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²gether NHS Foundation Trust is delighted to welcome a second new non-executive director to the Trust board.

Duncan Sutherland, who lives just outside Hereford, brings with him years’ of experience as a non-executive director of a number of public companies.

Duncan was non-executive director of the British Waterways Board for eight years before stepping down. He is currently a non-executive director for High Speed 2, in a role focusing on economic growth, regeneration and property. His other non-executive director post is with the South Bank Sinfonia, which works with music graduates.

He is also a director of Sigma, a specialist regeneration company, working with local authorities.

Duncan said the role with the Trust appealed to him because it would allow him to draw on his previous experience, while being involved with a local organisation.

He explained: “I thought the Trust role looked very interesting when I saw it. ²gether looked like a really good Trust and had an excellent reputation, which was a big attraction. I also really wanted to be involved with a local organisation, as that wasn’t something I’d done before.

“I’d worked for several councils at a senior level, and my areas of responsibility had included planning, housing and regeneration, as well as social care. I want to draw on this experience for this new role.

“I’ve also had firsthand experience of mental health issues after my mother was diagnosed with vascular dementia six or seven years ago.”

Duncan is looking forward to finding out more about the services the Trust offers and how it operates. He has already identified areas of the Trust he is keen to be involved in. He added: “I’m looking forward to my induction and am planning to do a lot of reading and asking questions to find out information. I also want to get out and about to different areas of the Trust and talking to staff and service users.

“I’m very interested in the specific issues facing the Herefordshire side of the Trust and I hope to use my skills in helping to resolve some of those. We need to look at how we plan and manage those issues.

“The Trust as a whole is facing a period of financial challenges and I’m looking forward to working with the Board to help the Trust react to that and create strategies to mitigate against these upcoming issues.”

Ruth FitzJohn, Chair of the Trust, welcomed Duncan to the Board. She said: “Duncan’s personal interest in Herefordshire and the valuable skills he brings with him will make him an asset to the Board. I’m very much looking forward to working with him to take the Trust forward and to hearing his views on how we can react to the financial challenges facing us.”