Trusts appoints chair in common

Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust (DWMH) and Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (BCPFT) and are delighted to announce the appointment of Jeremy Vanes as their Chair.

BCPFT and DWMH are currently working to become one trust by Spring 2020.

Jeremy will take up his role from Tuesday 1st October and will continue as chair of the merged Trust when the process is completed.

Jeremy brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to both Trusts having spent his 29 year career within health services, public services and the voluntary sector. He was previously chair of The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust and stepped down at the end of March 2019 having served as a non- executive director for five years, and chair for eight years – a total of 13 years which is the maximum time allowed by statute.

Speaking about his appointment Jeremy said: “I am delighted to have been appointed to this new role, as I am joining both trusts at what is a really exciting time.

Our forthcoming merger brings real opportunity to grow and develop services, and as someone who has worked in the Black Country for a number of years, I am looking forward to supporting the teams to make a real difference to our local communities.

Mark Axcell, Chief Executive of DWMH and Lesley Writtle, Chief Executive of BCPFT commented: “We are delighted with the decision to appoint Jeremy, and are looking forward to working with him in the coming months as we continue our journey to becoming a merged organisation.

Jeremy has previously worked across the Black Country and his knowledge, dedication and leadership skills will undoubtedly be invaluable as we move forward.”

Both Trusts would like to place on record their thanks to their current Chairs, Dr Simon Murphy (DWMH).and Andrew Fry (BCPFT).