Trust re-appoints Non-executive Directors


Three Non-executive Directors at South West Yorkshire Mental Health NHS Trust have been re-appointed for a further term.

Mr Gary Dimmock and Professor Anne Gregory will serve as Non-executive Directors of the Trust board until 26th May 2008. Mrs Jan Wilson has been re-appointed until 26th May 2010.

Non-executive directors along with executive directors are responsible for ensuring accountability to the public for the services the Trust manages.

Chairman Sukhdev Sharma said, “I am delighted to welcome these three talented individuals back for a further term. Their knowledge and expertise will be invaluable to the South West Yorkshire Mental Health NHS Trust as we continue to improve services for people with mental health problems and learning disabilities in the area."

Before joining the Trust, Jan Wilson worked as an assistant director in social services. From 1996 to 2000 she was a member of the Calderdale and Kirklees Health Authority Board and Health Authority representative on the Calderdale Primary Care Group, chairing the Nursing Homes Advisory Panel until March 2002. Jan is a Locum Inspector with C.S.C.I. (Commission for Social Care Inspections) and a school governor for a local J&I school, for which she receives no payment.

Jan has also been a board member of Kirklees and Calderdale HIV AIDS Link, Age Concern and Crossroads. Jan has no declared political activity in the last five years.

Anne Gregory is Director of the Centre for Public Relations Studies at Leeds Metropolitan University. Originally a journalist (BBC), Anne spent 10 years in public relations practice at senior levels before moving on to an academic career. Anne was President of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations in 2004 and she is also an associate of DEMOS, the think tank. She has also worked as a Non-Executive Director for Bradford Community Health NHS Trust with special responsibility for communication issues. Anne has no declared political activity in the last five years.

Gary Dimmock has worked as a teacher and a social worker. He joined Leeds Metropolitan University in 1996 and is now principal lecturer and head of the Social Work Department. Gary joined the Labour Party formally in 1979 and became a member of Kirklees Council in 1989. He served as chair of the Social Services Committee and became council leader. Gary has held cabinet responsibility for resources and also for health. He stepped down as Labour leader in March 2002 but remains a councillor for the Paddock ward, in Huddersfield. Gary is also a trustee of the National Children’s Centre, Huddersfield.

The appointments have been made by the NHS Appointments Commission. Each Non-executive Director will be paid remuneration of £5,673 per annum.

Trust re-appoints Non-executive Directors

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