The Trustees

Above: President, Michael Galsworthy CVO CBE DL (front left), Chair, Dr Barbara Vann DL (centre) and Chair of Grants Committee, Sally-Jane Coode MBE DL (right) with some of the Trustees at Truro College during a recent AGM.

The Duchy Health Charity’s Board of Trustees meets 3 times a year.


Mr AMJ Galsworthy CVO CBE DL


Board members

Mr M Williams – Secretary
Dr B Vann DL (Chair)
Mrs T North (Vice Chair)
Mrs C O’Brien
Mrs S-J Coode MBE DL
Mrs M Vyvyan
Mr T J Guy
Mr S Bennett
Mr G Murdoch
Mrs A Hambly-Staite
Mr J Croggon
Dr J Evers
Ms A Wilcox
Mr J Robinson

The Board has two subcommittees:

The Finance Committee (Chair: Mr M Williams) oversees the charity’s finances and the investment of funds on the stock market.

The Grant Committee (Chair: Mrs Sally-Jane Coode) meets quarterly. It receives all applications for grants. It can decide to make donations up to £20,000. In the case of applications for larger sums, the Grant Committee makes recommendations to the Board.


The Charity’s Finances

The Duchy Health Charity became a grant making body in 1989. The charity’s funds derive from the sale of the original Duchy Hospital in Truro. That capital sum was invested and produces an annual net income of around £200.000 which is used for grant distribution to support other charities helping tp support and promote the health 7 wellbeing of all the people in Cornwall & the Isles of Scilly.

Investment policy
This is monitored by the Finance Committee (above), many of whose members are experienced in business. Our annual accounts are audited by a Cornwall-based firm of chartered accountants and comply with The Statement of Recommended Accounting Practice for Charities.

Antoinette McLean Grant’s Committee

Antoinette became a Trustee in the early 1990’s. She was a practicing solicitor in Truro specialising in Childrens’ Law. In the course of her work she was a member of the Board of the Catholic Children’s Society, whose grant giving programme aims to relieve the urgent material needs of children, young people and families of all denominations.

Antoinette also undertook the role of acting Chair of Macmillan, Truro, and more recently was a board member of BF Adventure.

Carol O’Brien Grants Committee

Carol became a Trustee in 2001, having studied physiotherapy at Liverpool university.  Carol practiced in the Midlands before moving to Cornwall in 1974, where she worked at the City Hospital, Truro, and the Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust, Treliske.

In 1979 she moved to English China Clays (ECC), looking after a workforce of 8,500 with a high incidence of back pain. She furthered her education by studying ergonomics and health and safety, becoming national Chair of Physiotherapy in Occupational Health for nine years.

When ECC’s Medical Department closed in the early 93, Carol moved to the Lemon Street GP Practice, Truro, to work in Primary Care until she retired in 2010.

Sally-Jane Coode MBE DL Chair, Grants Committee

Sally- Jane became a Trustee in 2005, following a varied career in management.  This covered the co-founding and running of an engineering company, the founding of a new golf and country club, an event management consultancy and fund raising for various charities.

Sally- Jane is a Governor of an FE College and Trustee for one other charity.

Tim Guy Grants Committee

Tim became a Trustee in 2008 having been involved in the founding of the Duchy Hospital. His skills in branding and design enabled him to maximise fundraising for the scheme.

He established Timothy Guy Design in 1969 and gained an international reputation in the corporate sector preparing financial and commercial graphic resolves for many international companies, including GE (USA), Ernst & Young (EY), and pharmaceutical / healthcare companies such as Glaxo Smith Kline, AstraZeneca and Amersham International.

He was a Trustee of the Corporate Action Trust, raising funds for those with severe life threatening spinal injuries, and has also been a Governor of Truro School.

Today his practice is over 50 years old. He is an Associate Lecturer at the University of Plymouth, responsible for Masters Programmes in Brand and Design, and looks after public affairs and communications for the Charity.

Mary Vyvyan Grants Committee

Mary became a Trustee in 2008.  She previously trained as a speech therapist at the Central School of Speech and Drama, London and moved with her family to Cornwall, 30 years ago.

Mary worked firstly as a publicity officer for the Cornwall Branch of the British Red Cross and then became a Committee Member, to raise funds to build the Mermaid Centre at Treliske.  This is a vital ‘one-stop’ breast- care unit at the Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust, Treliske. She will continue to have a close interest in that Trust’s future, through its merger with this Charity.

