Non-Executive Directors reappointed at North Bristol

Friday, 15 October 2010

Two of North Bristol NHS Trust’s Non-Executive Directors have been reappointed to the Board.

Nick Patel and Professor Avril Waterman-Pearson have been members of the Trust Board for the past four years. Their reappointment means they will serve for another four years at North Bristol – Mr Patel until 30 September 2014 and Professor Waterman-Pearson until 31 December 2014.

Mr Patel, from Wraxall, has worked for the civil service, private sector and local government and has held various leadership roles in urban regeneration, corporate management, organisation development, major construction and public private partnerships (including PFI projects).

He retired in 2005 following five years at the Welsh Assembly where his role included project director for a major review into health services for the Welsh population with a budget of £3 billion. At NBT he chairs Charitable Funds Committee and is Member of the Audit Committee and Building Our Future Programme Board

Mr Patel said: “I will continue to make my contribution to improving health services in Bristol in the challenging period ahead. I will draw on my broadly based experience which has been underpinned by an MBA (Masters of Business Administration) from the University of the West of England.”

Professor Waterman-Pearson, from Wrington, has had a long and distinguished career in teaching veterinary surgery, holding numerous senior positions at the universities of Bristol, Glasgow and Liverpool.

Most of her career has been spent at Bristol and from 1998 to 2004 she was Head of School of Clinical Veterinary Science and in 2005 she was appointed as Pro Vice Chancellor for Education plus the faculties of Science and Engineering.

Professor Avril Waterman-Pearson, said: “I am delighted to continue to serve on the Trust Board at this challenging but exciting time for NBT.  The changes ahead coupled with the developments at Southmead offer the opportunity to make significant improvements in the service it provides for the people of Bristol and I am looking forward to assisting the Trust in realising its vision for the future.”

Ruth Brunt, Chief Executive at North Bristol NHS Trust, said: “I am delighted that Avril and Nick have been reappointed to the Trust Board.

“Avril has been instrumental in developing the relationship between the Trust and the University of Bristol and Nick, with his vast experience in major projects, has provided excellent insight and guidance as we prepared the plans for the redevelopment of the Southmead site.”

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. Mr Patel and Professor Waterman-Pearson have not declared any political activity in the last five years nor do they hold any other ministerial appointments.

Their reappointments have been made in accordance with the Commissioner for Public Appointments’ Code of Practice and they will be paid £6,096 each a year.

North Bristol NHS Trust is one of the largest in the country serving a local population of around 500,000 people in South Gloucestershire, North Somerset and North Bristol.

NBT cares for more than 370,000 outpatients and over 115,000 inpatients and day case patients every year.

It is the largest teaching trust in the south west with links to both Bristol universities and has around 9,500 staff members.
NBT is a centre of excellence and its specialist regional services include neurosciences, renal and transplant, paediatric burns, plastics and orthopaedics.