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East Devon, Dorset, Somerset and Rest of England Governors

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Richard Bowes


Richard was elected for a three year term in September 2015. Richard has lived in West Hill, Ottery St Mary since 1988. 


He served on East Devon District Council between 1986 and 1991. From 1980-2014 he worked in the South West in the Pharmaceutical Industry across 16 different therapy areas, including: Cardiovascular, Diabetes, Osteoporosis, Dementia, Renal, Infectious Diseases, Parkinson’s and Musculoskeletal (Osteoarthritis  and Rheumatoid Arthritis). Previously, Richard graduated with a BSc (Hons) Environmental Sciences in 1977.


Kay Foster

Kay Foster


Kay was elected in September 2014 for a term of three years. Kay lives in Exmouth.

She is a retired State Registered Nurse and Midwife with over thirty years of nursing experience. She held Sisters post at the RD&E in ITU and CCU. Kay also served as a Nursing Officer for 18 years with Queen Alexandra Royal Army Nursing Corps retiring in the rank of Major. She has a BSc (Hons) in Health Services Management.


Kay is a member of the Patient Experience Committee, and of the Member and Public Engagement and Patient Safety and Quality working groups. She is committed to her role as Governor and is fiercely proud of working as a volunteer  at such an excellent Foundation Trust as the RD&E.


Peta Foxall


Peta lives in East Budleigh and was elected in September 2016 for a term of three years. She has contributed to the Council of Governors since 2013 through representation of the University of Exeter Medical School as an appointed governor. Peta is also a co-opted member of NHS Providers Governor Advisory Committee.


Peta has over thirty years of professional commitment to the NHS, working as a biomedical scientist, clinical researcher and educator at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, the SW Thames Renal & Transplantation Unit and the Universities of London and Exeter. She became Chair of Devon Wildlife Trust in December 2016 having been a Trustee for six years.


Peta sits on the Nominations Committee and the Member and Public Engagement Group.


Douglas Hull


Douglas lives in Axminster and was elected in September 2016 for a term of 3 years.





Alan Murdoch

Alan Murdoch


Alan was elected in September 2014 for a term of three years.

Alan spent 17 years in the RAF followed by employment in the electronics and scientific instruments industries before retiring as a Director with a Multinational company. Alan lives in Exmouth.


Alan is a member of the Non-Executive Director Remuneration Committee (NEDRC) and Nominations Committee. He is also a member of the CoG Effectiveness Working Group, and the Member and Public Engagement Group.



Trish Llewellyn


Trish lives in Exmouth and was elected in September 2016 for a term of three years.  Trish has a wide variety of business experience in national business, over many years, achieving accolades such as ‘manager of the year,’ amongst many others.  She was appointed as Travel Lodge Company Trainer for the South West of England, teaching various health and safety courses, in line with Government guidelines.


Trish has been a volunteer member of staff at the RD&E for many years, taking a role within the hospital trolley shop service, of which all profits go to the hospital wards for patients. Trish also sits on the committee and runs the rota for the service and was recently elected to the Volunteer leads Forum.


Trish has lived and worked in Singapore and is very sport minded she has played league netball in both the Far East and the UK.  She has 2 sons and five grandchildren, with one son being the head of an International School in Switzerland and another son having his own business in Exeter for the past 25 years.


Barbara Sweeney


Barbara was elected in September 2017. She has worked in the NHS and now works in governance in Further Education. She is a Trustee at Hospiscare and former governor at Exeter College.


Trish is looking forward to her new challenge as a Governor and will be committing 100%.






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