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Trust thanks trio of non-executive directors

Tuesday, 19 July, 2016
Trust thanks trio of non-executive directors

Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust has confirmed that three of its longest-serving non-executive directors will not seek re-election when their current terms come to an end in December 2016.

At the trust’s annual general meeting held in Northumberland last week, the organisation thanked Ian McMinn, Ian Swithenbank and David Thompson for their collective service, totalling 47 years, working with Northumbria Healthcare.

Ian McMinn has been a non-executive director since 1998 after a career in public sector finance and performance management.  In his role at the trust he has devoted time overseeing the development of Northumbria’s Bright charity and volunteering service.

Ian Swithenbank joined Northumbria Healthcare as a non-executive director in 1999 and previously held roles as the leader and chairman of Northumberland County Council and in 1997 was awarded a CBE for service to Northumberland.

David Thompson became a non-executive director in 2004 after a career in teaching as a head teacher at a local high school.  During his time at Northumbria, he has chaired several committees, one of which was the Berwick community hospital committee and he has worked closely with the trust on the development of a new £25million facility for the town.

Together, they have served the NHS, helping to guide the board of Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust to become recognised as one of the best in England and played a part in the organisation recently being rated ‘outstanding’ by the Care Quality Commission.

Chairman of Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, Alan Richardson commented: “On behalf of our staff, governors and the trust board, I want to thank Ian, Ian and David for the time they have devoted to developing local health services and for the excellent stewardship and commitment they have shown to the NHS. 

“There is no doubt that the contributions they have made will go on to benefit patients for many years to come across Northumberland and North Tyneside and we wish them all very well for the future.”

A process led by the trust’s Council of Governors will commence to recruit three new non-executive directors.