Rupert Nichols has been appointed as the new Chair of Greater Manchester West Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust (GMW), replacing Alan Maden who retired earlier this year. Rupert officially takes up his appointment on 1 July 2016.
Rupert is a solicitor and Chartered Secretary with 40 years’ commercial board-level experience in a wide range of organisations in the legal and accountancy, logistics, manufacturing and services sector. He has extensive experience in corporate governance, compliance, mergers and acquisitions and risk management.
As current Chair of Calderstones Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and board member of the NHS Confederation Mental Health Network, Rupert brings valuable experience of mental health and learning disabilities leadership to GMW. He is also a director of one of the largest privately-owned transport and distribution companies in England and a founding member of a private client law firm.
Bev Humphrey, Chief Executive of GMW said,
“We are delighted to welcome Rupert to GMW. His extensive experience means he has much to offer to our Trust. Not only does he understand how the NHS works – especially the mental health sector – but his commercial background will undoubtedly help us in the increasingly challenging environment we find ourselves in.
“On a personal level, I believe Rupert is a committed, intelligent and determined leader and I am looking forward to working with him to constantly improve the care GMW provides for our service users and their carers.”
Rupert Nichols said:
“GMW has an excellent reputation for delivering high quality services and I am really pleased to join the leadership team at a most exciting time as the Trust plays a key role in the development and implementation of the ambitious “Devo Manc” health and social care strategy.”