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Stephen Swords reappointed as chair of HRCH

Stephen Swords, chairman of HRCH NHS Trust

Wednesday 10 May 2017

 

NHS Improvement has confirmed the re-appointment of Stephen Swords as chair of Hounslow and Richmond Community Healthcare NHS Trust (HRCH) for a further two year term. 

His re-appointment will be for a further period of two years commencing 1 April 2017. Stephen was originally appointed as chair of the local NHS trust’s board on 1 January 2010.

As chairman, Stephen has steered the organisation through a number of major changes including overseeing the merger of the previous community healthcare services across Hounslow and Richmond in 2010 into the single organisation that now exists - serving both boroughs; and securing NHS Trust status.  

Stephen is a mechanical engineer by trade whose previous roles include chief executive and chairman of a range of companies and industries within the defence, medical, aerospace and engineering sectors. He also has previous experience of serving on the boards of local health organisations, including NHS Richmond, and has served as a councillor both in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames and Luton Borough Council.  

Commenting on his reappointment, Stephen said: “I am proud of what we have achieved as an organisation since coming into being in 2010, and first and foremost of our staff and services who provide such vital care for local people in the heart of the Hounslow and Richmond communities we serve.   I am honoured to be reappointed as chairman of this community NHS trust and will seek to continue positively influencing the provision of local, high-quality healthcare and services for Hounslow and Richmond residents over years to come.”

The appointment was made by NHS Improvement - the organisation responsible for appointing all chairs and non-executives to NHS trusts throughout England.  All appointments are subject to the Code of Practice of the Commissioner for Public Appointments, and made following an open competition based on merit, in a way that is open, transparent and fair to all applicants. 

Non-executive appointments to NHS Trusts made by the NHS Improvement are subject to the Code of Practice of the Commissioner for Public Appointments.

Declaration of interests: Stephen declared political activity on behalf of the Liberal Democrat party.