WORKFORCE: Sue Bucknall has been appointed as a non-executive director of the Sussex Community NHS Trust.

Ms Bucknall is a lawyer who was called to the Bar (Gray’s Inn) in 1979, and is also a member of the Institute of Personnel Management. Sue is currently practice manager at REN Legal LLP, a commercial law firm based in London.

She said: “My local roots run deep, I am active in our local community and have a powerful personal commitment to the local NHS. So I’m delighted to join the SCT board at this important time in the development of community NHS services in the county.

“I’ve worked in the NHS, and seen it at its very best when caring for my family. I know, then, how we need to deliver healthcare support when, where and how people need it. And whilst we have to make tough decisions in challenging financial circumstances, I am committed to ensuring that services in the community truly reflect the patients’ interests and perspective.”

Ms Bucknall has stood as a candidate, spoken on behalf of a part and canvassed on behalf of the Liberal Democrat party within the last five years. She holds no ministerial appointments.

Being a non-executive director of the board is a part-time role and Ms Bucknall will receive a remuneration of £6,096 per annum for this work.

Her appointment runs for four years from May 2011 until April 2015.

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