STRUCTURE: Vale of York Clinical Commissioning Group has announced the appointment of two lay board members, including experienced health economist Professor Alan Maynard.

Professor Maynard is Professor of Health Economics in the Department of Health Sciences at Hull-York Medical School, and an HSJ contributor.

The other appointee is Keith Ramsay, who has over 25 years experience as a commercial executive.

Professor Maynard, who has 40 years experience in health economics, said in a statement: “The challenges facing the NHS locally and nationally are unparalleled; with funding being highly restricted and the drive for improved patient care and safety rightly intense.

“As chair of the Governing Body and Patient and Public Engagement Champion, I look forward to working with NHS and local government colleagues in managing these challenges collaboratively.”

Mr Ramsay, who is appointed as Lay Member and Chair of Audit Committee, added: “At a time of major change in the NHS, I am delighted to be appointed as Chair of the Audit Committee of the Vale of York CCG, which aspires for excellence in all that we deliver for our patients.

“I am confident that my background in customer-facing and user-centric environments will support the direction of travel in which the CCG is heading.”

Shadow Accountable Officer for Vale of York CCG, Dr Mark Hayes, said: “I am really pleased and excited to be able to welcome Alan and Keith onto the Vale of York CCG Board.

“I believe they represent two excellent appointments that complement the existing, strong team. The Vale of York CCG is ambitious to become the best in the country and to live up to our vision of ‘achieving the best health and well being for all the individuals in our community’ and we believe that both Alan and Keith will be key in helping us achieve this.”