Partnership Senate members


John Govett (Chair), independent STP chair


Kate Kennally, chief executive, Cornwall Council

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Kate joined Cornwall Council in January 2016 as chief executive from the London Borough of Barnet where she had been working for the last 10 years.

With over 25 years’ experience of public service through employment in the NHS, the voluntary and community sector as well as a number of local authorities, Kate’s focus has been about joining up public services to make a real difference for residents through reshaping commissioning and delivery of services to focus on outcomes.

With a background in people services, having been both director of adult social services and director of children’s services, Kate is passionate about improving the life chances of more disadvantaged groups through economic growth and development and through empowering communities and families to be more involved in the delivery of public services.

Kate is married with two children, one studying town planning and the other studying at Truro College in Cornwall.


Dr Tamsyn Anderson, clinical advisor and chair of clinical practitioner cabinet


Kevin Baber, director of strategic development, University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust

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Kevin Baber joined Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust as chief operating officer in April 2013.

In January 2017, Kevin took on a revised portfolio to support the wider system work which the Trust is increasingly involved in contributing to or leading and assumed the title director of strategic development. Prior to joining the Trust Kevin was chief executive of Peninsula Community Health in Plymouth.

Originally qualifying as a nurse in 1986, Kevin has 29 years of healthcare experience and was previously managing director of community health services for NHS Cornwall and Isles of Scilly. Kevin also has extensive experience in private healthcare having been general manager at the Bournemouth Nuffield Hospital, a large independent hospital in the Nuffield Health Group.

Tim Bishop

Tim Bishop, executive director of IM&T

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Tim joined the NHS in 2018 as executive director for information management and technology (IM&T) having worked for the preceding 14 years within the public sector as a senior manager in policing technology.

In the trust he is responsible for ICT, information governance and programme management functions. He is also the senior information risk owner (SIRO) as well as providing leadership to the national ambulance radio programme team which reports into the directorate.

As a career information & technology professional, Tim holds chartered II professional status and is a qualified service, project and programme manager as well as holding a bachelor’s degree in technology and other qualifications including in sustainable development. He is experienced in leading teams and running complex, ‘mission-critical’ services. Throughout his career, Time has managed large-scale projects and introduced significant business change programmes.

He has worked in the south west through-out his career and is passionate about how technology and the use of information can have a positive impact on our lives in all its aspects.

Helen Charlesworth-May

Helen Charlesworth-May, accountable officer, NHS Kernow / strategic director for public health and care, Cornwall Council

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Helen became NHS Kernow and Cornwall Council’s joint chief officer for health, care and wellbeing on 1 April 2020.

The role provides joint leadership and oversight, as services continue to evolve to meet the changing demands of our population. Under Helen’s leadership, Public Health, health and, care services will be better placed to develop joint approaches and services which respond to people’s needs and promote the wider health and wellbeing of people and communities.

Helen’s appointment follows her work as Cornwall Council’s strategic director of adult social care and health.

Her extensive career in both the NHS and social care spans over 30 years. She has a proven track record of working across adult social care and health, driving forward innovative health and care integration.

Helen’s appointment to this role is initially for 18 months.


Dr Iain Chorlton, chair, NHS Kernow Clinical Commissioning Group

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Iain grew up in Cornwall and has been a GP since 1997, working the majority of that time in the county.

He is currently a partner at Tamar Valley Health, one of the largest practices in the Cornwall. He has a longstanding interest in commissioning, and has stepped into the role of chair having been a Governing Body GP for the east of the county since the CCGs formation.

Iain and his family are foster carers and he dedicates his spare time to the Friends of Urambo and Mwanhala charity supporting projects in Tanzania.


Phil Confue, chief executive, Cornwall Partnership Foundation NHS Trust

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Phil joined Cornwall Partnerships NHS Foundation Trust in 2010 as chief executive.

Phil is an experienced health service professional, with a specialism in mental health with extensive board, clinical and general management experience working in mental health inpatient units, community services, day services and children’s services. Prior to his current role Phil has a distinguished career working in Suffolk’s health strategy department in the 1990s before taking up a role at Plymouth Community Services/Primary Care Trust and Tribal.


Luke Culverwell, chief operating officer, specialised commissioning – NHS England South


Cllr Adrian Davis, representative from the Council of the Isles of Silly

Cllr Adrian Davis is the lead member for adults.


Dr Adam Ellery, chair, Kernow Health Community Interest Company

Sally Hawken

Cllr Sally Hawken, portfolio holder for children and wellbeing, Cornwall Council


Jonathan Katz, chair, Kernow Health Community Interest Company

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Dr Katz is a Partner at Penryn Surgery and has been with them for nearly 22 years.

