The Board of Trustees is Rowcroft’s governing body and has overall responsibility for the hospice.
All of our Trustees are volunteers and bring with them their own unique professional and life experiences. Their primary focus is to ensure we’re able to offer an excellent standard of care for patients and their families for generations to come.
Dr Cathryn Edwards, Chairman of the Board of Trustees
Cathryn is a Medical Consultant in Gastroenterology. The hospice benefits from her clinical insights and understanding of NHS management structures, as well as her skills in strategic planning, leadership and communications. Cathryn is also involved with The British Society of Gastroenterology and Crohn’s and Colitis UK. Cathryn joined the Board in May 2015 and was appointed Chair of Trustees in February 2017.
Anthony Dee, Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees
As Vice-Chairman and Chairman of the Finance and Investment Committee, Anthony focuses on the hospice’s financial affairs. His professional background is in the drinks industry, specialising in sales, marketing and senior management. He spent 25 years at main board level, including as Chairman and Managing Director. Anthony brings to the Board his comprehensive experience of the business environment and its needs. Anthony joined the Board of Trustees in May 2015.
Sally has a wealth of experience in human resources and is also a qualified Homeopath. She runs her own business and brings to the Board skills that she’s gained at both strategic and operational levels in the telecommunications and financial sectors. Sally became a trustee in January 2017, following two years of volunteering with us as a complementary therapist.
Colin is a Chartered Accountant 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 a committee member of the Devon County Association of Hospital League of Friends. He brings to Rowcroft an added knowledge of the healthcare system in Devon and the local charity sector, including fundraising and grant management.
Richard served as a Medical Officer in the Royal Navy for seven years before taking up General Practice in Newton Abbot in 1981. He retired in 2003 and brings to the Board his medical input, and acts in a ‘pastoral’ role. He joined the Board as a way of giving back to the hospice, after witnessing our work with his General Practice patients. He hopes to help promote the reputation of Rowcroft by being a ‘champion for the cause’.
Alex joined the Royal Marines in 1995 and rose up the ranks to become Colonel. He has also served as Chief of Staff of Task Force Helmand in Afghanistan and as a strategist in the UK Ministry of Defence. Alex was awarded an OBE in 2011 for Operational Planning and Leadership in Afghanistan. After dedicating the first half of his working life to military service, he left to spend more time with his family. In 2016, Alex joined the senior leadership team of a design, engineering and project management consultancy. Alex has considerable fundraising experience, including helping to raise £250,000 for the Brain Tumour Charity as the operations director for the Ocean Valour transatlantic row in 2015.
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.
Andrew is a qualified Chartered Accountant and Treasurer with over 30 years’ experience in financial services organisations and now runs his own company helping entrepreneurs in South Devon realise their own aspirations. Rowcroft benefits from Andrew’s strategic and financial planning skills and his passion for ensuring the hospice can continue to provide its outstanding level of care to the community for years to come. Andrew joined the Board in March 2019.
Colin brings to the Board a wealth of sales, marketing and business development skills from a variety of previous pharmaceutical industry roles. He’s passionate about contributing to the strategic direction of Rowcroft, supporting the Executive team and playing a part in creating a leading hospice which is fit for purpose for future generations. Colin has over four years’ experience with Helen & Douglas House in Oxford who provide hospice care for children, initially as a fundraising volunteer and then as a Trustee. Colin joined Rowcroft’s Board of Trustees in March 2019.
Helen is a qualified lawyer who has been practising corporate and commercial law for the last 15 years, specialising in healthcare. She brings an analytical legal mind and experienced leaderships skills to the hospice. Helen’s commercial and business acumen and experience of running teams and developing and growing business is a great asset to the Board of Trustees.