 and has been Acting Chief Executive since November 2014. 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. Most recently Andrew has been 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

NickMacklin350 Nick Macklin - Director of Human Resources and Organisational Development
Nick joined the Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust as Director of Human Resources and Organisational Development in April 2013.   He was previously employed in a similar role at Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust having worked in the NHS and public sector for the past 20 years. He brings with him a valuable background of workforce and organisational development in a successful NHS Foundation Trust.

Steve Vaughan - Interim Operational Lead

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.



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 successfully lead the Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust application as their Finance Director in 2010. Joining the Board of RCHT as Director of Strategy and Business Development in January 2012, Ethna is leading the Foundation Trust application process, incorporating the delivery of the challenging '2018 Programme' and the design and delivery of our Board Development Programme.

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