janetaborFollowing the retirement of Non-Executive Directors John Matthews and Peter Taylor and the departure of Executive Director, Felicity Greene, the Isle of Wight NHS Trust, working with the Trust Development Authority, has moved quickly to fill these top level Board vacancies.

A new Executive Director appointment has been made, with Katie Gray having been appointed as Executive Director of Transformation and Integration. Katie comes from the world of international container shipping and, before joining the Trust, was Director of Process Excellence in Maersk Line – the world’s largest container shipping company employing 25,000 people in 135 countries. Katie will focus on supporting colleagues to develop robust plans to help deliver the Trust’s strategy. In addition, she will enable the use of project and programme mechanisms that will ensure those plans and targets succeed. Information management and technology will be an area of focus for Katie and she will work with the IT teams to ensure IT platforms support the delivery of excellent care.

Welcoming the new appointment, Karen Baker, Chief Executive Officer, said:

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“I very much welcome Katie’s appointment to our senior team and look forward to working alongside her in the coming months. Katie brings with her a wealth of experience from the commercial sector which will give us an invaluable, fresh perspective on our organisation and new ideas on how we can continue to work towards our overall vision of ‘Quality Care, Everyone, Every Time'”.

During 2013 Isle of Wight NHS Trust identified the need to add new talent in order to reach ambitious goals for a world class responsive and integrated health care system for all our Islands residents and visitors.  Experience from  three of the world’s top companies –  Intel Corp, IBM and Eli Lilly – was brought in and two of these Designate Non-Executive Directors – David King and Jane Tabor – have now moved into full Non-Executive Director roles.   Jessamy Baird who joined the Trust Board and works for Eli Lilly is remaining on the Trust Board as a Designate Non-Executive Director. Lizzie Peers, a qualified chartered accountant, with over 20 years’ experience as an external auditor working across the UK public sector has also joined the team as Non-executive Financial Advisor to Trust Board.

Welcoming the Non-Executive appointments Trust Chairman, Danny Fisher, said:

“As we look to develop and innovate to ensure that where appropriate as many services as possible are provided by Isle of Wight NHS Trust on the Island we need to ensure that the Trust Board has the right mix of skills.   Our three new Non-Executive Directors bring a great deal of experience from the pharmaceutical and information technology sectors. In terms of Non-Executive Director appointments, this is something we had been unable to secure from Island based candidates at the time of their appointment.

“At the time of their appointment as Designate Non-Executive Directors we indicated that they would be considered for appointment to the Trust Board if a Non Executive Director vacancy occurred.  There will be significant change in the NHS both nationally and locally over the next 10 years and our new Non-Executive Directors are ideally placed to support us as we move towards becoming an NHS Foundation Trust.”

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David King 2David King

David King was a director of Intel Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) and was responsible for Intel product sales and marketing in many varied assignments across the region. He brings extensive experience in sales, marketing, business management and applications of new technology to the board. He joined Intel in 1981 and retired from his position at the end of 2008. David lives in Marlborough, Wiltshire.

janetaborJane Tabor

Jane Tabor was until 2012 the Director of Global Alliances at IBM for Europe and has 16 years experience in a variety of UK and international senior leadership positions, successfully developing multi-site technology and services business’s across both private and public sector. She lives in Otterbourne, Hampshire.  

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Lizzie PeersLizzie Peers

Lizzie is a chartered accountant with over 20 years’ experience as an external auditor working across the UK public sector.  She has worked as a senior manager for the Audit Commission and most recently for Ernst & Young LLP, a global accountancy/consulting firm. Key health clients have included Strategic Health Authorities (SHAs), PCTs, Acute, Mental Health and Community Health providers.

All non-executive appointments are made on merit and political activity plays no part in the selection process. However, in accordance with the original Nolan recommendations, there is a requirement for appointees political activity (if any declared) to be made public.  Both appointees have declared no political activity.

The appointments are made from 7th June 2014 and have been made in accordance with the Commissioner for Public Appointments’ Code of Practice including open advertising of the positions. More information about the appointments process, the requirements for Non-Executive Directors and remuneration can be found on the NHS Trust Development Authority website at https://www.ntda.nhs.uk/blog/2013/04/26/useful-info-for-non-execs/.

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