WORKFORCE: Calderdale and Huddersfield Foundation Trust has paid tribute to its chair Sukhdev Sharma, after he died suddenly.

A statement said: “Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust is deeply saddened to announce the sudden death of its chairman Sukhdev Sharma CBE.”

Mr Sharma, who died aged 65, joined the trust in October 2007. He was previously chair of South West Yorkshire Mental Health Trust and chair of the Calderdale and Kirklees Health Authority.

He was also a former chief executive of the Commission for Racial Equality in London and has worked for the European Economic and Social Committee since 1998 championing equality, anti-discrimination, migration and human rights. He was awarded the CBE in 1998 for services to the community.

Foundation trust chief executive Diane Whittingham said: “Everyone at the trust who knew and worked with Dev will be deeply shocked. He was our chairman for the past four years and brought deep integrity and a gentle touch and humour to the board. He will be hugely missed. All our thoughts at this sad time are with his family.”