Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Executive Dean, University of Exeter Medical School
Clive Ballard joined the University of Exeter as executive dean and pro-vice-chancellor in November 2016. He was previously Professor of Age Related Diseases, King’s College London. After undergraduate training at the University of Leicester and psychiatric training at the Walsgrave Hospital in Coventry, he took up a post as a lecturer in psychiatry at the University of Birmingham in 1992. He moved to the University of Newcastle as senior lecturer in old age psychiatry and an honorary consultant old age psychiatrist, where he was part of the very successful dementia with Lewy bodies research group led by Professor Elaine Perry and Professor Ian McKeith, before moving to London in 2003.
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.
Dr Jonathon Gray
CEO, South West Academic Health Science Network
Jonathon is a passionate leader and brings significant experience as a clinician and an academic, an executive team member, and a director of local, national and international improvement and innovation.
Most recently, Jonathon established and led Ko Awatea (Maori for ‘First Light’), an institute for health system innovation and improvement in South Auckland, New Zealand. Jonathon trained as a clinical geneticist, as a public health practitioner with a Masters in Public Health from Harvard, and as an improvement leader, through a Health Foundation Quality Improvement fellowship based at Boston with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement.
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.
Director of Finance and Corporate Services, South West Academic Health Science Network
Rich joined the team in August 2018. Previously, Rich was a Finance Director at Plymouth Marjon University and worked in College and Research Finance at the University of Exeter. Prior to joining Higher Education, Rich qualified with the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants whilst in practice, predominantly providing financial advice and support to the agricultural community in the Westcountry. Outside the office, Rich and his family run a smallholding – home brewing and training sheepdogs.
Deputy CEO, South West Academic Health Science Network
Louise has over 10 years’ experience working at a local and national level on NHS improvement programmes, with a focus on primary care development and working across organisational boundaries. With initial commercial sector experience, she has more recently been working with the Department of Health, NHS England, and at clinical commissioning group (CCG) and local authority level. Louise was an operational lead for the delivery of an integrated care model within a clinical commissioning group and understands the complexity of delivering change at a local level.