The Council of Governors of Northern Lincolnshire and Goole (NLaG) NHS Foundation Trust has appointed a new chair of the Trust.Terry Moran CB, the current chair of the Hull University Teaching Hospitals (HUTH) NHS Trust, will also chair NLaG from today (Monday 3 February 2020).
The move to appoint a joint chair comes as both trusts continue to work together to create sustainable hospitals services for local communities across the Humber.
Appointing Terry at NLaG strengthens the membership of the Trust Board, adding both experience and capacity. He is hugely experienced at working at the top of government, and NLaG and HUTH will both need this experience as the trusts look to secure the capital investment needed to rebuild and upgrade the hospitals across the Humber.
Terry said: “I feel very privileged to have been appointed as chair of Northern Lincolnshire and Goole, in addition to my chair role at Hull. This is not a merger, but simply a single chair of two separate trusts which have ambitions of delivering more together for the populations they serve.
“My focus will be to look at the plans for the whole of the Humber region, on the north and the south banks, in terms of both the clinical services changes and the programme of work to secure capital to rebuild or refurbish our ageing estate. I am passionate about delivering high quality public services and am looking forward to working across both organisations to make sure all the communities across the Humber region can access the very best in hospital care.”
Linda Jackson has been NLaG’s acting chair for the past five months and takes up a new role as vice chair. She said: “I am really pleased Terry has chosen to join us and take up this joint role. My focus will be to continue to drive improvements within NLaG such as building staff morale and filling vacancies, making sustainable improvements in patient safety and quality, and stabilising our finances.”
Brian Page, NLaG’s lead governor, said: “The Council of Governors has recognised the future of hospital services for our communities is working in partnership with HUTH and a joint chair will help do that. This is the right thing to do to make sure we can provide the best possible care now whilst also planning services for the future. Our estate is crying out for investment and this appointment gives the Trust Board the experience, knowledge and capacity it needs to do everything it can to secure the capital we need.”
Terry enjoyed a 36-year career in the Civil Service before retiring early in 2013. His most recent appointment was as Second Permanent Secretary at the Department for Work and Pensions. A native of Wakefield, where he still lives, he joined the Civil Service in 1977 straight from school as a clerical assistant and spent his first 12 years working in local offices in Yorkshire and London. The remainder of his career saw him move into senior regional and national roles including advising successive governments on policy changes and operations. He previously served as: Chief Operating Officer for DWP; Chief Executive of the Pension, Disability and Carers Service; Chief Executive of The Pension Service; and Chief Executive of the Disability and Carers Service.
Before becoming acting chair Linda was the substantive deputy chair of NLaG. She will now act into the enhanced role, which is subject to a formal appointments process, of vice chair of NLaG. The NLaG Trust Board will remain with its current membership and will continue to be autonomous.
Linda will also sit, in a non-voting role, as an associate non-executive director (NED) on the Trust Board at HUTH. Similarly the vice chair at HUTH Stuart Hall will sit on the NLaG Trust Board as a non-voting associate NED. Having an associate NED sitting on each other’s Board will help Terry in both trusts’ shared ambition to work much closer together in the years ahead.