Merry Kane joined the Trust Board in December 2019.

Merry graduated from Nottingham University in 1993 and then trained as a Paediatrician with a special interest in Emergency Paediatrics, qualifying in 1996.  She gained a Masters Degree in Medical Ethics and Law from Keele University in 2005, and later established the Trust’s Medical Ethics Committee.  Merry has occupied a number of management roles at YDH, including Clinical Director of both Emergency Medicine and Paediatrics, Associate Medical Director, and Responsible Officer. She is an alumna of the NHS Leadership Academy, with time spent at Harvard University and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement in Boston, USA.

Merry is passionate in her belief that a well-supported and valued workforce is imperative for the delivery of the best possible care for patients and their families. Merry lives in Somerset with her husband and their four children.