NHS Appointments Commission appoints new chair at Northern Devon Healthcare Trust

Northern Devon Healthcare Trust is pleased to welcome Brian Sherwin as Chair, with effect from 1 February 2007. Brian was previously a non-executive director with the Trust, a position held since August 2006.

Mr Sherwin is a Chartered Secretary and a Chartered Marketeer and has over 35 years business experience gained in the pharmaceutical industry. Mr Sherwin is also a Governor of North Devon College, is a trustee of Exmoor Calvert Trust and is a former Chairman of the North Devon Conservative Association, of which he is also currently a trustee.

Jac Kelly, Chief Executive, Northern Devon Healthcare Trust said, “We are really pleased and welcome Brian’s appointment to Chair this trust. His business background and financial acumen and challenge will greatly benefit the trust as he leads the organisation forward in its financial recovery and modernisation programme.”

NHS Trust 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. 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 their local communities to make sure that the interests of patients remain paramount.

Brian Sherwin said, “I am honoured to be appointed to lead the Trust Board during this period of recovery and change. Over the next two years we have to eliminate the financial deficit, raise our standards and improve performance. I am confident that the ability and will to achieve these targets lies within the workforce and indeed the turnaround is already well under way.” Brian’s appointment is for an initial term of 4 years and starts on 1 February 2007. There is an official time commitment of 3.5 days per week, for which a remuneration of £17,545 will be received. Mr Sherwin has declared no other 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. The outcome of the appointment process for the replacement non-executive director will be managed by the appointments commission and announced in due course.

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Last updated: March 6, 2018