Trust appoints four new Non-Executive Directors

Blackpool Teaching Hospitals Trust are pleased to welcome four new non-executive directors (NEDs) to the board.

The newly appointed Non-Executive Directors (NEDs) are Adrian Carradice-Davids, Sue McKenna, Andrew Roach and Fiona Eccleston.

Adrian Carradice-Davids has a wealth of healthcare experience across the UK and arrives at Blackpool as an Associate Director. Speaking about his appointment to the board at BTH he said: “I’ve worked in coastal areas in another part of the UK and I want to bring that experience of community and partnership engagement to Blackpool Teaching Hospitals with the hope to collectively improve the wellbeing of the residents of Blackpool and reduce health inequalities in the area.”

Sue McKenna is returning to Blackpool following a long and distinguished career in the NHS. She said: “Blackpool is where I trained as a nurse 38 years ago and worked for many years in clinical and managerial roles. My whole family use services provided by Blackpool, all my children were born there . I therefore have both a personal and professional investment in the Trust.

“Having worked in many other parts of the county I retired, returned to live in the area and would love to use my knowledge and skills gained over many years to creatively add value to board and the organisation. I am still a registered nurse but worked for a number of years as a Chief Operating Officer.”

Andy Roach, a mental health nurse by background has more than 20 years’ experience at board level in health organisations and said: “I was inspired to become a non-executive board member following my conversations with the Chairman, Steve Fogg, who impressed me with his ambitions for the Trust. I’m keen to drive and improve the quality of services at Blackpool Teaching Hospitals and working together in integrating closely with the ICS.”

Fiona Eccleston is a chartered accountant who more recently has been working as a consultant on finance transformation and change projects within the healthcare sector. Speaking about her appointment she said: “I wanted to become a NED at this Trust because I have recently moved back to the Preston area/North West where I grew up and I wanted to use the finance and business skills I have developed in my career to help the local population.

“I have several relatives who work at this Trust or ones close by, and while I don’t have clinical skills like they do to be able to contribute to help with the healthcare challenges, it was exciting to find an opportunity to contribute to the NHS using the finance and commercial experience I have gained in industry.”

Speaking about the appointment of the four new non-executive directors, Chairman Steve Fogg said: “I am delighted to welcome Adrian, Sue, Andy and Fiona to the board, they bring a wealth of experience from different areas of healthcare and I look forward to listening to their ideas and input on how we can improve services at Blackpool Teaching Hospitals.”

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