WORKFORCE: One of England’s most prestigious foundation trusts has appointed a new chair.

Cambrdge University Hospitals Foundation Trust has appointed Jane Ramsey as successor to Mary Archer.

The trust is part of the Shelford Group, the 10 largest and most influential hospital trusts in the country.

She also holds non-executive director positions at University College London NHS Hospitals Foundation Trust, chairing the finance and contracting committee, and is on the Department of Health’s audit and risk committee.

Ms Ramsey is also an associate board member of NHS London, and works on their programme to support trusts working to achieve foundation trust status.

She was previously chair of Lambeth Primary Care Trust and her three-year term at Cambridge begins in November.

Chief executive of Cambridge University Hospitals Gareth Goodier said: “I am very pleased that Jane is joining Cambridge University Hospitals as our new chairman. Her wide experience of strategically leading, developing and influencing organisations through change will be a valuable asset for us. Jane’s sound financial, legal and commercial experience will help us deliver exciting developments such as the expansion of the Rosie and achieve our aim of becoming the best biomedical campus in Europe.

“I also want to thank Dr Mary Archer for her years of service to the Trust and to the wider NHS in the East of England.  She has led a number of innovations including the successful formation of Cambridge University Health Partners and has driven the development of the Cambridge Biomedical Campus. Dr Archer will be stepping down as chair at the end of October after serving the maximum of three terms. Her incredible dedication, drive and determination is much appreciated by the board of governors, the directors and staff and I wish her all the very best for the future.”

Ms Ramsey said: “I am delighted to be joining Cambridge University Hospitals, one of the country’s leading NHS foundation trusts, as the new chairman. This is a fantastic opportunity to continue to provide excellent healthcare for local people, work closely with a world-class university, and work with partners on developing the biomedical campus which will be a hub for the creation of new and life-changing drugs and treatments of the future.

“I am looking forward to working with the trust’s directors and governors to build on the strengths of Cambridge University Hospitals, a centre for excellence for healthcare not only in the UK, but globally.”

She will be paid £51,375 a year.