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Alex Health Trust chair Caragh Merrick steps down after 20 months

Ross Crawford 20th Apr, 2018

THE outgoing Chairman of Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust has been praised for her passion and commitment to local health care services.

Mrs Caragh Merrick this week announced her decision to resign from her position as Chairman of the Trust with effect from April 30.

Mrs. Merrick took over the position in September 2016. In her time there, she has stabilised the Board and begun the process of building an effective senior leadership team at the trust.

She said: “While there is still a long way to go, I believe that the trust has begun its improvement journey.

“Having laid the foundations, I feel the time is right for a new Chairman to take over and lead the Board in meeting the challenges ahead.”

Mark Yates, the Trust’s current Deputy Chairman, will step up until a new Chairman is appointed.

The Trust’s Chief Executive, Michelle McKay, said: “On behalf of the board and staff across our hospitals, I would like to thank Caragh for her inspiring leadership and her passion and commitment to local hospital services and the wider community of Worcestershire.

“I would also like to thank her personally for the support she has given me since I joined the Trust.

“We wish her all the very best for the future.

“I am also very grateful to Mark Yates for stepping up to the role of Chairman while Caragh’s successor is appointed.”

As with all roles of this kind, the process of appointing a new Chairman will be overseen by NHS Improvement (NHSI), the body which oversees NHS Trusts.


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