High Profile Additions to Mental Health Trust Board – 01/10/10

The former boss of Her Majesty’s Land Registry and an experienced finance chief have been recruited to the Board of the NHS mental health provider for Dudley and Walsall.

Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust is delighted to announce the recruitment of Dr Stuart Hill and David Matthews as Non-Executive Directors.

The Mental Health Trust was formed in October 2008 to provide high quality inpatient and community services to the residents of Dudley and Walsall boroughs. The Trust provides care ranging from acute and crisis resolution to community services and psychological therapies.

Dr Hill and Mr Matthews joined the Trust Board on September 20 and their term will run until 19 September 2014. Both will receive remuneration of £6,096 per annum.

Dr Hill, who lives in Wolverhampton, has vast experience in both public and private sector organisations with operations mainly in the UK, Canada and Holland. Between 1996 and 1999 he was Chief Executive of HM Land Registry. He is currently a management consultant, an independent member of the West Midlands Police Authority Standards Committee and a lay member of the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal.

Speaking of his appointment, Dr Hill said: “I moved to Wolverhampton more than 30 years ago, and have continued to live there even though my career has spanned a broad range of organisations both in the UK and abroad.

“I feel now though that it is time for me to focus on returning something to the local community and am therefore delighted to have the opportunity to work with the Trust as it provides vital community and inpatient mental health services in the Black Country”.

Mr Matthews, who lives in Walsall, is a qualified CIPFA Accountant with more than 25 years experience of working in a range of organisations from large metropolitan councils to medium-sized housing associations. He has set up and served on a number of Audit Committees, and most recently was Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Resources at Stafford and Rural Homes Ltd. He is has also held the position of Chair of Caldmore Area Housing Association in Walsall.

Mr Matthews, who will Chair the Mental Health Trust’s Audit Committee, said: “I am delighted to be appointed to the Board and look forward to working with my new colleagues to continue to improve services and achieve Foundation Trust status”

Glyn Shaw, Chairman of DWMHPT, said: “Stuart and David have been appointed from a very strong field of candidates. I am confident that their abilities and wealth of experience will make a significant contribution to the progress of the Trust.”