UHNM appoints new Non-Executive Directors

​​University Hospital of North Midlands NHS Trust is delighted to announce the appointment of three new non-executive directors to its Board. Prof Gary Crowe, Peter Akid and Leigh Griffin were appointed as non-executive directors on 1 September 2018, and will be joined by Ian Smith as an associate non-executive director in early 2019.

Prof Gary Crowe is Professor of Innovation Leadership at Keele University Management School and recently spent three years as non-executive, including serving as Vice Chair, at the former SSOTP NHS Trust. Prof Crowe has over 30 years' business executive experience, especially the financial sector, and eight years as Board member and independent Governor.

Peter Akid has previously served as Chief Executive of the NW Procurement Hub and latterly the Director of Procurement of NHS Shared Business Services – Procurement & Commercial. Peter has 15 years of Board level experience in a mixture of public and private sector organisations.

Leigh Griffin has spent 12 years as an NHS Chief Executive and has worked in consultancy practice, specialising in the provision of advice to health systems on transformation, integrated care and population health management.  Leigh has worked in commissioning and commissioning support units during his career and brings a wealth of NHS experience.

Mr Ian Smith has served as Senior Coroner for Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire and Staffordshire South since 2003.

Trust Chairman David Wakefield said: "I'm delighted that Prof Gary Crowe, Peter Akid and Leigh Griffin have been appointed to our Board. Their knowledge and experience will be invaluable to us as we work towards our vision for the future and bringing financial stability to the Trust. I'm also looking forward to Mr Ian Smith joining us in the New Year. On behalf of everyone here at UHNM I would like to welcome them to our team."

The three new non-executive directors have been given an initial two year term of office and will receive a remuneration of £6,157 pa, which is the current rate of remuneration for acute trust non-executive directors. Their term of office will run from 1 September 2018 until 31 August 2020. The appointments have been made by NHS Improvement.

All non-executive appointments are made on merit and political activity plays no part in the selection process.  However, in accordance with the Nolan recommendations, there is a requirement for appointees' political activity (if any declared) to be made public. The new non-executives have declared no political activity in the last five years and do not hold any other ministerial appointments.​

University Hospital of North Midlands is the largest hospital in the area. It provides a wide range of acute clinical services for a population of 900,000 in Stoke-on-Trent, Newcastle-under-Lyme, the Staffordshire Moorlands and surrounding areas. The Trust also provides specialised services, such as Trauma, for three million people in a wider area, including neighbouring counties and North Wales.​​