The Board of Trustees is Rowcroft’s governing body. Under charity law they have overall corporate responsibility for the hospice. All our trustees are volunteers who bring their different professional and life experiences to help govern the hospice.
Dr Cathryn Edwards, Chairman of the Board of Trustees
Cathryn is a Medical Consultant in Gastroenterology. Since joining the Board in May 2015, she has brought relevant clinical insights and an understanding of NHS management structures, alongside strategic planning, leadership and communication skills. Cathryn also has a wealth of third sector experience through her involvement The British Society of Gastroenterology and Crohn’s and Colitis UK. Cathryn was appointed Chair of Trustees in February 2017.
Anthony Dee, Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees
Anthony joined the Board of Trustees in May 2015. As Vice-Chairman and Chairman of the Finance and Investment Committee, he ensures the good governance of the hospice’s financial affairs. His professional background is in the drinks industry, specializing in sales, marketing and senior management. He spent 25 years at main board level, latterly as Chairman and Managing Director. He brings to the Board his comprehensive experience of the business environment and its needs. He is now semi-retired and keen to further the agreed objectives of the charity, particularly strategic thinking and meeting the needs of the local community.
Sally is an experienced Human Resources Professional and also a qualified Homeopath who runs her own HR and therapy practice. She brings to the Board skills she has gained from extensive experience at both strategic and operational levels in the telecommunications and financial sectors. Sally became a Trustee in January 2017 but has also been a Complementary Therapy volunteer at the hospice for the last two years.
Colin is a Chartered Account with experience in the international service sector, having been Chief Executive of International Hospitals Group and Head of Healthcare Consultancy for Ernst & Young. With his financial and business background in healthcare he brings entrepreneurial and commercial expertise to the Board and to the Finance and Investment Committee. Colin is also Chairman of the Friends of South Hams Hospital and committee member of the Devon County Association of Hospital League of Friends. With this he brings to Rowcroft an added knowledge of the healthcare system in Devon and the local charity sector, including fundraising and grant management.
As a lawyer for 27 years and Senior Partner in a firm of Solicitors locally, Liz has extensive financial experience, is familiar with legal and corporate issues and has had a long involvement with recruitment. She joined the Board in February 2017 and is keen to widen her horizons beyond legal practice and use her skills in the charitable sector.
Richard qualified in medicine at Birmingham University in 1975 and served as a Medical Officer in the Royal Navy for seven years before taking up General Practice in Newton Abbot in 1981 – retiring in 2003. Richard brings to the Board his medical input and a ‘pastoral’ role. He joined the Board to help give something back for the wonderful care his General Practice patients were given by Rowcroft, and hopes to help promote the reputation of Rowcroft by being a champion for the cause.
Alex joined the Royal Marines in 1995 and most latterly was a Colonel commanding 40 Commando Group. He has also served as Chief of Staff of Task Force Helmand in Afghanistan and served as a strategist in the UK Ministry of Defence. After dedicating the first half of his working life to military service specialising in strategic planning and operational delivery, he has recently left to spend more time with his family. In 2016 he joined Atkins UK & Europe, a design, engineering and project management consultancy, as part of its Senior Leadership Team.
Alex has considerable fundraising experience and most notably helped to raise £250,000 for the Brain Tumour Charity as the operations director for the Ocean Valour transatlantic row in 2015. He has lived in Devon for the past 20 years and was awarded an OBE in 2011 for Operational Planning and Leadership in Afghanistan.
Philip is the Principal at Philip Meek Mortgages, a commercial and residential mortgage brokers providing local and national advice. As well as being a Trustee for Rowcroft he is a Trustee for The Pilmuir Estate (the charity which owns the land Rowcroft occupies) and is an active member of the management committee of Royal Torbay Yacht Club. Philip joined Rowcroft’s Board of Trustees in 2017.