Former NHS trust chairman accused of falsifying degree

By Steve Peacock in Health

A former south Devon health boss has appeared in court accused of fraud.

Jon Andrewes, of Flood Street, Stoke Gabriel, is a former chairman of the Torbay NHS Care Trust and the Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust.

Last week he appeared in court accused of misrepresenting his ­qualifications to achieve both posts.

One of the charges against him is possessing a false degree certificate from the University of London for use in fraud.

Prosecutor Chris Bittlestone told the Torbay court that Andrewes was being accused of being a ‘Walter Mitty’ ­character in representing that he had qualifications that he did not possess to gain jobs he was not entitled to.

The case was sent to Exeter Crown Court, where a hearing was set for January 13.

The 63-year-old was remanded on bail on condition that he continues to live at his Stoke Gabriel address and reports once a week to the police ­station in Torquay.

Andrewes was employed as the chairman of the Torbay NHS Care Trust in 2014 before moving on to become the chairman of the Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust in July 2015.

According to newspaper reports at the time, Andrewes was set to run the Cornwall hospitals while retaining an oversight role at Torbay. At the same time, he was said to have chaired the public interest company Brixham 21 between 2000 and 2011 and been chief executive at St Margaret’s Somerset Hospice between 2005 and 2015.

Andrewes stood down as chairman of the Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust in July this year after just a year in the post, citing health problems.

He appeared in the dock at Torquay Magistrates’ Court accused of ­committing fraud in Brixham on July 20, 2007, by dishonestly making false representations by misrepresenting his qualifications with the intent to gain the appointment as chairman of the Torbay NHS Care Trust.

He is also accused of a similar offence involving the Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust at Truro on April 27, 2015.

Additionally, Andrewes is accused of possessing a false degree certificate from the University of London for use in fraud and gaining a pecuniary advantage in the shape of greater remuneration at Taunton in 2004.

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