Foundation trust has two new non–executive members

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Two new non-executive directors have been appointed at Stockport NHS Foundation Trust, which runs Stepping Hill Hospital and community health services in Stockport, Tameside and Glossop.

Dr Mike Cheshire and John Schultz CBE bring a wealth of clinical and local government experience to the organisation which is looking to strengthen its board of directors.

John Schultz CBE was chief executive of Stockport Council for 16 years until his retirement three years ago. Under his leadership, the council reached the Audit Commission’s top performance category. John was instrumental in setting up the Greater Manchester Health Commission, and jointly chaired the Greater Manchester Public Health Network. He is currently the independent chair of an NHS board overseeing the development of integrated care in Trafford. John also assists with the governance of a number of educational establishments and charities, as well as carrying out management consultancy work. He was recognised for services to local government and appointed CBE in 2010.

Dr Mike Cheshire is a hugely experienced clinician, having worked as a consultant physician, specialising in geriatric and general medicine for many years, including nearly three decades at Central Manchester Hospitals Foundation Trust. He was Clinical Vice President at the Royal College of Physicians, London from 2007 to 2010. Dr Cheshire has also held a number of other important management and regional responsibilities, including Director of Post Graduate Education (1997-2001). From 2009 until recently, Dr Cheshire was the Medical Director for NHS North West.

One of the appointments is to replace Gillian Easson after she became the Trust’s new chairman several months ago. The second appointment is an additional post to extend the board’s capacity and expertise, following the expansion of the organisation.

Stockport Foundation Trust sees over 750,000 patients a year, through its main hospital at Stepping Hill, specialist care units, 41 health centres and in people’s homes. It employs almost 6,000 staff, making it the second largest employer in Stockport after the council.

Dr Mike Cheshire said “I am looking forward to working with all the staff including my colleagues on the Board during this time of rapid change and challenge in the NHS. I hope that my clinical and managerial experience coupled with my personal enthusiasm and interest in high quality patient centred care will enable me to make a real contribution to the continuing improvement in the quality of our services.”

John Schultz said, “I am delighted to have been appointed a Director of Stockport NHS Foundation Trust, and am looking forward to continuing to use my skills and experience to the benefit of the local community. Stepping Hill Hospital, and the other local health services, which are very important indeed to my family and me.”

Trust Chairman Gillian Easson said, “I am delighted to welcome two new non-executives with such experience, knowledge and skills. Mike and John will clearly strengthen our board of directors to ensure our Trust is best placed to respond to future opportunities and challenges. I look forward to working with them to further improve services for our patients.”

The appointments were approved by the Trust’s Council of Governors following formal panel interviews and focus groups involving governors, board members, senior clinicians and managers. Both non-executive directors will officially begin their roles in September 2013.