Oxleas NHS says a fond farewell to a familiar face

Anne Taylor, non executive director

Non-executive director Anne Taylor has given many dedicated years of service to the trust. With a particular focus on staff, Anne was our Senior Independent Director.

Anne joined the Board after a career which included senior appointments at Marks & Spencer and a secondment to the British Brain and Spine Foundation. She has served on our Audit and Remuneration Committees and worked closely with governors on our Membership Committee and Governors' Standards Committee. Anne is also a member of the Mental Health Act Managers' Group and will continue in this role after her retirement.

Our Chairman, Andy Trotter said,: "Anne has made an outstanding contribution to Oxleas for many years and her wealth of experience will be greatly missed. She has given a great deal of her time in support of the trust and in her role as our Senior Independent Director, she has been a great source of guidance and advice to me and to Dave Mellish before me. Thank you Anne for everything you have done."

Jo Stimpson, Non Executive Director

Stepping into Anne's shoes will be Jo Stimpson, who has been a Board Advisor since November last year. Jo is a law graduate and chartered accountant with a wealth of financial and board level experience from her role as Finance Director of South East Water. Jo lives in Greenwich with her husband and two teenage daughters. She is also a school governor and a member of the Audit Committee at Ravensbourne.

As part of her role on the Board, Jo will be chairing our Risk and Business Committees.

Jo said: "I am delighted to be joining the Board, having begun to get to know the organisation and its professional and committed staff, since joining as a Board Advisor. I am looking forward to continuing the work of Oxleas as we strive to improve the lives of our patients and their carers."

Steve James, Non Executive Director

From 1 May, Non-Executive Director Steve James takes on the role of Senior Independent Director.

Prior to his appointment to the Board, Steve spent eight years working as a Non-Executive Director for NHS Greenwich. He has an interest in community health services and particularly how they can integrate with social care.

Steve has lived in Greenwich for 28 years and is married with two grown-up children.

He said: "Anne will be a very hard act to follow - she was very well respected and trusted. I believe this position plays an important role in making the trust accountable and I hope to follow in Anne's footsteps to ensure it retains the openness that it is known for."
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Published on 3rd May 2016