About Us

Peninsula Medical Foundation is the independent charitable arm of Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry.

We can trace our origins back to the start of academic medicine in the South West Peninsula.

Since then we are proud to have supported medical research and training across Devon and Cornwall.

We work with individuals, communities, and trusts and foundations, all of whom share our vision to help improve healthcare and quality of life for people across the region and beyond. Their generous support has enabled us to raise almost £4 million since 2002.


Col Edward Bolitho OBE, Lord Lieutenant of Cornwall

David Fursdon, Lord Lieutenant of Devon

The Rt Hon Lord David Owen, CH, FRCP

Angela Rippon, OBE

Chair of Trustees:

Denis Wilkins
Denis Wilkins

Denis Wilkins qualified in medicine at Liverpool University in 1966, and shortly afterwards served as a Medical Officer for the British Antarctic Survey in Halley Bay.

He completed specialist training at Addenbrookes and Barts and was appointed consultant surgeon to Plymouth Hospitals in 1979, a position he held until his retirement from the NHS in 2007.

He retains an interest in issues to do with patient safety, and is a trustee and founder of CORESS; a national system for learning from surgical mistakes and near-misses.

In 2000-2002, he was President of the Association of Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland, served on the Board of Plymouth Hospitals from 2012 -15 and is an Independent Governor of Plymouth University.

He took up the Chair of the Peninsula Medical Foundation in January 2015 having served as a trustee since its inception in 1998 when it was known as ‘The Fountain Foundation’.

Outside interests include local Antarctic History and Aviation. He and his wife, Sue who is Director of Women and Children’s Services at Derriford Hospital, live in an old farmhouse near Liskeard.

Deputy Chair:

Barbara Vann
Barbara Vann

After 23 years as a Headteacher of two Secondary Schools, and Executive Headteacher of a Primary School, leading Penair for 16 years. The school was graded as outstanding by Ofsted on three occasions.

Dr Vann has three sons and seven grandchildren. She holds a Master of Arts from the University of Leicester (1993) and is a Doctor of Philosophy, University of Tasmania (2006).

Dr Vann became Chair of Cornwall NHS Partnership Foundation Trust in 2015.

She was Chair of the National Council of the British Educational Leadership, Management and Administration Society; she is still a Vice President. She was an Executive of the Commonwealth Council for Educational Management, a Governor of Truro and Penwith College (1997-2015), a Trustee of the National Maritime Museum, Falmouth and the Hall for Cornwall and currently Dr Vann is a Trustee and Chair of the Duchy Health Charity. She retains her links with education through being Chair of Governors of a Nursery School and a Governor at a Primary School.

Over many years Dr Vann has focussed upon the link between Health and Education, which has led to the establishment of School Based Integrated Health Centres on three secondary school sites and three more being planned.

Dr Vann has published in academic journals and speaks at international conferences. She has been a keynote speaker in New Zealand, South Africa and Australia, as well as in the UK.

In 2008 Barbara was awarded a CCEAM Fellowship and became a Deputy Lieutenant of Cornwall. In 2010 she was awarded the BELMAS Distinguished Service Award.

Honorary Treasurer:

James Kitson

James has lived all his life in S E Cornwall - apart from a short spell in the city qualifying as a chartered accountant. He is now senior partner of Metherell Gard, Chartered Accountants and currently a trustee of Broadreach House (drug and alcohol treatment services).

He is a Governor of the Mount Kelly Foundation and serves on the Finance & General Purposes Committee and the Remuneration Committee. He is also a director of Mount Kelly International Schools Ltd.

He served as an independent County Councillor for Cornwall 1977-1985, where he sat on numerous local school governing bodies. He was a member of the Board of the S W Regional Health Authority between 1978-1984; a former Cornwall’s County Treasurer of St John; and a former High Sheriff of Cornwall.

Honorary Secretary:

Jane Hopkinson


Hamish Anderson

Hamish Anderson was born in Plymouth and has lived all his life in and around the city. He is an independent governor of Plymouth University.

Hamish is a sometime partner and now consultant in the London office of the international law firm Norton Rose Fulbright LLP. In his legal practice as an insolvency lawyer, he usually acts for insolvency practitioners, banks and other creditors, but he also advises and acts for governments and regulators.

Since qualifying as a solicitor in 1973, Hamish has had extensive experience of both corporate and personal insolvency issues in the UK and abroad covering a wide range of sectors. An alumni of Kingston University, in January 2009, they awarded Hamish an honorary doctorate in recognition of his contribution to the development of insolvency law.

Amongst many other appointments, Hamish is a past president of the Insolvency Lawyers’ Association and the immediate past Chairman of the City of London Law Society's Insolvency Committee. Hamish is also a Visiting Fellow at Kingston’s Centre for Insolvency Law and Policy and a Visiting Professor at Nottingham Trent University. He has an extensive list of publications in the field of insolvency law.

Robert Barclay

Robert has been retired for 10 years and was a former stock broker working in the City. In 1976 to 1987 he worked at Westlakes Stockbrokers in Plymouth and went on to set up an office in Exeter which became Charles Stanley and subsequently, Brewin Dolphin.

Robert is a member of the Plymouth Business Council and is very keen for Plymouth “to shine”.

He is also a member of the Plymouth Rotary Club and a member of the Red Cross Executive Development Committee.

Eur Ing Nick Buckland OBE

Nick Buckland is a prominent local businessman with a portfolio career. His interests and work include the following:

  • Current Chair of the Theatre Royal Plymouth, Peninsula Community Health CIC, the Engineering Development Trust, CSW Group and past Chair of the Board of Governors of Plymouth University. He remains closely involved with the University as Pro Chancellor
  • Significant experience in strategic planning, governance, review processes and quality, gathered from a range of private sector executive and non-executive directorships and is currently non-executive Chair of Soil Association Certification
  • Membership of the Devon and Cornwall Business Council and Plymouth Area Business Council

Nick lives in Cornwall where he and his wife run an organic livestock farm. He joined the Board of Trustees in May 2016.

