I am pleased to announce that Liz Sedgley, one of our Non Executive Directors (NED), has been appointed to the role of Deputy Chair.
Liz takes up the role from Helen Denton, who left the Trust at the end of June 2018, after six years as one of our NEDs. On behalf of the Trust, I would like to thank Helen for her hard work and dedication to helping us improve our services for the benefit of patients and the staff that work in our hospitals.
The role of the Deputy Chair is to provide support to the Chair in leading the Board of Directors and helping to manage external relationships. The Deputy Chair is also a reference point/shoulder to lean on for the Chair, deputising where necessary.
Liz is a qualified certified accountant who trained in general practice and then moved to what was the fastest growing accountancy practise in the UK in 1994 as an audit Manager. Before joining UHMBT as a NED in September 2017, Liz was a NED at East Lancashire Hospitals Trust for eight years where she developed an interest in understanding and improving the patient’s experience and helping to develop seamless care between hospital and community settings for the benefit of patients.
Liz’s appointment as Deputy Chair was ratified by our Council of Governors recently.
On her appointment, Liz, said: “It’s a privilege to be asked to be Deputy Chair of UHMBT. I’m looking forward to supporting Ian in his role as Chair and working with colleagues in UMBHT and Bay Health and Care Partners as we continue to do all we can to deliver safe and high quality care in both hospital and community settings for our communities in Morecambe Bay.”
I am sure you will all join me in wishing Liz all the best for her new role.
We are also in the process of recruiting a new NED. More information will be shared soon.