• Kathy McLean appointed to chair University Hospitals of Derby and Burton FT
  • She was medical director and deputy chief operating officer for NHS Improvement

A former NHS Improvement national medical director has been appointed chair of a Midlands teaching trust.

Kathy McLean will take up the role at University Hospitals of Derby and Burton Foundation Trust at the end of July this year.

She will replace current chair John Rivers, who is retiring after 10 years at the trust.

Dr McLean was medical director for NHS Improvement, as well as its predecessor NHS Trust Development Authority, before stepping down as the organisation combined management with NHS England. Prior to this, she worked in senior clinical roles for NHS England and the East Midlands Strategic Health authority.

From 1994 to 2009, she was medical director for Derby Hospitals FT, which has since merged with Burton Hospital Trust to create UHDBFT.

Maura Teager, lead governor, said: “We are delighted that Dr McLean has agreed to become the new chair of UHDB. Kathy has strong ties with the trust from her time as a consultant physician and medical director.”

She added: “I should like to place on record our thanks to chair John Rivers. We shall be celebrating his contribution to the trust when he retires this summer, but we would wish to recognise the work, dedication and leadership he has given for the benefit of all of our patients, communities and staff over the past decade.”