Council chief executive Owen Williams to take up top job at hospital trust

Calderdale Council's chief executive Owen Williams has been appointed as chief executive of Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust
Calderdale Council's chief executive Owen Williams has been appointed as chief executive of Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust
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CALDERDALE Council’s chief executive has been appointed the top job at Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust.

The health trust, which runs Calderdale Royal Hospital, announced this morning its new chief executive will be the current boss of Calderdale Council, Owen Williams.

He starts his new role mid-May.

Mr Williams replaces outgoing CHFT chief executive Diane Whittingham who leaves at the end of March.

Director of nursing and deputy chief executive Helen Thomson will be interim chief executive until Mr Williams joins the trust.

The announcement came after trust’s membership council agreed the recommendation on Monday night by the appointments panel to appoint Mr Williams to the post.

It said he has had extensive involvement in local healthcare decisions and knows the communities served by the trust very well.

Mr Williams said: “I am delighted to be joining the trust which has an excellent reputation.

“I am looking forward to working alongside staff and membership councillors to continue to improve health services for the people of Calderdale and Huddersfield.

“We are moving into challenging times but I am confident that the trust can work with patients and the community to continue to improve the quality of services.”

Chairman of the trust Andrew Haigh said: “Chairman of the Trust Andrew Haigh said: “It is my pleasure to welcome Owen to the Trust. I look forward to working with him through the challenges of the future.

“Owen has a wealth of public sector experience which, combined with the experience of our Executive Team, will ensure that the legacy of our current Chief Executive Diane Whittingham continues.”

Mr Williams has been chief executive of the council since 2007 and was previously chief executive of Rossendale Council.