Hospital trust announces appointment of new chairman

Peter HollinsUniversity Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust has announced the appointment of a new chairman to its board of directors.

Peter Hollins, former chief executive of the British Heart Foundation and a current non-executive director at UHS, will begin his three-year term on 1 April 2016.

He will replace John Trewby, who will leave the trust at the end of March after completing his second term in the post.

Mr Hollins graduated in chemistry from Hertford College in Oxford before joining Imperial Chemical Industries (ICI) in 1973, where he undertook a series of senior roles in marketing and general management.

In 1992, following three years in the Netherlands as general manager of ICI Resins BV, he was appointed chief operating officer of EVC in Brussels – a joint venture between ICI and Enichem of Italy.

He returned to the UK in 1998 as chief executive officer of British Energy and remained with the company until 2001.

After holding a variety of chair and non-executive director roles, he returned to an executive role in 2003 as chief executive of the British Heart Foundation until his retirement in March 2013.

Mr Hollins, who lives in Brockenhurst, was also recently appointed chair of the charity CLIC Sargent, which specialises in supporting children and young people with cancer.

Fiona Dalton, chief executive of UHS, said: “Peter is already an established non-executive of the trust, having worked previously in the charity sector as the chief executive of the British Heart Foundation and, prior to that, in the energy and chemical industries.

“He is a first class appointment to this role which he has deservedly secured following an external selection process led by our Council of Governors. I very much look forward to working more closely with him and we all wish him well as he prepares to take over as chairman.”

She also paid tribute to Mr Trewby following eight successful years during which the trust achieved foundation trust status, developed as a clinical academic centre and gained an outstanding reputation for excellence and outcomes in clinical services.

“John has been an exceptional leader and has steered UHS to achieve great things in some truly difficult circumstances,” she said.

“He has spent a huge amount of time visiting our services to meet frontline staff and has been a champion of the patient and their experience of the NHS.”

She added: “His courage, honesty, skill and dedication have contributed enormously to the trust’s ability to navigate the stormy waters of a changing NHS while keeping “the right thing to do” at the forefront of our minds.”

Posted on Friday 18 December 2015