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.


Michael Galsworthy CVO CBE DL

Born in Truro in 1944 and has spent the majority of his working life in Cornwall, but with extensive periods also in America, Italy, France and Germany. He was a member of the Prince’s Council (Duchy of Cornwall) from 1984-2003, High Sheriff of Cornwall in 1994 and Vice Lord Lieutenant from 2002 to 2014. He was also the chairman of the public/private sector initiative of In Pursuit of Excellence for the promotion of business enterprise and commerce in Cornwall 1994-2000.

For a three year period until 1993 he was chairman of the Royal Cornwall Hospital Trust taking it into Trust status for the first time.
He has been a Trustee of the DHC from 24 September 2001 to 25 November 2009
He was chairman from 3 November 2003 to 23 November 2009
He became President on 1 November 2014.


Board members

Mr M Williams – Secretary
Dr B Vann DL (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 £30,000. 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 approximately £200,000 which is used to further the charity’s objects, which includes grant distribution to support other charities helping to support and promote the health and wellbeing of the people in Cornwall & the Isles of Scilly.

The charity’s investments are held with M&G and are overseen by the finance committee, which includes a number of trustees with a finance background.

The charity’s annual accounts are audited by a local firm of accountants, and available to view at the Companies House and Charity Commission websites.

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.

Dr Barbara Vann Chair of the Duchy Health Charity

Having been a Headteacher for 23 years, Chair of Cornwall Partnership Foundation (NHS) Trust for five years and a Trustee and Chair of the Duchy Health Charity, Dr Vann has developed a passion for inter-collaborative working between professionals: primarily educationalists, social care and health professionals. This is based upon belief and experience that indicates that more can be achieved together for the benefit of communities and individuals with this approach.

Dr Vann holds degrees at Masters and PhD levels which focussed upon accountability and collaborative working in education. She was awarded an Honorary Degree by the University of Exeter (Hon.DSc) in 2018 for services to the mental health of children and young people.

Initially as a Headteacher and as Chair of Duchy Health Charity, Dr Vann has, with the Trustees, led the development of the concept and establishment of school-based Integrated Health Centres at six sites across Cornwall.

Working with all the Trustees, the Board has reviewed its role and that of the Charity. It has run successful conferences and seminars for many years which are intended to provoke thought and act as catalysts for change both in terms of practice and behaviours but always with the people of Cornwall as the focus. Together, we have raised the profile of the Charity such that it is perceived as one of the ‘go to’ organisations in Cornwall.

Sally-Jane Coode
 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.

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.

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
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.

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 Securities and Investment 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).

Scott Bennett

Scott is qualified Health Economist and has been working as an Independent Consultant for the past 10 years, providing a spectrum of strategic, consultative and advisory services to a number of public sector organisations. His previous roles have included Deputy Director for Local Government and Practice (Devon and Cornwall) Office of the Deputy Prime Minister and Assistant Director (Devon and Cornwall) Government Office South West. Prior to this he worked for the NHS in Cornwall in a number of roles included Head of Primary Care and Head of Health Improvement and Partnerships for West of Cornwall PCT. In his spare time he enjoys gardening, foreign travel and ‘extreme’ DIY.

Special Advisers

Antoinette McLean Grants 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.