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York and Scarborough Trust Chair steps down

Alan Downey, Chair of York and Scarborough Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, will step down from the role later this month.

Alan took over as chair in February 2022, having held a number of non-executive roles including Chair of South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. 

He began his career in the civil service before joining KPMG, where latterly he led the firm's public sector practice.

Alan said: “It has been a privilege to have been the Chair of the Trust, albeit for a relatively short period, and I shall be sorry to say goodbye to such a wonderful group of people. Both as chair and as a local resident and patient, I have always been hugely impressed by the kindness, dedication and professionalism of the people who work in the Trust, in both clinical and non-clinical roles. They are what makes the NHS great, and I wish them every success in all their future endeavours.”

Simon Morritt, Trust Chief Executive, said: “Alan has led our Board through the beginnings of our recovery from the pandemic and some of the most challenging times our organisation has experienced. He has always championed the interests of the people we serve – patients, families and carers. He has also been a powerful advocate for the people who work here and for expanding and developing our workforce to meet the needs of our population. I have thoroughly enjoyed working with him, and on behalf of the Board I thank him for his commitment to the trust and our staff throughout his time as Chair. I wish him well for the future.”

Mark Chamberlain will assume the role of Interim Chair as the Trust begins the process of recruiting a new chair over the summer.

Mark is a non-executive director on the board of the Humber and North Yorkshire Integrated Care Board and a former Deputy Chair of Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust.

15 May 2023

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