PCT boosted by key appointments

The board of Great Yarmouth and Waveney Primary Care Trust (PCT) has been strengthened by the appointment of two non-executive directors by the Appointments Commission.

The board of Great Yarmouth and Waveney Primary Care Trust (PCT) has been strengthened by the appointment of two non-executive directors by the Appointments Commission.

Steve Brighty, from Lowestoft, and John Plaskett, from Gorleston, took up their posts on   1 March – Mr Brighty for three years and Mr Plaskett for two.

Mr Brighty has worked as a freelance business adviser for the past five years and is accredited by the Institute for Independent Business (IIB).

Before that he spent more than 30 years with an energy services company, serving in senior management positions in the UK, Europe, Africa and the USA. His roles included operations, business development, human resources and general management.

He was born in Lowestoft and attended Alderman Woodrow High School and Lowestoft Technical College. He returned to the town last year.

Mr Brighty said: “I am looking forward to helping our local community through public service.”

Mr Plaskett, a qualified accountant, has spent the past 38 years in the electronics industry in a variety of disciplines including general management, sales and marketing, financial management and product/manufacturing management.

In 2006 he left Syfer Technology in Arminghall, Norwich, after 15 years, the last seven as managing director.

Born and bred in Essex, he began his career as a trainee accountant at Pye Manufacturing, Lowestoft, following a two-year business studies course at Norwich City College. He has also worked for Erie Electronics in Great Yarmouth and STC in Norwich.

Mr Plaskett said: “Since finishing full-time employment last year I now have the time to use my experience and skills to hopefully make a positive contribution to the local NHS.”

Bernard Williamson, Chair of Great Yarmouth and Waveney PCT, said: “I am very pleased to welcome both Steve and John to the board and look forward to their expertise in industry and commerce adding value to the PCT.”

Mr Brighty and Mr Plaskett each receive an annual remuneration of £7,500. Their appointments have been made in accordance with The Office of the Commissioner for Public Appointments (OCPA) Code of Practice. Neither holds any other Ministerial appointment.

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. Neither Mr Brighty nor Mr Plaskett has any declared political activity.

Great Yarmouth and Waveney PCT was formed on 1 October 2006 after the former Great Yarmouth Teaching Primary Care Trust (tPCT) and Waveney PCT joined together.

It uses its budget to buy a wide range of health services for the population of 216,000 that it serves, including GP, mental health and acute hospital services; manages four community hospitals; and provides community services, such as district nursing and health visiting.

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