For immediate release: 22 May 2008 Ref: 08052201
NEW CHAIRMAN APPOINTED TO THE ROYAL WOLVERHAMPTON HOSPITALS NHS TRUST NHS West Midlands today announced the appointment of Alan Edwards as Chairman of The Royal Wolverhampton Hospitals NHS Trust Alan is an experienced Non-Executive Director having previously served on the Board of Walsall Hospitals NHS Trust from December 2004 to June 2007. Alan, aged 49, lives in Lichfield. He is married with 1 adult daughter. Alan is currently a Partner with KPMG LLP where he is Head of Financial Management in Government and Healthcare Advisory. Alan is a member of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy. He will take over from Keith Bryan, who became Acting Chairman of The Royal Wolverhampton Hospitals NHS Trust in March following the resignation of the previous Chairman, Peter Suddock. Alan said: ““I am delighted to be joining the Trust at this crucial time in its development. It is clear from the recent awards won by the Trust that I am joining a high performing team. Everything seems to be in place for the Trust to respond positively to the forthcoming Our NHS, Our Future, review led by Lord Darzi and take advantage of the freedom offered by Foundation Trust status. I look forward to meeting the staff and the local community to discuss the Trust’s development plans.” Elisabeth Buggins, Chair of NHS West Midlands, said: “I am very pleased with the appointment and I am looking forward to working with Alan in his new role as Chairman of The Royal Wolverhampton Hospitals NHS Trust. I have no doubt that Alan’s experience both in the NHS and the independent sector will have equipped him to be an able Chairman of this Trust. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Keith Bryan for being Acting Chairman in the interim” David Loughton, Chief Executive of the Trust welcomed the appointment and said, “I thank Keith Bryan for stepping in as interim Chairman and very much look forward to working with Alan, who has a wealth of experience in health care and managing change. He joins the Trust at a very exciting time when we are progressing with our Foundation Trust application.” The appointment of Alan Edwards takes effect from 1 June 2008 for a four year period and has been made in accordance with the OCPA Code of
Practice. The Chair is expected to devote at least 2.5 days a week to the role for which remuneration will be £22,524 per annum. All Chair appointments are made on merit and political activity plays no part in the selection process. However in accordance with the Nolan recommendations, any declared political activity by appointees should be made public. Alan is a member of the Labour Party and has not held any other ministerial appointments. -endsNotes to editors: 1. The Royal Wolverhampton Hospitals NHS Trust was created on 1st April 1994. 2. The Royal Wolverhampton Hospitals NHS Trust is one of 16 acute trusts across the West Midlands, with an income of over £240 million and some 2,000 staff. For further information please contact: Sarah Dakin, Communications Manager, NHS West Midlands Tel: 0121 695 2542 or Claudine Weeks, Communications Manager, The Royal Wolverhampton Hospitals NHS Trust, Tel: 01902 695900. Mr Alan Edwards Chairman, The Royal Wolverhampton Hospitals NHS Trust Appointment Chair Remuneration £22,524 per annum Declared political activity in the last Member of the Labour Party five years Other ministerial appointments None held Alan Edward’s whole career has been spent in public services, holding senior line management positions in both public and private sector organisations. He trained as an accountant in local government and had four years as Finance and Marketing Director of East Midlands Airport. Alan is currently a Partner in KPMG’s Government and Healthcare team. He has had 15 years in consulting. Prior to joining KPMG he was Leader of the IBM Global Business Services Civil Government Industry team. Alan is a CIPFA accountant and is chair of CIPFA’s IT Panel. Alan is committed to public service and until recently was a non executive director of Walsall Hospitals NHS Trust. In his spare time he enjoys tennis and suffers watching Aston Villa. He is married with a grown up daughter at university.