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1st Feb 2019
We are delighted to announce that Dame Jo Williams has been appointed as the new Chair of Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust.
Dame Jo has been a Non-Executive Director at Alder Hey since 2016. Prior to joining the Board she held several senior roles across the health and social care sectors during a long and distinguished career, including Chief Executive of Mencap and Chair of the Care Quality Commission. Twice honoured by Her Majesty the Queen, she was awarded a CBE in 2000 for services to social services and in 2008 a DBE for ‘services to people with learning disabilities’.
Dame Jo succeeds Sir David Henshaw, who is stepping down as the Trust’s Chair after eight years. Throughout his tenure, the Trust has remained a top performing trust and is currently rated as ‘good’ overall and ‘outstanding for caring’ by the Care Quality Commission. Sir David has overseen an historic time at Alder Hey, with the Trust’s move to an award-winning state of the art children’s hospital in the park in 2015 and the opening of a dedicated research, education and innovation building the following year.
Louise Shepherd CBE, Chief Executive of Alder Hey said: “On behalf of the Trust I would like to thank Sir David for the support and guidance he has given Alder Hey over the last eight years. His experience and commitment have been pivotal in creating a new era and positive future at Alder Hey; one focused on collaboration with key academic and industry partners to significantly improve the future of children’s health globally. He leaves a lasting legacy at Alder Hey and we wish him well for the future.”
“We are extremely pleased to welcome Dame Jo as our new Chair. Her role as a Non-Executive Director means she is already familiar with our Trust and our future ambitions. This is an incredibly exciting time for Alder Hey, with plans underway to further extend our healthcare campus with a new bereavement centre alongside a facility dedicated to community and mental health support for children. Our overarching aim is to create a world leading health care campus, designed around both the physical and emotional needs of our children. Dame Jo’s experience within social and mental health means she is the perfect person to steer us towards this ambition.”
Dame Jo Williams DBE DL BA, said: “I am incredibly proud to take up my new position as Chair of Alder Hey and I’m thrilled to join the Trust at such an exciting time. I am well aware of the incredible reputation of Alder Hey, in particular the outstanding care of its staff who remain at the very centre of its success and future ambitions.
“Throughout my career, I have always been driven by a passion for equality of opportunity, fairness and justice and I’m a strong believer in team work and partnership. I look forward to bringing this passion and experience to Alder Hey as, together with my Chief Executive Louise Shepherd and our Board, we lead Alder Hey towards achieving our aspiring vision as an internationally renowned children’s health care campus.”
Sir David Henshaw, outgoing Chair said: “I joined the Trust at a significant moment in its history as we moved forward with our plans to move to a new hospital, Alder Hey in the Park and establish ourselves as a key player in children’s health both nationally and on a global scale. I feel privileged to have been a part of this journey and I’m honoured to have led such an outstanding organisation for the past eight years. I wish Dame Jo every success in her new role and I look forward to Alder Hey achieving its ambitions under her and Louise’s leadership.”
Alder Hey Children's Charity