Your Trust Board

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.

Trust Board Meeting Dates

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 10.00am unless otherwise specified.

Trust Board AGM will take place at 11am on Thursday 6 September 2018


  • Thursday 1 February 2018
  • Wednesday 7 March 2018 – 6:30-8pm in Room G09 at the Knowledge Spa
  • Thursday 5 April 2018
  • Thursday 3 May 2018 12.15 – 15.30 – Fal Conference Room, Truro College, Truro, Cornwall, TR1 3XX
  • Thursday 7 June 2018
  • Thursday 7 July 2018
  • Thursday 2 August 2018
  • Thursday 6 September 2018
  • Thursday 4 October 2018
  • Thursday 1 November 2018
  • Thursday 6 December 2018

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.
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.

Kate Shields

Kate Shields – Deputy Chief Executive

Kate joined the Trust in October 2017 and is an experienced NHS leader.

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Kate has worked as Director of Strategy and Partnerships at University Hospitals Leicester and was a registered nurse and mental health nurse at the beginning of her NHS career. Kate has also worked for NHS England as a Regional Director of Specialised Commissioning and as the National Head of Specialised Commissioning.

Mark Daly

Mark Daly – Medical Director

Mark joined the Trust in October 2017 first on an interim basis and then as the substantive Medical Director.

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Mark has been the Deputy Medical Director at Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust where he was also a consultant endocrinologist and Associate Medical Director for Surgical Services. He has held several clinical leadership roles in medicine.


Kim O’Keeffe – Chief Nurse

Kim was appointed as Chief Nurse in May 2017 having previously been Deputy Director of Nursing.

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Kim was appointed as Chief Nurse in May 2017 having previously been Deputy Director of Nursing.

Sally May

Sally May – Joint Director of Finance (RCHT + CFT)

Sally May, joined the RCHT Board in May 2017 taking on a dual role as Director of Finance across RCHT and Cornwall Partnership Foundation NHS Trust (CFT)

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whilst RCHT’s Director of Finance is leading on financial strategy and planning for Cornwall & Isles of Scilly Shaping Our Future portfolio . Sally has been at CFT since 2011 and was previously Director of Finance at NHS Cornwall & Isles of Scilly.


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,

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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

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

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within an international PLC successfully leading large scale, multi-site transformation programmes and developing multi discipline strategic workforce and people development plans.

Rab McEwan

Rab McEwan – Chief Operating Officer

Rab joined the Trust Board in August 2017. He is an experienced Chief Operating Officer in the NHS and has previously worked at Board level in Brighton, Worcestershire and Dorset.

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Rab has a background in Epidemiology and Public Health, with a PhD from Newcastle Medical School, and has an MBA from Durham University Business School.


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.

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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.

Non-executive members

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.

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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 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.

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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 Head of Learning for 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.

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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.

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

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currently a trustee at Cornwall Air Ambulance Trust and owns her own consultancy company specialising in leadership and organisational development.

John Lander

John joined the Trust Board in June 2016 bringing extensive financial leadership experience including senior corporate banking appointments at HSBC

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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 Schwarz

Margaret is an experienced non-executive director and joined the Trust on 1st November 2016 bringing expertise in finance and strategy.

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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

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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.