25 October 2016

AWP welcomes new Trust chair

Charlotte Hitchings 250Charlotte Hitchings, current non-executive director and deputy chair at 2gether NHS Foundation Trust will begin her three-year term on 7 November 2016.

Charlotte is also senior independent director and chair of the delivery committee for 2gether Trust which provides specialist social and mental healthcare services across Gloucestershire and Herefordshire. Charlotte has also held senior management positions at BT plc and O2 plc and has her own executive coaching consultancy.

Charlotte says, "I am delighted to have been appointed as chair of AWP, and to have the opportunity to contribute my experience and energy to the future development of the Trust.

"I want to support the organisation's drive to continually improve services and to champion the importance of access to high quality mental health care for our communities. I look forward to meeting staff, service users and carers, and to working with them, the Board and our stakeholders to ensure the delivery of high quality care and treatment to the people we serve."

Trust chief executive Dr Hayley Richards says, "Charlotte brings a wealth of board level experience relating to delivery of mental health services, strong business acumen and a passion for service improvement. We are very pleased to welcome her to our board and we look forward to working with her."

Charlotte replaces previous Trust chair Tony Gallagher who left AWP in July after completing his term of office.

The appointment was made by NHS Improvement, the health sector regulator responsible for appointing all chairs and non-executives to NHS trusts throughout England. All appointments are subject to the Code of Practice of the Commissioner for Public Appointments, and made following an open competition based on merit, in a way that is open, transparent and fair to all applicants.

Charlotte has no declared political activity and will receive a remuneration of £35,000 per annum.

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