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Wednesday, 01 July 2015

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Cumbria health trust reappoints chairman

A CUMBRIA health trust has appointed its chairman.

The Governors Council from Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust have voted to re-appoint Mike Taylor as Trust chairman.

Mike Taylor has been the chairman since 2012 and his re-appointment will see his tenure extended to October 2016.

Jane Smith Head Governor said: “I am very happy that the Governor’s Council have unanimously re-appointed Mike Taylor as Chair.

“Over the past two years Mike has shown spirit and has remained committed to making sure we can provide care that helps people across Cumbria have happier, healthier and more hopeful lives.

“Mike is a great ambassador for the Trust and is a vital and valued link between the communities we serve, the Board and Governors. It will be good to work along-side Mike to make sure we put patients, carers and service users at the heart of all we do and to deliver the ambitious plans we have over the coming years.”

Mr Taylor’s current term of office finishes on October 31 and his next two year term will end on October 31 2016.

Also one of the Trust’s Non-Executive Director has made the difficult decision to leave the Trust.

Kate Willard, has resigned from her position as Non-Executive Director at Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. Kate, who was appointed to the position in February 2013, has taken the decision to stand down due to increased pressure on her time as Corporate Affairs Director at Stobart Group.

Kate said: “It is with huge regret that I have made the decision to step down from the Board of Directors. The ongoing success of the Stobart Group has led to significant increased pressure of time on my diary and I am therefore unable to dedicate sufficient time to this important role. I have the greatest of respect for work of the Board and the Executive and Non-Executive Directors and I will continue to support the work of the Trust as they work with their partners to improve quality and safety of care for our communities in Cumbria.”

Mike Taylor Chair said: “In her time at the Trust, Kate has made an outstanding contribution to the Board of Directors particularly in strategic planning and workforce matters. However I understand her position and wish her every success for the future.”

The Trust will begin a recruitment process for a replacement Non-Executive Director shortly.

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