2 October 2017
The Trust is delighted to announce that our Council of Governors has appointed Dr Peter Carter OBE as Interim Chairman of East Kent Hospitals.
Peter has a wealth of experience in the health sector and has been Chief Executive of the Royal College of Nursing and Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust. He has extensive knowledge and skills in strategic development and has a track record of success in large complex organisations.
During his time at RCN and CNWL Peter was consistently ranked by the Health Service Journal as one of the top 100 most influential people in health and was awarded an OBE in 2006 for his services to the NHS.
Peter was interim Chair at Medway Foundation Trust from 1 November 2016 to 31 March 2017. He joins East Kent Hospitals on 17 October.
Nikki Cole, who is stepping down from the role after serving as Chair for two-and-a-half years, said: “It has been a privilege to have served as Chair of the Trust since May 2015.
“In that time there have been significant improvements in governance and quality which led to the Trust coming out of Quality Special Measures in February 2017. We stabilised and improved the Trust’s financial position, developed with our staff our vision and values and set clear strategic objectives to continue the improvement in patient care.
“I am very grateful for the opportunity to play such an important role in east Kent and I look forward to seeing the Trust’s progress continue.”
Dr Carter said: “East Kent Hospitals has made a lot of progress and has a great future ahead. I know how hard everyone is working to improve the A&E performance and experience for patients and that will come with the positive changes the Trust is putting in place.
“The Trust also needs to implement a long-term clinical strategy so that it can move forward with the changes that are needed to provide sustainable services which will mean patients get faster, more effective care.
“I have worked in organisations across the country and I am really excited about coming to East Kent and working with the Trust on the next stage in its journey until the Council of Governors appoints a permanent Chairman.”