WORKFORCE: A chartered accountant has been appointed as chairman of The Royal Wolverhampton Trust.

Richard Harris took up the £23,366 part-time role last week after the previous chairman Barry Picken resigned in October following the deferring of the trust’s FT bid last year by Monitor.

Mr Harris, aged 60, has been a non-executive director of Heart of England Foundation Trust since 2008.

The Royal Wolverhampton Hospitals Trust, which runs New Cross Hospital in Wolverhampton, had its bid for FT status deferred by Monitor following a CQC inspection which found the trust was not meeting essential standards. Its inspection was prompted by concerns over the number of never events at the hospital.

A previous attempt to gain FT status failed in 2011 after the CQC found care “was not always safe.”

Mr Harris was a partner in an accountancy firm and later spent 12 years in senior management roles in two major industrial companies, GKN plc and Brambles Industries plc. 

Mr. Harris has not declared any political activity in the last five years.