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New non-executive directors appointed

04 Apr 2013

Carolyn Ann Gray and Elizabeth Rantzen have been appointed as non-executive directors of West London Mental Health NHS Trust.

Carolyn is a highly experienced HR and Pensions Director with more than 30 years experience in retail, engineering and the media, both in the UK and abroad. She is currently Group HR, Pensions, Sustainability and Diversity Director for the Guardian Media Group. She is also a Trustee of Christian Aid.

Elizabeth Rantzen is the director of the J Paul Getty Jr Charitable Trust and was a non-executive director and vice chair of Hammersmith and Fulham PCT and until last month was a non-executive director and vice chair of the North West London Cluster of PCTs, and a member of the Prison Partnership Board overseeing healthcare at HMP Wormwood Scrubs. She has also served on the Board of Shelter, the influential campaigning charity for homelessness and housing as well as a number of other organisations.

Elizabeth has worked at a strategic level developing new business, managing accounts and improving performance in the legal sector, at KPMG management consultancy, IBM and within the retail sector.

“It is an exciting time to be joining the Board of the Trust as it undertakes two major redevelopment projects and applies to become a foundation trust,” said Carolyn Ann Gray. “Improving the care and treatment of people with mental health problems is critical to the social and economic wellbeing of London and the South East as well as elsewhere. I look forward to working with Trust colleagues and contributing my expertise and experience to support the Trust on its journey to FT status and ensure the communities it serves benefit from improving care,” added Carolyn.

On her appointment, Elizabeth Rantzen said: “Having served on the Boards of NHS commissioners of care I am excited about joining the Board of a provider organisation.

“West London Mental Health NHS Trust has an ambitious agenda to develop innovative ways of helping people recover from episodes of mental illness using the latest  treatments and technologies and working with partners across health, social care and the justice system. I am keen to contribute my knowledge, and expertise in these and other areas to ensure the Trust succeeds for the benefit of its service users.”

Nigel McCorkell, Chairman of West London Mental Health NHS Trust said, “We are delighted that Carolyn and Elizabeth are joining the Board of the Trust. Both  have impressive track records and their strategic approach to developing organisations  will ensure the Board can provide robust advice and challenge to the Trust as it seeks to become a foundation trust and leading provider of excellent mental health care.

The appointments have been confirmed by the NHS Trust Development Authority (NHS TDA) and have been made in accordance with the requirements of the Commissioner for Public Appointments (OCPA) Code of Practice.

Carolyn Ann Gray’s appointment is for a four-year period from 18 March 2013 and her remuneration is £6,096 per annum.

Elizabeth Rantzen’s appointment is for a four-year period from 1April 2013 and her remuneration is £6,096 per annum.

For more information about this story, contact Helene Feger, Director of Communications, on 020 8354 8847 or at helene.feger@wlmht.nhs.uk

Notes for news editors:

Carolyn Ann Gray has more than 30 years experience in human resources, the last 15 spent advising on HR policy, employment relations and executive remuneration as a Board member at Guardian News and Media and Christian Aid. Carolyn is Group HR, Pensions, Sustainability and Diversity Director for Guardian Media Group where she has worked since 2006. Prior to that she worked as a director for Smiths Group Plc, an international engineering group.

She worked for 21 years at Sainsbury’s Supermarkets Ltd as a senior HR manager on HR policy, compensation and benefits and staff relations.  Carolyn is a trustee of Christian Aid and chairs their remuneration committee and HR strategy and governance committee.

Elizabeth Rantzen has worked for 30 years in large complex organisations at a strategic level. She was Chief Executive of 2 Temple Gardens law chambers and a director of business development at Denton Hall, an international law firm and Kingfisher Plc.

She started her career at IBM after earning a degree in physics from Bristol University and worked as a management consultant at KPMG. She has held several non-executive appointments on Boards within the NHS, leading charities and legal services.

She is Director of the J Paul Getty Jr Charitable Trust and was a Non-Executive Director and Vice Chair of Hammersmith and Fulham PCT and North West London Cluster of PCTs since 2005. She is a member of the Prison Partnership Board overseeing healthcare at HMP Wormwood Scrubs and she served for 11 years as a Non-Executive Director of Shelter.

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