25 October 2016
AWP welcomes new Trust chair
Charlotte 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
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.