Leadership Team

Neil Gater – Chief Technical Officer

Neil Gater – Chief Technical Officer

Originally from Wiltshire, Neil moved to Exmouth in 2021 with his wife and three children (and two dogs) having spent 20 years living and working in Manchester.  The move to Devon was very much a lifestyle decision to allow his family to live, work and study in a greener environment which fits their outdoor lifestyle.  When not supporting his children’s extensive sporting endeavours he enjoys walking, watching rugby and escaping to the garden or his allotment.

Neil’s career has entirely been spent in IT, starting out in sales roles before transitioning over a 10-year period through solution focused roles into leadership positions focused on IT strategy.  He has worked in both the private and public sector over the years working with a wide range of partners and customers.  Neil is focused on really understanding and identifying how technology can be applied to drive transformation.  He joined Delt as it gave the opportunity to join an organisation which is making a tangible difference at a local level, and which cares about and invests in its people.

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Karen Morris – Chief Financial Officer

Karen Morris – Chief Financial Officer

After wanting a change in her work/life balance following a fall from a horse and suffering significant injuries, Karen relocated to Devon from Northamptonshire in 2003.

Karen then joined Delt in 2018 after a varied career in multiple sectors including Formula 1, manufacturing, and retail. She enjoys the challenge of the fast pace of change at Delt and gets a lot of satisfaction from helping people to do amazing things.

When not working she is a fair-weather sailor and loves sailing around the South Coast with her husband in Wahoo, their small sailing boat.  She also enjoys kick boxing classes at an amateur level.

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Kim Brown – Non-Executive Director

Kim Brown – Non Executive Director

Kim has more than 20 years’ experience in the public sector, including working in three London Boroughs prior to joining Plymouth City Council as the Service Director for HR & Organisational Development.

Kim is experienced in driving and delivering change, leading and managing high performing teams, building successful operations and relationships with internal and external stakeholders across complex organisations and services.

Gary Pettitt – Chief Project Officer

Gary Pettitt – Chief Project Officer

Gary joined Delt in Sep 2019 after a 38-year career in the Royal Navy, the last 10 in senior leadership roles. He has experience working in a range of organisations at various scales and in different countries around the world. He has captained ships, was the Deputy Naval Base Commander in Devonport and chaired the Board of Trustees for a local charity in Plymouth. Before joining Delt, Gary was Director of Sea Training for the Royal Navy of Oman.

A collaborative leader and a strong advocate of working hard to help every team member reach their potential, Gary believes in empowering people and giving every person in an organisation the opportunity to innovate and drive change.

Delt’s public sector ownership coupled with its private sector agility, a clear mandate to contribute to the local economy and a dynamic and ambitious growth strategy match Gary’s desire to work in a challenging environment whilst continuing to add value to the public sector.

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Paul Jones – Chief Information Officer

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Paul Jones – Chief Information Officer

Originally from North Wales, Paul moved down to Plympton in 1998 with his Cornish wife having spent ten years in the Royal Air Force. His family has since grown with two children and a dog which keep him very active, as well as his passion for playing football and sea kayaking (including fishing). His career has largely been spent in IT, starting out in technical roles before making the decision many years ago to move into IT leadership. Paul has worked in a number of industries in both the private and public sector over the years with responsibility for Infrastructure, Application, Client and Operations management. He prides himself on being a team player, helping people to develop, delivering positive outcomes for clients and continually challenging the “status quo” to improve.

Paul joined Delt in July 2017 as it offered him an exciting opportunity to join a growing organisation where he could help the team achieve positive outcomes and make a real difference for people in the South West.

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Damean Miller – Chief Services Officer

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Damean Miller – Chief Services Officer

Damean has a wide industry background, spending many years at a Senior Leadership level in IT Service Delivery and Manufacturing, in both Public and Private sector. He has strong people skills which ideally places him to lead on a number of Delt’s services, including Payroll, Procurement, Print and Mail and Estates Management.

