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01st April 2022

Rector Trainor appointed to the board of Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust

The head of Exeter College, Professor Sir Rick Trainor, has been appointed to the board of Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust with effect from 1 April. He is one of two new appointments, the other being Geraldine Cumberbatch, an accomplished corporate lawyer.

They are the latest in a string of new recruits – most recently Andrea Young, former chief executive of North Bristol NHS Trust, and Sir Philip Rutnam, former permanent secretary at the Home Office – and replace several long-service non-executive directors, including Sir John Allison, former air chief marshal.

Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust Chair David Walker commented: “Non-executive directors bring valuable external experience to their stewardship of the Trust. Through our latest appointments, the board now feels more diverse and representative of our staff and the public we serve, but also endowed with directors’ tremendous track records in health, the law, education and public management.

“I’m confident this reconstituted board can expertly steer Oxford Health and seize the great opportunities ahead as we integrate care and develop our Warneford campus.”

Rector Trainor has been the head of Exeter College since 2014 and was previously head of two universities, Greenwich and King’s College London (KCL). He brings substantial senior leadership expertise, particularly in higher education, and extensive experience in fostering academic-clinical links evidenced by his time as a board member of King’s Health Partners, the academic health sciences centre linking KCL with three NHS trusts. He has wide-ranging boardroom experience, having served on governing or advisory boards of the Museum of London, the Royal Academy of Music and the Francis Crick Institute. He is a former president of Universities UK and a former chair of Oxford’s Conference of Colleges and is currently a Pro-Vice-Chancellor (without portfolio) of Oxford University. He is looking forward to helping Oxford Health deal with the many social, economic, cultural and political factors that an organisation responsible for mental and community services has to take into account.

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