About us

Peninsula Medical Foundation (PMF) is an independent charity raising money for the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry.

We can trace our origins back to the start of academic medicine in the South West Peninsula in 1990. Since then we are proud to have supported medical research and training across Devon and Cornwall.

We work with individuals, communities, businesses, trusts and foundations, all of whom share our vision to help improve the 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.

Who we are

Our Patrons and Trustees all have strong connections with Devon and Cornwall. What unites them is a common belief in the high quality work of Plymouth’s Medical and Dental Schools and their need for support so that they can continue to thrive and transform lives.


Col Edward Bolitho OBE, Lord-Lieutenant of Cornwall

David Fursdon, Lord-Lieutenant of Devon

The Rt Hon Lord David Owen CH, FRCP

Angela Rippon CBE

Dr Barbara Vann, Chair of Cornwall NHS Partnership Foundation Trust.

Denis Wilkins MD FRCS, Chair

Denis qualified in medicine at Liverpool University in 1966, and 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.

Between 2000-2002, he was President of the Association of Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland, served on the Board of Plymouth Hospitals between 2012-15 and is an Independent Governor of the University of Plymouth. His interests include patient safety and he is a trustee and founder of CORESS; a national system for learning from surgical mistakes and near-misses.

He took up the Chair of the Peninsula Medical Foundation in January 2015, having served as a trustee since its inception.

Denis Wilkins

James Kitson, Honorary Treasurer

James is a senior partner of  Metherell Gard Chartered Accountants, 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 South West Regional Health Authority between 1978-1984; a former Cornwall’s County Treasurer of St John and a former High Sheriff of Cornwall. He is also a trustee of Broadreach House (drug and alcohol treatment services).

James Kitson

Jane Hopkinson, Honorary Secretary

Jane retired from her role as University Secretary at the University of Plymouth in December 2015, after many years working in university governance and administration both in Plymouth and previously in central London. Before that she worked for the Confederation of British Industry advising on the drafting and implementation of employment law.

Since her retirement, in addition to taking on the role of Honorary Secretary and trustee for the Foundation, Jane continues to act as an external trustee for the University of Plymouth Students’ Union.

Jane Hopkinson

Hamish Anderson, Trustee

A partner and consultant for the international law firm, Norton Rose Fulbright LLP (London office), he is also an independent governor of the University of Plymouth. 

Hamish has extensive experience of both corporate and personal insolvency issues in the UK and abroad covering a wide range of sectors. An alum of Kingston University, in January 2009, they awarded Hamish an Honorary Doctorate in recognition of his contribution to the development of insolvency law.

Amongst other appointments, Hamish is a past President of the Insolvency Lawyers’ Association and the previous Chairman of the City of London Law Society's Insolvency Committee. He is also a Visiting Fellow at Kingston’s Centre for Insolvency Law and Policy and a Visiting Professor at Nottingham Trent University.

Hamish Anderson

Robert Barclay, Trustee

A former stock broker in London, Robert worked at Westlakes Stockbrokers in Plymouth between 1976-1987 before setting up an office in Exeter which became Charles Stanley and subsequently, Brewin Dolphin.

A keen promoter of Plymouth, Robert is a member of the Plymouth Area Business Council, the Plymouth Rotary Club and a member of the Red Cross Executive Development Committee.

Robert Barclay

Eur Ing Nick Buckland OBE, Trustee

A Trustee since 2016, Nick is a prominent local businessman with a portfolio career. He is currently Chair of Theatre Royal Plymouth, Peninsula Community Health CIC, the Engineering Development Trust, CSW Group and past Chair of the Board of Governors of the University of Plymouth. He remains closely involved with the University as Pro Chancellor.

Nick has 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.

He is a member of the Devon and Cornwall Business Council and the Plymouth Area Business Council.

Nick Buckland

Sue Hobbs, Trustee

Sue has over 30 years’ experience in health care and is currently chair of the 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 and 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 Hobbs

Hugh Michelmore, Trustee

Previously a senior partner of Gill Akaster Solicitors, one of Plymouth’s largest firms of solicitors, Hugh qualified in Lincoln's Inn in London. 

He is the Co-founder and Chairman of Peninsula Finance plc, Co-founder and Director of Radio Plymouth and 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.

Hugh Michelmore

Norman Proctor MBE, Trustee

Positions as a Royal Navy Engineer, a research technician and an engineering lecturer all preceded Norman’s career as Managing Director of a number of companies within the Tecalemit plc Group before becoming Project Director for the Vosper Motor House Group, a position he held until retirement in 2011 when he became a non-executive director.

During this time, Norman has undertaken charitable work, notably with VSO and extensively with Rotary, as a founder and former President. His many community-facing positions have included: Governor of Plymouth College of Further Education, a member of the Plymouth Area Business Council and Vice President of Plymouth Albion RUFC Group.

Norman has been a Trustee of Peninsula Medical Foundation since its inception.

Norman Proctor

Dr Martyn West MB BS FRCA, Trustee

Based in Plymouth since 1995, Martyn is a Consultant Anaesthetist in one of the busiest ICUs (intensive care units) in the country, and has been an academic tutor at the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry for the past 11 years.

Martyn is Deputy Chair of the Medical Staff Committee, which represents all senior clinicians in the Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust, and as such is involved in the appointments process for every current member of the Trust Senior Executive Team.

Dr Martyn West MB BS FRCA

Adrian Copplestone, Trustee

Adrian is an Emeritus Professor of Haematology at Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry. He was formerly Associate Dean and Consultant Haematologist at Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust, where he held senior medical management posts.

Involved at the highest level in policy making, Adrian chaired several committees that have determined the pricing of blood and specialist services, and the response to the changes in the National Blood Service. He also chaired the Advisory Group for NEQAS General Haematology schemes, which ensures that laboratories produce the correct test results.