WORKFORCE: A former council chief executive has been appointed a non-executive director of Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.

John Marsden has previously held chief executive posts at both North Tyneside and North Yorkshire councils, and was also formerly a director of social services at Sunderland City Council.

Trust chair Brian Flood said: “Mr Marsden brings with him a wealth of experience having worked in the public sector his entire career. His excellent knowledge of social care services will help to strengthen the trust board’s understanding of social care provision to bring immense benefits for patients and further foster partnership working with local councils.”

Mr Marsden said: “My knowledge of social care services will help the trust develop this area and deliver high-quality streamlined care for patients. It is essential that all public sector organisations work together and my vast experience of partnership working will to help make the best use of resources.”