Sue Hobbs

Sue has over thirty years’ experience in health care. She is currently chair of the local Primrose Foundation and a member of the Plymouth Hospitals Charitable Funds Committee

  • Sue trained as a nurse in Edinburgh and accumulated a wealth of experience in clinical, educational and managerial positions in this country and the USA.
  • Sue worked as an Executive Director in the NHS in England and Wales for 16 years.
  • Sue also held a Non-executive director post in London for six years.
  • Sue works as a management consultant and as an Associate with the education committee of the General Medical Council on their Quality Assurance programmes.
  • She is an experienced Trustee in the voluntary sector, having gained over ten years’ experience working with three separate charities in England and Wales.
  • Sue has lived in Plymouth for almost thirty years. She is married to a local (retired) GP, Steve Hobbs, and enjoys sailing.
Hugh Michelmore

Hugh was born in Devon and went to Marlborough College.

He qualified in Lincoln’s Inn in London, worked there for some years until he returned to Devon and took up a post in Plymouth with Gill Akaster Leest & Russell, as it was, in 1977.

He has been senior partner of Gill Akaster Solicitors, one of Plymouth’s largest firms of solicitors, since 2002.

Other business interests include:

  • Co-founder and chairman of Peninsula Finance plc., co-founder and director of Radio Plymouth, chairman of Newton Abbot Races Limited.
  • He was awarded the Freedom of the City of London in 1976 and is a member of the Plymouth Area Business Council.

Hugh has always been an enthusiastic champion for Plymouth and the peninsula and outside of business has many other interests including travel, sport and wine.

He lives in Plymouth at Ocean Court overlooking the water to the Royal William Yard.

Anne Moore BSc FRCS

Anne Moore is a Consultant Neurosurgeon at the Southwest Neurosurgery Centre, Derriford Hospital.

Anne trained at Atkinson Morley’s Hospital, the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery and Great Ormond Street Hospital, London. She spent 11 years as a Consultant at Atkinson Morley’s Hospital where she had an international practice in skull-base surgery, before moving to Plymouth.

In 1996 Anne was elected to Council of the Royal College of Surgeons and served as Vice-President of the College from 2006 to 2008. During her time at the College she did much work to promote surgical careers for women.

From 2003 to 2005 she was the Council lead for the Hunterian Museum redevelopment and her portrait shows her in the museum, holding a stereotactic frame for neurosurgery, which she used at Atkinson Morley’s Hospital.

From 2010-2012 she was President of the Society of British Neurological Surgeons.

In 2015 Anne retired from clinical practice. She is married to Martin Price who was a consultant anesthetist in Plymouth, and they live on Dartmoor and have a small pied-a-terre on a Greek Island.

Michael Powell

Michael Powell was involved with higher education policy for most of his career. He joined the Office of the Committee of Vice-Chancellors and Principals (CVCP) – now Universities UK (UUK) – in 1970 as an Administrative Officer for academic and research policy in the universities. He was later a senior Policy Adviser to CVCP and UUK with responsibility in particular for research policy and funding; higher education for some of the professional sectors of employment, including the teaching, engineering and medical and dental professions; and university links with industry.

In 1997 he set up the headquarters office in London for the Council of Heads of Medical Schools (CHMS) – now the Medical Schools Council – and managed the Council’s activity until 2003. During those six years he was instrumental in establishing a separate office in London for the Council of Deans of Nursing and Health and also took on the roles of Executive Secretary of the Council of Deans of Dental Schools and the Association of UK University Hospitals within the CHMS Office.

From 1965 to 1970 Michael was Secretary of the British National Committee for the International Biological Programme within the office of The Royal Society of London.

He retired in 2003 and took up residence in south Devon. In 2005 Michael became a Trustee of the Peninsula Medical Foundation, and became Chair in 2008, retiring from that position in 2013.

Norman Proctor MBE
Norman Proctor MBE

Norman spent many years as Managing Director of a number of Companies in the Tecalemit plc Group. He was a Founder Member of the Committee to fund the new St. Luke’s Hospice in Plymouth.

From 1994-2011 Norman was Project Director at the Vosper Motor House Group. During this period he was a Founder Member and then Chairman of the ‘Fountain Foundation’ which was set up in 1998 and later changed its name to Peninsula Medical Foundation.

He was a Founder member of Saltram Plympton Rotary Club and the first President. He has also served as President of Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland. Since 2003 he has been a Trustee and PR Officer for the Rotary Jaipur Limb International Project.

To date, as well as being a Trustee for Peninsula Medical Foundation, he is a Non-Executive Director of Vospers Motor House Group, Trustee of Rotary Property, the author of published "History of Rotary 1975 – 2005", a member of the Plymouth Business Council and Vice President "Plymouth Albion" RUFC.

Martyn West
  • Martin has worked in Plymouth at Derriford Hospital since 1995; appointed a consultant in late 1999
  • Consultant Intensivist on one of the busiest intensive care units in the Country
  • Academic Tutor in the Medical School for the last 11 years
  • Chair (6 years) of the Local Negotiating Committee
  • Consultant Intensivist on one of the busiest intensive care units in the Country
  • Deputy Chair of the Medical Staff Committee which represents all senior clinicians in the Trust
  • Involved in the appointments process for every current member of the Trust Senior Executive Team
  • His wife Anna is a local GP and they have three children
  • Chair-elect of his village twinning committee
  • Collects vintage watches