Three new directors join board of Plymouth hospitals trust
A FORMER surgeon, accountant and chief executive have been appointed as the new non-executive directors to the board of Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust.
Chairman Richard Crompton, who yesterday announced the appointments, said the three new non-executive directors were bringing "a wealth of experience" with them.
Professor Terence Lewis, Elizabeth Raikes and Dr Michael Williams will begin their appointments on September 25 and will continue until September 2016. They will attend their first board meeting in October.
Professor Lewis was formerly a caradiothoracic surgeon with Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust and led the establishment of the South West Cardiothoracic Centre.
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He was later appointed as medical director, a position he held for seven years with the Trust before retiring in 2008.
He is also a trustee with St Lukes Palliative Care Services and Heartswell Lodge, a governor with Plymouth University and is chair of the Plymouth University School Medical Board and chair of Plymouth Marine Laboratory.
Mrs Raikes, a chartered accountant by profession, has been a chief executive in the public sector for 12 years and is currently chief executive of Torbay Council.
She started her career in the navy before going on to train as a teacher where she worked at Lipson School, and Plymouth and Saltash Comprehensive School early in her career.
Dr Williams was a chief executive with Taunton and Somerset NHS Trust, North Oxfordshire Primary Care Trust Partnership and Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals before retiring in 2008.
He is a senior research fellow with the University of Exeter Business School and earlier in his career worked as a director with the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital. He has been a trustee of a number of national charities including the Royal British Legion.
Mr Crompton said: "We welcome Terence, Elizabeth and Michael to our board. They bring with them a wealth of experience in the NHS and public service delivery not to mention local knowledge and insight that is to be admired and will be to the benefit of our patients and staff.
"We now have a strong and experienced board that will provide the leadership that this hospital trust and the patients we serve need and deserve.
"It is an exciting time. We have some great achievements and successes to build on and many more to come."
Mr Crompton, a retired policeman who took on the role of chairman in July, said at the time of his appointment he would rebuild hospital leadership after a "turbulent" year.
The three new non-executive directors replace the last three who dramatically quit after the announcement that Mr Crompton would become chairman in May.
They stressed their decision was not about Mr Crompton as an individual, but about the appointments process. The appointment from outside the organisation was the "final straw" amid a leadership vacuum, they said.