ON January 1 2014, Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust, who have centres and staff in Milton Keynes, welcomed Professor Dorothy Griffiths as the new chair of the Trust.
The appointment follows the retirement of Dame Ruth Runciman, who served the Trust for more than ten years.
Dorothy has been a member of CNWL’s Board of Directors since 2000 as a Non-Executive Director.
As well as her extensive knowledge of the Trust and the NHS, Dorothy brings a huge amount of experience to the role.
She has a strong background working with large private sector organisations, particularly in the area of human resource management, of which she is a professor.
Prior to taking on the role she was dean of the Imperial College Business School and she played a leading role in establishing the Feminist Review Trust, which funds projects to support the empowerment of women across the globe.
In 2010 she was awarded an OBE for Services to Higher Education.
Professor Dorothy Griffiths said: “I am very excited about this opportunity and look forward to working with the Trust in this new capacity.
“Our top priority over the coming year has to be how we are going to operate efficiently and effectively in this very challenging climate.”
Dorothy has been appointed as chair during the most challenging times the NHS has ever faced, with cost efficiencies required of all NHS Trusts by 2014-15.
Dorothy admits this is daunting, but believes it is survivable.
She added: “It’s survivable because of the quality of staff we have in the Trust. Staff are central to meeting these challenges and we are fortunate to have creative staff who can think innovatively about how we can do things differently whilst maintaining quality.”
In her role of Chair, Dorothy will also chair of the quarterly meeting of the Council of Governors, which appoints governors to represent the interests of local people.
To find out more about the Trust or to become a member of CNWL visit www.cnwl.nhs.uk/get-involved