Key role change as Devon hospitals prepare to merge

The imminent proposed merger of two Devon hospitals to combine their resources will result in the replacement of former Argyle chairman James Brent as chairman with a lady who has held various posts for the Foreign Office.

The Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust (RD&E) and Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust (NDHT) hope to merge on April 1.

On the same day, Dame Shan Morgan will assume the role of President. She succeeds the former chairman of Argyle James Brent who is coming to the end of his term on March 31.

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If approval is not granted for the merger, Dame Shan will assume the joint presidency of the two separate organizations.

The two hospitals hope to join forces to combine their resources and expertise to improve the resilience and sustainability of health services in North and East Devon.

Dame Shan will assume this role for an initial three-year term following a rigorous recruitment process, with a nomination panel made up of stakeholders representing both organizations.



Dame Shan Morgan

Dame Shan has a wealth of career experience working in a variety of roles for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. She has served as Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Argentina and Paraguay and has represented the United Kingdom to the European Union.

In her previous role, Dame Shan headed the Welsh Government’s civil service and managed more than 5,500 employees with responsibility for a budget of £ 17 billion.

Dame Shan was named Companion of the Order of Saint Michael and Saint George (CMG) in 2012 New Year honors and Dame Commander of the Order of Saint Michael and Saint George (DCMG) in honors of anniversary 2017.

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Dame Shan said, “I am very proud to be appointed to this important post at such a defining moment in the history of the two trusts.

“I am extremely fortunate to succeed James Brent, who has been an exceptional president for the past 10 years.

“I am committed to making the best possible contribution in this role and look forward to working in partnership with the Board of Governors, the Board of Directors, the NHS and colleagues from local authorities, patient representatives and d ‘other people interested in health and care. services in the region.

“The South West is my home – it is a privilege to have the opportunity to contribute to the health and well being of the people of Devon.”



Former Argyle Chairman James Brent
Former Argyle Chairman James Brent

Peta Foxall, Chief Governor of RD&E and Chairman of the Nominations Committee for this role, said, “We are delighted to welcome Dame Shan to the trust. Her passion for public service and the diversity of her experiences will be essential as we enter this important time and I look forward to working with her personally in 2022.

“The Governing Council would also like to thank James Brent for the incredible contribution he made as Chairman and for his flexibility in agreeing to extend his term to ensure stability as we faced the first wave of the pandemic. “

Suzanne Tracey, Managing Director of the Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust and the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust, added: “We are really looking forward to welcoming Dame Shan to the South West.

“She joins us at such an important and exciting time for our organizations, and her expertise will be invaluable as we seek to develop our future direction and make a real difference to our communities and our staff.”

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Rebecca R. Santistevan