Meet our existing and proposed Trustees.
DDRC Healthcare Board of Trustees 2016
Chair STEVE COX Colonel, Royal Marines (Retired)
Steve was an officer in the Royal Marines for 35 years serving all over the world whilst retaining his family home in Plymouth. It was towards the end of his career that he became involved with DDRC (as it was know then) being invited to join the Board of Trustees in 2001.
A diver with both military and civilian qualifications Steve took over the Joint Service Sub-Aqua Dive Centre at Fort Bovisand near Plymouth in 2005 after retiring from full time military service where he stayed until retiring(again) in 2012. During that time Steve was responsible for training every level of diver and supervisor within the Armed Forces sports sub-aqua diving scheme, training members of all three Services. He holds the highest teaching and diving qualifications from the British Sub Aqua Club and is involved at a national level in the development of sub-aqua diving. He also holds a range of teaching qualifications from a number of international diving agencies.
Since retiring Steve is actively involved in the training of diving instructors for both civilian and military organisations and is also involved in the teaching of entry level diving to members of the Combined Cadet Forces. Steve is the South West Regional President of the Royal Marines Association and is involved in a range of their activities.
Steve’s main interest is in the diving related activities of DDRC Healthcare and he also has a strong interest in the research side of the Charity. He is also very interested in the activities of DDRC Profesional Services, the charity’s commercial arm.
Steve is the longest serving member for the Board of Trustees and has served in a variety of roles including 6 years as the Chair of the Board. He has been heavily involved in a range of initiatives within the charity over recent years.
Outside diving Steve is a part-time student at Plymouth College of Art, likes fishing from his kayak and doing whatever his wife suggests would be a good idea. He has two grown up children and has lived in Plymouth for over 35 years.
IAN BERRY Retired Manager of Mount Edgcumbe House & Country Park
Ian is a former Royal Marine. On leaving the service he studied forestry at the Dartington Institute, eventually becoming the Manager of Mount Edgcumbe House & Country Park in South East Cornwall.
His role at Mount Edgcumbe included staff, budget and project management as well as working with volunteers and an active Friends group.
Ian is a PADI MSDT, is married with two grown up children and lives in South East Cornwall.
SHAUN WALBRIDGE Managing Director of Matrix Legal & Forensic Services Ltd
Shaun has a successful track record of developing and managing professional service businesses. He is currently managing director of Matrix Legal & Forensic Services Ltd., a niche practice providing forensic accounting and expert witness services in relation to civil and criminal litigation.
Shaun trained with a top 50 firm of Chartered Accountants in the South West, qualifying in 1991. He ran his own accountancy practice from 1994 to 2008, before specialising in forensic accounting.
Shaun is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, a Registered Auditor and a practising member of The Academy of Experts and Expert Witness Institute. In addition to his work within practice, Shaun has a strong background in the commercial sector covering a broad range of businesses.
On the voluntary side, Shaun is currently the treasurer of The Zone, a charity based in Plymouth providing support services to young people.
Outside of work, Shaun is a keen cyclist and regularly competes in events in the UK and abroad. He is also a qualified scuba diver (PADI). Shaun travels extensively and has a particular interest in West Africa, its people and music.
BRIAN CLARGO Chartered Mechanical Engineer
Brian was a senior partner at Hoare Lea, a national firm of consulting engineers, where he worked for 27 years on the design and management of major construction projects. He retired in 2015 but is retained as a consultant working as an expert witness on a legal case for the Treasury and can bring considerable business and forensic skills to DDRC Healthcare.
Brian was responsible for the health and safety of the firm’s 700 employees from 1996 until 2015 achieving registration to OHSAS BS 18001 and carrying out accident investigations as well as compiling and managing the H&S systems for the firm. He was also responsible for quality and environmental management. He now runs a microbrewery in Plymouth with his son.
He is a diver with 45 years’ experience as a BSAC, PADI, IANTD and TDI sport technical diver with around 1,300 logged dives from the UK to the Pacific and the Antarctic with experience as club Diving Officer and Training Officer. Brian is a BSAC Open Water instructor and Advanced Diver, PADI Divemaster and IANTD & TDI Advanced Trimix and CCR qualified. He has dived to 100m and understands the technical and physiological issues. He has lectured within dive clubs regarding the technical aspects of diving and has a great interest in the physics of diving.
Brian is a keen musician and has played semi-professionally for over 40 years as a bass player and more recently as a solo singer guitarist.
A Chartered Mechanical Engineer by profession Brian can contribute to DDRC Healthcare's engineering facilities requirements and future site developments.
Brian was also a patient of DDRC Healthcare having had a bend in 2008 followed by a successful PFO repair and completed his NAS training with DDRC Professional Services Training Officer Jon Parlour.
GAVIN ANTHONY Chemist specialising in Biochemistry, Inorganic Chemistry and Analysis
Initially trained as a chemist specialising in biochemistry, inorganic chemistry and analysis. After a period in industry developing cement and polymer based materials for building products moved to the MOD to work on diving and life support systems.
Diving systems work started with development of gas control and analysis techniques for diving equipment, in particular the removal of carbon dioxide and addition of oxygen to closed-circuit diving equipment. This included unmanned testing of diving breathing apparatus in respect of breathing performance and gas control, and analysis of submarine air purification systems.
