NHS Tameside and Glossop has unveiled Dr Kailash Chand as the new chair of its board.

The trust commissions and provides £400m of health services on behalf of 250,000 residents and says the chair’s role is “pivotal”.

Dr Chand has been a GP for more than 25 years and helped patients at his Stamford House practice in Ashton for more than 20 years.

Dr Chand is already a member of the professional executive committee for the trust and chairman of Tameside and Glossop British Medical Association. He also holds positions on BMA committees and is a member of a number of health and scrutiny panels.

This year he was awarded a fellowship by the BMA for his services to the profession and patients. He is also vice-chairman of the International Council of Indian languages and culture.

Trust chief executive Dr Tim Riley said: “Kailash has shown dedication to the NHS and his local community for many years and will bring a wealth of experience to our Board. I am absolutely delighted that he has agreed to be our new chair.”