New Board Members Announced for Primary Care Trust

Derby City Primary Care Trust has announced the details of its new Non-Executive Director appointments. The Primary Care Trust (PCT)) is responsible for health care in the city, and its Board includes a number of Non-Executive Directors who bring a lay person’s perspective to the workings of the PCT.

John Beswarick was appointed Chairman earlier in the year and the remaining Non-Executives have now been agreed. Their appointments run until October 2008 and they are entitled to remuneration of £7,500 per annum.

John Atkins has 34 years experience in the utility sector, including extensive Customer Service experience. He is a Derby Common Purpose graduate, former Non-Executive Director of Derby YMCA, a Member of the Institute of Gas Engineers and Managers and the Chartered
Management Institute. John now runs his own consulting business which advises clients on smarter business processes and effective change management.

Evonne Williams spent six years in the Army Intelligence Corps, serving in the UK, Bosnia and Northern Ireland.  She returned to Derby to follow a career in Training and Development before becoming involved in local politics. Evonne has been a Derby City Councillor representing Spondon Ward for 7years.  She is currently the Chairman of the Council's Overview and Scrutiny Committee for Children and young people, and the Deputy Mayor of Derby City.

Shokat Lal has worked in local government for 17 years starting out in a front line service role and then progressing through a diversity of roles including Research and Policy officer posts. He is currently the Head of Workforce Development at Coventry City Council and also the Chairman of the Pakistani Community Centre. He has also worked as a trainer specialising in the public sector for PCTs within the East Midlands, police forces and local authorities.

Jasvinder Sanghera has been a non-executive member of NHS bodies locally for the past seven years. She is a national advocate for Asian women and the many issues which impact on their health, and her book 'Shame' is due for release in January 2007. Jasvinder is the Director of a local women’s project, and is currently undertaking a PhD in Derby.

George Tansley is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and runs his own Business Consultancy Company - Etete Ltd. He is a former Chief Executive of Southern Derbyshire Chamber of Commerce and Business Link. He has a number of local voluntary roles including as a director of Derby Loans Ltd, who work to improve financial inclusion in Derby and Derbyshire, and as an adviser to the Derby and Sandiacre Canal Trust.

John Wain is a qualified accountant with extensive finance experience in the public sector, and IT and management consultancy in the private sector. His key skills include financial management, audit, project and programme management, and systems review and implementation. He has taken a lead on a number of high profile issues such as Year 2000, Euro compliance and, increasingly, e-learning and governance assurance frameworks. John is also an experienced communicator and presenter. His role as Chair of the PCT’s Audit Committee entitles him to an extra remuneration of £5000 per annum.

Appointments have been made in accordance with the 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 original Nolan recommendation, there is a requirement for appointees’ political activity to be made public. None of the Derby City PCT appointees hold other ministerial appointments, and only Evonne Williams has declared any political activity in the last five years (for the Conservative party).

Appointment terms are as follows:

John Atkins, Evonne Williams, Shokat Lal and Jasvinder Sanghera - 12/10/2008 - 11/10/2008
George Tansley and John Wain - 1/10/2006 - 30/09/2009


Contact: Debbie Jackson  01332 224000 ext 6360

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