Angela takes a lead in new health board

Angela Monaghan and Coun Craig Whittaker sign the Disabled Children and Young Peoples Charter.
Angela Monaghan and Coun Craig Whittaker sign the Disabled Children and Young Peoples Charter.

THE chairwoman of NHS Calderdale has been appointed to lead a new board which will also serve Kirklees and Wakefield.

The three primary care trusts formed a cluster earlier this year but had kept their own boards up until now.

From October 1, a single board will be responsible for all three PCTs - with Angela Monaghan sitting as non-executive chairwoman.

Angela, who lives in Brighouse, has served as an NHS non-executive director since 2002 and has been chairwoman of NHS Calderdale since 2008.

She said: “I am delighted to be taking on this exciting new role. The experience my colleagues and I have gained and the relationships we have forged in our previous roles will allow us to build on the good work we have already set in place.

“Our aim is to continue working closely with our partners to develop a strong new NHS commissioning system that will benefit local people and allow us to take forward the challenges that lie ahead.”

Seven other non-executive director appointments were made to the board.

These included Triangle resident Roy Coldwell and Anne Liston who have been non-executive directors at NHS Calderdale since 2009 and 2006 respectively.

Keith Wright, who lives in Rishworth and has been a a non-executive director at NHS Calderdale since 2006, was also appointed.

Also appointed as Sandra Cheseldine and Roger Grasby, of NHS Wakefield, Tony Gerrard of NHS Kirklees, and Mehboob Khan, the leader of Kirklees Council.

The aim of the cluster is to support the development of the new, proposed commissioning system - where GPs take control of the NHS budget and decision-making from primary care trusts.