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²gether NHS Foundation Trust’s Council of Governors has re-appointed Baroness Rennie Fritchie DBE as Chair to the Board and Chair to the Council.

Rennie has had a long career specialising in learning and development. She was educated in Ribston Hall, Gloucester and has worked as a senior executive for over 20 years including Chair of Gloucester Health Authority and the South and West Regional Health Authority; Commissioner for Public Appointments; and Deputy Chair, Scottish Public Services Ombudsman Audit Advisory Board 2007. She is also President of the Chronic Pain Policy Coalition; Patron of Pied Piper Appeal; and Ambassador for Winston’s Wish a grief support charity for children.

Rennie was first appointed Chair of the ²gether NHS Foundation Trust in 2008. She has been re-appointed for a further three years.

The Trust’s Council of Governors include elected and nominated individuals who represent the views of staff, members of the public and local partner agencies.

Julie Garnham, Deputy Chair of the Council of Governors said: “The governors are extremely pleased that Baroness Fritchie has been reappointed as Chair of the Trust for another term of office.

“Baroness Fritchie‟s strategic management skills and vision for the future has already led the Trust to great success. In these challenging times facing all public bodies, her commitment and enthusiasm for continued improvements in patient care and outcomes, together with her business skills and professionalism, will mean the Trust is in good hands for the future.”

Rennie Fritchie said:  “I am delighted to continue in my role as Chair for the Trust. A great deal has been achieved by the Trust over the last few years. We are delivering more services in Gloucestershire and we were successful in our bid to provide services in Herefordshire from 1 April. However, I know there is more work to do.

“This is a challenging time for the NHS. By listening to the people in our communities, our Governors and members, I am committed to working with colleagues to further improve the services we are commissioned to provide.”