When not working, Damean loves getting out there and living his life to the full, which supports all the varied hobbies he participates in. This includes Scouting, Off Roading and shooting, but by far his favourite hobby is kayaking and canoeing. He is a UKCC coach and can be found in and around the waters of Plymouth Sound 3 – 4 times a week. He is happily married with two adult children.

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Jane White – Chief People and Culture Officer

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Jane White – Chief People and Culture Officer

After being born in the UK and raised in Canada, Jane finally came to her senses and returned home to Cornwall in 2014. She has spent the last 15 years working in organisational development roles in both the private and public sector where she has overseen the development of a number of transformational talent management strategies that have led to engaging, inspiring and high performing cultures.

Jane joined Delt in August 2017 and brings a passion and commitment to building collaborative working relationships that value and leverage the strengths of others. She is looking forward to contributing to the positive impact that Delt is having on the people of the South West.

When not at Delt, she lives in Cornwall with her husband and they love to spend their time with family, walking the coastal path and exploring the South West.

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Giles Letheren – Chief Executive Officer

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Giles Letheren – Chief Executive Officer

Husband, father, IT guy, magician, hypnotist, dragster driver: Giles came to Delt in January 2015 after a varied career that started in theatre and television but turned into management consultancy and IT leadership on both sides of the Atlantic. Giles has been CIO for the MoDs US operations, both Head of Transformation Communications and Change and Head of Solution Delivery for Babcock International.

Giles lives in North Cornwall with one wife, two children, four and a bit rabbits, two dogs, at least three cats, a hamster, many chickens and an ever increasing zoo of other fluffy carbon based life forms that seem to turn up when he isn’t looking. When not being passionate about delivering the opportunities presented by Delt, Giles is usually found building or repairing things, tinkering with his custom motorcycle or wondering what this new animal is that just jumped onto his bed.

Giles came to Delt because of the opportunity to improve people’s lives in the South West and show that a public interest company could do things better, faster and cheaper.

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Nick Franklin – Senior Network Engineer & Staff Non-Executive Director

Nick Franklin – Senior Network Engineer & Staff Non-Executive Director

Nick’s career has taken him from blue chip multinationals to small businesses, from supporting users to teaching Cisco, from pearl farming to network engineering and a good deal in between. Nick’s first experience of the public sector was joining Plymouth City Council in 2009 and promptly getting involved in the embryonic stages of setting up a new network with shared services in mind.

Nick believes passionately in community, public services, innovation and technology – and he enjoys having an active role in Delt as a member of the staff forum and as a non-executive director. Nick sees this as a great opportunity for staff to have an involvement in the running of Delt and to influence the style and substance of the organisation.

Nick moved to Devon from Brighton in 2008, loves the lifestyle in the South West and tries to indulge his hobbies as much as possible – surfing, climbing, walking, camping and generally enjoying being outdoors. Nick also plays drums and, of course, loves to geek-out.

Lorna Collingwood-Burke – Non-Executive Director

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Lorna Collingwood-Burke – Non-Executive Director

Lorna is the Chief Nursing Officer for the Devon CCG.  Lorna qualified as a nurse in 1982 at the Royal United Hospital School of Nursing, Bath and as a midwife in 1986 at the Peterborough School of Midwifery. She moved to Devon with her family in 1996 after returning from living and working in Canada for 10 years. She has experience in business management following the completion of an MBA at Exeter University in 2006.

Lorna has worked across both NHS provider and commissioner organisations and, in July 2014, she became the Chief Nursing Officer for NHS Northern, Eastern and Western Devon CCG. In April 2019 Lorna took on the same role for the new pan Devon CCG.

Lorna has been elected onto the national NHS Clinical Commissioner board as the board nurse and chairs the NHS Clinical Commissioner nurse forum.

Lorna is also the Caldicott Guardian for the two CCGs.

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