The Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust is today delighted to announce Ann Tate CBE as its new chair.
Mrs Tate is a distinguished academic and former vice chancellor and chief executive of the University of Northampton (2002-2010). She was appointed CBE in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List last year for services to higher education.
During a long academic teaching career in further and higher education, Mrs Tate specialised in the education of healthcare professionals, teaching nurses, midwives, and physio, occupational and speech and language therapists. She has also held a wide-range of non-executive directorships in both England and Northern Ireland, where she worked for more than 20 years.
She said: “I am a passionate supporter of the NHS and am very impressed at the close relationship Ipswich Hospital has with its community and patients. I’m committed to building on those strong foundations and the hospital’s excellent clinical standards as the NHS enters what is no doubt a challenging future.”
Mrs Tate, who now lives in Rattlesden near Stowmarket, has a postgraduate qualification in sociology applied to medicine and has also acted as an external assessor for the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland.
Hospital Chief Executive Andrew Reed said: “I am delighted with Ann’s appointment. She will bring with her a blend of local and professional knowledge, and a breadth of expertise that will offer great benefit to the board, the hospital and therefore our patients.
“I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Non Executive Director Dave Norval who has done a tremendous job as interim chair since December.”
Sarah Boulton, Chair of NHS Midlands and East, said: “I am very pleased that we have been able to appoint someone of Ann’s calibre to this key post. Ipswich Hospital and the wider NHS have significant challenges ahead and Ann’s extensive knowledge and experience will be invaluable in helping the trust and regional NHS to meet these challenges and to drive forward the proposed Government reforms to deliver a better NHS over the next few years.
“Ann was a very strong candidate for the role, bringing with her a wealth of education and wider public sector experience. I very much look forward to working with her.”