Tim Douglas-Riley CBE OStJ – Non-Executive Director

Joined Board: 28 May 2013

Current term of office expires: 27 May 2021


  • BS
  • LRCP
  • DA
  • Dip Sports Medicine

Background and Experience

A qualified doctor, Tim spent his entire professional career as a medical officer in the Royal Navy. He held a wide variety of clinical and administrative post in the UK and operational settings ranging from Base Ports and Training Establishments through to Northern Ireland, the Falklands, the Royal Yacht, 22 Special Air Service Regiment and as the medical commander in Afghanistan.  He gained a Royal Marines Green Beret, was a qualified parachutist and sports diver and has had additional training in diving, aviation and nuclear safety medicine as well as attending senior level Staff Courses.

In the last decade of his Service career, he held a variety of Ministry of Defence and Navy Command positions where he was involved in the strategic planning of personnel policy, workforce structures, operational requirements and organisational change. His final position was the Director of the Royal Naval Medical Service where he was responsible for the entire spectrum of health care delivery across the Royal Navy.

Tim was awarded a CBE in 2009 for his leadership of the Royal Naval Medical Service and his contribution to strategic change programmes within the Defence Medical Service Department. Additionally he was made an Officer Brother in the Order of St John for his services to the Royal Naval and Defence Medical Services. He is an Associate Member of the Chartered Management Institute.

He joined the Trust in July 2012 as an Associate Non-Executive Director to provide clinical experience within the Non-Executive team. He was appointed as a Non-Executive Director in May 2013.  His current term of office was due to end in May 2019, but he was reappointed for a further two years.

Board Expertise and Contribution

Tim has a special interest in clinical and strategic leadership, patient safety and the patient experience.

Key Roles:

  • Charitable Fund Trustee
  • Safety & Quality Board Champion
  • Maternity Board Champion
  • Senior Independent Director

Membership of  Board sub-committees:

  • Remunerations and Terms of Service Committee – Chair
  • Governance Committee – Member
  • Patient Experience Committee – Chair

Membership of other key Trust committees:

  • Organ Donation Committee – Committee Chair

Entry on Register of Interests

Directorships: Director Yelverton Golf Club Ltd (Self)
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