Phillip Confue

Retired NHS CEO
Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust


Phil is an experienced health service professional with a specialism in mental health. He has extensive board, clinical and general management experience working in mental health inpatient units, community services, day services and children’s services.

Until 2021 he has been chief executive of Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.

Phil worked for Suffolk Health’s strategy department in the 1990s to gain a strategic view of services, subsequently developing a part time role with the Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health to develop evaluation and strategic tools for mental health.

Following seven years as director of mental health at Plymouth Primary Care Trust, where he led the service through significant change, he was approached by Tribal Secta to join their health practice and develop their mental health expertise. This move allowed participation in the NHS at a national level and the opportunity to review a number of different services.

In 2010 he joined the board of Cornwall Partnership NHS Trust, initially as chief operating officer, then becoming chief executive in October 2010. In 2015 the trust obtained a CQC rating of ‘Good’ in all domains, and subsequently completed a transaction growing the organisation from £70 million to £160 million.

Phil is also vice-chair of the South West Academic Health Science Network, a chair for CQC inspections and a leader in the Cornwall STP.