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The senior team at Isle of Wight NHS Trust has been strengthened by the arrival of a new Non-Executive Director and the reappointment of 3 senior leaders.

The Trust provides ambulance, community, hospital-based and mental health services across the Isle of Wight. The Trust Board oversees the organisation, the only integrated Trust in the NHS, monitoring performance and making decisions about how it is run for the benefit of the local community.

Julia Ross, a trained nurse and social worker, joins the Trust Board as Non-Executive Director with responsibility for Mental Health Services.

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Julia said:

“I am delighted to be joining the Trust. Health and care services mean so much to people and as a local resident I want to play my part in improving the vital services that our community relies on.

“I am looking forward to working with the Board and to learning about our Trust as we pull together to deliver the very best possible services across the Island.”

Julia qualified as a nurse at St Thomas Hospital and later moved on to requalify as a social worker. She spent 10 years as Director of Social Services in London and 3 years as Chief Executive of an integrated Primary Care Trust, followed by 5 years at the Department of Health.

She has a wealth of Board-level, national and local experience across large scale complex health and social care organisations and has worked in the public, private and voluntary sectors.

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Vaughan Thomas, Chair of Isle of Wight NHS Trust, said:

“I am delighted to welcome Julia to the Trust, she brings with her a great deal of valuable experience and we are looking forward to working with her to continue to improve the services that our communities rely on.

“Coming alongside the re-appointment of Anne, Caroline and Sara, this news is a real boost to the Board, it shows stability and will help us build on the progress that we have made over the last two years.”

Anne Stoneham is a qualified solicitor and was an academic in the Faculty of Business and Law at the University of Portsmouth specialising in company law and corporate governance. She was previously in private practice as a corporate and commercial litigation solicitor. With an interest in conflict and dispute resolution, Anne is an accredited mediator. Anne has non-executive experience in the voluntary sector on a range of boards over a period of 30 years and is currently Chair of UK Youth. She is also a director of a Community Interest Company, The Challenge Hub.

Caroline Spicer is a qualified accountant and was a Partner at PwC and later an Executive Partner/Vice President with IBM. Caroline has worked extensively across both the UK and abroad. She has 30 years of practical business experience; her roles have included running the Eastern Europe consulting practice of PwC, and looking after consulting services for IBM in Southern Europe. In addition, she has advised on and managed large transformation projects. Caroline has Non-Executive experience and is currently Chair and Trustee of the charity Partnership for Children and a Trustee of a voluntary service organisation.

Sara Weech is an experienced public sector executive director having spent 25 years working in health and social care systems including East and West Sussex, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. Sara has worked for both local authority and NHS organisations and is Trustee and Chair of Mountbatten, Isle of Wight.

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Dicky Daniels

Now they have the team in place?. I’m sure many thousands of islanders look forward to the improvements and a full range of services staying on the island. Particularly as the population here will rise to fill all the thousands of new houses.

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