Graham Murdoch Finance and Board Trustee

Graham became a Trustee in 2013.  He has been a partner at Stevens Scown, Solicitors, Truro, for over 30 years.

Graham was born in Cornwall and attended Truro School. He gained his first law degree (LLB) from the University of East Anglia and then his Master’s Degree (UM) from the University of Cambridge.

Having obtained his solicitors ‘Finals’ at The Guildford Branch of the College of Law, he took a two-year training contract for a national firm in Plymouth before qualifying as a Notary Public.

He is married to a GP who practices at a surgery on the North Coast of Cornwall.

Mark Williams Treasurer and Secretary

Mark became a Trustee in 2014. He qualified as a chartered accountant in 2002, before specialising in the ‘charity and not for profit’ sector.

He is a Partner at RRL Chartered Accountants, based in Truro and Penzance, and acts for a large number of well-known organisations throughout Cornwall.

Aldyth Hambly-Staite MSc Grants Committee

Aldyth became a Trustee in 2015.  She has lived in Cornwall for 40 years, initially as a GP’s wife, later working for the Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust, Treliske, and then as a District Nursing Sister in Cornwall.

Her Master’s Degree is in Healthcare / Professional Education, with research into the needs of carers of the terminally ill at home. She worked at the Royal Marsden Hospital in London.

She founded an innovative local Palliative Care Clinic which won an international nursing multidisciplinary award in 2005. Realising the benefits to patients, she trained as one of the first independent Nurse Prescribers in the Southwest.

Aldyth helps to raise funds for various Cornish charities and for three years was Chairman of the Cornwall Branch of the NSPCC.

Tracy North Vice-Chair and Grants Committee

Tracy became a trustee in 2015, following a long career in health and social care, having trained as a Registered Nurse and Midwife in the 1980’s. She progressed to be a Senior Nurse Master and Lead for Practice and Service Development in a large acute trust.

In 2002 she became an alumni of the King’s Fund, completing their National leadership Programme by studying health provision in Europe, Canada and the USA.  Following this, Tracy became a modernisation manager for health and social care in Cornwall, working in collaboration across five Trusts and social care providers in Cornwall.

In 2005 she became Director of Operations and Quality for a large independent charitable provider, delivering care and support to over 1,200 people, employing 1,000 staff. She won a Skills for Care National Accolade Award in 2013 for her contribution to education and training.

Today, Tracy is a university lecturer and runs a consultancy to contribute towards research projects and service developments, working with Universities, Trusts and Adult Social Care within the independent sector.

In 2017 she became a Non-Executive Director for Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.

Jonathon Croggon Finance Committee

Jonathon became a Trustee in 2016, having worked for 30 years in the investment management business, with experience in the management of charities and institutional assets.

He is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Stockbrokers & Investors and has a degree in Economics and History from Queen Mary College University, London. He worked initially for the investment management division of a major US investment bank before returning to Cornwall.

Jonathon has been Treasurer of his local PCC and is also a Trustee of the Cornwall Gardens Trust.

James Robinson

James became a Trustee in 2017, on his retirement as founding Chief Executive of Cornwall’s largest social care charity.  He had moved to Cornwall in 1985.

James has a BSc from Bristol University, Diploma in Social Administration, (Oxon), and MSc, (Public Service, Birmingham).

His career has been in social care, health & housing.  While in Cornwall he has been Assistant Director of Social Services and Chief Executive of the Charity above.  James has also been a Non-Executive Director of an NHS Strategic Health Authority, and of Housing 21, a large national Housing Association for older people.

Dr John Evers Grants committee

John became a Trustee in 2018, having been a consultant physician in Cornwall for nearly 30 years.

He quickly developed his role as Community Geriatrician and forged close links between GP’s and care for the elderly, in and near, Community Hospitals.

He was one of the first teaching consultants at the Peninsula Medical School, Truro. He is a board member of Health Watch Cornwall, and is a founder member of St Mary Singers, the Deputy Choir of Truro Cathedral.

Dr Tamsyn Groves Grants committee

Tamsyn became a Trustee in 2018, and was a GP Partner at Newquay Health Centre between 2003 and 2019. In the last two years she was charged with practice commissioning and became the Newquay Local Lead from 2013.

Tamsyn joined NHS Kernow Governing Body for Newquay and North Cornwall, becoming its Medical Director for one year, and is now Director of Primary Care.

Her qualifications include MBBS (1996) and MRCGP brackets (2001).