HCT appoints two new Non-Executive Directors

Posted: March 13 2020

Richard Rolt and Sarah Wren join Trust’s Board from 1 April 2020

HCT appoints two new Non-Executive Directors

Following a recent national recruitment campaign, two new non-executive directors will join HCT’s Board on 1 April 2020. Richard Rolt and Sarah Wren will replace the Trust’s two longest-serving non-executive directors – Anne McPherson and Alan Russell – who will be leaving HCT at the end of March, having served the maximum permitted term of ten years.

HCT Chair Lesley-Anne Alexander said: “I am delighted that we have appointed Richard and Sarah to our Board. They both bring a wealth of operational and board level experience and will really help us drive forward our new strategy and our vision of delivering outstanding services to our local community. I also want to thank both Anne and Alan for their service to HCT over the last decade. Both have worked with us from the time when community health services were being divested from the former Hertfordshire Primary Care Trust and have worked tirelessly to support us and promote the value of community health services during their time with us.”

Richard has a background in IT and commercial business management and was the ICT Services Director of the NHS Central Eastern Commissioning Support Unit in Welwyn Garden City. For the last five years, Richard has worked in executive roles at Viapath, a large pathology provider which was originally set up as a joint venture between Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and Serco. Richard is Viapath’s Chief Operating Officer and oversees an organisation that provides around 35 million diagnostic tests a year.

Sarah will be familiar to many colleagues across the Hertfordshire and West Essex health and social care system as the Chief Executive of Hertfordshire Independent Living Service (HILS). HILS is one of HCT’s key partners and delivers services across the County to support many frail older people who also receive services from HCT’s teams. Sarah has led HILS to become the largest social enterprise provider of meals and independent living support in the UK. She is an associate member of the National Malnutrition Task Force which leads several initiatives to tackle malnutrition and dehydration. She was also the Chair of Healthwatch Hertfordshire from 2012 to 2014 and sits on a number of working groups on nutrition, frailty, and community leadership. She was awarded an MBE in 2012 for services to the community sector.

Richard and Sarah will officially start their roles with us on 1 April. Their appointments follow a national recruitment process run by NHS Improvement – which oversees non-executive appointments for NHS trusts – that attracted a very strong field of candidates.


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