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Right Arrow Trust welcomes former Mersey port health chief to Board
08 July 2011 at 11:55
Graham Slee has been appointed by the Appointments Commission to the board of Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust as a Non-executive Director.

He will become one of six non-executives, including chairman Sir Ron Watson CBE. He succeeds Jacky Citarella in September who will retire after eight years on the Board.

Graham, who is married with a daughter, lives near Ormskirk. He is a Chartered Environmental Health Practitioner with international experience in health and health protection. He retired in February from Mersey Port Health Authority after seven years as Chief Port Health Officer.

The authority is responsible for 52 miles of coastline, Ports of Liverpool, Liverpool Cruise Liner Terminal and Liverpool International Airport. It protects public and animal health within its boundaries and, in particular, internationally arriving passengers, crew and goods.

Graham has previous involvement in the NHS including a secondment to the former Liverpool Health Authority which included work on the future development of Alder Hey Children’s Hospital.

“I do not take on roles unless I believe that I have the necessary attributes to make a positive difference,” said Graham.

“For example when I accepted the position of Chief Port Health Officer, the authority was struggling financially and held in low esteem by its peers and external organisations. When I retired it had reserves which would enable it to survive for two years without any external income. I was also elected a Director on the Board of the Association of Port Health Authorities and sat on several external committees.”

“My career has been one where I have had to be flexible and creative to meet constantly changing situations – a talent I am sure will be useful in the fast-moving world of the NHS.”

Trust chairman Sir Ron Watson CBE said: “I am very please to welcome Graham to the team. He is going to bring significant experience at a critical time as the Trust integrates hospital and community care while also developing its long-term strategy to become a foundation trust.”

Graham’s appointment was made in accordance with the Commissioner for Public Appointments’ Code of Practice. All non-executive appointments are made on merit and political activity plays no part in the selection process. However, in accordance with the original Nolan recommendations, there is a requirement for an appointee’s political activity (if any) to be made public.

Graham has declared no political activity and does not hold any other ministerial appointments.

His term of office is for four years from 1 September 2011 to 31 August 2015 and he will receive a remuneration of £6,096 per annum which is the current rate of remuneration for Non-executive Directors of NHS trusts.

Issued by Tony Ellis, marketing and communications manager
Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust

Telephone 01704 704494

Notes for editors

1. Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust manages Southport and Formby District General Hospital and Ormskirk and District General Hospital. Since 1 April 2011, it is also responsible for many community healthcare services for adults in Southport, Formby and West Lancashire