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Catherine Geddes


Catherine’s career with the Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Foundation Trust began as a student nurse in 1995. As a staff nurse she worked in both the community and within the acute setting at the RD&E. In 2000 she qualified as a midwife and spent the next 11 years working in both community and hospital settings. After gaining her PGCE Catherine took a career break in 2009 and spent a year teaching student nurses and midwives in Western Australia.  Catherine successfully completed her PGCert in obstetrics and gynaecology ultrasound in 2011 and has been the Clinical Lead Midwife Sonographer in the Centre for Womens’ Health since 2014. Catherine was elected in September 2016 for a term of 2 years.


Catherine was elected in September 2016 for a term of 2 years.



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Hazel Hedicker


Hazel commenced employment with the NHS in 1994 and joined the RD&E in 2000, having previously worked for another large acute Trust in the southwest.


Having worked within NHS facilities management for 16 years, Hazel joined the Programme Management and Service Change department in May 2012. She currently provides project management support for projects that sit within the Trust wide Integration Programme including the Transfer of Community Services (TCS) in 2016 and more recently Trust wide Outpatient Services. She also provides project management support and advice to colleagues within Corporate and Support Services division. Hazel has a Master’s degree in Business Administration and is a fully qualified Prince 2 Practitioner. She also has a keen interest in Communications & Engagement particularly around the involvement of patients, carers and staff within service redesign and the implementation of change.


She was first elected as a staff governor in September 2013 and was re-elected for a further 3-year term in 2016.  Hazel is a member of the Nominations Committee.



Michele Baxendale-Nichols


Michele has been a nurse for 23 years and over the course of her career has gained wide-ranging experience, from frontline nursing in acute settings, including Oncology and Gastroenterology; as a Clinical Nurse
Specialist in Sexual Health; and as a Site Practitioner at the RD&E. Michele is currently a Band 7 Community Nurse Team Manager and she feels that as the RD&E has recently integrated with Community Services,

it is vital that there is a voice for Community Services on the Council of Governors. 


Michele was elected for a one year term in December 2016.


Susie Costelloe


Susie was elected in September 2017.  She has worked for the RD&E for over 12 years and is currently the lead paediatric dietitian, based on Bramble ward, working in both acute and community settings.  She is also a proud member of the hospital choir.





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