Hospital staff bid a fond farewell to chief executive

Diane Whittingham's farewell
Diane Whittingham's farewell

STAFF at Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust bid a fond farewell to their departing chief executive.

Diane Whittingham is leaving the trust - which runs Calderdale Royal Hospital - after 15 years. She received gifts and cards from the Membership Council and an orchid to mark her last board meeting at the trust last week.

Janette Roberts, deputy chairwoman of the membership council, and Andrew Haigh, trust chairman, thanked her support and leadership. Mrs Whittingham said being involved in the transformation to a foundation trust had been “new, exciting and a step into the unknown”.

She said: “It has been an absolute pleasure and a privilege working with you all. There has been much laughter and much joy and you have been great people to work with helping us to get our services for our patients right.”

Current chief executive at Calderdale Council, Owen Williams has been named as her successor.