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Russell Hardy appointed as Chair of George Eliot Hospital

Russell Hardy

Appointment of Chair at George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust

NHS Improvement has confirmed the appointment of Russell Hardy as chair of George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust.

Russell joins the Trust alongside his role as chairman of the two other hospitals in the Foundation Group of which George Eliot Hospital is a member – South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust and Wye Valley NHS Trust. He brings a wealth of experience from working in both NHS trusts and private companies, with a firm understanding of working in large organisations and overseeing strategic developments.

He was appointed as Chairman by NHS Improvement and he starts at the George Eliot Hospital on 1 April 2019.

Commenting on his appointment, Russell said: “I am very pleased to be appointed as Chair of George Eliot Hospital and I would like to thank Prem Singh for his leadership over the last year - the George Eliot has made important advances during his tenure. I look forward to meeting the dedicated staff that provide such good care to local people. Our challenge is to work with our health and care partners in the area to make sure this care is more joined up and tailored towards our patients’ needs throughout their care journey.

“I will be leading an independent George Eliot Trust Board who I know are ready to take on this challenge and I relish the opportunity to work with them and the rest of the leadership team. George Eliot Hospital is hugely valued by its local community and I take on this responsibility with a strong regard for its history, its staff and its services.”

Chief Executive Glen Burley added: “This is a great appointment for George Eliot Hospital and the patients we serve. The Trust Board will maintain its independence and commitment to local services while benefitting from the strength that the membership of a Foundation Group brings. A shared CEO and Chair across the Group will further help our collaboration – keeping our individual identities, but sharing good practice and innovation for the common good.”


For further information contact communications@geh.nhs.uk (02476 865383) or farah.butt@nhs.net (020 3747 0901) (cont/d)

NHS Improvement

NHS Improvement is responsible for overseeing foundation trusts, NHS trusts and independent providers. We offer the support these providers need to give patients consistently safe, high quality, compassionate care within local health systems that are financially sustainable. By holding providers to account and, where necessary, intervening, we help the NHS to meet its short-term challenges and secure its future.

NHS Improvement is the operational name for the organisation that brings together Monitor, NHS Trust Development Authority, Patient Safety, the National Reporting and Learning System, the Advancing Change team and the Intensive Support Teams.

Appointment process and remuneration

Russell Hardy has been through an open competition in the past and has been appointed to facilitate the joint working across the Foundation Group   

These appointments are regulated by the Commissioner for Public Appointments, and the process followed is in accordance with the Governance Code on Public Appointment and the alternative arrangements for NHS trust appointments agreed with the Cabinet Office and the Commissioner (the Code). This includes provision for making appointments without competition where an individual has in the past been through an open competition for an NHS provider non-executive post.

Russell’s remuneration is £63,250. Note: This is an inclusive figure for his role as Chair in common across the three-group structure and these positions will no longer be remunerated separately.

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