Jul 102013

A round-up of recent Non-Executive Director appointments

Two new non-executive directors have been appointed at Stockport NHS Foundation Trust, which runs Stepping Hill Hospital and community health services in Stockport, Tameside and Glossop.

Dr Mike Cheshire and John Schultz CBE bring a wealth of clinical and local government experience to the organisation which is looking to strengthen its board of directors.

John Schultz CBE was chief executive of Stockport Council for 16 years until his retirement three years ago. Under his leadership, the council reached the Audit Commission’s top performance category. John was instrumental in setting up the Greater Manchester Health Commission, and jointly chaired the Greater Manchester Public Health Network. He is currently the independent chair of an NHS board overseeing the development of integrated care in Trafford. John also assists with the governance of a number of educational establishments and charities, as well as carrying out management consultancy work. He was recognised for services to local government and appointed CBE in 2010.

Dr Mike Cheshire is a hugely experienced clinician, having worked as a consultant physician, specialising in geriatric and general medicine for many years, including nearly three decades at Central Manchester Hospitals Foundation Trust. He was Clinical Vice President at the Royal College of Physicians, London from 2007 to 2010. Dr Cheshire has also held a number of other important management and regional responsibilities, including Director of Post Graduate Education (1997-2001). From 2009 until recently, Dr Cheshire was the Medical Director for NHS North West.

One of the appointments is to replace Gillian Easson after she became the Trust’s new chairman several months ago. The second appointment is an additional post to extend the board’s capacity and expertise, following the expansion of the organisation.

Stockport Foundation Trust sees over 750,000 patients a year, through its main hospital at Stepping Hill, specialist care units, 41 health centres and in people’s homes. It employs almost 6,000 staff, making it the second largest employer in Stockport after the council.

Dr Mike Cheshire said “I am looking forward to working with all the staff including my colleagues on the Board during this time of rapid change and challenge in the NHS. I hope that my clinical and managerial experience coupled with my personal enthusiasm and interest in high quality patient centred care will enable me to make a real contribution to the continuing improvement in the quality of our services.”

John Schultz said, “I am delighted to have been appointed a Director of Stockport NHS Foundation Trust, and am looking forward to continuing to use my skills and experience to the benefit of the local community. Stepping Hill Hospital, and the other local health services, which are very important indeed to my family and me.”

Trust Chairman Gillian Easson said, “I am delighted to welcome two new non-executives with such experience, knowledge and skills. Mike and John will clearly strengthen our board of directors to ensure our Trust is best placed to respond to future opportunities and challenges. I look forward to working with them to further improve services for our patients.”

The appointments were approved by the Trust’s Council of Governors following formal panel interviews and focus groups involving governors, board members, senior clinicians and managers. Both non-executive directors will officially begin their roles in September 2013.

The appointment of a new Non-Executive Director of Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust (LCHS) has been announced.

Murray MacDonald brings experience from both the public and private sector.

He is described as an experienced Non-Executive Director, with posts also held with Lincolnshire Community Voluntary Service and Speedwell Homes.

Currently, Mr MacDonald is Chief Executive of Boston Mayflower Housing Association, where he is responsible for all operational aspects of the company.

Dr Donald White, Chairman of LCHS, said: “I am pleased to welcome Murray to the organisation and I speak on behalf of the other Board members when I say that I am looking forward to working with him.

“Murray’s experience and knowledge will be an asset to our organisation as we continue to work towards achieving Foundation Trust status.”

Mr MacDonald has been appointed from June 6, 2013, until June 5, 2017, and is entitled to receive a remuneration of £6,157 per annum.

Two new non executives appointed to NHS Borders Board

The Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing today announced the appointment of two new Members to NHS Borders Board.

Mrs Karen Hamilton has 25 years of experience in Adult Care and Social Work, beginning as a Home Carer, then Co-ordinator, followed by a Diploma in Social Work Training from Robert Gordon’s University in Aberdeen. Since then she has had a varied career progressing to Senior Management positions with both Moray and Highland Councils culminating in Head of Service for Care at Home Development with Highland. Karen has also achieved Post Graduate Certificates in Leadership and Social Work Practice Teaching. Since ‘retiring’ Karen has been actively involved in Community Council matters and a member of NHS Moray and Borders Patient/Public Forums. Karen’s career has given her particular insight into the sometimes fragile links between being cared for at home and in hospital, the structures in place and the tensions that can limit seamless care.

Dr Stephen Mather qualified as a doctor in 1977 from Dundee University and, after full registration with the GMC, he spent time as a General Practitioner in Norfolk. He then retrained in anaesthesia and was a consultant in anaesthesia and pain management at Warwick Hospital. For ten years, he was a Justice of the Peace in Warwickshire and also served as Assistant Deputy Coroner for Warwickshire. In later years, he was the Medical Director of Warwick Hospital and was part of the team which led the Trust to a successful application for Foundation status. Having held a number of managerial posts whilst a consultant, included BMA local negotiating committee chairman, he has experience of service redesign, change management and an Executive Board role as well as negotiation skills to bring to the post.

