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²gether NHS Foundation Trust (²gether) has appointed two new Non-Executive Directors to its Board.

Joanna Newton was most recently Chair of NHS Herefordshire, a role she held for seven years. She was also appointed Board Chair of the West Mercia Cluster of PCTs leading up to the transfer of commissioning to Clinical Commissioning Groups on 1 April 2013. 

Prior to moving back to Herefordshire Joanna held senior roles in pharmaceutical marketing, principally for Procter and Gamble and SmithKline Beecham.

Over the last thirteen years, Joanna has held health sector Non Executive roles. Her first Chair role was with Herefordshire & Worcestershire Ambulance Trust in 2003. Since then she has also chaired the Health and Social Care Cross Border Group and the West Midlands Specialist Commissioning Board. Until recently Joanna has chaired the board of governors for her local school.

Jonathan Vickers spent 25 years in the international oil and chemicals industries including board membership of Castrol and Burmah Chemicals. 

Over the last decade, Jonathan has served as a Non-Executive Director on the boards of a range of public sector organisations including NHS South West Strategic Health Authority.

Jonathan is an Independent Member of Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) Approvals Board and a board member at UK Sport.

Ruth FitzJohn, Chair of ²gether said: “Joanna and Jonathan join the Trust at a very exciting and challenging time. Their complementary skills and experiences will help strengthen the Board and help provide a new and valuable perspective to Board and Committee deliberations”.

Joanna said of her appointment: “²gether provides services important to the health and wellbeing of our local communities and I am delighted to be joining the board to support this work”.

Jonathan continued: “I am delighted to join the board of ²gether at this exciting time. The Trust has an excellent track record of patient care and a strong financial position.  As a new chapter opens in the history of the NHS, we need to ensure that we are able to manage the challenges it presents, whilst remaining alive to the opportunities it offers.

²gether is a public benefit corporation.  Members of the public, service users, staff and partner organisations can influence the strategic planning of the organisation by being a member and standing for election to the Council of Governors.

Ruth said: “This is also my first month working within the Trust. I look forward to working alongside Joanna, Jonathan, staff, Governors and Trust members so that we can continue to make tangible improvements to an already high quality, local mental health service.”

To become a member of the trust, visit www.²gether.nhs.uk/membership or call Anna Hilditch on 01452 804000.