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Two new Non-Executive Directors join George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust

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General Stock 3 2016

George Eliot Hospital has appointed two new Non-Executive Directors at the trust after a successful recruitment campaign.

Julie Houlder and Duncan Cooper will be joining the George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust Board to share their individual talents and expertise to help make a difference to the lives of people in Nuneaton, Bedworth, North Warwickshire and surrounding areas.

Julie and Duncan have been appointed on a term running until 2018.

Both Julie and Duncan have financial and senior management experience and will be chairing sub committees within the Trust. They will also be sharing their broad range of skills and experience with services to support the delivery of excellent health care services.

Duncan Cooper - Square

Duncan will start his role within the trust from 1 September 2016. Duncan, who lives locally, has recently spent three years commuting from home to Chicago where he was Group Vice President and Regional Managing Director for Grundfos, one of the world’s largest pump manufacturers. He has now officially retired and wants to give something back to his local community and where he has always maintained a family home. He will officially take up his position in September after existing Non-Executive Director Rupert Herd retires from his role after 10 years on the Trust Board.


Duncan said: “I grew up in Nuneaton and have always wanted to be involved in my local community to make a difference. I have a financial background but I am passionate about education, training and learning and will be able to share these interests at the George Eliot.”

Julie Houlder

Julie officially started her role within the trust from 1 May 2016. Julie, who lives in Solihull, had started her career in the health service in 1979 before moving into a career in transport, where she had been Head of Finance and an Executive Board Member at CENTRO for the last ten years. Her experience includes financial management, board management, coaching and mentoring skills. She also enjoys people development and strategic planning. Recently she had the opportunity to take early retirement and to use her skills and experience within other fields.

Julie said: “I really wanted to get back into the Health Service and my role as Non-Executive Director will give me an opportunity to share my broad skill set. It is an exciting time to work within the NHS with all of the changes being implemented. People are at the centre of delivering excellent services so I am really excited to be given the opportunity to get involved here at the George Eliot.”

George Eliot Hospital Chairman, Stuart Annan said: “I am delighted that we were able to attract two exceptional candidates to the Executive board at the Trust.

“We had 21 outstanding applications, for the advertised posts, which made our job very difficult to then select the very best candidates from a strong field. We wanted to enhance our financial and organisational development capabilities at Non-Executive Director level and both Julie and Duncan will be excellent additions to our team at the George Eliot.”

The Trust is also confirming the re-appointment of Stuart Annan as chairman and Chris Spencer as Non-Executive Director until 30 November 2017.

The role of Non-Executive director attracts a remuneration of £6,157 per annum 

The role of Chairman attracts a remuneration of £21,105 per annum

Julie and Duncan have declared no political activity

For information on declared political activity and registered interests of Stuart Annan and Chris Spencer please consult the Trust Annual report at www.geh.nhs.uk/about-us/key-documents/

George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust provides a range of hospital and community-based services to more than 300,000 people in North Warwickshire, South West Leicestershire and North Coventry. The hospital provides a range of elective, non-elective, surgical, medical, women’s, children’s, diagnostic and therapeutic services.  The Trust also provides a range of community services across Coventry, Warwickshire and Leicestershire.

Recent service delivery developments have earned the Trust a ‘Good’ rating from the Care Quality Commission. The trust have great staff, a leadership team that is committed to improving patient care, and a clear sense of where they need to go based on the NHS Five Year Forward View.

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