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Stephen Swords reappointed as chair of local NHS trust

Stephen Swords, chairman of HRCH NHS Trust

Wednesday 18 March 2015

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

Stephen was originally appointed as chair of the local NHS trust’s board on 1 January 2010, and was then reappointed for a further period of 2 years from 1 April 2013. 

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 for the organisation in 2011.  

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. Stephen lives in Kew with his wife and two children. 

Commenting on his reappointment, Stephen said: “I am extremely 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 cracking 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 the NHS Trust Development Authority that is 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 Trust Development Authority are subject to the Code of Practice of the Commissioner for Public Appointments. Stephen will receive remuneration of £18,621per annum, which is the current rate for all Non-Executive Chairs of NHS Trusts. 

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