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Exeter and South Devon Governors

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Geoff Barr

Geoff Barr


Geoff was elected in 2013.


Geoff taught politics and other social studies at Exeter College for many years; however, he has now moved on to teach at the Open University and University of Exeter Medical School.


Geoff is an active member of the St Leonard’s Practice Patient Participation Group and the practice research team. Alongside this he is an active member of Keep Our NHS Public and 38 degrees. Geoff is a member of The Labour Party and a life member of the Neuro Foundation.

Faye Doris


Faye was elected in September 2016 for a term of three years. Faye lives in Exeter and is a retired nurse, midwife, Supervisor of Midwives and Associate Professor of Midwifery for the University of Plymouth. She was responsible to the university for the education and practice of midwives across the southwest peninsula.


Faye has been a senior manager at the RD&E for two years and at Plymouth University for over 20 years.  She was initially the Head of School for the Health Professions which included Dietetics, Midwifery, Podiatry, Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy.  She also chaired the Race Equality Committee and was very involved in the promotion of diversity and inclusion. She was a member of the University’s Academic Board for three years. Nationally, Faye was a member of the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s Lead Midwife for Education Group.


Faye’s key skills include; leadership and management, selection and recruitment, listening, evaluating and responding to staff and stakeholder feedback. Faye is a member of the Patient safety and Quality working group.


Tony Ducker

Tony Ducker


Tony was elected in September 2014 for a term of three years. Tony spent his career in the NHS, including five years as a Lecturer in the Department of Child Life and Health at St George’s Medical School and twenty-two years as a Consultant Neonatal Paediatrician in Kent.  He served on various hospital and regional committees including a National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guideline group.  Tony spent 28 years as a doctor in the Territorial Army serving in four medical units including five years as Commanding Officer in 220 (1st Home Counties) Field Ambulance. 


Since retirement Tony has worked with Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) as Lead Clinician for the appraisal of neonatal units in East of England and South West England. 


Tony retired to South Devon 10 years ago.  He is Chairman of the CoG Patient Safety & Quality working group and Vice Chairman of the  Effectiveness working group.He is a member of the Nominations Committee and represents the Governors on the Extraordinary People Awards panel. 




Rosemary Shepherd

Rosemary was elected in September 2017. She has a long and varied experience in health, welfare and hospitality services both in the UK and abroad.



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