The staff and leadership team at Barts Health NHS Trust have welcomed the appointment of Ian Peters as the new permanent chair of the organisation.
Ian is the outgoing chair of one of London’s largest housing associations, Family Mosaic, and will be standing down as a non-executive director at Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust. He will lead the Barts Health board from 1 April 2017.
Stephen Hay, Deputy Chief Executive/Executive Director of Regulation for NHSI said: “It’s vital that NHS trusts have very strong leadership to help them provide great care for patients. That’s why I’m delighted we have appointed someone of Ian’s calibre to join the talented team at Barts Health.”
Ian Peters said: “I am very excited about joining Barts Health and eager to get on with the job at hand; making sure we provide high quality, efficient services for the 2.5 million people we serve. It will be a great privilege to lead an organisation which can make such a difference for so many people.”
After a successful career in financial services and energy, Ian retired in 2015 from Centrica, the parent company of British Gas, where he held a number of senior roles including managing director. He is chair of British Gas Services Ltd, a trustee and treasurer of the charity Carers UK and is involved with a number of small technology companies. Ian will also take on the role of vice chair of the Peabody housing association when it merges with Family Mosaic this summer.
Ian takes over from Alastair Camp, who has been acting chair since October 2016. Alastair will continue in his role as vice chair.
Chief executive Alwen Williams said: “I am delighted that Ian will be joining us. He brings a wealth of experience that can help us build on our recent progress. On behalf of my executive team I would like to thank Alastair Camp for the leadership he has shown over the last six months. I look forward to continuing to work with him, Ian and the rest of the board to make sure our patients receive safe and compassionate care.”
The formal announcement of the appointment has been made by NHS Improvement, which holds delegated responsibility from the Secretary of State for Health for appointing chairs and non-executive directors of NHS trusts.
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Barts Health NHS Trust
With a turnover of £1.4 billion and a workforce of around 16,000, Barts Health is the largest NHS trust in the country, and one of Britain’s leading healthcare providers. The Trust’s five hospitals – St Bartholomew’s Hospital in the City, including the Barts Heart Centre, The Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel, Newham University Hospital in Plaistow, Whipps Cross University Hospital in Leytonstone and Mile End – deliver high quality compassionate care to the 2.5 million people of East London and beyond.