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 meeting will take place in the Knowledge Spa, unless otherwise stated.

All Trust Board meetings in Public will commence at 12.30pm unless otherwise specified.

Trust Board AGM will take place at 11am on Thursday 6 September 2018 in the Lab Space at the Health and Wellbeing Innovation Centre, Truro.

There will be an Extraordinary Board meeting on Friday 26 October at 10.30 in G.09 at the Knowledge Spa.


  • Thursday 10 January 2019 at 12.30
  • Thursday 7 February 2019 at 12.30
  • Thursday 7 March 2019 at 12.30
  • Thursday 4 April 2019 at 12.30
  • Thursday 2 May 2019 at 12.30
  • Thursday 6 June 2019 at 12.30
  • Thursday 1 August 2019 at 12.30
  • Thursday 5 September 2019 at 12.30
  • Thursday 3 October 2019 at 12.30
  • Thursday 7 November 2019 at 12.30
  • Thursday 5 December 2019 at 12.30

Members of the Public that wish to raise a question ahead of the Trust Board meeting please email

Members of the Public will be asked whether they wish to raise a question prior to the start of the meeting by a member of the Corporate Secretariat and these will be recorded and provided to the Chairman of the Trust Board. The Chairman of the Trust Board may permit an oral question to be asked at the end of the meeting of the Trust Board without notice having been given.

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
Kate Shields

Kate Shields – Chief Executive

Kate joined the Trust as Deputy Chief Executive in 2017 and took on the role of Chief Executive in July 2018. Kate is an experienced NHS leader having worked as Director of Strategy and Partnerships at University Hospitals Leicester. She 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.


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

Dr Mairi McLean – Acting Chairwoman

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.


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.