James Brent – Chairman

Joined Board: 01 July 2018

Current term of office expires: 30 June 2020

Background and Experience

James was a merchant and investment banker for twenty-five years and established the Akkeron Group, of which he is Chairman, which has key business activities in hotels, urban regeneration, retail and leisure (including Plymouth Argyle Football Club). He has combined his commercial ventures with a desire to contribute in a range of public sector settings as well, for example previously as Chairman of Plymouth City Development Company and Chairman of Plymouth University.

James became Chairman of the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust in May 2012 and under a collaborative agreement became Chairman of the Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust in July 2018.

Board Expertise and Contribution

Key Roles:

  • Chairman

Membership of Board sub-committees:

  • Finance Committee – Member
  • Remuneration Committee – Member
  • Governance Committee – Member
  • Patient Experience Committee – Member

Attendance at other key Trust committees:

  • Patient Experience Committee

Entry on Trust Board Register of Interests


Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Foundation Trust, Non-Executive Director and Chairman
Hawksmoor Investment Management, Non-Executive Director
Hawksmoor Group Limited, Non-Executive Director
Natatomisam Limited, Director
Akkeron Leisure Limited, Director
Five Directions Limited, Director
Suite Hospitality Limited, Director
Plymouth Argyle Football Club Limited, Director
South West Ticketing Solutions Limited, Director
The Plymouth Pavilions Limited, Director
Rosford Management Limited, Director – Creditors Voluntary Liquidation
Ardsley House Hotel Limited, Director – Creditors Voluntary Liquidation
Zoffany Hotels Limited, Director – Creditors Voluntary Liquidation
Forestdale Hotels Limited, Director – Creditors Voluntary Liquidation
Pen CLAHRC (Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care South West Peninsula) – Interim Chair
HHP Nominee Limited – Director

Ownership of companies: NONE

Shareholdings in organisations: NONE

Position in charity or voluntary organisations: NONE

Contracting interests: Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Foundation Trust – Chairman

Any other interests: NONE

Last updated: May 14, 2019