WORKFORCE: Frimley Park Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has appointed two new non-executive directors to its board.

Tina Oakley and Rob Pike attended their first board of directors meeting on 1 April.

Ms Oakley, an HR director for Gatwick Airport with more than 30 years experience in customer service organisations, said: “I have wanted to get involved in the NHS for some time and I am absolutely thrilled to be joining the Frimley Park Hospital team.

“I hope to bring my skills and experience of delivering outstanding customer service in commercial businesses at this time of change in the NHS ensuring our patients are at the centre of all we do.”

Mr Pike, who is chair of the Customer Contact Association Standards Council, added: “I hope that my experience in large scale change management will be of benefit to the hospital and its patients at what I know will be an exciting time.”

The trust thanked Cathy Smith and David Bird, who stepped down as non-executive directors at the end of March.

Ms Smith, an independent health and social care consultant with 40 years NHS experience at all levels, was the longest serving non-executive director at the trust. She was appointed in 1998.

Mr Bird was first appointed to the board in 2004 and was chair of the audit committee.

Trust chair Sir Mike Aaronson said: “We are very sad to say goodbye to Cathy and David, whose contribution has been invaluable. They are the last of our non-executives who were on the board when the trust made probably the biggest and boldest decision in its recent history; that was the commitment to become one of the first foundation trusts.

“That decision, which the non-executives really pushed for, was one of the best the trust has made and really helped the hospital to flourish.”