Pennine Acute Trust welcomes two new Non-Executive directors

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Pennine Acute Trust welcomes two new Non-Executive directors
04 August 2014

The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust has welcomed the appointment of two new non-executive directors to sit on its Trust Board.

Mr Riaz Ahmad OBE, from Oldham, joins the Trust as a non-executive director on 1st August 2014 for a period until 31 July 2016. Wendy Cardiff, from Lancaster, will take up her post from 1st October 2014 to 30 September 2016. Mrs Cardiff, will however, be a Board advisor from 1 August 2014 until her formal term begins.

The appointments were made by the NHS Trust Development Authority (TDA) which is responsible for appointing all chairs and non-executives to NHS Trusts across England. All appointments are subject to the Code of Practice of the Commissioner for Public Appointments and are made following a recruitment process and an open competition based on merit, in a way that is transparent and fair to all applicants.

Mr Ahmad is a Fellow of Chartered Certified Accountants and has run his own accountancy practice in Central Manchester for over 25 years. He was the Chair of the Racial Equality Council and currently sits as a Magistrate in Oldham and is the Chair of the Family Bench, as well as previously being Chair of Greater Manchester Courts Board (2004-12).

Mr Ahmad was previously Chair of the Audit Committee of NHS Manchester Primary Care Trust Cluster (2011-13) and Chair of NHS Oldham Primary Care Trust (2002-11). He was elected to Oldham Council 1992-2008 and was a Member of the Cabinet for Finance, HR and Partnership (2004-08). He was recently re-elected as a councillor. A Governor and Chair of Greenhill (Junior) School and a Governor of Waterhead Academy and Oldham College, Mr Ahmad was awarded the OBE in 2008 for services to local government, the Administration of Justice and to the community in Oldham.

Mrs Cardiff has over ten years’ experience operating at board level in a variety of worldwide executive roles within BT plc. She is currently General Manager of Procurement (since April 2014) where she is reporting to the Business VP and responsible for managing the purchasing of IT Services Business. Prior to this, in the same role she managed the Retail Enterprise Business (2013-14). She was previously Head of Procurement (2004-13) responsible for initially managing BT Ireland and then moving to manage the Retail Conferencing business in the UK and US. She is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (MCIPS).

Riaz Ahmad OBE replaces Mrs Catherine Fairhurst, whilst Wendy Cardiff replaces outgoing non-executive director Mr Michael Holly.

Mr John Jesky, Chairman of The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, commenting on Mr Ahmad’s and Mrs Cardiff’s appointments, said:

“On behalf of the Trust Board I am delighted to welcome both Riaz and Wendy to the Trust as non-executive directors. We are pleased that this Trust has managed to attract and appoint two extremely experienced individuals who I know will bring their wealth of knowledge, invaluable experience and scrutiny to the Board as we continue to progress with our future vision, transformation agenda and plans to become a financially sustainable and high performing Foundation Trust.

“I would like to thank Mike Holly who has served as a non-executive director for the Trust for eight years and has also as part of his term in office independently chaired our Audit Committee. We are grateful to Mike for his longstanding support of the Trust and his enormous contribution to the development of the Trust. During his time, he has provided good advice and a careful interest and involvement in the Trust’s finances.”

The appointment of Mr Ahmad and Mrs Cardiff has been made in accordance with the Commissioner for Public Appointments’ Code of Practice. 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. Riaz Ahmad OBE has declared he has obtained office as a member of the Labour party. Wendy Cardiff has no declared political activity.

All non-executive directors of NHS Trusts receive a nationally set remuneration of £6,157 per annum.

Note to editors

The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust runs Fairfield General Hospital in Bury, North Manchester General Hospital, The Royal Oldham Hospital, Rochdale Infirmary and a range of community services in the north part of the city of Manchester. It is one of the largest Trusts in the country which serves a population of approximately 850,000, employing around 9,000 staff.

The NHS TDA is responsible for around 650 chair and non-executive appointments to NHS Trusts and around 60 NHS charitable trustees. The Secretary of State for Health has the power to make these appointments but has delegated this to the NHS TDA.