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UHMBT appoints new Non-Executive Directors

Non Executive Directors Helen Bingley and Liz Sedgley

[L]iz Sedgley and Helen Bingley have been appointed as the new Non-Executive Directors at University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust (UHMBT).

Liz is a qualified certified accountant who trained in general practice and then moved to accountancy practise as an audit Manager. Liz then set up her own business providing accountancy services, she acts as accountant, Finance Director and counsellor there. She was a Non Executive Director at East Lancashire Hospitals Trust for 8 years where she developed an interest in understanding and improving the patient’s experience and helping to develop seamless care between hospital and community settings for the benefit of patients.

Helen qualified as a nurse in Lancaster in 1979 and took up her first management post in the NHS in 1984 and reached the position of Chief Executive in 1996. NHS roles have included Chief Executive, Executive Director, and Non Executive Director roles and have involved managing substantial change in the NHS. Helen has now been Managing Director of her own business for 15 years, a business that she and others established to support senior managers in the public, private and voluntary sectors with strategic change.

Pearse Butler, Chairman, UHMBT, said: “I’m delighted to announce the appointment of two new Non Executive Directors.

“As the Chairman of the Trust, I welcome these important appointments. Non Executive Directors are an essential part of good governance systems and they ensure effective management arrangements are in place, together with the responsibility of holding the executive team to account for performance.

“I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Peter Armer and Melanie Weeks for their commitment and hard work at the Trust over the past five years. They have now come to the end of their terms in office as Non Executive Directors.”

Helen Bingley added: “I’m delighted to be joining University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust and feel my skills and experience will
compliment those already represented on the Board.

“I’m looking forward to working with the Trust Board, its governors and staff to sustain and improve its operational performance and maintain its focus on delivering high quality, safe patient care within a challenging and changing environment.”

Non-Executive Directors play a crucial role in the leadership of the NHS, ensuring its strategic direction is in line with government policy, while also providing a voice for local communities.

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