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Trust chair agrees to stay for sixth term

Published on: 13 Apr 2023

A long-serving trust chair has reversed his decision to leave and will instead serve his fourth one-year term.

Sir Richard Ibbotson had been due to step down from his role as chair of Torbay and South Devon Foundation Trust next month.

However, last month the trust confirmed Sir Richard would stay in his position for one more year – adding to the three one-year terms and two three-year terms he has already served.

According to the trust’s latest board papers, Sir Richard decided to stay “at the invitation of the council of governors”.

In her update to the board, trust chief executive Liz Davenport said: “Richard has overseen the creation of Torbay and South Devon as the first trust to integrate acute, community and adult social care together in England and played a vital role in the creation and delivery of the care model and strategy.

“We are delighted that he has accepted their offer and that we will have the benefit of his leadership, courage and wisdom for a further year.”

TSDFT is currently in level 4 – the lowest – of NHS England’s system oversight framework, amid major performance and financial problems in the Devon system.