Appointment of new Non-executive Director

Posted by Devon Partnership Trust in Mental health, News on 13th August, 2018

NHS Improvement has confirmed the appointment of Ian Turner as a Non-executive Director (NED) at Devon Partnership NHS Trust.

Ian is a Chartered Accountant and retired as a Partner from the Accounting and Professional Services firm, KPMG, in 2003. He has since worked in a number of organisations in a NED, Executive, Trustee and advisory capacity. Between 2007 and 2017 he was a NED at Weston Area Health NHS Trust, where he spent time as Chair of the Audit Committee and as Vice Chair. 

He is currently Deputy Chief Executive and Finance Director of the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA) which represents Finance Professionals within the NHS. He is also a Trustee and Chair of Audit and Finance of RICE, a Charity researching into the Care of the Elderly; the Healthcare Supply Association (HCSA), a membership organisation for procurement professionals in the NHS, and Brunelcare – a Bristol-based housing association and social care charity. 

Commenting on the appointment, Chair of Devon Partnership NHS Trust, Julie Dent, said: “Ian joins us at a very important time in our development. The profile of mental health and learning disability has never been higher and we are doing great work on a number of fronts to improve the lives of people in Devon and the wider south west. He brings invaluable experience and expertise to our Board and I welcome him to our organisation.”

Non-executive appointments to NHS Trusts made by NHS Improvement and are subject to the Governance Code for Public Appointments.  NHS Improvement ensure that all appointments to NHS trust boards throughout England are made in a way that is open, transparent and fair to candidates.

Ian Turner has been appointed from 1 July 2018 to 30 June 2020.  He will receive a remuneration of £6,157 per annum and has no declared political activity. 

Devon Partnership NHS Trust has also announced the appointment of Robin Aitken as an Associate Non-executive Director, from 1 July 2018 for a period of two years. Robin is a Chartered Accountant and experienced Finance Director. He started his career in industry with seven years at the BBC and has spent 20 years as a Finance Director and adviser to a variety of start-ups and growing businesses. Robin is also a visiting lecturer at the School of Management at the University of Bath and a member of the Liberal Democrats party. He will receive a remuneration of £6,157 per annum.