Apr 012013

NHS Property Services Ltd has welcomed the appointment of four accomplished independent  Non-Executive Directors to the Board of the new company, which goes live on 1 April 2013.

NHS Property Services was set up by the Department of Health to develop and manage around 4,000 NHS assets covering estates, property and facilities, which will transfer along with more than 3,000 staff following the abolition of Strategic Health Authorities and Primary Care Trusts on 31 March 2013.

The new company will play a vital role in the day-to-day running of the NHS by improving patient care through the effective management of the NHS estate.

The four new Non Executive Directors bring significant expertise from the world of property, commerce and industry.

They join the other non-executives, Charles Howeson, Chair, and Peter Coates, CBE, who is the shareholder representative, on the Board.

Commenting on the appointment of the new Non Executive Directors, Charles Howeson said:  “We are delighted to welcome these new Non Executive members to our Board. They bring with them a wealth of knowledge and experience which will be invaluable to NHS Property Services Ltd as we work to enhance the experience of NHS patients by providing safe, efficient and well maintained estate, buildings and facilities.”

Simon Holden, Chief Executive of NHS Property Services, added: “Our aim is to enable better clinical services and to enhance the experience of the thousands of patients who receive NHS care in our facilities daily, ranging from GP practices to community hospitals".

“The new Non Executive Directors have extensive skills and experience which will help guide and advise us, adding commercial disciplines to our existing public sector values.”

The four newly appointed Non Executive Directors are:

Douglas Blausten
Douglas Blausten has wide ranging corporate and property experience and is the Senior Partner of Cyril Leonard, a firm of Chartered Surveyors, where he is responsible for Corporate Real Estate Strategic Consultancy Services, as well as for their office in Munich and affiliate office in Paris. He has built a focused client base in the Transport, Pharmaceuticals and Power/Energy, and Environmental Services sectors in particular. He has acted and continues to act for corporations such as ALSTOM., AEA Technology plc, The New York Times, MTR Corporation of Hong Kong and Abbott Laboratories, providing corporate real estate services and strategic property planning. He has also headed real estate consultancy projects for the MOD (DARA), the Royal Academy of Engineering and The Royal Institution (current).Douglas has held a number of executive and non-executive directorships in public companies and continues to hold the same in private companies whose activities range from real estate to financial services/wealth management. He has worked in Germany, France, Belgium, Holland, Spain and Russia.He is a Chairman and Trustee of a number of Charitable Trusts and Funds including the Mental Health Foundation (trustee) and was until February this year a Trustee of School Home Support. He is a member of Advisory Board of the Cambridge Centre for Climate Change Mitigation Research where he chairs the Retrofit Committee and the Cambridge Land Economy Advisory Board where he chairs the Development Committee.Douglas is a Past President of the Cambridge University Land Society, is Chairman of its Global Economy and European Forums and a member of the Presidents’ Council. Until the office of Commissioner was abolished by the Ministry of Justice, he was a General Commissioner of Income Taxes for over 12 years until April 2009.Douglas is married and has three children. He holds an MA from St Catharine’s College, University of Cambridge, is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and a Liveryman and Freeman of the City of London.Douglas will serve as Deputy to the Chair, Charles Howeson.
Chris Kane
Chris Kane joined the BBC in January 2004 as Head of Corporate Real Estate. In 2012 he transferred to lead (part-time) BBC Commercial Projects.Under his leadership the BBC has delivered a £2bn property transformation to support the move to digital production, modernising 40% of the entire estate and delivering two million square feet of highly flexible new office and production space. A key element being the BBC’s new home in Media City UK.In 2012 he masterminded the £200m sale of the BBC’s 1m sq ft Television Centre.His long-term commitment to and enthusiasm for place making and encouraging new ways of working have been key in ensuring that all the BBC’s new workplaces will provide effective support for an increasingly agile workforce.Prior to joining the BBC, he was Vice-President of International Corporate Real Estate for the Walt Disney Company Before moving to Disney, Chris Kane was a Partner in Corporate Real Estate Services at Jones Lang Wootton.Chris Kane graduated from Trinity College Dublin, has an MBA from the Henley Management College, holds a masters in Corporate Real Estate and is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.
Rachel Kentleton
Rachel Kentleton has been Director of Strategy at easyJet plc since the beginning of 2011. She is accountable for corporate strategy, investor relations and regulatory affairs. Rachel joined easyJet in 2007 as Head of Investor Relations in 2007. Prior to easyJet, Rachel worked in a number of Finance and Investor Relations roles at Unilever, Diageo and SABMiller. Rachel is a qualified accountant.

