Transformation board members


Kate Kennally (Chair), Chief Executive, Cornwall Council

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.

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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.


Kevin Baber, Director of Strategic Development, University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust

Kevin Baber joined Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust as Chief Operating Officer in April 2013.

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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.

Helen Charlesworth-May

Helen Charlesworth-May, Strategic Director for Adult Social Care and Health, Cornwall Council

Helen is the newly appointed Strategic Director of Adult Social Care and Health to lead work joining up services so people get the health and care services they need.

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This is a jointly funded post by the NHS and Cornwall Council, and the position will have a strong focus on delivering a programme of work to transform the delivery of adult social care in Cornwall.

Helen joins Cornwall Council from Lambeth Council where she worked for the past 15 years. She held a variety of roles at Lambeth, most recently in 2013 as Strategic Director for Adult Social Care and Health, working in partnership with health colleagues, to drive forward an innovative health and care integration agenda. Prior to that, Helen worked at Hampshire County Council and had a variety of roles in the NHS in the North West of England.


Dr Iain Chorlton, Chair, NHS Kernow Clinical Commissioning Group

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

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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

Phil joined Cornwall Partnerships NHS Foundation Trust in 2010 as Chief Executive.

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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.


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

Cllr Adrian Davis is the lead member for adults.


Trevor Doughty, Strategic Director of Children, Families and Adults, Cornwall Council

Trevor joined Cornwall Council in May 2010 and has been a Chief Officer in local government for nearly 20 years and has been a Director of Social Services, Director of Children Services and Director of Children and Adult Services. He has a strong record of service improvement in three councils: South Tyneside Council, Northumberland County Council and Cornwall Council.

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When Trevor took over Cornwall Council’s children services in 2010 it was rated inadequate and is now regarded as one of the most successful in the country with a good Ofsted rating a positive special education and disability inspection and a positive joint targeted area inspection.

In addition to his Cornwall role, Trevor is currently the Children’s Non-Executive Commissioner for Worcestershire County Council and Surrey County Council.

Trevor began his career as a social worker first in West Sussex and then East Sussex County Council. He was a manager in East Sussex Social Services before working for a time in the Chief Executive’s office. His first job in senior management was as Assistant Director Adults, Northumberland County Council and then Assistant Director Children’s for the same council.

He was born in St Albans, Hertfordshire and educated at St Albans School and Kent and Nottingham Universities.


Amanda Fisk, Director of Assurance and Delivery, NHS England (South West)

Amanda is the South regional lead for the commissioning of health services or facilities for people in prison.

Sally Hawken

Cllr Sally Hawken, Portfolio Holder, Children and Wellbeing, Cornwall Council

Cllr Sally Hawken is the portfolio holder for children and wellbeing.


Jessica Hodgman, Executive Director for Operations, SWAST Representative

Jessica started her NHS career in 1992 on the National Management Training Scheme Programme and was posted to the Children’s Hospital in Plymouth.

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Jessica spent the next decade working in a number of large teaching hospitals in the north of England as an Operational General Manager managing a number of specialties including Trauma and Orthopaedics, Ophthalmology, Renal, Neurosciences, Emergency Departments Theatres and Anaesthetics amongst others.

In 2004 she joined the South West Strategic Health Authority and was the Performance Manager for Somerset, Devon and Dorset as well as taking the lead on strategic programmes of work across the south west including stroke services and child health until 2012 when she joined SWASFT as a Director to lead the Acquisition of Great Western Ambulance Service. In 2013 she became the Director of Planning and Performance responsible for negotiating the A&E contract and managing the Trusts relationships with Clinical Commissioning Groups and regulatory bodies. Throughout this period Jessica has worked closely with Operations and as part of this co-produced the A&E Operating Plan.

Since 1 October 2017, Jessica is the Acting Executive Director for Operations responsible for all frontline services including A&E, the Clinical Hubs and Urgent Care.


Jonathan Katz, Chair, Kernow Health Community Interest Company

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

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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

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.

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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.


Tracey Lee, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly Health and Care Partnership Programme Director

Tracey is the Programme Director for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly Health and Care Partnership, Cornwall’s Sustainability and Transformation Partnership.

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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 health care (contemporary issues), and is a graduate from the Common Purpose programme. She also has two years’ experience working as a healthcare lecturer.


Theo Leijser, Chief Executive, Council of the Isles of Scilly

Theo is the Chief Executive of the Council of the Isles of Scilly.

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Theo previously worked as Head of the South West Growth Delivery Team at the Department for Communities and Local Government. Theo has held a number of local and regional development roles in the UK, including Director for Cornwall and Scilly at the former South West Regional Development Agency. He was also CEO of Forward Scotland, which handled regional grant funding north of the border.


Joe McEvoy, Assistant Director of Specialised Commissioning, NHS England (South)


Mairi Mclean, Acting Chairwoman, Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust

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.

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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.


Dr Peter Merrin, Chair, Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Medical Committee

Peter Merrin has been a partner at Perranporth Surgery since 1996 – and was in fact a trainee there prior to becoming a partner – so his entire General Practice career has been in the one location.

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In addition to his role in Kernow Health CIC, he is Chair of Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Medical Committee. His role in both organisations is to promote and protect the best of General Practice in Cornwall.


Jackie Pendleton, Chief Officer, NHS Kernow Clinical Commissioning Group

Jackie joined NHS Kernow from North Derbyshire CCG where she was Chief Accountable Officer since 2012.

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Jackie’s career with the NHS began in 1991 after leaving the financial services sector where she gained a rich experience in customer service, efficiency and commercial approaches to business. Jackie became Director and Deputy Chief Executive of East Surrey Primary Care Trust (PCT) in 2002 having set up and led a very successful Primary Care Group in the area. Her passion has always been primary care and this continued when she moved to Derbyshire in 2004 and joined Derbyshire Dales and South Derbyshire PCT to lead on primary care commissioning.

In 2006, she was asked to chair the national NHS steering group for Primary Care Commissioning (PCC) and became a non-director member of PCC Community Interest Company (CIC). Following the merger of the six Derbyshire PCTs that year, Jackie became Assistant Director at NHS Derbyshire County with responsibility for primary care commissioning, urgent care, out of hours and what was then called ‘practice based commissioning’. A career highlight was winning the NHS East Midlands Leadership Academy leader of the year award in November 2013.


Christina Quinn, Director, NHS South West Leadership Academy

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, Adults, Cornwall Council


Karl Simkins, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly Health and Care Partnership Director of Finance

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.

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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 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 (SOF)


Malcolm Stewart, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly Health and Care Partnership Clinical Director and Chair of Clinical Practitioner Cabinet


Amanda Stratford, Chief Executive, Healthwatch Cornwall Nominated Representative

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

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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, Cornwall Partnership Foundation NHS Trust

Barbara was appointed as Chair in August 2015.

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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