New Non-executive Director on Board to Help Mental Health Services in Dudley and Walsall – 19/12/08

Peter Hartill A former senior audit partner from Deloittes has been appointed to the Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust to help shape its strategy and overall direction.

Peter Hartill, of Edgbaston, Birmingham, has been appointed a Non-executive director to the Trust board.

Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust was launched on October 1 following the merger of mental health services in Dudley and Walsall, which were previously provided by Dudley Primary Care Trust and NHS Walsall.

The new Trust aims to improve mental health services in both boroughs after consulting local mental health clinicians, service users and the public about any changes.

The Trust board is the governing body of the Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust and is held to account for the organisation’s performance in delivering healthcare and health improvement in Dudley and Walsall.

Mr Hartill started in his new post on December 1 2008 and his term runs until 30th November 2012.

The 59-year-old, who is now retired, worked for the international chartered accountancy firm Deloitte for 40 years.

Mr Hartill, who joined the firm when he finished school, was based in the company’s Birmingham office where he worked as a senior audit partner responsible for a range of large corporate clients.

The new Non-executive director said: “I am very excited about this new role and I hope I can help the Trust achieve some of its objectives.

“My particular expertise lies in finance and I am looking forward to leading the Trust’s audit committee and helping the Trust achieve good corporate governance.”

Glyn Shaw, chairman of the Trust, welcomed the appointment.

“I am delighted to welcome Peter to the Trust board. His professional expertise will provide valuable skills that complement those of other board members and will enhance the work of the Trust as a whole."

The appointment of Mr Hartill is for a four year period and has been made in accordance with the OCPA Code of Practice. The Non-executive director’s remuneration will be £6,005 per annum.

All Non-executive director appointments are made on merit and political activity plays no part in the selection process. However in accordance with the Nolan recommendations, any declared political activity by appointees should be made public. Mr Hartill has not declared any political activity in the last five years and has not held any other ministerial appointments.