Martin West
Martin West is an independent consultant in strategy, finance and governance. He is a Chartered Civil Engineer and Chartered Management Accountant.In addition to several years of international consulting engineering experience in Europe, the Arabian Gulf States and South East Asia, Martin was a Partner at Drivers Jonas LLP the chartered surveyors for five years and most recently, a Director in the Corporate Finance function at Deloitte LLP.He has held a number of non-executive positions in the healthcare, affordable housing and IT sectors. He is an experienced Chair of Audit (at King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust) and has been an adviser to, or member of, the audit committee at Ashley House plc, Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and the Network Housing Group. Martin has been a member of the Department of Health’s Foundation Trust Financing Facility Credit Committee and a Director of the trading subsidiary at a London Foundation Trust.

Charles Howeson

Charles stepped down as Chair of the South West Strategic Health Authority to take up the new role with NHS Property Services Ltd. He brings extensive commercial and public sector experience, having also chaired First Great Western Trains Advisory Board, the UK Seafish Industry Authority, and the Consumer Council for Water in the western region. He chairs the board of the Rowe Group and is the regional chairman of Coutts and Co bankers. He also chairs the Plymouth Area Business Council. In 2009 he was appointed as chairman of the South West Strategic Health Authority, overseeing a £10.6 billion NHS budget for the region.

Charles was educated at Uppingham and the Royal Naval College, Dartmouth. He served in the navy from 1968 to 1990, and now holds the rank of Honorary Captain in the Royal Naval Reserve.

Peter Coates, CBE
Peter Coates is currently Senior Responsible Officer, PCT Estate Programme at the Department of Health.

Peter joined the Department of Health in 1997 and became Commercial Director in 2008.

He joined from the Treasury as head of its private finance team, with responsibility for oversight of the procurement of the £11billion PFI programme. He also led the introduction of LIFT into the NHS in 2001. LIFT is a programme using joint venture structures to modernise the primary care infrastructure on a geographical basis. Since its introduction, over £2 billion has so far been invested in over 200 primary care buildings in more than 40 communities across England.

He also led the Department’s creation of NHS Shared Business Services Ltd, the public/private 50/50 joint venture with Steria to provide financial and other support services to the NHS which now has a turnover of £85m. He acquired responsibility for procurement policy and responsibility for the NHS Supply Chain contract over 2 years ago.

He is lead on the sale of PRUK Ltd, a Department of Health owned company that collects blood plasma in the USA and fractionates it at a factory in the UK. Around 50% of the £150m turnover is sold on world markets.

NHS Property Services Ltd is a private limited company wholly owned by the Secretary of State for Health. It will own the legal title to assets worth £5 billion and will employ more than 3,000 staff across England.

It was set up to manage the estate that was previously managed by Primary Care Trusts (PCTs). PCTs are to be abolished from 31 March 2013 under the Health and Social Care Act 2012.

The company will run and manage the estate on behalf of the NHS Commissioning Board and Clinical Commissioning Groups. This covers some 4,000 properties, mainly small health centres and administration buildings, but where no clear majority owner of community and other larger facilities cannot be established, NHS Property Services Ltd will act as landlord.

The new company will play a vital role in the day-to-day running of the NHS.

