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Two New Non-Executive Directors Appointed

Dame Angela Pedder has been appointed to the role of Associate Non-Executive Director at University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust and NHS England has appointed Nick Ball as a new Non-Executive Director, both with effect from Monday 2 January 2023. They will each serve for an initial period of three years. Non-Executive Directors (NED) are members of our unitary board of directors who, together with Executive Director colleagues, set the strategy for the Trust and scrutinise performance in meeting agreed goals and objectives. Unlike the Executive Directors, they do not have a managerial role within the Trust.

Trust Chairman, James Brent welcomed the appointments by saying: ‘We are very fortunate to be joined by two such talented and experienced colleagues as we continue along our improvement journey. The challenges we face in the NHS generally and in Devon and Cornwall especially are very significant but the Board and our partners are committed to improving access to our high quality services on a sustainable footing and Nick and Angela will assist the Trust to deliver on this ambition. I would like to thank Sally Taylor for all the support she has given the Trust as an Associate NED over the last six months.”


Nick Ball

Nick was born in Plymouth, grew up in Kingsbridge and now lives in Callington.  He is a Chartered   Finance Accountant and has just completed a four-year tenure as Vice Chair and Chair of Audit with Devon CCG. He has extensive experience across the south west, having previously served as Chair of Cornwall Housing, Non-Executive Director and Chair of Audit Committee, Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Primary Care Trust, Director of Finance at Plymouth College of Further Education, Finance Director for South Devon College and he started his career as Assistant Director of Finance with Plymouth Health Authority.

Nick said: “I am really excited at the prospect of joining the leadership team of UHP.  We have for some time been facing the most extreme challenges, and this is undoubtedly likely to continue for the foreseeable future.  I am continually amazed and overwhelmed by the commitment and ability of our staff to respond to these challenges and continually put the care of our community first.  In the words of Van Morrison – ‘the best is yet to come!’”


Dame Angela Pedder

Angela, former Chief Executive of the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust is an esteemed NHS and public-sector leader with over 40 years’ experience, including 32 years at Chief Executive/Executive Director level. Angela’s portfolio of experience encompasses acute, primary and community, mental health, learning disability, strategic human resourcing, commissioning, partnership working (education, industry, and local authority) and system leadership.  In 2018, she was made a Dame in recognition of her Services to Healthcare.  Angela is also Chair of Trustees for Exeter Royal Academy for Deaf Education a charity which runs The Deaf Academy, based in Exmouth. She brings with her significant non-executive director experience in education, residential care, and the charitable sector.

Commenting following her formal appointment, Angela said: “I am delighted to be joining the Board at University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust, the Trust plays an important role in healthcare delivery across Devon and Cornwall and I look forward to making a contribution to its future success.”

Non-Executive Director appointments to NHS Trusts are subject to the Code of Practice of the Commissioner for Public Appointments.

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