Essex: Hunt continues for hospital trust chairman as no candidate selected in first round of interviews

Colchester General Hospital is run by the health trust.

Colchester General Hospital is run by the health trust. - Credit: Su Anderson

A chairman is still needed to oversee the board which runs Colchester and Tendring’s hospitals after a decision has been made to re-advertise the post.

Peter Wilson, vice chairman of the Colchester Hospital University Foundation NHS Trust board.

Peter Wilson, vice chairman of the Colchester Hospital University Foundation NHS Trust board. - Credit: Archant

Earlier this year Dr Sally Irvine announced she would be stepping down as chairman of the Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust board at the end of this month.

Interviews were held for the post last week but Trust governors have decided to make no appointment and re-advertise the position.

Dr Irvine said: “The governors’ decision to re-advertise the post should not be taken as any kind of comment on the abilities or commitment of the people who applied for the post. We are very grateful to all of those who put themselves forward.

“However the governors are very clear about the particular mix of skills and experience they are looking for and they feel that a further search would enable the Trust to find exactly the right candidate.”


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The current vice-chairman Peter Wilson will take over on October 1 and lead the board until a new permanent appointment is made, expected to be within three months.

Mr Wilson has been a non-executive director of the Trust since May 2011 and is chairman of its Quality and Patient Safety Committee.

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