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New chairman appointed

Steve ErskineSteve Erskine has been appointed as Poole Hospital's new chairman. Steve’s appointment commences in May 2017, after the current chairman, Angela Schofield, steps down after six years in the role.

Steve is an experienced non-executive director in the NHS and also has an executive background in information technology and service delivery. He brings a wealth of experience to the role. He is currently deputy chair at Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust, one of the largest acute hospital trusts in the country, and is a business development director at L3 ASA, a technology company. Previously, Steve was a deputy director in the Home Office responsible for integrated service delivery and a main board director at Ordnance Survey.

Speaking about his new role, Steve said: “I am delighted to be appointed to the role of chairman at Poole Hospital. The Trust has an excellent reputation for delivering high quality care, and against the backdrop of the Dorset Clinical Services Review, this is an exciting time to be joining the organisation. I look forward to working with the board, governors, staff and local partners to make a positive difference in improving services for the people of Poole and wider Dorset.”

Nick Ziebland, non-executive director and senior independent director of the Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, said: “I am delighted Steve will be joining the Trust as our new chairman. He has extensive experience in the private sector and as a non-executive director in the NHS, which will be invaluable to the board. We look forward to welcoming him later in the year and in working together to develop an exciting, positive future for Poole Hospital.”

Nick also paid tribute to outgoing chairman, Angela Schofield. “Angela has been a brilliant champion of Poole Hospital and I speak for the whole board in thanking her for her service and dedication over the past six years. We have all greatly benefitted from her excellent leadership and she leaves the hospital in an extremely strong position. We wish her well for the future.”

Steve will start his three year term on 17 May 2017.

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