Changes to the board of North East Essex PCT

The Appointments Commission has appointed a non-executive director (NED) to the board of North East Essex Primary Care Trust and extended the term of office of another NED by six months.

Changes to the board of North East Essex PCT

The Appointments Commission has appointed a non-executive director (NED) to the board of North East Essex Primary Care Trust and extended the term of office of another NED by six months.

Stephen Beresky [checked], who has held senior roles in major companies, joined the board at the beginning of the month for a two-year term of office.

A graduate in civil and structural engineering, Mr Beresky, 49, began his career in engineering before switching to corporate commerce, where he specialised in change management.

He semi-retired three years ago to set up his own consultancy business in which he supports companies and individuals by offering a range of services, including executive coaching and development.

“I want to use some of my new free time to give something back to my local community which is why I applied to join North East Essex PCT,” he said.

“I am keen to apply the skills I have learned over the past 20 years to my new role and I look forward to doing my best to make a positive contribution to the Health Service locally.”

Mr Beresky attended Eight Ash Green Primary School, Stanway Secondary Modern School and North East Essex Technical College (now Colchester Institute).

His voluntary activities include being an independent member of Stanway Parish Council, a governor of Prettygate Junior School and visiting Colchester Institute as guest assessor to help evaluate business students’ final-year business plans.

Sarah Candy, who has been an interim non-executive director since North East Essex PCT was established on 1 October, has had her term of office extended for another six months from 1 January.

Mrs Candy, 40, who is a Conservative councillor on both Tendring District Council and Essex County Council, had been a non-executive director since 2004 on Tendring PCT, which joined with Colchester PCT to form a new organisation. The managing director of Manningtree mail order company Harlequin, she previously worked as company accountant for the Multi media corporation.

Mrs Candy, who lives in Little Bromley, near Manningtree, has three children aged 4-7.  Her PCT role includes chairing its audit committee.

Professor Sheila Salmon, Chairman of North East Essex PCT, said: “I am delighted to welcome Stephen Beresky to the Board and that Sarah Candy has had her interim appointment extended.

“They each bring distinctive contributions that add considerable strength and value to our newly-formed organisation.”

Mr Beresky and Mrs Candy each receive an annual remuneration of £7,500. Mrs Candy receives additional remuneration at the rate of £5,000 a year as chair of the audit committee.

Neither holds any other ministerial appointment. Their appointments have been made in accordance with The Office of the Commissioner for Public Appointments (OCPA) Code of Practice.

All-non executive appointments are made on merit and political activity plays no part in the selection process. However, in accordance with the original Nolan recommendations, there is a requirement for appointees’ political activity (if any declared) to be made public.

North East Essex PCT uses its budget to buy a wide range of health services for the local population, manages the community hospitals at Clacton and Harwich and provides community services, such as district nursing, health visiting and school nursing.

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