Laurence Collins has been appointed a non-executive director of The Ipswich Hospital .
Mr Collins, who was lead director at Ipswich Borough Council for health strategies and improvements for many years, takes up his appointment on 1 April this year.
He brings to the NHS extensive experience of leading change, corporate restructures and transformation programmes, including setting up multi-agency customer service and contact centres. Mr Collins has led complex multi-agency partnership projects such as the Ravenswood development, and key Ipswich Waterfront regeneration schemes including Felaw Maltings.
Between 1974 and 1985, Mr Collins had a career in planning in the public sector in South Yorkshire, Berkshire and London. He came to Ipswich in 1985 and was appointed a corporate director at Ipswich Borough Council in 1991 until December last year. During this time he established strong links with many local organisations and groups, and has a good knowledge of the local community.
He has a BA in Geography and an MA in Town and Regional Planning. Mr Collins also has professional memberships of the Royal Town planning Institute, the Chartered Management Institute and SOLACE. Mr Collins founded the East West Rail Consortium (made up of 25 local authorities/agencies across central southern England and was chairman for several years). He also initiated and led the East Anglian campaign to lobby for Stratford International.
The appointment has been warmly welcomed by Ann Tate CBE, Chair of The Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust, one of the largest and busiest hospitals in the east of England.
“We are delighted that Laurence is joining the Board. He will bring invaluable experience and expertise to the NHS and be a very strong link between the hospital and key partners”, Mrs Tate said.
On the news of his appointment, Mr Collins said “The Ipswich Hospital is an essential and cherished part of our community and it is an honour to be appointed to serve and help lead the development of the hospital in the challenging years ahead”
Mr Collins has been appointed for a four-year term of office from 1 April 2013 to 31 March 2017.
This appointment has been made in accordance with the OCPA Code of Practice (Office of the Commissioner for Public Appointments). Mr Collins will receive remuneration of £6,096 per annum.
All non-executive appointments are made on merit and political activity plays no part in the selection process. However, in accordance with the original Nolan recommendations, there is a requirement for appointee’s political activity (if any declared) to be made public. Mr Collins has no declared political activity in the past five years and does not hold any other ministerial appointments.
Alan Bateman, a non executive director of the hospital Trust Board, has been appointed deputy chairman. This role was previously held by Dave Norval, non-executive director, who stepped down from the Board at the end of his term of office on 31 December last year.