FT appoints former trust chief executive as chair

Angela Schofield will take up her position as chair of Harrogate and District FT on 1 November after her appointment was ratified by trust governors this week.


The trust runs Harrogate District Hospital and Ripon Community Hospital, and provides community services across North Yorkshire and Leeds. It also provides children’s services in County Durham, Darlington and Middlesbrough.

The small FT has a turnover of £190m and 2,900 staff. It has reported a year to date deficit of £5.2m, which is £5m behind plan.

HSJ revealed last month the trust was among those facing cash flow pressures following an NHS England directive for clinical commissioning groups to return to 12 monthly payments after some had switched to 10 installments.

Ms Schofield was chief executive at Calderdale and Huddersfield Trust in the 1990s before becoming chair of Bournemouth and Poole Primary Care Trust.

More recently, she was chair of Poole Hospital FT in Dorset. She will replace Harrogate’s current chair Sandra Dodson who has held the position for nine years.

Trust chief executive Ros Tolcher said: “The chair and chief executive relationship is critical to the success of any organisation and I am really looking forward to working with Angela.

“Angela has a wealth of experience from her previous roles, which will be of enormous benefit to the trust.”

Ms Schofield said she would be joining a “really high performing trust”.

“It’s an interesting time in the NHS, with demand continuing to increase and a greater need for us to work together with key partners, especially in local authorities, to provide the best possible care for patients,” she added.

“We need to do the best we can with taxpayers’ money and continue to improve services.”

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