Core functions will include strategic estates management, property management, operational estates management, facilities management and dedicated back office support.

As experts in healthcare infrastructure, NHS Property Services Ltd will support quality improvement, innovation and efficiency, working closely with the National Commissioning Board and Clinical Commissioning Groups, the NHS Trust Development Authority and other partners.

For more information contact the Communications Team on 01823 361365 or out of hours on 0844 5605265.

Mar 182013

Heatherwood & Wexham Park Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is delighted to announce the appointment of two new non-executive directors who joined the Board at the beginning of March.

Tim Sherwood is a Chartered Accountant who has extensive experience at board level in both the financial and commercial sectors. He has an excellent track record of leading cost improvement and financial turnaround programmes which has included business restructures, refinancing and ongoing efficiency improvements. Tim is an experienced non-executive director having been chairman of a public limited company and chairing their Audit Committee. Tim will be taking on the role of Chair for the Trust Audit Committee when he starts.

Donald Gray is currently a board member of the UK subsidiary of a major multinational company based in Berkshire. With 23 years experience as a Chartered Accountant, Donald’s expertise lies in the areas of governance, risk management, business planning and financial strategy. He is currently Chair of Trustees for the company’s Defined Benefit Pension Scheme and is also a member of the Investment Committee for the same scheme.


Mike O’Donovan, Chairman said, “Tim and Donald are very welcome additions to the Trust Board and I would like to wish them every success in their roles.”


Mar 052013

Jeremy Monroe has been confirmed as a Non Executive Director of NHS Blood and Transplant.

Jeremy MonroeJeremy Monroe was most recently a Partner and Vice President in IBM’s consulting and systems integration business (GBS), and previously a Partner in PricewaterhouseCoopers, where he was an elected member of the UK Supervisory Board. He took up post on 11 February.

NHS Blood and Transplant is responsible for the provision of a reliable, efficient supply of blood to hospitals in England and North Wales, and associated services to the wider NHS. It is also the organ donation organisation for the UK and is responsible for matching and allocating donated organs.

Bill Fullagar, Chair of NHS Blood and Transplant said:

“I am delighted that Jeremy is joining a strong and ambitious Board which is devoted to improving and saving patient lives.  NHS Blood and Transplant has a record of consistently  improving the quality and the efficiency of the services it provides and will continue to set itself ambitious targets in the period ahead.”

On his appointment to the NHS Blood and Transplant Board, Jeremy Monroe said:

I am delighted to be able to contribute to such an increasingly important and rapidly developing aspect of our Health Service.  I am looking forward to adding my experience of supply chains and complex systems to a great team.

This appointment is made in accordance with the code for public appointments, issued by the Commissioner for Public Appointments. All appointments are made on merit and political activity plays no part in the selection process. However, in accordance with the original Nolan recommendations, there is a requirement for appointees’ political activity (if any declared) to be made public. Jeremy Monroe has declared no political activity
Jeremy Monroe holds no other Ministerial public appointments

The appointment is for four years from 11 February 2013. The role is remunerated at a rate of £7,883 for 2 to 3 days per month.

Jeremy Monroe will join the 6 other Non Executive Directors on NHSBT’s Board – Andrew Blakeman, Dr Christine Costello, Professor John Forsythe, Roy Griffins, George Jenkins and Shaun Williams.

For further information on NHSBT please visit the website.

The NHS Organ Donor Register records the details of people who have registered their wishes to donate organs and/or tissue after their death for transplantation. This information is checked after someone has died, by authorised medical staff, to establish whether a person wanted to donate.

The NHS needs 7,000 units of blood daily to supply hospitals across England and North Wales. Currently, 4% of the eligible population are active blood donors, helping to ensure that hospital demand is met.

To join the NHS Organ Donor Register or to register as a blood donor call the donor line on 0300 123 23 23. You can also join on-line by visiting the Organ Donor Register website or the Give Blood website.

