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George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust is delighted to announce the appointments of Dr Sarah Raistrick and Umar Zamman as Non-Executive Directors and Professor Rosie Kneafsey as Associate Non-Executive Director

All three joined the board from 1st July 2022 and will hold their positions for a period of three years.

New Non-Executive Director, Dr Raistrick brings over 20 years’ experience of working in the NHS, including working as a GP in Coventry for the past 18 years, she has also served as Chair of the Coventry and Warwickshire CCG and formerly of Warwickshire North, Coventry and Rugby CCG.

On her appointment Dr Raistrick said: “I am thrilled to be able to take up this role at George Eliot. The Trust has an established reputation for the high quality of care given to patients and I was delighted to see its ambitious plans for continued improvement.

“I share the EXCEL values the Trust follows and am passionate about understanding the wider determinants on health in the region and influencing developments to help reduce health inequalities.

“I am looking forward the working with the Board and the executive team to support our vision to EXCEL at Patient Care.”

Umar Zamman has also joined the board as Non-Executive Director. He brings a wealth of experience to the position including previously holding senior executive roles within Higher Education, Social enterprise, the NHS, Fire and Rescue Service, Policing and the Civil Service, where he was an advisor in private office to the Home Secretary and senior civil servants.  

Umar said: “I am delighted to have the opportunity to join the George Eliot Hospital Board and be part of enabling a people centred organisation to develop the best care possible for our patients.

“The Trusts approach to developing a positive culture change including focuses on leadership and inclusion and people development strategies are really exciting and I hope to be able to positively influence this.

Professor Rosie Kneafsey, who is Director of the Centre for Healthcare Research at Coventry University, has also joined the board as Associate Non-Executive Director.

Professor Kneafsey has an esteemed career in Nursing starting her career as a registered nurse and working as a researcher and teacher during her time at both Salford University and Birmingham University, before joining Coventry University in 2011 where she was previously Head of School, for Nursing, Midwifery and Health.

Rosie said: “By joining George Eliot Hospital as Associate Non-Executive Director I am committed to supporting the future development of the Trust and its staff.

“Throughout my career I have taken great pride in understanding and recognising the impact that nursing and nurses can have on positive patient outcomes.

“I am passionate about continuing to help grow the importance of compassionate and patient centred Nursing at George Eliot and believe, alongside my fellow Board members, we will support the Trust in continuing to be hugely successful.”

Trust Chairman Russell Hardy added: “We welcome all three board members to the Trust. Their range of skills, experience and broad range of knowledge will undoubtedly further strengthen our Board leadership team and continue to help drive our ability to provide high quality, safe integrated care to our local population.

“On behalf of the board I would also like to thank our Non-Executive Directors Glynis Washington and Rebecca Khanna who recently retired from the board and contributed significantly to the development of services at the George Eliot.”


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