Meet the trustees

Our Board of Trustees, led by Peter Cliff, is composed of a mix of lay professionals and clinical experts who each bring a unique set of skills and experiences.

The Board of Trustees is advised on research applications and priorities for support by research advisors from  the Torbay and South Devon health and care community. These are typically clinician’s with a track record in research.

The Board meets four times a year to decide on main grant applications and fellowships.  Ian McKenzie applications are agreed at the Board meeting and can also be submitted and agreed between meetings.

Our trustees do not get paid for the work they do for us.


  • Peter Cliff
    Peter is the Chair of the Torbay Medical Research Fund’s Trustees. He has been a trustee since 2007 and was Senior Partner of Francis Clark.
  • John Pike. John  has been a trustee since 2007 and is a retired company director.
  • Chris Linton. Chris is a partner in Wollen Michelmore and is part of the Private Client Department.
  • Sharon Austen. Sharon is a partner at Francis Clark LLP and works as part of the healthcare team advising GPs and others in the healthcare sector.
  • Seamus MacDermott. Seamus is a urology consultant working at Torbay Hospital.
  • Mr Ian Currie. Ian is a consultant vascular surgeon  working at Torbay Hospital.
  • Dr Jonathan Goldman. Jon is a recently retired respiratory consultant who has worked for many years at Torbay.
  • Charlie Siegle. Charlie  is the honorary secretary for the Trust Fund and has been a trustee since 2013. Charlie is a partner in Kitsons specialising in probate matters.

The Board  is supported by Demi-Lee Parker, the administrator and Becky Sharpe as Treasurer.