FOUR people were given key roles in the future of health services in South Tyneside
Alan Clarke, Gordon Booth, Coun Iain Malcolm and Allison Thompson were appointed as non-executive directors on South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust’s board.
They will help with the development of the trust, which provides hospital services in South Tyneside and community health services in the borough, Gateshead and Sunderland.
Trust chairman Peter Davidson said: “We attracted high calibre applicants for our vacant posts and are delighted to welcome these new members to the board.
“They bring an impressive range of experience in a vast number of different fields and this will be of tremendous benefit to the trust.”
Mr Clarke has worked for South Tyneside, Newcastle, Sunderland and Northumberland Councils.
He later became chief executive of regional development agency, One NorthEast, before retiring and was, last year, awarded the CBE for services to regeneration.
Mr Booth was appointed chairman of NHS South of Tyne and Wear Community Health Services in 2009.
Coun Malcolm was elected to South Tyneside Council in May 1988. He is on the board of Newcastle International Airport and the Local Government Association’s Community Wellbeing.
Ms Thompson was marketing director, chief operating officer and human resources director at the Northern Rock bank.
She is also a non-executive director of the North East-based economic development agency TEDCO.
Mr Davidson paid tribute to the previous directors who had come to the end of their term of office – Annette Rowe, Margaret Hamilton, Patrick Melia, and deputy chairman and senior independent director, Val Elsy – for their “selfless and dedicated service”.
Sadly, Mrs Elsy died at St Clare’s Hospice in Jarrow on November 26.