WORKFORCE: Stephen Lightfoot has been appointed as a non-executive director at Sussex Community NHS Trust.

He has a background in agricultural biochemistry and nutrition, rising to the position of commercial director with Schering Health Care in the UK. He also served as UK managing director with the global pharmaceutical company Daiichi Sankyo, before becoming general manager of the global medical diagnostics business with GE Healthcare.

Mr Lightfoot said: “I’m delighted to be able to use my UK and international business experience in the healthcare industry to support the trust in its work delivering essential medical, nursing and therapeutic care to more than 8,000 people a day.

“I’m a strong believer in common sense and will want to understand the perspective of the staff who work across the trust and of the people we serve so that our services can continue to meet the needs of our communities in the long-term.”

Mr Lightfoot has been appointed from 12 September 2013 to 11 September 2017 and is entitled to receive a remuneration of £6,157 per annum.