Feb 142013

South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust announces the appointment of a new Non-Executive Director

13 February 2013

WindowsLiveWriter_NewNonExecutivejoinstheBoardofDirectors_7DD8_btp_thumbSouth Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust  is pleased to announce the appointment of a new Non– Executive Director.

Bruce Paxton, joined the Trust’s Board of Directors on 1 February 2013. With almost 20 years of experience of Board Level jobs, Bruce brings extensive business knowledge to the Trust.

Bruce said “I am delighted to be joining the Board of Directors, and I look forward to contributing to the Trust’s future. I hope that my experience and expertise will help the Trust to continue to go from strength to strength.”

Bruce’s career has been in general management, operations and engineering in the food manufacturing, packaging and engineering industry sectors. He has extensive experience of working in challenging and competitive industries, in several countries.

Glen Burley, Chief Executive said “It is a pleasure to welcome Bruce to the Trust as the new Non-Executive Director. As a result of Bruce’s successful portfolio and as a local Warwickshire resident, Bruce will be a great addition to the existing Board of Directors.”

Bruce will replace Veronica Cotterill as the Non-Executive Director.

Feb 092013

Former Chief Executive of North Bristol NHS Trust Ruth Brunt has joined AWP as an associate Non-Executive Director.

Ruth brings to AWP some 40 years' NHS experience through a wide ranging career encompassing roles in hospital nursing, midwifery, district nursing, nurse education and management.

Until retiring last year, Ruth was chief executive of North Bristol NHS Trust, having joined that Trust in 2004 as director of nursing before becoming its director of operations. Prior to this she was director of nursing and operations at Northern Devon Healthcare Trust and director of nursing for both North Devon and the Royal Devon and Exeter hospitals for a year whilst they considered merger.

AWP chair Tony Gallagher said he was delighted to welcome Ruth to the Trust. "Her wide experience will bring real benefits to the Trust, as well as providing an additional clinical perspective. I am also sure that her knowledge of the local health community will be invaluable."

Ruth said: "I am really looking forward to joining the team at AWP and hope to meet staff and service users over the coming weeks as I learn more about the Trust".

Feb 092013

Caroline Johnstone has joined the Board of the Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust as a Non-executive Director.

She brings a wealth of commercial experience to the organisation, which employs 14,000 staff, cares for well over a million patients every year and has a budget of almost £1 billion.

Originally trained as a chartered accountant, Caroline has had a career of 30 years working in professional services, based in Leeds, Edinburgh and London.  As a partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers, she worked at senior board level, supporting some of the largest organisations in the UK and internationally implementing significant change including turnaround, mergers, cost reduction, culture and people change.

Among her other current roles, Caroline is Chair of BARCA - Leeds, a community-based charity in the city, and a Non-executive member of the audit committee of the Crown Prosecution Service of England and Wales. She is also member of the governing body of the University of Leeds.

Caroline is married with a 22-year-old son, and lives in Ripon, North Yorkshire.

Commenting on her new role, Caroline said:

“It’s a challenging but exciting time to be joining the Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust and I am particularly interested in focusing on the people who use our services and work in our Trust.  I will work hard to ensure that the tough decisions Board members have to take do not lose sight of the need to deliver high quality of care and provide a great place to work for our staff.

“The NHS is one of this country’s greatest institutions but one which is facing significant structural change and funding challenges.  I hope in particular to bring my experience of managing change, developing the potential of organisations and delivering best value for money to a group of hospitals which I know are quite rightly held in high regard by patients.”

Caroline replaces Howard Cressey, who has left the Board of the Trust after completing more than eight years as a Non-Executive Director. Caroline also steps into Howard’s shoes as Chair of the Trust’s influential Audit Committee.

Feb 012013

Non executive director and deputy chairman announced at the Ipswich HospitalLaurence Collins has been appointed a non-executive director of the Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust .

Mr Collins, who was lead director at Ipswich Borough Council for health strategies and improvements for many years, takes up his appointment on 1 April this year.