Later work was on the physiology of diving systems transferring unmanned test procedures to the manned testing of diving equipment. The diving physiology also included mixed gas decompression, thermal studies on divers and development of thermal protection systems.
Recent technical work has been on the development and evaluation, both unmanned and manned, of closed-circuit diving, thermal protection, and decompression systems for Military and Civilian use. This has included the development of safety standards for diving systems and the investigation of diving incidents. Expertise in life support has also been applied to non diving systems such as submarine atmospheres, escape apparatus and fire fighting protective equipment.
The technical disciplines have also been coupled with a practical knowledge of diving (having qualified as a commercial diver and extensive recreational diving expertise).
KEITH WALKER Member of General Chiropractic Council
Keith graduated from the Anglo-European College of Chiropractic in 1991 and first came to work for George Walker at York House where he gained is professional qualification (DC). He then moved away and worked in the Midlands where he formed a partnership, Skelian Clinics, that built up seven practices.
In April 2004 Keith and his wife took over York House from his father who retired. He and his wife Louise oversaw the change from York House to the Peninsula Chiropractic Clinic. Louise is now a non-practising registrant with the General Chiropractic Council and has had a career change. She is half way through a dental degree at the Peninsula School of Medicine and Dentistry Plymouth University.
Keith is registered with the General Chiropractic Council and is also a Fellow of the Royal College of Chiropractic. In the past he has been a member of both the council and executive of the British Chiropractic Association, holding various positions, secretary and vice president among them. He helped to formalise the vocational training scheme of the British Chiropractic Association between 1993 and 1998.
Keith is a member of the Research Committee of the Royal College of Chiropractors where among other tasks he is working with a team investigating how chiropractors interface with evidence-based practice.
For the past 11 years Keith has had a role in the Peninsula School of Medicine and Dentistry Plymouth University as theme lead for a Special Study Unit (SSU) provided to 3rd year medical students. He provides an SSU at the clinic but also helps coordinate, manage and recruit other providers to the theme.
Keith balances his practice life with a lecturing post at Plymouth University in the School of Health Professionals where he is a CPD coordinator.
Together, Louise and he have 3 children and live on the edge of Dartmoor. He is an enthusiastic but poorly skilled member of the Scratch Orchestra, Callington where he is rumoured to play the bassoon.
RAYMOND SPARROW Visiting Scientist with ICCMR, Plymouth University and Marine Biology Association
Raymond is a Visiting Scientist with ICCMR, Plymouth University and Marine Biology Association and undertakes research in unconventional computing and Synthetic Biology. He is also a Director and Programme Manager of the Suzanne Sparrow Plymouth International Language School.
Raymond's research interests are in investigating biological phenomena using physics techniques. His primary interest is in bio-inspired devices and machines for real applications which use energy with greater efficiency that the in-organic counter-parts. The second aspect is in education particularly in the sciences but also to deliver courses in terminology specific to an area aimed at those where English is not their first language.
RONEN DAY Chartered Engineer
Ronen is a Chartered Engineer with many years of experience as a creative and results oriented business leader who has motivated people to deliver transformational improvements in performance. He has worked in a range of diverse industries and most recently was managing director of Fine Tubes in Plymouth with operating responsibility for Superior Tube in Philadelphia. He has recently retired from full time executive roles to allow him to work with charitable organisations while continuing to work in business as a non-executive board member.
Over the years he has worked with people to create stronger and more successful organisations by developing effective strategies, while building strong management teams and a supporting organisation that is capable of creating real competitive advantage.
His leadership approach and working style draws from many years of experience as a Board Member and from working with blue chip organisations in Europe and the Far East. He enjoys working with people to find pragmatic solutions to challenging business situations.
Outside of work Ronen enjoys spending time with his friends and family which usually involves good food, a glass or two of wine, travelling, playing racquet sports or demonstrating he is second to none in particularly incompetent warm weather sailing.
TONY PEARCE Head of Gill Akaster Solicitors' contentious Trust and Probate Team
Tony Pearce is Head of GA Solicitors' contentious Trust and Probate Team and has more than 30 years of experience in the legal profession. He joined the GA team in 2013. Tony has experience of almost all types of private and commercial civil dispute.
For the past 10 years he has specialised in resolving disputes relating to disputed wills, disputed trusts, problems with trustees and executors, problems with probate and the estates of deceased persons. He has wide experience of the many legal issues which arise relating to the financial abuse of the elderly and vulnerable, as well as claims to ownership in property.
Tony is a full member of ACTAPS (Association of Contentious Trusts and Probate Specialists). Tony is also a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP). He is currently on the committee of the International Association of Maritime Security professionals. He was formerly a Deputy District Judge (civil) on the South West circuit and in 1994 qualified for admission as a solicitor and barrister of the High Court of New Zealand.
Tony studied Law through the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives and the University of West of England and later studied New Zealand law by distance learning with the University of Auckland.
Tony also embarked upon a study of Japanese language, history and customs by distance learning and private study. He has recently embarked upon a study of Middle Eastern issues Tony also spent some time in the Royal Marines during which time he qualified as a Naval Diver.
Craig McLaren Co-Founder and Director at Access Value Healthcare Services & Alumni Medical
34 years in Healthcare, 25 at Johnson & Johnson Area Managing Director in Emerging Markets for 6 years Vice President of Quality, E Business and Business Development 3 years "GlobalScot" with SDI Executive Leadership Coach ( ACC