Rotherham born lawyer Peter Lee joins The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust this week as the new Chairman of the Trust.
Commenting on his appointment Peter said “It is an absolute privilege to join the Trust as Chairman and to have the opportunity to work with fellow board members alongside the Trust’s highly skilled and dedicated staff in the delivery of our services and plans. As we all realise, these are tough times for the NHS and the Trust faces many present and future challenges. NHS providers of healthcare are having to deliver their services with less resource but the focus of all of us at the Trust will continue to be the delivery of high quality services to our community.”
When asked about priorities Peter explained “Clearly, understanding an organisation as complex as a Foundation Trust is a major task. I am familiar with the NHS and the functions of the Trust but a programme has been designed to enable me to learn quickly about all aspects of the Trust’s functions and it is a priority of mine to meet colleagues within the Trust and visit all departments just as quickly as possible. It is one key responsibility of a Chairman to spend time with colleague’s right across the Trust and I really look forward to that.”
Peter was born and educated in Rotherham and started his professional career in the town where he qualified as a solicitor with the Rotherham law firm Oxley and Coward and was subsequently appointed as a Notary Public. He later became managing partner of Oxley and Coward and then a partner of the international law firm Beachcroft LLP working in Sheffield and then in Leeds. As a lawyer, Peter has advised the NHS for over 20 years and joins the Trust with a working knowledge of the NHS.
Alongside his work as a lawyer, Peter has in the past played a prominent role in the Town holding a number of positions including President of the Chamber of Commerce and Chair of the Enterprise Agency.
Peter, married to Sue, lives in Doncaster and has two sons. In his spare time Peter loves to spend time with his family. He is a keen motorcyclist and enjoys spending time on track days and touring. His recent exploits include days at Silverstone and touring in Arizona and Tennessee. He lists as his interests, playing musical instruments and claims to play the saxophone and guitar and states that these days these instruments tend to be dusted off at birthdays and anniversaries. He retains an ambition to play the saxophone well.
Peter takes over from Margaret Oldfield who is retiring having served as Chair for over nine years. Peter added “I wish Margaret a very happy time ahead with her family. She has dedicated many years to serving the Trust and has done a tremendous job for which we are all grateful. Margaret has been very generous and given me a great deal of advice in the period leading up to the commencement of my Chairmanship which has been invaluable."