Pete Adey – Chief Operating Officer

Joined Board: August 2018

Commenced current role: August 2018


  • BSc (Hons) Health Service Management
  • Registered General Nurse

Background and Experience

Pete qualified as a nurse in 1988, subsequently working at Hammersmith Hospital on a number of medical specialty wards prior to progressing to Senior Nurse.  He joined the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust in 1995 and undertook roles as Divisional Manager in a number of services including Child and Women’s Health, Cancer Services, Radiology and Pathology prior to his appointment as Deputy Chief Operating Officer in 2012.  Pete was appointed as Executive Director of Operations in 2016 at the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust, formally took up his position on the Board in March 2016 and assumed the role of Chief Operating Officer from March 2017.

Pete joined the Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust as Chief Operating Officer in August 2018 under a collaborative agreement between the Trust and the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust.

Key areas of responsibility:

  • Operational management of day to day clinical services
  • Monitoring and delivery of key performance targets
  • Cancer Waiting Times lead
  • Accountable Officer for Emergency Preparedness, Resilience and Response
  • Chair – Northern Devon A&E Delivery Board
  • Chair – Operations Board
  • Operational Capacity Planning

Membership of key Trust Committees:

  • Executive Directors Group
  • Operations Board

Membership of external committees:

  • Devon A&E Board
  • Northern Devon A&E Board
  • DPT Mental Health Programme Board

Entry on Register of Interests

  • Directorships: Chief Operating Officer, Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust
  • Ownership of companies: None
  • Shareholdings in organisations: None
  • Position in charity or voluntary organisations: None
  • Contracting interests: None
  • Any other interests: None

Last updated: March 7, 2019