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NUH welcomes new Non-Executive Directors to its Board

We are pleased to welcome four new Non-Executive Directors, and one Associate Non-Executive Director to our Trust Board, who join us in our pursuit to become outstanding for health outcomes and excellent patient and staff experience.

On 1 January Clare Urmston and Craig Wilcockson were the first of the four Non-Executives to joins us.

Clare Urmston is currently the Chief Financial Officer of Mamas and Papas Limited and sits on the ICAEW Business Committee. Clare recently acted as Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee and Non Exec Director of Game Digital plc until the business was recently acquired by Sports Direct plc.  Clare’s former roles include CFO of Symingtons Limited, Interim CFO of Wilko Retail Limited and FD of W’Innovate Limited. Prior to this Clare held a number of Senior Finance posts at Northern Foods plc. Clare qualified with KPMG in 2002 and was awarded an ICAEW FD Excellence award in 2013.

Claire said: “I am really pleased to be joining the Board as a Non-Executive Director from the 1 January.  I am very passionate about the NHS after my parents served more70 years between them in the NHS.”

The second Non-Executive to join our team is Craig Wilcockson, who has over 15 years of experience in employee engagement, business and cultural change, talent management and organisational development gained in a variety of large national and international businesses.  He is currently Group People Director for the Orbit Group, which he started in April 2017.

Of his appointment, Craig said: “I hope the experience I bring to the role of Non-Executive will help support the Trust on its journey.  I am particularly interested in the culture work they have started.”

Sardip Sandhu also joined us on 1 January as an Associate Non-Executive Director.  Sardip brings with her over 20 years general management and commercial experience, latterly in organisational strategy and transformation roles, focusing on operational capability and change, at global Health and Beauty company Walgreens Boots Alliance.  Sardip has public sector experience and is currently Vice Chair of the Corporation board at West Nottinghamshire FE College.

Sardip added: “It is a privilege to be joining the Trust Board at Nottingham University Hospitals and I look forward to collaborating with the team to bring about improvements for local people and staff.”

From the 1 February 2020, Mark Chivers will join us as a Non-Executive Director.  Mark has been an Associate Non-Executive Director with Nottingham University Hospitals since 13th December 2017. 

Mark leads the Estates, Engineering and Energy teams responsible for the Retail, Logistics and Commercial property portfolios (including the Nottingham main site). During over twenty years at Boots he has held senior roles in Marketing, Transformation, and Procurement as well as in Property and Property Development.  Mark is currently also a Governor of Nottingham High School, and a Director of Nottingham’s Creative Quarter.

Of his appointment, Mark said: “My experience on the Board has given me valuable insights and I am delighted to be able to continue to challenge and support this wonderful organisation.  I look forward to being part of a period of development and transformation at the Trust that will allow continuing provision of fantastic care for Nottingham through the next decade.”

The final Non-Executive appointee, Maggie Boyd, will join our Board on 1 April 2020.  Maggie Boyd has over 40 years of NHS experience in clinical and leadership roles.  Clinical experience as a nurse, midwife and health visitor coupled with her Executive Director roles in provider and commissioning organisations, she brings a wealth of experience to complement the board skills and expertise.  Latterly she has worked as a Regional Director in NHS Improvement with regulatory experience and particularly oversight of quality governance and leadership in NHS providers across Midlands and East.  She has a track record in driving improvements for patients and has led and developed quality governance systems supporting staff to have ownership for improving standards of care for patients and communities. Maggie is very committed to improving staff experience and developing leaders to face the complex challenges across health and social care.

Maggie said: “I am delighted to be joining the board and committed to driving improvements for staff and patients at a key point for Nottingham University Hospitals and the local community. I look forward to meeting and working with you all over the coming years.”

Eric Morton, Chair at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, said: "I am really pleased to have made such strong appointments, which will further strengthen our Board.  These appointments will ensure we have the right strength and depth of experience across Non-Executive, Associate Non-Executive Director and Executive Director positions that we need moving forward to address the challenges we face and deliver our ambitious future strategy.  Culture and leadership, workforce planning and transforming our services to ensure they are fit for the future are right at the heart of our new long-term strategy and consistent with the direction of travel in the system’s future strategy, and I am confident that all of the appointees can add significant value in these areas with their fresh perspective and considerable experience.”

“I would like to take the opportunity to thank the two outgoing Non-Executive Directors, Julie Pomeroy and David Cartwright for their contributions.  Julie joined the Trust Board in 2012 and David in 2015, and both have supported and advised the Board through considerable change.  On behalf of the Trust Board I would like to wish them well in their future endeavours.”

For more information about the Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust Board, including dates, times and venues of our monthly public Board meetings and papers, please visit our website.


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