He brings to the NHS extensive experience of leading change, corporate restructures and transformation programmes, including setting up multi-agency customer service and contact centres. Mr Collins has led complex multi-agency partnership projects such as the Ravenswood development, and key Ipswich Waterfront regeneration schemes including Felaw Maltings.

Between 1974 and 1985, Mr Collins had a career in planning in the public sector in South Yorkshire, Berkshire and London. He came to Ipswich in 1985 and was appointed a corporate director at Ipswich Borough Council in 1991 until December last year. During this time he established strong links with many local organisations and groups, and has a good knowledge of the local community.

He has a BA in Geography and an MA in Town and Regional Planning. Mr Collins also has professional memberships of the Royal Town planning Institute, the Chartered Management Institute and SOLACE. Mr Collins founded the East West Rail Consortium (made up of 25 local authorities/agencies across central southern England and was chairman for several years). He also initiated and led the East Anglian campaign to lobby for Stratford International.

The appointment has been warmly welcomed by Ann Tate CBE, Chair of The Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust, one of the largest and busiest hospitals in the east of England.

“We are delighted that Laurence is joining the Board. He will bring invaluable experience and expertise to the NHS and be a very strong link between the hospital and key partners”, Mrs Tate said.

On the news of his appointment, Mr Collins said “The Ipswich Hospital is an essential and cherished part of our community and it is an honour to be appointed to serve and help lead the development of the hospital in the challenging years ahead" 
Mr Collins has been appointed for a four-year term of office from 1 April 2013 to 31 March 2017.

This appointment has been made in accordance with the OCPA Code of Practice (Office of the Commissioner for Public Appointments). Mr Collins will receive remuneration of £6,096 per annum.

All non-executive appointments are made on merit and political activity plays no part in the selection process. However, in accordance with the original Nolan recommendations, there is a requirement for appointee’s political activity (if any declared) to be made public. Mr Collins has no declared political activity in the past five years and does not hold any other ministerial appointments.

Alan Bateman, a non executive director of the hospital Trust Board, has been appointed deputy chairman. This role was previously held by Dave Norval, non-executive director, who stepped down from the Board at the end of his term of office on 31 December last year.

Jan 252013

New appointments at Croydon Health Services

23 January 2013

Croydon Health Services NHS Trust.The NHS Trust Development Authority (NHS TDA) has today confirmed the appointment of two new non-executive directors at Croydon Health Services NHS Trust.

Godfrey Allen and John Thompson have extensive experience in overseeing the NHS in South West London.  Godfrey Allen was previously a non-executive for NHS Wandsworth and NHS Richmond, and John Thompson was a non-executive for NHS Sutton & Merton and NHS Croydon.  Both will now join Mike Bell, interim chair at Croydon Health Services, to work alongside the Trust’s other non-executives to hold the Trust Executives to account for performance of the Trust and for the improvements made in care for local people.

In addition, Mary Clarke CBE, a registered nurse on the Merton’s Clinical Commissioning Group governing body, will join the Trust as an associate non-executive director.  Mary’s role will be to give additional support to ensure the views of clinical staff are voiced from the ward to the Board.

Welcoming the announcement, Mike Bell, interim Chair at Croydon Health Services said:

“These appointments will bring a fresh perspective and a renewed energy to make further real improvements to care in Croydon.

 “The Trust has made significant improvements, particularly in A&E.  A survey soon to be published will also show that Croydon Health Services is one of the best trusts in London for patients’ experience of cancer care.  However, there is still much to be done. 

“The issues concerning governance at the Trust have been well-publicised and the ongoing changes to leadership at the Trust have been disconcerting for many people.  My priority is to bring continuity of leadership to Croydon Health Services so that the Trust can make sustainable and long-term improvements to care for local people.” 

Croydon Health Services has also confirmed that Karen Jones, a non-executive director at the Trust since 2009, has decided to step down for family reasons. Her tenure was due to end in March this year.

