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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.
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.
Helen became NHS Kernow and Cornwall Council’s joint chief officer for health, care and wellbeing on 1 April 2020.
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.
Clare Bryan does not deny that a chance to live in Cornwall – a beautiful area and a great place to bring up a young family – was a significant factor in applying to become our chief finance officer.
Clare was previously in the NHS England Wessex office as head of finance and is well-versed in commissioning, having worked in primary care trusts and clinical commissioning groups, It is also an area of finance she enjoys.
Matt read medicine at Edinburgh and Oxford completing a PhD in neurophysiology during that time.
In Somerset, Matt has held a number of leadership roles within acute and community trusts and is currently deputy chief medical officer of an alliance of acute, primary care, mental health and community foundation trusts with a merger planned for April 2020.
Natalie has worked in the NHS for more than 30 years, having a background in adult nursing and midwifery.
Throughout her career Natalie has been a passionate advocate for patient engagement to improve the quality of services, and is committed to supporting people to achieve their highest potential.
Educated to Masters degree level, Natalie currently holds a portfolio of responsibilities that includes quality and safety, infection control and safeguarding adults and children.
Chris spent over 30 years as an officer in the Armed Forces and retired as a Senior Brigadier in 2010.
Chris has embedded himself within the Bude community and continues to restore his family’s Cornish longhouse, which is an ongoing labour of love. He is a qualified and experienced Canoe England level 2 paddle sports coach.
Married with 3 children, he currently acts as a volunteer coach and mentor to former Service personnel.
Nikki has previously worked alongside the public sector to support people with long term conditions both within acute care settings and in their community.
Melissa is a passionate health campaigner and works relentlessly for the Sepsis Trust, raising awareness of the condition among the public and health professionals to improve early recognition and help.
John is a qualified accountant, with extensive experience and knowledge in both banking and the NHS.
He was employed as deputy director of finance in Plymouth Health Authority in 1986 and appointed as acting director of resources 2 years’ later. John continued in that role until the NHS Trust became established, when he became the first director of finance for Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust.
He undertook a 2 year secondment to the Department of Health as project director for the shared business services initiative, before returning to Plymouth as to support performance and governance and finally finance director, where he helped return the trust to surplus after 3 years’ in deficit. John retired from the NHS in 2011, but his passion and interest has not waned and he has continued to provide advice and support to a number of trusts across the country.
Paul studied and trained to be a GP in Cardiff, as well as undertaking further training in New Zealand for 18 months
Over the last 10 years, Paul has been involved in mental health commissioning and has been the PCT/CCG mental health clinical lead for over five years. He has seen various aspects of the NHS through this role, as it is linked to almost all areas of commissioned services.
Paul used to be a be a gig rower but recently, more of this time is spent with his family.
Judy studied medicine at Sheffield University and has been working in Cornwall since 1994.
Judy enjoys sailing, hill-walking, skiing and painting. She is committed to high-quality, safe and accessible healthcare which is responsive to the needs of local communities.
Dr John Garman is a well-known and respected face for people living in and around Helston, where he has been a partner at Helston Medical Centre for the past 12 years. He was also the Isles of Scilly lead GP for five years.
He said: “I have a passion for person-centred care and my experience on Scilly has given me great insight into the complexities of commissioning and instilled in me a sense that anything can be achieved, with the right will.
“I’ve seen first-hand how things can develop when people work together, and I’m excited about supporting NHS Kernow to achieve its vision.”
Francis attended Leeds University where he studied 2 degrees in medicine and medical physiology.
Francis left the practice in August 2017 and now works in urgent and emergency care as a locum GP. He has a special interest in championing access to health care for the population of the Scilly Islands, a community he got to know when he was a fisherman. Francis is the Governing Body lead for primary care, urgent care and prescribing.
Dr Deryth Stevens is passionate about making sure people can access the same high quality care, no matter where they live. Dr Stevens is a salaried GP at Tamar Valley Health.
She said: “At north Warwickshire, I feel I have shaped the culture of our CCG to be open, transparent, collegial, and supportive. This is something I’m looking forward to continuing in Cornwall.”
Rob is a GP and a partner at St Agnes surgery and is also NHS Kernow’s clinical lead for elective care.
When he’s not working with Serco’s out of hours’ service as an acute GP or a GP sifter at the referral management service, Rob can be found either restoring his 1968 Morris Minor or relaxing with his wife and 4 children.
Andrew combines experience gained from both healthcare and telecoms, working at senior levels in the NHS and commercial sectors.
After studying medical science and neuropharmacology at Birmingham University Medical School, Andrew entered the telecoms consultancy industry helping global blue-chip and venture-backed technology companies to grow and build their businesses, focusing on human resources and sales channel management. Reigniting his interests in medicine, Andrew left the sector to join the NHS through the Gateway to Leadership Programme.
Andrew moved to Cornwall with his wife and 2 young daughters, and has family in Perranwell Station and Plymouth – he enjoys spending time with his family, trail running, cycling and music.
Rachel is the public health interim director for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. Rachel started in her role in March 2020.