North Bristol NHS Trust welcomes three new non-executive directors

Thursday, 29 January 2015

North Bristol NHS Trust has appointed three new non-executive directors to its Trust Board - Andrew Willis, Liz Redfern CBE and Professor Nishan Canagarajah.

Liz has had 14 years’ experience at executive board level with responsibility for quality and safety of care. She retired in March 2014, after 45 years in the NHS, from her role as Chief Nurse for NHS England South and Deputy Chief Nurse for England. She now works part time as an executive coach and consultant specialising in helping public organisation boards review and develop their approach to quality governance.

Her early career was as a registered children and general nurse specialising in neurology and neurosurgery in Manchester, Edinburgh and Cambridge.

In addition Liz has acquired a degree in education, trained as a counsellor and psychotherapist and mindfulness teacher.

In 2009 Liz was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for her services to nursing and healthcare and in 2011 an honorary doctorate in education from UWE, Bristol for her contribution to the development of nursing education and her personal leadership qualities. In 2014, Liz was awarded a second honorary doctorate by the University of Brighton.

Andrew Willis’ previous board experience includes service on two NHS foundation trust boards, a major NHS teaching hospital board and board experience in the housing sector.

A corporate lawyer by profession he has worked for city and regional law firms and now specialises in delivering and designing education and leadership development programmes in the health and legal sectors.

He is also a Leadership Associate of the Kings Fund focusing on corporate governance and NHS board/director development.

Professor Nishan Canagarajah joined the University of Bristol in 1993 and became a Professor of Multimedia Signal Processing in 2004. He has served as the Faculty of Engineering Research Director (2006-2009), Head of Department of Computer Science (2009-2010), Head of Merchant Venturers School of Engineering (2010-2011) and Dean ofthe Faculty of Engineering (2011-2014).

Nishan took up the post of Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research and Enterprise in August 2014 where he has overall responsibility for all research and enterprise activities. Nishan is Chair of the University Executive Committee for the National Composites Centre at Emersons Green and is leading the Bristol Is Open project as a joint venture between Bristol City Council and University of Bristol. Nishan has acted as a Technical Consultant for a number of industrial partners including Sony, BT, BBC, Orange, Toshiba and the Met Police.

Peter Rilett, Chairman of North Bristol NHS Trust, said: “We are delighted to welcome Andrew, Liz and Nishan to the Trust. All three bring a wealth of experience that will be invaluable as we continue to build on the opportunities the new hospital brings us.”