A new non-executive director has joined the board of South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.
The Trust provides a range of community, mental health and learning disability services to people in Barnsley, Calderdale, Kirklees and Wakefield as well as specialist forensic (medium secure) services to the whole of Yorkshire and the Humber.
Laurence Campbell trained in accountancy, and has enjoyed a successful career in various finance roles. He has honed his skills with highly-regarded companies such as PriceWaterhouseCoopers and Mars Group, leading to his appointment as director of finance for HMV Group.
Laurence also worked for a number of public companies, including large Huddersfield-based building supplies firm Heywood Williams PLC as a finance director.
He joins the board on 1 June having retired from his role as finance director for international law firm Hammonds LLP.
Laurence, who has been appointed to the board for three years, said: “I was interested in the role as the NHS is going through a huge challenge with many changes occurring. I’m interested in linking up services and believe I will be able to bring a strategic and commercial approach to the challenges the NHS is facing, along with specialist accountancy skills.”
Laurence currently also volunteers in a part time role as a trustee and treasurer for Kirklees Citizens Advice and Law Centre, which provides advice to people on topics such as housing, benefits, debt and employment. The organisation is also the lead body for Healthwatch, which represents the views of local communities on health and social care.
He continued: “I’m particularly interested in the mental health aspect as I have found in my role at Kirklees Citizens Advice and Law Centre that a lot of issues have connections to mental health. I was also interested in the role as my daughter is a staff nurse at the Trust’s operations in Calderdale.
“I am delighted to have the opportunity to contribute to the continuing success of this essential service as it faces its future challenges.”
Trust chairman Ian Black said: “We are very pleased to welcome Laurence to the board, and I have no doubt that with his wealth of experience and knowledge he will make a vital and essential contribution to the way we deliver our services.”
The appointment was made by the Trust’s Members’ Council, and Laurence will receive the standard non-executive director remuneration of £13,250 per annum.