John Raine, Chairman of NHS Borders commented: “I am delighted to be able to welcome both Karen Hamilton and Dr Stephen Mather to NHS Borders as Non Executive members. They will bring with them a wealth of valuable and relevant experience to the work of the Board.”

The appointments will be for four years. The appointment for Karen Hamilton and will run from 1 August 2013 to 31 July 2017. The appointment for Stephen Mather and will run from 1 December 2013 to 30 November 2017.

New non-executive Director appointed to Board of Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust - 01 July 2013

Dr Andreas Raffel brings over 25 years’ board level experience in the finance industry, most recently in his current role as executive vice chairman at Rothschild. Over this period, he gained extensive experience of a number of different industries as well as the public and not-for-profit sectors.

Dr Raffel has also held a number of senior non-executive positions, acting as a member of council at Cranfield University since 2009 and its deputy chair since 2012. He has already developed an excellent understanding of the issues and challenges facing Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, having been an external member of the Trust’s finance and investment committee since 2012. In his new role as non-executive director of the Trust he will be a full member of both the finance and investment committee and of the audit and risk committee.

Dr Andreas Raffel, newly appointed non-executive director at Imperial College Healthcare NHS trust, said: “I am delighted to be joining the board of Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust as a non-executive director at such a key moment in the Trust’s development. I have already seen some of the excellent clinical care that the Trust provides for its patients, translating the latest medical research breakthroughs quickly into patient care. I hope to play an important role in helping the organisation to continue embedding the best possible governance and financial sustainability, so that the Trust can achieve its full potential.

Sir Richard Sykes, chairman of Imperial College Healthcare NHS trust, said: “I am delighted to welcome Dr Andreas Raffel to the Trust board. Andreas brings a wealth of skills and experience that will prove invaluable as we continue our journey to Foundation Trust status and beyond, so that we can keep ensuring that patients at all our hospitals benefit from the best possible quality of care and treatment.”

“In particular, Dr Raffel will bring considerable financial acumen and management experience, and as such will play a key role in supporting both Sarika Patel, the chair of the Trust’s finance and investment committee, and Sir Gerald Acher, chair of the audit and risk committee.

New non-executive directors appointed at Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Trust

Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust is pleased to announce that, following a recent recruitment process, two new non-executive directors will be joining its Board from July 1 2013.

Dr Barry Henley joins as a non-executive director, a role he has previously held at Heart of Birmingham teaching PCT and the Birmingham and Solihull NHS Cluster. Barry brings a wealth of experience and expertise in private industry and the public sector to the Trust. He was chief executive of Chubb group companies in the UK, Singapore and Australia, before becoming chief executive of the faculty of engineering and computing at Birmingham City University. He was subsequently a knowledge transfer partnership advisor on dozens of innovation projects for the Technology Strategy Board. Barry is also a councillor representing the Brandwood ward on Birmingham City Council and he chairs the Council’s conservation and heritage panel, the wholly owned subsidiary Acivico, the ICT joint venture with Capita and the Standing Advisory Council on Religious Education.

Barry will act as chair of the Trust Board’s Mental Health Act Legislation Committee and also as Vice Chair of the Audit Committee.

Waheed Saleem is joining the Trust as an associate non-executive director.

Waheed is a management consultant working in the public and voluntary sectors. He graduated from the London School of Economics, is a fellow of the RSA and a member of the Association of Corporate Governance Practitioners.  His background includes working at director level in a number of strategic roles in the NHS, most recently as a PCT locality commissioning director in Birmingham.

In addition to this NHS experience, he also holds chair and non-executive director positions at a number of major national and regional public and voluntary organisations. Waheed has led significant regeneration programmes, advised the Government on neighbourhood renewal policy and community development, and was instrumental in developing leadership programmes for young people and mentors in inner city schools.

These new appointments replace Jeff Herdman and Alison Lord who recently left the Trust.

Sue Davis CBE, Chair of the Trust, said: “I am delighted that Barry and Waheed will be joining our Board and bringing their extensive experience and expertise at this time of significant change in the NHS.  They will have a considerable contribution to make to achieving our strategic aims of continuously improving quality of care for service users whilst ensuring long term financial sustainability for the Trust.”

John Short, Chief Executive, said: “The Trust has an ambitious strategy and vision which involves achieving sustained improvement in services in the context of increased demand and a difficult financial environment. Our new non-executives will play a key role in helping to deliver this and their background at director level in the NHS, private and voluntary sectors will be invaluable to the Trust.”

If you would like to find out more about what it takes to become a Non-Executive Director there are regular 1-day courses in Bristol and Oxford – click here for more details

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