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New Chairman appointed at NGH


Paul Farenden

Mr Paul Farenden has been appointed by the Appointments Commission to serve as a non-executive chairman of Northampton General Hospital NHS Trust from 1 March 2012 to 29 February 2016.

Paul said: “I am delighted to be appointed the new Chairman of my local Trust and look forward to helping the organisation pursue the many opportunities it faces in what is a particularly challenging NHS environment. I also look forward particularly to working with the shadow Governors, members, local communities and stakeholders to enable the Trust and it’s dedicated staff to provide the best possible care to our patients.

“I’d like to pay tribute to the hard work, commitment and clinical insight of the outgoing Chair, Dr John Hickey, who has provided the Trust with a stable platform from which to progress.”

Outgoing Chair Dr John Hickey said “I am delighted that someone of Paul’s calibre is able to take on this very challenging role and wish Paul, the Board and all the staff at the hospital every success in the future.”

Paul has lived in Northamptonshire for almost 30 years and has over 40 years’ experience of working in the NHS. He was a Chief Executive for the last 20 years of his career which ended with retirement from the position of Chief Executive at The Dudley Group of Hospitals Foundation Trust in 2009 where he had been in post for eleven years.

Paul is a qualified accountant and has considerable experience in financial management, change management and leadership and has always been determined to ensure that the quality of patient care is the first priority. He has led large scale organisational change and his significant experience has provided him with in depth understanding of the NHS and the wider health care environment.

Paul will receive a remuneration of £20,896 per year. He has declared no political interests or political activity. He has no other ministerial appointments.

All non-executive appointments are made on merit and political activity plays no part in the selection process. However, in accordance with the original Nolan recommendations, there is a requirement for appointees’ political activity (if any declared) to be made public. The appointment has been made in accordance with the Commissioner for Public Appointees’ (OCPA) Code of Practice

Posted on Wednesday 22nd February 2012