The Trust Board is made up of Non-Executive and Executive Directors who together are responsible for leading Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust. The Trust Board meets in public seven times a year and anyone is welcome to attend. The Trust Board Chairman is appointed by NHS Improvement and the Chairman works with this organisation to appoint other members of the Trust Board.
Venues and times of Board meetings are all subject to amendment so, before attending a Board meeting, please check on the Trust’s website to ensure the date and/or venue has not changed or telephone 01872 252263.
All Trust Board meetings in Public will commence at 11.00am unless otherwise specified.
Thursday 9th February
Thursday 30th March
Thursday 27th April
Thursday 1st June
Thursday 27th July
Thursday 28th September
Thursday 7th December
Trust Board Members Declarations of Interest
“Trust Board Members Declarations of Interest are reported to every Trust Board meeting. A copy of the latest Declaration can be found with the Board meeting papers.
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.
Malcolm Stewart – Medical Director
Malcolm has worked at RCHT since October 2016. Full profile to follow
Malcolm has worked at RCHT since October 2016. Full profile to follow
Christine Perry – Interim 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.
Karl Simkins – Director of Finance & Performance
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 joined the Board of RCHT in January 2012.
Catrin Asbrey – Director of Human Resources & Organisational Development
Catrin joined RCHT in December 2016. She have 10 years’ experience of working at a senior level across different industries including
within an international PLC successfully leading large scale, multi-site transformation programmes and developing multi discipline strategic workforce and people development plans.
Richard Best – Interim Chief Operating Officer
Richard joined the Trust Board as Interim Chief Operating Officer in November 2016. He has over 11 years operational experience as COO and Director of Operations
in the acute sector. He has also completed 10 months in Wales as Improvement Director working in an integrated care system. Previously Richard has 22 years of experience in manufacturing leadership and improvement, including aerospace and automotive industries.
Thom Lafferty – Director of Corporate Affairs
• Thomas joined the Trust in January 2017 having most recently been Director of Corporate and Legal Affairs at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust where he played an instrumental role in the Trust’s acquisition of West Middlesex University Hospitals NHS Trust.
Prior to that, Thomas has held similar roles at other NHS Acute Trusts and has developed an expertise with regard to legal and governance matters within healthcare.
Jim McKenna – Chairman
Jim McKenna took on the role of Chairman in January 2017. He is also a local Cornwall councillor as independent member for Penzance Promenade and was formerly Chief Executive of Penwith District Council. Jim has experience of working in health and social care and his links to the local community will be valuable in the transformation of local services.
Dr Mairi McLean
Mairi has been a non-executive director since 2014. 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.
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 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 s
ervices 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.
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 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.
Margaret is an experienced non-executive director and joined the Trust on 1st November 2016 bringing expertise in finance and strategy.
Margaret is the Governance Lead for Cornish Mutual Assurance and a non-executive director of Cornwall Foundation Trust.
Roger Gazzard (Associate Non-Executive Director)
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.