Northern Devon Healthcare Trust is pleased to announce the appointment of Mrs Amelia Tucker Jones to its Board of Non-Executive Directors, with effect from 11 December 2006.
Amelia Tucker Jones, who lives in the Barnstaple area. Is a biotechnologist by training, spent 6 years with the Ministry of Defence at the Chemical and Biological Defence Establishment involved in proliferation control. She has also worked for the United Nations based in New York, a clinical trials company and Lockheed Martin. Most recently, Amelia was also a non-executive director at the North Devon Primary Care Trust until its demise in October 2006. Amelia is married.
Amelia said, “I am delighted to have been appointed to the Trust Board at this challenging time and look forward to working with the rest of the Board to help plan and develop the best health care for the people of Torridge and North Devon.”
Brian Sherwin, newly appointed Chair of the Northern Devon Healthcare Trust said, “We are delighted to welcome Amelia to the Board and are confident she will be a huge asset to this Trust. Her background and experience from the PCT means she is well aware of the issues facing this Trust and will be instrumental in participating in overseeing the Trust’s clinical modernisation and financial agendas.”
NHS boards have corporate responsibility for the strategies and actions of their organisations. The Board of the Northern Devon Healthcare Trust consists of five executives (including the Chief Executive and the Finance Director) and five non-executives plus a chair. The chair and non-executives are lay people drawn from the community served by the trust or health authority. They are accountable to the Secretary of State and are expected to hold the executive to account and to use their skills and experience to help the board as it develops health strategies, and ensures the delivery of high quality services to patients. The non-executives are also expected to draw from their experience in the local communities to make sure that the interests of patients remain paramount.
Amelia’s appointment is for a term of 3 years and started on 11 December 2006. In common with all non-executive directors she will be expected to devote up to two and a half days per month to NDHT work and will be paid £5,730 per annum. Mrs Tucker-Jones has not declared any political activity and has no other ministerial appointments.
The appointment has been made in accordance with the Office of the Commissioner for Public Appointments code of practice. All non-executive appointments are made on merit and political activity plays no part in the selection process. However in accordance with the Nolan recommendations, any declared political activity by appointees is made public.