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Non-Executive Director Jacqui Lyttle to join Torbay Hospital Board

A new non-executive director has been appointed to join the South Devon Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust Board, the trust responsible for running Torbay Hospital.

Jacqui Lyttle will commence her post on 1 October 2014 for a term of three years, subject to annual performance reviews.

Having spent over 20 years working in the NHS at very senior manager and board level, Jacqui established her own independent healthcare consultancy in 2008. She has a genuine passion for improving care for patients with a particular interest in service improvement, transformational change and out of hospital care. She has spoken nationally and internationally on these subjects, including at the European Parliament.

Jacqui continues to work actively within the NHS, being a director of a small specialist provider organisation to NHS England, and as executive commissioning advisor to five Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) and one Commissioning Support Unit, Royal College of General Practitioners (Pain faculty), The Dystonia Society and The European Parliament. She is also a lecturer for Health Education Wessex, and the Royal College of Surgeons (Dental Faculty).

Jacqui lives in Torquay with her husband and Labrador dog, and is a Trustee of Age UK Torbay.

Welcoming Jacqui to the Board, Chairman Sir Richard Ibbotson said: "We are delighted to welcome Jacqui to our Board. Our non-executive directors play a vital role in running local health services in Torbay and South Devon. I am certain that the Board, and ultimately our patients, will benefit immensely from Jacqui's vast experience of service improvement and transformational change in the NHS."

Speaking following her formal appointment, Jacqui said: "I am thrilled to have been appointed to the Board of South Devon Healthcare. I really look forward to working with my non-executive and executive colleagues, operational staff and patients to continue improving the Trust's performance and quality of services for local residents."

The role of non-executive directors includes contributing to the overall strategy of the Trust, scrutinising performance and making sure that financial controls, governance and assurance systems across the organisation are robust and transparent. They also work in partnership with the Trust's governors who represent members in local communities.

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