WORKFORCE: Colchester Hospital University Foundation Trust has appointed a new chair.

Alan Rose was appointed a special meeting of the trust’s council of governors yesterday.

He succeeds Peter Wilson, who has been acting chair at the trust since October last year, after the previous chair Sally Irvine stood down.

Mr Rose has been chair of York Teaching Hospital Foundation Trust since 2010. He has also been non-executive director at the trust since 2010.

He will take up his position at Colchester on 1 April, once his maximum nine year term at York ends.

He has a background a strategy consultant, working with Booz Allen in London and New York. He later ran his own landscaping business for seven years.

The FT’s lead governor David Linghorn-Baker, said: “Alan comes to Colchester with an outstanding track record as a high achieving NHS foundation trust chairman.”

Mr Rose said: “I feel privileged to be given the opportunity to help the Colchester trust to regain the confidence of the communities it serves and that of the stakeholders in health and social care, whom I am sure also wish to see this. 

“The coming months and years will be challenging for all concerned due to the incessant pressures the health service is under, but I am confident that the staff of the Trust, backed by the huge support I sense the community still maintains in it, will provide the foundation for a new phase of good care and patient experience.”   

Mr Rose has been appointed for a three year term of office. He will earn £45,000 a year for a minimum of three days’ work a week.