The Trust has welcomed David Hicks as a new Non-Executive Director to the Board.

David has 35 years of clinical NHS experience and has worked at Board level for 20 years.

He held a number of leadership posts including interim Medical Director at Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital.

He said: “Living in Godalming, the chance to play a part in my local health service is a great opportunity and I am very pleased to be joining the Trust at such an exciting time.

“The Trust’s part in delivering adult community health services is something that really attracted me to the role, as was having the chance to use my experience and give something back and be part of a really stable and solid organisation.

“I have been impressed with the range of services the Trust offers and its willingness to work with other partners and collaborate beyond the hospital.

“I have been made very welcome and have commented to friends and family how very friendly and supportive everyone has been.”

Sue Sjuve, the Trust Chair, welcomed David to the Trust on behalf of the Board and staff and partners.

She said: “David has significant clinical and board experience which will be a great addition to our Board.

“His work with regulators and other trusts will mean he can bring a fresh perspective to our discussions and add great value to our work.”

David held a number of roles with Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, advising on the Trust’s clinical reorganisation and chairing the Quality Committee, leading on safeguarding and end-of-life care.

He is also currently a Non-Executive Director at Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust, the country’s biggest mental health trust.

David is a Clinical and Professional Advisor to the CQC and a Medical Appraiser to NHS England, supporting a number of GPs across the North of England.

He is also an Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of Sheffield and an Assistant Professor at the University of St. Matthew’s in Miami.

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