Shropcom Board boosted by appointment of three new NEDs

Nov 28, 2018

The leadership team at Shropshire Community Health NHS Trust has been boosted – with the appointment of three new Non-Executive Directors.

Harmesh Darbhanga, Peter Featherstone and Tina Long have all been appointed to initial three-year terms.

Their appointments come as the Trust continues work alongside NHS Improvement to appoint a new Chair, following the decision of Mike Ridley to step down from the role in the New Year.

Mike said: “I am very much looking forward to welcoming Tina, Peter and Harmesh to the Trust at our Board meeting in Church Stretton tomorrow.

“All three of them have a wealth of experience – gained either within the NHS in other public sector roles or in the private sector.

“As I prepare to leave the Trust after Christmas, it is reassuring to know that there will be three new Non-Executive Directors in place, working alongside the existing team, to continue the great work of delivering high quality community services.”

Ms Long, who is based in Brindley, near Nantwich, has over 40 years of experience in clinical and strategic nursing roles. She has most recently worked as Chief Nurse of the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership.

Her appointment brings her full circle, having started her career as a Ward Sister for the old Shropshire Health Authority in 1979.

Tina said: “I was born and bred in Shropshire, and my father and other family members still live there. My father is now in his 80s and I visit him every week. I have a real desire to ensure community services for the people of Shropshire are of the quality I would aspire to for my father.

“As a nurse, I am passionate about high quality care and in all my Board-level posts I have championed a patient-centred approach.”

Mr Darbhanga, has lived in Shrewsbury for over 30 years and brings a strong background of accountancy and financial management to the role, having spent more than 20 years working in senior roles at Wrexham County Borough Council.

He also has extensive experience as a Non-Executive Director, including at The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust, where he remains an Associate Non-Executive Director.

Harmesh said: “I am passionate about health and wellbeing and delivering a first class NHS service to the population of Shropshire and its neighbouring residents. I am committed to the values of the NHS and its staff.

“I welcome the opportunity to play a part in reshaping community services and help drive forward quality and service improvements in future years.”

Mr Featherstone has worked in the public sector in a variety of senior strategic development and service improvement roles, and is currently Implementation Manager at Birmingham Children’s Trust.

Peter said: “I started my career in the NHS and have a strong passion to apply my diverse experiences to support and work alongside other colleagues to deliver the best possible healthcare for the local community.

“I have a strong track record in partnership working and networking, and look forward to supporting Shropshire Community Health.”