The community health services provider for Norfolk has appointed a new chair.

Ken Applegate takes up the role of chair of Norfolk Community Health and Care Trust from this week.

His appointment term is from 16 December to 31 March 2013 for which he will receive remuneration of £20,896 per year.

Mr Applegate was previously a non-executive director at the Norfolk and Waveney Mental Health Foundation Trust, which he has held for four years. 

He takes over the role of chair from Carrie Armitage, who decided step down in order to spend more time with her family.

The Norfolk provider, which is one of the largest in the country, is an aspirant community foundation trust (CFT).

Trust chief executive Sheila Adams-O’Shea said: “I am delighted to welcome Ken to the organisation where I am sure he will quickly establish himself as a strong leader of the board and share his expertise with the other members.

“Norfolk Community Health and Care Trust is taking big steps towards achieving CFT status and Ken’s experience of working at an NHS Foundation Trust will prove invaluable as we strive to become a foundation trust ourselves.

“He will help us go from strength-to-strength as one of the country’s largest provider of NHS community health and care services.”

Mr Applegate added: “I am really excited about taking up the chairmanship of this organisation which works right across the Norfolk community. Having worked as a non-executive at an NHS Foundation Trust, I have seen the real benefits and will ensure we build on the excellent progress made so far to achieve the goal of CFT status.”