New board member appointed

Posted on Tue, 01/07/2014

A former local government director has joined QE Gateshead as a new non-executive director.

John Robinson joins the board of Gateshead NHS Foundation Trust following a long career in local government.

He has a professional background in Environmental Health, with over 40 years’ experience of Local Government. He has developed and managed a wide range of services provided by Gateshead Council and led various partnerships involving the Local Community. 

He said: “I am very pleased to be joining the Board of such a good performing Trust and look forward to working with colleagues to continually improve services for the benefit of the Community, which I have had the privilege to serve in other capacities over many years.”

Julia Hickey, Chairman of the Trust, said: “I am delighted to welcome John to our Board as he clearly knows the local community well having served the public with Gateshead Council for many years. He will bring a wealth of experience to this important role as well as a clear commitment to our overall aim of delivering excellent healthcare to our patients.”

The board is responsible for the effective running of the hospital in line with established objectives and priorities.  It also has a duty to consult and involve governors in the strategic planning of the organisation.

The trust board is made up of eight non-executive directors (one of whom serves as chairman) and six executive directors.

John’s final role at Gateshead council was strategic director of local environmental services.

He is a member of the Reserve Forces and Cadet Association of the North East and is an active member of the local community.

John Robinson has been appointed to the board until 2017 and will also sit on one of the Trust’s formal committees.

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