Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has today (1 November 2021) welcomed Dr Stephen Duckworth OBE to team HHFT, in the role of Non-Executive Director (NED).
Stephen will also take on the role of non-executive lead for the Hampshire Together: Modernising our Hospitals and Health Services programme.
Over the last 20 years, Stephen has gained board level and senior executive experience in a range of private, public, and not-for-profit organisations including within the NHS and advisory roles to Government.
Steve Erskine, chairman at Hampshire Hospitals, which runs hospitals in Andover, Basingstoke and Winchester, said: “Stephen was a simply outstanding candidate, and we are delighted to welcome him to HHFT. I am confident that the wealth of experience and knowledge that Stephen brings will make a huge contribution to the trust, and in particular the Hampshire Together programme.
“On behalf of the board I wish Stephen all the very best and am looking forward to working together.”
Stephen Duckworth added: "It is an honour and a privilege to join Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust at a time of exceptional challenge but with huge opportunities ahead.
“Everyone I have met so far has been an exceptional, with a massive commitment to create a more efficient, effective and patient centred service for our community over the next decade, as we continue to adapt to the challenges and implement lessons learned from the Coronavirus pandemic."
Founder and chief executive of Disability Matters Limited, a research and consultancy business with expertise in health and safety, sustainability and diversity with an emphasis on access and mobility, Stephen’s lived experience as a wheelchair user will also bring valuable insights to the trust Board.
Stephen holds Non-Executive Director positions for Palace of Westminster Restoration & Renewal Delivery Authority, and Network Rail. His career also includes sitting on the board for the Olympic Delivery Authority and Board Champion for Equality and Diversity, and was listed in Power 100 of the most influential disabled people in Britain.
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