The Board of Trustees is Rowcroft’s governing body and has overall responsibility for the hospice.
All of our Trustees are volunteers and bring with them their own unique professional and life experiences. Their primary focus is to ensure we’re able to offer an excellent standard of care for patients and their families for generations to come.
Sally Scott-Bryant, Chair of the Board of Trustees
Sally has a wealth of experience in human resources and is also a qualified Homeopath. She runs her own business and brings to the Board skills that she’s gained at both strategic and operational levels in the telecommunications and financial sectors. Sally became a trustee in January 2017, following two years of volunteering with us as a Complementary Therapist. Sally was appointed Chair of the Board of Trustees in May 2019.
Anthony Dee, Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees
As Vice-Chair and Chair of the Finance and Investment Committee, Anthony focuses on the hospice’s financial affairs. His professional background is in the drinks industry, specialising in sales, marketing and senior management. He spent 25 years at main board level, including as Chair and Managing Director. Anthony brings to the Board his comprehensive experience of the business environment and its needs. Anthony joined the Board of Trustees in May 2015.
Dr Cathryn Edwards
Cathryn is a Medical Consultant in Gastroenterology. The hospice benefits from her clinical insights and understanding of NHS management structures, as well as her skills in strategic planning, leadership and communications. Cathryn is also Chair and President of the British Society of Gastroenterology and was Chair of our board until May 2019.
Alex joined the Royal Marines in 1995 and rose up the ranks to become Colonel. He has also served as Chief of Staff of Task Force Helmand in Afghanistan and as a strategist in the UK Ministry of Defence. Alex was awarded an OBE in 2011 for Operational Planning and Leadership in Afghanistan. After dedicating the first half of his working life to military service, he left to spend more time with his family. In 2016, Alex joined the senior leadership team of a design, engineering and project management consultancy. Alex has considerable fundraising experience, including helping to raise £250,000 for the Brain Tumour Charity as the Operations Director for the Ocean Valour transatlantic row in 2015.
Andrew is a qualified Chartered Accountant and Treasurer with over 30 years’ experience in financial services organisations and now runs his own company helping entrepreneurs in South Devon realise their own aspirations. Rowcroft benefits from Andrew’s strategic and financial planning skills and his passion for ensuring the hospice can continue to provide its outstanding level of care to the community for years to come. Andrew joined the Board in March 2019.
Helen is a qualified lawyer who has been practising corporate and commercial law for the last 15 years, specialising in healthcare. She brings an analytical legal mind and experienced leaderships skills to the hospice. Helen’s commercial and business acumen and experience of running teams and developing and growing business is a great asset to the Board of Trustees.
Richard served as a Medical Officer in the Royal Navy for seven years before taking up General Practice in Newton Abbot in 1981. He retired in 2003 and brings to the Board his medical input, and acts in a ‘pastoral’ role. He joined the Board as a way of giving back to the hospice, after witnessing our work with his General Practice patients. He hopes to help promote the reputation of Rowcroft by being a ‘champion for the cause’.
James has exceptional skills in marketing, technology, finance and business management, gathered through twenty years of experience in the commercial sector and in digital transformation projects for charities and the NHS. Founder and owner of several businesses including the Exeter-based digital agency Organic, James’ motivation is driven by a deep respect for the organisation, borne from his family’s experiences of Rowcroft’s care.
Tessa’s professional background is predominantly in family entertainment marketing and strategy, having worked for global media companies including Disney and Fremantle. She has significant experience in driving cause-related marketing campaigns, and while at Disney launched a £10m fundraising partnership with Great Ormond Street Hospital. The hospice benefits from her breadth of skills in marketing, brand strategy and communication.
Ian runs a leadership and coaching company, providing emotional intelligence coaching to employees of global banks and oil, gas and technology companies. Bringing to Rowcroft an acute understanding of people, relationships and how to help people flourish, Ian recognises the true value of hospice care, having had direct personal experiences with friends and family at the end of their lives.