June Lake has been re-appointed to the Board of Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust, which has responsibility for North Devon District Hospital in Barnstaple and for local community hospitals.
She originally joined the Trust in 2003, after serving for seven years on the Community Health Council – the local NHS watchdog body.
Her new term runs from 1 July 2007 to 30 June 2011, with remuneration of £5,875 a year. Her appointment has been made in accordance with the Office of the Commissioner for Public Appointments code of practice.
June, who lives at Lynton, took a degree in hotel management before working at the BBC in VIP hospitality. Then came a career change, which took her into the pharmaceutical industry for 20 years, working with two multinational companies in product management and marketing, export sales and hospital contracting.
She has also worked as a freelance for many other companies, producing promotional and educational materials and film.
When she had a family, she came to Devon to realise a long-held ambition and became an hotelier. More recently, June has run two local retail outlets.
As a member of the Board, June will help set the strategic direction for the Trust and oversees its progress.
All non-executive appointments are made on merit and political activity plays no part in the selection process. However, in accordance with the original Nolan recommendations, there is a requirement for appointees’ political activity to be made public. June has declared no political activity and holds no other ministerial appointments.
Brian Sherwin, Trust Chairman, said: “I’m very glad to have June confirmed in her post for another four years. She’s a real champion of patients’ interests and has played a big part in modernising the Trust. She’ll be a valuable asset at an exciting time, as we look to the future with a refurbished North Devon District Hospital and a strong range of community hospitals and services.