Professor Richard Smith
Deputy Pro-Vice-Chancellor, University of Exeter Medical School
Richard has experience across a wide range of national and international policy, funding and academic bodies. Before joining the University of Exeter Medical School in 2018 he served as dean of The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine’s Faculty of Public Health & Policy, with prior positions in Sydney, Cambridge, Bristol, Melbourne and Norwich, having been educated at the University of York. Richard currently sits on the Boards of Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust and Devon Sustainability and Transformation Partnership.
Director, Brake Property Limited
Gavin has a financial background having previously been a Managing Director with the global investment banking firm Goldman Sachs. In his career he specialised in corporate finance, complex financial transactions and stock market flotations and has experience working across the major economies and financial markets. He now lives full-time in the South West and runs his own businesses in the property and retail sectors. Gavin was an undergraduate at Cambridge University and studied at the Judge Business School.
Chief Executive, Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Phil is Chief Executive of the Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust - the main provider of mental health, children’s and learning disability services for people living in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. As a qualified mental health nurse, he has 30 years’ experience working in health care within the public, private and academic sectors.
Professor Stuart Logan
Director, National Institute for Health Research Peninsula Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research & Care (Pen CLAHRC)
Stuart is a practising paediatrician, but his major role is as a researcher and Director of The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC) South West Peninsula - or PenCLAHRC.
Dr Sonja Manton
Director of Strategy, NEW Devon CCG and South Devon and Torbay CCG
Sonja has managed and led acute and integrated community health and social care in the NHS in a variety of roles since January 2003, most recently for Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust as their Associate Director for Community Health and Social Care, and previously as Chief Operating Officer, Deputy Chief Operating Officer, and General Manager for Health and Social Care at Torbay and Southern Devon Health and Care Trust. She has a strong track record of working with clinicians and professionals in acute, primary and community health and social care provider and commissioning organisations, to deliver system-wide sustainable benefits for the population.
Neil Stevens joined the NHS in 1989 after completing a Psychology degree, followed by a postgraduate course in Artificial Intelligence. He started out in an Information Management role at Hammersmith Hospital before moving to the West Country where he worked in a range of Information Management and Technology roles. His last role before leaving the NHS was as Director of Informatics in Somerset where he led a team providing services to two Acute Trusts, a Mental Health and Social Care Trust, Community hospitals and primary care.
His passion has always been about the value that innovative technology can bring to the health and care environment and he now runs a successful management consulting business to pursue this aim. He is also a non-executive director for Bristol Community Health and for Stalis Ltd, an innovative technology company providing data quality, data migration, historical archive viewing and interoperability solutions in the health and care environment.
Jo is a clinical associate working with NHS England to support primary care networks and integration. Jo is a GP and the chief executive of GDoc Ltd, the county-wide GP provider in Gloucestershire, and of Gloucester GP Consortium Ltd, which provides urgent and primary care to deprived communities. She is also non-executive director of the medical indemnity provider MDDUS.
Jo spent two years with the Care Quality Commission as national medical advisor on urgent & emergency care. She was previously the medical director of community provider Gloucestershire Care Services and of a mental health provider. Before becoming a GP, Jo trained in emergency medicine and intensive care. She has an MA in medical law and ethics and has studied transformational change in healthcare at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
John joined the board in January 2019. He is an experienced chair and non-executive director with extensive board-level experience across health, social care, and science. John also holds non-executive director roles with Cornwall Care Ltd and Plymouth Science Park Ltd, and he is a former non-executive director of George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust.
John is a University of Oxford mathematics graduate and PwC-qualified chartered accountant.
Deputy Chief Executive Officer, South West Academic Health Science Network
Dan joined the SW AHSN in August 2019. An executive director with experience across commercial, not-for-profit and public sectors, Dan has business development and commissioning expertise and strong and broad networks across health, care, support and housing sectors.
Dan joined local government in 2005 to use his passion and skills to improve life chances for vulnerable people. His work since across social care, mental health, drug and alcohol services, housing, care and support has allowed him to develop a holistic understanding of the drivers of wellbeing. In the last eight years Dan has designed, run and advocated for person-centred, asset-based holistic services.
Dan graduated from the University of Bath in 2005 with a BSc Psychology. He lives in Devon with his wife and three young children.
Interim Chief Executive Officer, South West Academic Health Science Network
Rich is a fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants. Prior to joining the SW AHSN, he worked at the University of Exeter and then Plymouth Marjon University as director of finance and facilities.
Rich holds the SW AHSN's information risk and company secretary responsibilities, as well as working locally and nationally on finance, investment and sustainability in practice.
Outside the office, Rich and his family run a smallholding, allowing him to indulge his hill farming roots in the region.