10 February 2017

NUH Chair, Louise Scull, to step down

NUH Chair, Louise Scull, to step down

Louise Scull, Chair of Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust (NUH), has announced today that she will be stepping down this summer.

Louise said: "Following much reflection, I have decided to step down as Chair after almost 12 years on the Board of Nottingham's hospitals. The relationship between Chair and Chief Executive is an important one for any organisation, and bringing forward the end of my tenure as Chair will allow my successor to be involved in the recruitment of NUH's new Chief Executive; a process which is now underway. The Trust Board continues to review arrangements for the next phase of our strategic partnership with Sherwood Forest Hospitals, looking at how the two Trusts will work with each other in the longer-term. A new Chair and Chief Executive will be best placed to shape this future relationship which will crucially support the delivery of the 5-year plan for the health and social care system in Nottinghamshire.

"It has been a great privilege to serve as Chair of NUH, and to work alongside some of the most committed, loyal and caring people of my career. I will leave the Trust proud of what NUH has achieved in the last 11 years, knowing there is a strong Board and good foundations in place to take the Trust forward."

Peter Homa, NUH Chief Executive, said: "I would like to thank Louise publically for her unwavering commitment to NUH and focus on improving patient and staff experience. Much has been achieved during Louise's time as Chair, not least NUH's Care Quality Commission 'Good' rating in 2016. Louise will be greatly missed and on behalf of the NUH Trust Board I would like to thank her most sincerely for all she has done and achieved during her time as Chair and Non-Executive Director and wish her well for the future."

Louise will remain as Chair until a permanent successor is appointed.  The recruitment process will start immediately.

Louise has been in post as Chair since December 2013, following a period as Acting Chair in 2013. She has been a well-respected Non-Executive Director (NED) since the Trust was formed in 2006, and was a NED at Nottingham City Hospital leading up to the merger of QMC and Nottingham City Hospital when one of the largest acute trusts in the country was created.

NHS Nottingham University Hospitals
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