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Appointment of Chair at George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust Posted on 29 Mar 2019

NHS Improvement has confirmed the appointment of Russell Hardy as chair of George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust.

Russell joins the Trust alongside his role as chairman of the two other hospitals in the Foundation Group of which George Eliot Hospital is a member – South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust and Wye Valley NHS Trust. He brings a wealth of experience from working in both NHS trusts and private companies, with a firm understanding of working in large organisations and overseeing strategic developments.

He was appointed as Chairman by NHS Improvement and he starts at the George Eliot Hospital on 1 April 2019.

Commenting on his appointment, Russell said: “I am very pleased to be appointed as Chair of George Eliot Hospital and I would like to thank Prem Singh for his leadership over the last year - the George Eliot has made important advances during his tenure. I look forward to meeting the dedicated staff that provide such good care to local people. Our challenge is to work with our health and care partners in the area to make sure this care is more joined up and tailored towards our patients’ needs throughout their care journey.

“I will be leading an independent George Eliot Trust Board who I know are ready to take on this challenge and I relish the opportunity to work with them and the rest of the leadership team. George Eliot Hospital is hugely valued by its local community and I take on this responsibility with a strong regard for its history, its staff and its services.”

Chief Executive Glen Burley added: “This is a great appointment for George Eliot Hospital and the patients we serve. The Trust Board will maintain its independence and commitment to local services while benefitting from the strength that the membership of a Foundation Group brings. A shared CEO and Chair across the Group will further help our collaboration – keeping our individual identities, but sharing good practice and innovation for the common good.”

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