Mike Bell, Trust interim chair, added:

“Having only recently joined the Trust, I have not had the opportunity to work with Karen myself, but I know that she will be missed. Karen has been a valued member of the team and I wish her well. I would like to thank her for her dedication and commitment to our staff and patients in Croydon.”

Non-executive appointments to NHS Trusts made by the NHS TDA are subject to the Code of Practice of the Commissioner for Public Appointments.  Godfrey Allen and John Thompson have been appointed until 14 July 2013 and are entitled to receive a remuneration of £6,096 per annum.  It is expected that these important roles will then be advertised and substantive appointments made following an open recruitment and selection process. 

Associate non-executive directors attend and participate in board and committee meetings, providing additional support and advising the board but not able to vote.

More information can be found on the Trust Board pages of this site.

Jan 242013

Three new Non-Executive Directors have been appointed to Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust following a competitive recruitment process.

Cumbria NHS Foundation TrustThe three new appointments are:

Heike Horsburgh MBE,

Wanda Rossiter and

Kate Willard.

Their appointments were approved at the Governors Council on Thursday following a detailed recruitment exercise by the Trust's Nomination Committee which included the Chair and 3 governors.

Speaking of the appointments, the Trust's Chairman Mike Taylor said,

"93 people applied for the three positions, the high quality of applicant meant the panel of Governors were faced with some difficult choices. Out of that process we have been able to invite these three outstanding candidates to join us on the Board helping us take the Trust to even higher levels of service for the patients we treat in Cumbria - I am very much looking forward to working with them in the future."

The Trust thanks the work of the two outgoing non-executive directors, Tracy Brimage and John Brown who have both been at the Trust since 2008. Despite only two Non-Executive Directors leaving the Trust, three new appointments were made; this was mainly due to the high standard of the applicants. Mike Taylor said:

"Our constitution states that we are able to have up to six Non-Executive Directors; we have previously only had five. During the application process to fill the two posts of the outgoing Non-Executive Directors we advertised for up to three Non-Executive Directors.  The calibre of applicant was of such a high standard it was decided that three new Non-Executive Directors would be appointed. The Nominations Committee feels the expertise and experience of the three new candidates will complement the needs of the Trust."

Non-Executive Directors are lay members of the public who have been appointed by the Governors because of their skills and experience. They work with the Executive Directors and the Chief Executive and have joint responsibility for every decision of the board and share liability.

Non-Executive Directors are considered to be independent in character and judgement and have no cross directorships or significant links which could materially interfere with the exercise of their independent judgements.

The Non-Executive Directors will join the Board of Directors from 1st February 2013.

See below for a brief biography of each candidate.

Heike Horsburgh MBE

Heike has more than 25 years experience in youth and community services and her work with youth projects in Cumbria, as CEO of Young Cumbria, has earned her an MBE.

She has lived in Cumbria for 10 years and she applied for the position of Non-Executive Director because she felt it was something she could make a positive contribution towards and sees this as an opportunity to help influence something for the good of people in Cumbria.

Her previous roles have included working within mental and sexual health for young people and she was project manager for a youth charity in Sunderland which helped enhance the life chances of children and young people.

She has completed an MSc in International Development and has a degree in Community Education. She sits on the Grant making committee for Cumbria Community Foundation and is a board advisor for the Bangladeshi Community centre in Sunderland.

Heike has a passion for art and design; she loves cooking and growing a variety of vegetables from her allotment - when the weather allows!

Heike has an interest in many different aspects of patient care and says she is looking forward to working with the teams in the Trust, meeting those who deliver the services and getting out and listening to people.

What the Nominations Committee said:

"Heike has extensive service user and community experience in particular her work with youth projects across Cumbria. She will bring a valuable contribution in relation to her passion and knowledge of the third sector, and her understanding of Black Minority Ethnic community provision, commissioning and management."


