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Suzanne Tracey

Chief Executive Officer

Suzanne TraceySuzanne joined the NHS in 1993 having qualified as an accountant with Price Waterhouse. She held the post of Director of Finance/Deputy Chief Executive at Yeovil District Hospital NHS Foundation Trust since 2002 before joining the RD&E to take up the role of Director of Finance in 2008 and subsequently Deputy Chief Executive/Chief Financial Officer. Suzanne was appointed Chief Executive in 2016. She is also the Chair of the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA) Provider Faculty and past President of the HFMA.


Suzanne was appointed as Chief Executive of Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust (NDHT) on 18th June 2018.


Professor Adrian Harris

Executive Medical Director/Deputy Chief Executive

Adrian has been the Executive Medical Director since April 2015. Prior to his appointment, Adrian served as Associate Medical Director for the Surgical Services Division and previously held the role of Director of the Emergency Department, spanning 12 years. Adrian has seen healthcare from both a primary and secondary care perspective, having trained as a GP before spending the last 22 years as a consultant Emergency Physician. He is an Honorary Associate Professor in Healthcare Leadership and Management at the University of Exeter Medical School.


In his spare time, Adrian is a practicing sports physician and is the Head of Sports Medicine for the Exeter Chiefs Rugby Football Club and intermittently works for the English Rugby Football Union (RFU).


Pete Adey

Chief Operating Officer

Pete qualified as a nurse in 1988, subsequently working at Hammersmith Hospital on a number of medical speciality wards prior to progressing to Senior Nurse. He joined the RD&E in 1995 and undertook roles as Divisional Manager in a number of services including Child and Women’s Health, Cancer Services, Radiology and Pathology prior to his appointment as Deputy Chief Operating Officer in 2012. Pete was formally appointed as Executive Director of Operations in March 2016. From March 2017 has assumed the role of Chief Operating Officer.


Pete was also appointed as interim Chief Operating Officer at Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust from August 2018.


Chris Tidman

Chief Financial Officer/Deputy Chief Executive

Chris Tidman

Chris joined the Trust in September 2017, having worked in a number of senior NHS roles in the West Midlands across Acute, Mental Health and Commissioning sectors and as Director of Delivery and Improvement for NHSI. After graduating in 1991, Chris took his first CFO position in 2005 at South Birmingham Primary Care Trust before joining Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health Foundation Trust as Director of Resources and leading them to FT status in 2008. Chris joined Worcestershire Acute in 2011 as Director of Resources / Deputy CEO.


Chris has taken on strategic change projects, including major PFI hospital moves, EPR and IT change programmes, and developing strategic clinical partnerships with neighbouring providers. Chris has been part of the NHS Top Leaders programme and was also HFMA Chair for the West Midlands in 2015.


Hannah Foster

Director of People

Hannah Foster

Hannah joined the Trust in August 2019, coming to the NHS from Flybe, the Exeter-based airline, where she was Director of People. Prior to her Flybe role, Hannah also held top strategic posts for the Church of England and global educational provider Pearson, helping both organisations develop key culture and organisational growth programmes. As well as strategic and business acumen, Hannah brings a strong voluntary and charitable ethos to both the Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Foundation Trust and the Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust.


Hannah actively supports a number of charities, including being a Trustee of Exeter homeless support charity St Petrock’s, and she is a member of the Greater Exeter Skills Board.


Dave Thomas

Interim Chief Nurse

Dave Thomas

Dave is an experienced nurse of over 30 years, having originally trained in Buckinghamshire. He specialised in Trauma Nursing in his early career and has utilised these skills in both NHS and military roles throughout his career. Dave moved to the South West in 2000, where he has held a number of roles, including one of the first male Modern Matron roles, and later a regional role in service redesign and change. Dave has been at the RD&E for the last six years and took up the post as Interim Chief Nurse following a spell as the Interim deputy to this role.


Dave is also the champion for the veterans and employer relationships with the Military and recently assisted the Trust to achieve the Gold Employer rating for the Ministry of Defence employer recognition scheme.


Last Updated: 19 December 2019

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