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Non-executive members
McLean, Mairi 

Dr Mairi McLean - Interim Chairman

Mairi has been a non-executive director since 2014 and Interim Chariman from August 2016.  She 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.

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.

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.



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

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.  


John Lander (Associate Non-Executive Director)

John joined the Trust Board in June 2016 bringing extensive financial leadership experience including senior corporate banking appointments at HSBC and Board level appointments at  two major motor companies. Having been Chairman of Coastline Housing Ltd. for eight years he is now a director of Cornwall Rural Housing Association Ltd. John is also Chair of the Methodist Ministers' Housing Society and is a governor of Truro and Penwith College where he chairs the Finance and General Purposes Committee. 

Executive members

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.


Dr Malcolm Stewart - Medical Director


Christine Perry, Nurse Director 

Chris joins RCHT having most recently been Director of Nursing at Weston 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. 

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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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