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15 February 2016 at 14:24

The NHS Trust Development Authority has confirmed the appointment of Carol Baxter and Ann Pennell as non-executive directors of Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust.

Professor Carol Baxter’s career has embraced the public sector in a variety of roles, including as a nurse-advisor to central government departments, national and international agencies and as a professor of nursing. She was also Head of Equality, Diversity and Human Rights at NHS Employers from 2005 to 2014.

Ann Pennell (pictured above left) has more than 15 years’ experience at a senior director level in local government and has held a number of Board level management positions working closely with the NHS in children and young people’s services; social care; and housing, education and regeneration.

Carol (pictured above right) and Ann have been appointed for two years each and are entitled to receive a remuneration of £6,157 a year. Carol’s term of office runs from 1 February to 31 January 2018 and Ann’s from 22 December 2015 to 21 December 2017.

They succeed Rodney Dykes, who had completed the maximum tenure on the Board of eight years, and Caroline Whalley-Hunter who leaves after three years.

Trust Chair Sue Musson said: “I am delighted to welcome Carol and Ann. They bring a wealth of experience which I know will be of great benefit to the Trust, its staff and patients.”

Non-executive appointments to NHS trusts made by the NHS Trust Development Authority are subject to the Code of Practice of the Commissioner for Public Appointments. 

Neither person  has declared political activity in the last five years.

The current members of the Board are listed on the Trust website.

Issued by Tony Ellis, Marketing and Communications Manager
Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust

Telephone       01704 704494
Email               tonyellis@nhs.net 
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Notes for editors

1. Professor Carol Baxter has extensive experience of leadership roles in the third sector (where she established and chaired a charitable organisation addressing healthcare for ethnic minorities), and also the independent sector as an organisational and personal development consultant. She was Head of Equality, Diversity and Human Rights at NHS Employers from 2005 to 2014.

She is also a Principal Research Fellow in the Department of Primary Care and Public Health at Imperial College London; a trustee at the Employer’s Network for Equality and Inclusion and a non-executive director at Centre for Better Ageing.

Carol was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s 2009 Birthday Honours list for services to equal opportunities and was inducted into the Nursing Times Nursing Hall of Fame in 2010.

Ann Pennell has more than 15 years’ experience at a senior director level in local government and has held a number of Board level management positions working closely with the NHS in children and young people’s services; social care; housing, education and regeneration. She has led large-scale change and improvement programmes in public services working collaboratively with a range of partners.

Ann was an assistant chief executive in London where she graduated with a post- graduate degree in education and teaching qualifications. She re-located to Lancashire to be close to family. She has two sons Tom and Henry and lives locally.


2. Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust manages Southport and Formby District General Hospital and Ormskirk and District General Hospital, and is responsible for many community healthcare services for adults in Southport, Formby and West Lancashire. We also provide sexual health services across Sefton and West Lancashire. The North West Regional Spinal Injuries is hosted by the Trust from Southport hospital.  In 2014/15, we saw 270,141 outpatients; treated 59,808 inpatients; made 280,831 home visits in the community; supported the birth of 2,747 babies; and attended to 110,620 urgent care cases.