Wanda Rossiter

Wanda joins the Trust with a wealth of experience in finance and business management.

She most recently worked for the audit commission for 12 years and her role involved extensive work with public bodies across Cumbria and Lancashire including Cumbria County Council. Her position centred on helping public bodies make best use of public monies. She has held various director and senior management roles in a number of sectors including not for profit.

As well as a wealth of accountancy qualifications Wanda has a BA (hons) in Philosophy.

Having lived in Cumbria since 1975 she has a keen interest in its community and feels her appointment as Non Executive director of the Cumbria Partnership Trust will be her opportunity to give something back to the county she has adopted as home.

Wanda is a keen hill-walker and has recently completed all of the Monros, she has a passion for vegetable gardening and is renowned locally for her tomato crop! Wanda also likes reading, travelling and food from all over the world.

Her vision for the future of the Trust is she would like to see a greater integration of physical and mental health services within the Trust.

What the Nominations Committee said:

"A strong candidate with very sound business and commercial background and skills. Wanda has a breadth and depth of experience across various industry sectors and will bring strengths in relation to achieving business process efficiencies."


Kate Willard

Kate is currently Corporate Affairs Director at Stobart Group in Carlisle and has worked as director and CEO with a number of other organisations since the 1980s. She was an independent consultant for the European Commission for six years, and has lived in France, Hungary and Belgium.

For the past 15 years Kate has lived in Cumbria and has a very keen interest in farming and the process of food from farm to table. She is currently developing a herd of Herefords, these along with her gardening skills means she and her family are trying their hardest to be self-sufficient! Kate is an avid cook and having trained as an actress loves going to the theatre but no longer has the desire to be on the stage herself.

Kate says she applied for the position because she has a genuine desire to give something back to the County that has been so fantastic to her and her two children. She is looking forward to seeing how her business and commercial acumen can be a positive influence for the Trust by helping to bring in the best of business thinking. Kate is a passionate believer in people and says she wants to be part of helping all individuals reach their full potential - giving them the chance to shine.

What the Nominations Committee said:

"Kate has very sound commercial and regeneration experience which could translate well into the NHS. Kate will bring additional strength to the Board in relation to her background and experience in talent management, leadership and people development."

Jan 142013

A financial expert has joined the Board of Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust as a Non-Executive Director.

Stephen Howarth brings 27 years’ experience from his previous chief officer role at West Mercia Police where he held the position of Director of Finance until his retirement in 2012.

He has been a trustee at St Mary’s school, Worcester since 1998 and is currently the Chair of their Finance Committee.

He is looking forward to using his skills and experience for the benefit of patients and staff at the Trust, which manages the Alexandra, Kidderminster and Worcestershire Royal Hospitals.

Stephen said: “My previous role at West Mercia, which was independently recognised as being one of the best performing forces in the country, was essentially about protecting people. I am absolutely delighted to be involved at a strategic level with Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust where the focus is also very much on protecting people by providing a safe, efficient patient centred service. Everyone knows that the first wealth is health and I look forward to helping the Trust in my new role.”

Stephen, a resident of Lower Wick, Worcester, formally took up his post on 9 January 2012. His appointment is for four years and runs until 8 January 2016.

Welcoming his new Non-Executive colleague to the board, Trust Chairman Harry Turner said: “Stephen brings a new set of skills and invaluable experience to our senior management team.”

“As well as his extensive financial experience, his background includes a Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy degree.

Stephen’s appointment was made in accordance with the requirements of the Commissioner for Public Appointments’ (OCPA) Code of Practice and he will be paid the national standard annual remuneration of £6,005.

He does not hold any other Ministerial appointments

All non-executive appointments are made on merit and political activity plays no part in the selection process.  However, in accordance with the original Nolan recommendations, there is a requirement for appointees’ political activity (if any declared) to be made public.

Stephen is not a member of any political party and has not taken part in any political activity in the past five years.

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