Public Meetings & Minutes

If you would like to attend a Council of Governors meeting in public or have any queries about them, please contact for more information.

Council of Governors

The Council of Governors meets formally on a quarterly basis.

At each meeting, they receive an update from the Chief Executive, a report on the Trust's performance over the previous quarter and conduct their routine business.

The agendas and minutes of meetings can be found below. Please note that minutes are not published until they have been approved.

Council of Governors meetings 2024:

Wednesday 6 March, Rooms 14a and 14b 
Business Hub, Petroc Tiverton, Bolham Road, Tiverton, EX16 6SH


Wednesday 5 June, Seminar Rooms 1 and 2
Centre for Women’s Health, RD&E, Barrack Road, Exeter, EX2 5DW

11.15-15.50 (including a lunch break) - Agenda

Wednesday 21 August, Seminar Rooms 1 and 2
Centre for Women’s Health, RD&E, Barrack Road, Exeter, EX2 5DW

Thursday 28 November, venue to be confirmed

All meetings will start at 11.15, with the finish time to be confirmed as agendas are finalised.

Council of Governors meetings 2023:

Wednesday 8 March 2023: Agenda and
This meeting was postponed until June 2023 due to adverse weather, so no minutes are available. The agenda and minutes for the rescheduled meeting are below.

Thursday 8 June 2023: Agenda and Minutes

Wednesday 23 August 2023: Agenda and Minutes

Wednesday 22 November 2023: Agenda and Minutes

Agendas and Minutes

As we continue our integration, some of our documents will refer to our former organisations:

  • The Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust (RD&E)
  • The Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust (NDHT)

Board meetings

Our Board has 10 meetings in a calendar year (although it can also meet in August and December if required), with each meeting having a public and confidential session.

For more information please click here.

Annual Members’ Meeting 2023

On Wednesday 27 September we held a Members’ Event and our formal Annual Members’ Meeting (AMM).

It was fantastic to see lots of members and governors, whether in the room or on the screen, and show you some of the exciting work our staff have been doing. You had some great questions for us and it was a valuable opportunity for us to hear your views.

If you weren’t able to attend and would like to catch up, you can use the links below.

In our first session, we heard about some examples of how the Royal Devon is recovering waiting lists. Chris Crow, Divisional Director for the NHS Nightingale Hospital, talked about the new ways of working at the South West Ambulatory Orthopaedic Centre, which are being held up as a national exemplar for hip and knee replacements. Dr Elizabeth Wilkinson, Consultant Ophthalmologist and Clinical Director for Transformation, talked about the new approaches being used at the Centre of Excellence for Eyes at the Nightingale, which have helped us to reduce our backlog from around 10,000 patients to 1,500 patients.

Watch the talk from Chris and Liz

We then had focus group conversations about the Royal Devon’s work to recover waiting lists. Understanding your views is really important as it helps us make the best decisions for our local communities, and we had some great feedback. We are working through this feedback and will share a summary and our response to this soon.

We then moved to our formal Annual Members’ Meeting. You can view the recording by clicking the link below.

Watch the Annual Members’ Meeting

Join us next time!

We are planning to hold more events for members in the future. If anyone you know would be interested in future events, please encourage them to sign up to be a member to receive invitations direct to their email address, as well as other member benefits.

Last updated: June 04, 2024.