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Chairman’s third term of office comes to an end

21 Jun 2011 11:30:50

Margaret Oldfield’s third term as the Chairman of The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust is coming to end on 31st October 2011 after nine years’ service. In line with the Monitor Code of Governance Margaret has decided not to stand for reappointment and will instead retire from her post at the Trust. 

Margaret says: “I have thoroughly enjoyed my time as Chairman and it has been a real privilege to be associated with the Trust, but having been involved as a Non-Executive within the NHS for a total of 19 years it feels like the right time to retire.” 

Margaret was appointed Chairman of the Trust in 2002 and helped to guide the organisation to achieve NHS Foundation Trust status in 2005 and become one of the top performing Trusts in the country. 

Brian James, Chief Executive, says: “I am sure I speak on behalf of all the staff in saying how sad I am that Margaret has decided to retire from the Trust. Margaret is an esteemed colleague and her contribution to making Rotherham Hospital one of the best hospitals in the UK is unquestionable, we simply could not have achieved it without her passion and commitment.” 

Recruitment has commenced for a new Chairman and the Trust hope to appoint in July of this year with the successful candidate taking up office on 1st November, 2011. 

Two of the Trust’s Non- Executive Directors will also be leaving the Trust this year. 

Giles Bloomer has now left the Trust having not sought reappointment. Giles says: “In some ways I am sorry to be retiring from the Board, when it feels like there is still so much to be done. When I was re-appointed for a two year period in 2009, I thought that I might be feeling old by now! Thankfully, that is not the case and the time released can be spent on all my many other interests and responsibilities. It is pleasing to see new Non-Executive Director appointments of such high calibre and I look forward to seeing The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust continue to make progress in the years to come.” 

Non-Executive Director, Tony Hercock will also leave the Trust at the end of October, following his third term. Tony says: “It has been my pleasure to work alongside my Non-Executive colleagues and with the superb Executive Team whose enthusiasm and commitment never fail to impress. I am very grateful for the support, advice and encouragement given to me throughout my term of office, particularly from Margaret Oldfield for whom I have great respect. 

“Having served as Vice Chairman of the Council of Governors for several years I have also been fortunate to work alongside many of the governors whose interest in and knowledge of the people whom we serve has undoubtedly benefited the services provided. There have been many changes for this innovative and progressive organisation - but what has been consistent over the years has been the professionalism and dedication of everyone associated with the Trust. The people of Rotherham and the surrounding districts can count themselves fortunate to have such excellent staff looking after them. I have been proud to have been involved with the Trust and it will be a wrench to finish.” 

To manage the transition, the Trust has recruited two new Non-Executive Directors, Alison Legg and Gabby Atmarow.