A NEW chairman has been appointed of South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.
Ian Black, who has been a non-executive director at the trust for the past four years, will officially take up the post on May 1.
Mr Black lives in Huddersfield and is a fellow of both the Institutes of Chartered Accountants and Chartered Bankers and holds an MBA.
He spent 20 years at Halifax plc/HBOS with a series of director roles in operations, risk and finance in the UK, Continental Europe and Australia.
He is also treasurer, and previously chairman, of UK disability charity, Scope; and is a non-executive director for Benenden Insurance and internet start up Seedrs.
South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust provides a range of community, mental health and learning disability services to the people of Barnsley, Calderdale, Kirklees and Wakefield.
The Members’ Council is made up of elected and nominated representatives of the trust’s 16,350 members.
The lead governor is Tony Wilkinson, an elected public member from Calderdale.
Mr Black will be responsible for leading the organisation through a trust board and making sure it provides excellent quality health services.
He replaces Joyce Catterick OBE, who has retired.
He said: “I’d like to thank the Members’ Council for their hard work throughout the appointment process.
“It is a privilege to be appointed as chairman to the trust where all our staff play such a vital role in our local communities. I am committed to the highest quality of NHS care for local people and making sure that our services are individually tailored to ensure the best possible outcomes for all our service users.”