Trust Board and meetings

Meetings of the Trust Board

Board meetings of the Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust are open to staff, the press and the public. Guidance notes are available on how the Board meetings work and on how to submit a written question on matters being discussed at the Board meeting.

All Board meetings will commence at 10.00am. The morning session is open to members of the public from 10.00am through to approximately 1pm. Board meetings are held in the Chichester Boardroom, North Devon District Hospital, Raleigh Park, Barnstaple EX31 4JB.

Tuesday 4 April 2017 Chichester Boardroom, NDDH
Tuesday 6 June 2017 Chichester Boardroom, NDDH
Tuesday 1 August 2017 Chichester Boardroom, NDDH
Tuesday 3 October 2017 Chichester Boardroom, NDDH
Tuesday 5 December 2017 Chichester Boardroom, NDDH
Tuesday 6 February 2018 Chichester Boardroom, NDDH

Agendas and papers

The agenda and papers for Board meetings may be viewed on the Trust’s website and will be made available at least two working days before the Board meeting.


The final approved minutes are made available within five working days following approval by the Board.

If you have particular requirements in respect of access or assistance, or for further information, please contact Geraldine Garnett-Frizelle, PA to the Chairman, on 01271 311830 or email

Role of the Trust Board

As a Board of a public service body, the Trust Board forms the collective strategic and operational leadership of the Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust and brings together its Executive Directors with independent Non-Executive Directors from outside the organisation to retain full and effective control over the Trust’s business.

Trust Board members have corporate responsibility for:

  • Being responsible for managing the Trust on a day-to-day basis;
  • Setting the strategic direction of the Trust within the policy and funding framework laid down by Parliament;
  • Defining annual and longer term objectives and agreeing plans to achieve them;
  • Overseeing the delivery of planned results by monitoring performance against agreed objectives and targets, ensuring corrective action is taken when necessary;
  • Ensuring the organisation develops in line with the needs of the Commissioners, the stakeholder community and wider NHS;
  • Establishing an effective system of corporate governance; and
  • Safeguarding the public reputation of the Trust.

The roles and responsibilities of the Chairman, Non-Executive Directors, Chief Executive and Executive Directors are set out in the Board Operating Framework.

Members of the Trust Board

The Trust Board comprises six Non-Executive Directors, including the Chairman, and five Executive Directors.

Non-Executive Directors

  • Roger French, Chairman
  • Dr Tim Douglas-Riley, Non-Executive Director
  • Robert Down, Non-Executive Director
  • Pauline Geen, Non-Executive Director
  • Tony Neal, Non-Executive Director
  • Judy Jones, Non-Executive Director

Executive Directors

  • Dr Alison Diamond, Chief Executive
  • Darryn Allcorn, Director of Nursing, Quality & Workforce
  • Colin Dart, Acting Director of Finance
  • Andy Ibbs, Director of Operations and Strategy
  • George Thomson, Medical Director

Other Associate Directors play a key role in the management and the business of the Trust, including:

  • Iain Roy, Director of Facilities
  • Jenny Nash, Director of IM&T

Details of the Trust Board members’ backgrounds and experience and the key roles they play in the organisation can be found in the Directors’ profiles.

Register of Interests

In accordance with the NHS Code of Accountability, all Board Directors are required to declare interests which are relevant and material to the NHS Board of which they are a member.

Details of interests which are relevant and material are set out in section 7 of the Trust’s Standing Orders. Any other interests should be declared if in doubt. Examples include:

  • Secondary employment – public or private employment, including consultancies and self-employment, including employment or voluntary employment or other NHS employers / organisations.
  • Financial agreements – any connection with an organisation, entity or company considering entering with or having entered into a financial agreement with the Trust, including but not limited to, lenders or banks.

On appointment, Board members must declare any personal or business interest which may influence or may be perceived to influence their judgement in the exercise of their public duties in the course of conducting NHS business.

Any amendments, additions or removals to the Register of Interests must be recorded as soon as is practicable. A ‘live’ copy of the Register of Interests is available:

Board Register of Interests – Quarter 3 October – December (pdf)

Board Register of Interests – Quarter 2 July – September (pdf)


Board Register of Interests – Updated 9 March 2018 (pdf)

Board Register of Interests – Quarter 4 (pdf)

Board Register of Interests – Quarter 3 (pdf)

Last updated: March 9, 2018