The Queen Elizabeth Hospital Foundation Trust has welcomed Prof Mandy Ashton OBE to its Board of Directors.
Prof Ashton has joined the Trust as a Non-Executive Director, following her appointment by the Trust’s Governors’ Council.
Prof Ashton has worked in healthcare for 31 years in various roles, including nursing and policy making.
Prof Ashton, who has family ties to King’s Lynn and North Norfolk, said: “I am very excited about this opportunity.
“The QEH is a great hospital with wonderful staff. The people of West Norfolk and the surrounding area deserve the best and I am hoping to be part of that.”
Prof Ashton has worked in community and acute settings but has helped to develop education and training programmes for nurses in Uganda and Labrador.
In 2008, she became a Professor of Clinical Leadership with De Montford University in Leicester.
Two years later Prof Ashton was awarded an OBE for services to Nursing and Healthcare.
She said: “The NHS nationally and locally is facing a period of significant change and I am hoping to contribute my experience of transformational change for the benefit of our staff, our patients and the community served by the Trust.”
Trust Chair Edward Libbey has welcomed Prof Ashton to the Board as she is appointed to the Board vacancy created as Dr John Rees steps down.
Mr Libbey said: “Dr Rees has made a valuable contribution. He used his great experience in Public Health and as a clinician for the benefit of the Trust and has chaired the Quality Committee with diligence and care.
“It is a pleasure to welcome Prof Ashton onto the Board. Her vast experience and knowledge will be an invaluable asset to the Board and the Trust as we move into the next phase of development for The Queen Elizabeth Hospital.”
Lead Governor Esme Corner said the Governors present at the extraordinary meeting were unanimously in their agreement of Prof Ashton’s appointment.
She said: “On behalf of the Governors, we are very pleased that we have attracted Prof Ashton to join the Non-Executive Directors.
“We believe she will bring a great wealth of experience, particularly in Healthcare transformation and her skills will enhance the team.”