NHS Appointments Commission appoints three non-executive directors to Whittington Hospital Trust Board

The NHS Appointments Commission has appointed Anna Merrick, Robert Aitken and Edward Lord as non-executive directors of the Whittington Hospital NHS Trust in Archway. Anna and Edward Lord have been appointed for a four years with effect from 1 December 2007, Robert Aitken for four years from 1 January 2008.

Anna Merrick, who lives in Highgate, has worked briefly with the Whittington Hospital during the redevelopment period as an independent consultant. She has extensive commercial experience across a wide range of corporate banking markets, most recently as director of structured corporate banking at Abbey National plc. She has been a Highgate Society council member and has been actively involved in the organisation of school fundraising events.

Robert Aitken from Brookfield Park is director of Employment Commercial and Companies Division at Treasury Solicitors. Robert has worked for the Department of Health as a lawyer. He had an advisory role in the merging and further expansion of Kilburn based Housing Association, Spencer Houses, and was a trustee of the English National Opera Benevolent Fund. As a local man, Robert is church warden at St Anne’s in Highgate.

Edward Lord is chairman of 4Ps – the Public Private Partnerships Programme, a public body which leads in project support and advisory services to all local authorities in England and Wales. He is also an elected member of the City of London Corporation and serves as a magistrate and a board member of other public bodies and charities. He was previously an executive director of two universities, prior to setting up his own public affairs and governance consultancy practice in 2002. He lives in Finsbury Park and serves as lead member for diversity and equality on the City of London Police Authority and was until recently a governor of Holloway School.

Whittington chairman Joe Liddane says he is extremely pleased with the new appointments. “They will bring extensive experience and knowledge to the Whittington Board, which is most important as we move towards becoming a foundation trust”.

“I would also like to thank Pat Gordon and Peter Farmer who are stepping down from the Trust Board for their extraordinary contribution over the years” he said.
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