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Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust welcomes new Non-Executive Directors

By Exeter Express and Echo  |  Posted: March 28, 2014

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Professor Janice Kay and Jane Ashman are joining the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust’s board as new Non-Executive Directors. Both Non-Executive Directors will take up their positions from April 1st 2014.

Independent Non-Executive Directors, together with Executive Directors, are responsible for all aspects of the operation and performance of the trust, and for its effective governance. The two new NEDs joining the RD&E bring a wealth of expertise and experience to the Board which they will use to promote the success of the RD&E so as to maximise the benefits for the members of the trust as a whole, and for the public.

Professor Janice Kay has held the post of Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Exeter since 2004 and brings with her substantial experience in both academic and health settings. As a Professor of Cognitive Neuropsychology, her research is concerned with theoretical modelling, assessment and rehabilitation of disorders of perception, speech, language and memory. She also line manages the University of Exeter Medical School, is a Director of the South West Peninsula Academic Health Science Network, the Higher Education representative oo the Health Education South West Board, and the Chair of the South West Health Education Expert Reference Group.

Janice Kay said “I am delighted to be joining the Board of the Royal Devon and Exeter Foundation Trust and look forward to using my experience in academic and health sectors to support the future development of the organisation.”

Jane Ashman, from Wincanton in Somerset, has over 30 years’ experience working in a social care, which culminated in the post of Director of Adult Social & Housing Services and Joint Director of Commissioning at Bath and North East Somerset Council. Jane is also the independent Chair of two safeguarding boards – the Dorset Safeguarding Adults Board and the Bournemouth and Poole Safeguarding Adults board – thus has a strong track record of challenging people and priorities and holding organisations to account.

Jane Ashman said “I have a personal commitment to the provision of high quality health and social care for all. You cannot underestimate the value of these services to the health and wellbeing of our communities and I welcome the opportunity to use my experience and skills to continue to make a difference.”

The Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Foundation Trust would like to thank Vice Chairman Brian Aird and David Wright who will be leaving their positions as Non-Executive Directors on the 31st March.

James Brent, Chairman of the RD&E, said “I would like to thank our outgoing Non-Executive Directors Brian and David for their outstanding service to the trust and our local community. I am also very pleased to welcome Janice and Jane to the Board of Directors. Both bring with them a wealth of health and social care experience, and their skills will be a valuable addition to the future development of the Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Foundation Trust Board.”

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