New chair for Dorset HealthCare

23rd March 2017

Dorset HealthCare’s Council of Governors has appointed Andy Willis as Chair of the community and mental health trust serving communities across Dorset.

Andy brings a wealth of experience in non-executive roles for organisations in the health, housing, education and third sectors.

A corporate lawyer by background, Andy specialises in corporate governance and leadership development.

He works both in the private sector and with organisations such as The King's Fund and the NHS Leadership Academy focussing on developing leadership skills, improving governance and supporting change.

Currently Vice-Chair and Senior Independent Director for Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust, he has also served on NHS boards in Bristol, Somerset and Southampton.

Lead Governor Chris Balfe said: “I am delighted to welcome Andy to the Trust – he brings excellent skills which will support us in meeting the challenges ahead.” Chris also thanked current Chair Ann Abraham, who steps down in April. He added: “The Council of Governors have been grateful for Ann’s guidance over the last three years and wish her all the best for the future.”

Andy said: “I am very much looking forward to joining the Dorset HealthCare team and continuing the journey which the Governors and Board have embarked on of providing high quality services closer to service users. I particularly look forward to working with colleagues in social care, the third sector and other health organisations in delivering that objective.”

Ann Abraham added: “It has been a pleasure and a privilege to serve as Chair of Dorset HealthCare and I wish Andy every success in the role.”

The non-executive chair of an NHS foundation trust chairs the board, which sets the strategic direction of the trust, sets objectives, monitors progress, ensures financial control and makes sure there are high standards of governance.

Andy takes up the role on Friday 7 April.