WORKFORCE: Bristol Community Health has appointed a new chair and four new non-executive directors including a staff member and a former newspaper boss.

The community interest company was forced to appoint interim non-executives after the previous incumbents resigned en masse in May this year.

Paul Kearney, formerly managing director of United Press which publishes Bristol’s newspapers, has been appointed chair.

Staff council chair Pete Jowsey, an advanced physiotherapist, will provide representation for the employee shareholders as a non-executive.

The other non-executives are:

·       Rhona MacDonald, previously chief executive of Bath and North East Somerset primary care trust;

·       Ashley Howden, who has experience working across a range of media and marketing organisations.

·       Steve Hughes, a lawyer with Bevan Brittan who joined Bristol Community Health as an interim non-executive director in June 2013.

Chief executive Julia Clarke said: “I’m really pleased that we are welcoming such an experienced and talented group of directors to our Board and I am sure they will add value to the organisation.

“All the new directors and the chair bring with them skills, knowledge and expertise that will be really useful to the organisation and will certainly provide the external challenge required from our non-executives. I look forward to working with them to take Bristol Community Health to the next phase.”