New Chair and Non-Executive Director appointed

Posted: December 4, 2013

Roger Hill has been appointed as new Chair

Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is pleased to announce the appointment of a new Chair following recent interviews.

Roger Hill, a Non-Executive Director of the Trust Board since 2008 and Senior Independent Director for the past year, will succeed current Chair, Bruce Laurie at the end of January 2014.

With a long and distinguished career in industry, until 1999 Roger had been both the Chairman and Managing Director of the UK subsidiary of Intergraph Corporation, a large American computer company.  Subsequently he was a Board Director of a number of IT services companies.  Since 2002 he has served as a Governor at Newbury College. 

In his role as Chair, Roger will be responsible for providing clear leadership to the Board and ensuring that the delivery of high quality care remains its focus at all times.

Nerissa Vaughan, Chief Executive of Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: "We are delighted to welcome Roger Hill as our new Chair. He has been an enthusiastic and committed Non-Executive Director of the Trust since 2008 and I know how deeply passionate he is about doing the best for our patients and staff.  With his successful business background and strong personal values, he is the ideal person to lead the Trust, at what is a very challenging time for the whole NHS.

"We will be sad to say farewell to Bruce who has been Chair for over five years. He helped lead us successfully to Foundation Trust status in 2008 and with the merger with Wiltshire Community Health Services in 2011, completely transforming the Trust in the process." 

Accepting the appointment, Roger Hill, said: "I am both proud and privileged to be appointed Chair of the Trust. I have spent the past five years becoming increasingly familiar with changes in the delivery of healthcare the Trust has both made and will face in the future. I am also aware of the dedication and pressure placed upon everybody working within the Trust, together with all our colleagues providing health and social care in the community.

"My time working with the Board and alongside world class staff gives me great confidence in our ability to sustain and improve upon the nature and quality of care we provide during the challenging times ahead."

The Trust has also appointed a new Non-Executive Director Jemima Milton.  Jemima is an elected member of the Wiltshire Council, Chairman of Marlborough Area Board and previously a Governor at Great Western Hospital. She ran a farming business for 25 years and as a Wiltshire Councillor has taken a special interest in championing adult care in Wiltshire.

Nerissa continues:  "As well as appointing a new Chair I am delighted to welcome Jemima to the Board.  Her experience of working with local communities will be a great asset to the Trust in our work to provide more services closer to home for patients."

Jemima said: "I have a long association working with the local community and the Trust, both as a user of services and being a Governor.  I have witnessed firsthand the hard work of staff and the care they provide, so I'm delighted to be able to use my experience to help the Trust work with local partner organisations to deliver the best care possible to local people."

Roger Hill will take up the post of Chairman from 1st February for a term of three years.

Cllr Jemima Milton will take up the post of Non-Executive Director from 1st January for a term of three years.

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