WORKFORCE: Two former police chiefs and an international banker have been appointed as non-executive directors for Plymouth Community Healthcare.

The social enterprise is due to be launched on 1 October and will provide community and mental health services for the Plymouth area previously provided by NHS Plymouth.

Jim Webster and Morris Watts are both former senior ranking police officers.

Mr Watts, a former chief superintendent of Devon and Cornwall Police, has recently worked with Plymouth City Council as the domestic abuse partnership manager. Until his retirement this year, Jim Webster was commander for North East London with the Metropolitan Police.

They will be joined by Marie Kerr who worked at BNP Paribas and currently runs a training company providing courses on working with the European Union. She has previous experience as a non executive director at NHS Isle of Wight.

Chair designate Duncan Currall said: “I am delighted to announce that Marie Kerr, Morris Watts and Jim Webster have been selected to join us on the board of Plymouth Community Healthcare Community Interest Company. We were extremely fortunate to have had a very strong field of candidates with a very broad range of skills and knowledge along a wealth of local knowledge.”

He continued: “I am very much looking forward to working closely with all three as we develop the organisation in the years ahead.”