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Joanna Newton

Chair

Jo was appointed as Chair of the Trust with effect from 1st November 2014. She is Chair of both the Assembly of Governors and Board of Directors, and is also Chair of the Appointments and Remuneration Committee.

Following a career in the pharmaceutical industry with senior strategic and operational roles, Jo has held a number of public appointments, including Chair of Hereford and Worcester Ambulance Service NHS Trust (2000-2003), NHS Herefordshire (2006-2013), Chair of the West Mercia Cluster of Primary Care Trust Boards (2011-2013), and more recently a Non-Executive Director of the 2gether NHS Foundation Trust in Gloucestershire.

At regional level, Jo has chaired the West Midlands Specialist Community Board (2008-2011) and Wales/England Cross Border Health and Social Care Group.

At national level, Jo has supported the development of health and wellbeing governance and rurality issues. Jo currently manages a consultancy through which she provides board development and independent chair roles.

Jo has significant experience in leading boards through partnership agendas across the health and local government sector.

Qualifications: MSc (Distinction) Health Care Management and Policy; MA Cantab; PGCE