NBT Chairman stands down

Friday, 12 June 2009

Nick Gurney has announced that he is to step down as Chairman of North Bristol NHS Trust - he has been in post since June 2008.
Mr Gurney has made the decision to stand down because of his wife's poor health.
Nick Gurney said:
"When I took up the post last year, I believed I could combine the demands of the job with caring for my wife following her treatment for, and recovery from, cancer. Unfortunately, that has not proved to be the case. I now realise that I cannot do justice in the way I would wish both to her care and to meeting the challenging demands of the Trust Chairmanship.
"I would like to thank all the staff of North Bristol NHS Trust for the support that they have given me over the past year. Needless to say, it has been a privilege to be associated - however briefly - with the work of the Trust and to see the tangible improvements we have delivered in patient safety and quality, in clinical outcomes and in our financial position, as well as the progress we have made towards the new hospital at Southmead. I shall continue to follow such developments closely."
Sonia Mills, Chief Executive of North Bristol NHS Trust added: "I would like to wish Nick well for the future and thank him for his work in helping the Trust improve services for NHS patients. "
Sir Mike Pitt, Chair of South West Strategic Health Authority said: "I am grateful to Nick for his dedication and commitment to healthcare in Bristol over the past year. I wish Nick and his wife well for the future."
The process to recruit a new Chair will begin shortly. In the meantime, Trust Vice Chair Peter Rilett will stand in as Chair until a permanent appointment is made.
The appointment of the Chair will be made by the Appointments Commission. All appointments made by the Appointments Commission are made on merit through a fair and transparent selection process. For more information visit the website http://www.appointments.org.uk/