The Chair of the Isle of Wight NHS Trust is standing aside to take on the role of Independent Chair of the Isle of Wight Stakeholder Reference Group.
From the autumn, Eve Richardson OBE will head up the Reference Group, which comprises a wide range of local organisations and individuals with an interest in the Island’s health and care systems. Its role is to offer feedback from key stakeholders direct into the Isle of Wight Local Care Board.
Eve will remain in post until a new chair is appointed, although her official term office ends in the middle of next month.
Vice-Chair of the Isle of Wight NHS Trust, Charles Rogers said,
“Eve has devoted most of her life to public service including leadership roles in the NHS and in the charitable sector. As non-executive chair Eve has led the Trust through some particularly challenging times but has always worked hard to champion the interests of local people. I thank Eve for her support during the period of her chairmanship and I wish her well in her new role. I am certain she will bring all of her energy and consideration to it.”
Eve Richardson said,
“It has been both a pleasure and a privilege to be the Chair of the Isle of Wight NHS Trust. We are currently working on some important improvements to health and care on the Isle of Wight and one of our biggest assets is our staff. I know that with their support we can really make these improvements count.
“I am looking forward to playing my part on the Island in a new way through the Stakeholder Reference Group and the Isle of Wight Local Care Board. As somebody who lives on the Island I feel it is very important that the voices of residents, the voluntary sector and other key stakeholders are properly heard and I am confident that working together with health and care services, we will make a difference.”
NHS Improvement will advertise immediately for a new Trust chair and the Trust has previously announced that it will shortly begin the search for a permanent chief executive.
The majority of services provided by Isle of Wight NHS Trust are commissioned and funded by Isle of Wight Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), NHS England and Isle of Wight Council.