He has a particular interest in medicines management and is currently the chair of the Cornwall Area Prescribing Committee and Cornwall Commissioning Prescribing Committee and was previously the vice chair of the Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly LMC. Dr Katz is the senior trainer at Penryn Surgery and has been a GP appraiser for 12 years.


Thomas Lafferty, director of corporate affairs, Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust

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Thomas joined the trust in January 2017 having most recently been director of corporate and legal affairs at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust where he played an instrumental role in the trust’s acquisition of West Middlesex University Hospitals NHS Trust. Prior to that, Thomas has held similar roles at other NHS acute trusts and has developed an expertise with regard to legal and governance matters within healthcare.

Dr Will Hynds, chair, Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Medical Committee


Mark Boden, chief executive, Council of the Isles of Scilly


Tracey Lee, programme director

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Tracey is the programme director for the Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly Health and Care Partnership.

She has held a range of roles in the NHS, more recently offering well received consultancy services to a range of organisations in Wales and south west England. She was previously director of corporate governance and communications and deputy chief executive at Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Primary Care Trust (latterly a cluster PCT).

She spent her early career in general practice management, and has worked in a range of NHS organisations, held a senior position in a strategic health authority and managed an effective multi-agency, countywide health action zone, leading to demonstrable change and health benefit.

In 2012 she was seconded to NHS England as key assessor to a number of first and second wave clinical commissioning groups seeking authorisation. She has extensive experience of managing and enabling organisational and strategic change, and developing innovative approaches to strong and embedded governance arrangements. She has managed a range of high priority and challenging scenarios. Work she led on equality issues, strategic communications and stakeholder relations secured regional and national awards. She has sat on a number of national and regional groups, supporting the development of strategy and policy.

Tracey has a Masters in healthcare (contemporary issues), and is a graduate from the common purpose programme. She also has two years’ experience working as a healthcare lecturer.


Mairi Mclean, acting chairwoman, Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust

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Mairi has been a non-executive director since 2014. She has a background in social work, psychology and leadership and has held senior positions in local government and is a former council chief executive officer. Mairi currently runs her own consultancy business which provides leadership and executive coaching, strategic planning and team development. She also holds a number of other local and national advisory and visiting lecturer position.

Christina Quinn, director, NHS South West Leadership Academy

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Christina is the director of the NHS South West Leadership Academy and responsible for shaping leadership development interventions at a national and regional level.
Rob Rotchell

Cllr Rob Rotchell, portfolio holder for adults, Cornwall Council

Kate Shields

Kate Shields, chief executive, Royal Cornwall Hospital

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Kate joined the trust as deputy chief executive in 2017 and took on the role of chief executive in July 2018.

Kate is an experienced NHS leader having worked as director of strategy and partnerships at University Hospitals Leicester. She was a registered nurse and mental health nurse at the beginning of her NHS career. Kate has also worked for NHS England as a regional director of specialised commissioning and as the national head of specialised commissioning.


Karl Simkins, director of finance, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly Health and Care Partnership

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Karl joined RCHT in July 2010, coming from a similar role at NHS Leicester County and Rutland – one of the largest primary care trusts.

in the country. Karl has over 32 years’ experience in NHS finance, working across acute trusts, strategic health authority (SHA) and primary care trust organisations, including an SHA role reviewing the trust’s readiness for foundation status. From 1 May 2017 Karl took on the role as the lead on financial strategy and planning for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly Health and Care Partnership.


Amanda Stratford, chief executive, Healthwatch Cornwall nominated representative

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As Chief Executive, Amanda leads Healthwatch Cornwall in delivering its mission to ensure the public’s voice is heard and acted on.

She is responsible for operational planning, representing the organisation at strategic level, governance, finances and legal compliance.

Amanda has 25 years experience in the third sector and is passionate about the difference charities and not for profits can make to local communities and wider society.

When not working you will find her breathing in sea air, enjoying country walks with the family dogs, or involved in some family activity with children and grandchildren.


Dr Barbara Vann, chair of Cornwall Partnership Foundation NHS Trust

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Barbara was appointed as chair in August 2015.

Barbara’s experience includes being headteacher of two secondary schools between 1990-2013, trustee and chair of Duchy Health Charity and Plymouth University Peninsula School of Medicine and Dentistry Foundation, governor for Truro and Penwith College, trustee for National Maritime Museum and the Hall for Cornwall


Trudy Corsellis, deputy director of corporate governance, NHS Kernow

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