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Two new Non-Executive Directors to join Trust Board

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The Council of Governors has approved the appointment of two high profile individuals as new Non-Executive Directors to join the Board of Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Trust (CMFT).

The first is John Amaechi OBE, a psychologist and former professional basketball player who has worked extensively with both public and private sector companies throughout the UK, Europe and USA as an executive coach.  His specialist field is organisational change, particularly in the areas of motivation, engagement and leadership.  He has held a number of high profile positions including that of Non-Exective Director of the Inclusion Board of the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

John is currently a global ambassador for Amnesty International and a member of the Greater Manchester Police and Crime Commissioner Ethics Committee.  His NHS experience includes involvement with NHS leadership North and South West and the NHS Inclusive Leadership masterclass programme.  John was also the keynote speaker at last year's annual CMFT equality and diversity conference.  John's mum was a local GP and he is keen to continue her legacy and make a personal contribution to the NHS.  He was awarded an OBE in 2011 for services to human rights, youth advocacy, and excellence in sport.

The second new Non-Executive Director is local businessman Anil Ruia OBE who is Director of a Manchester textile firm and Chairman of a tea company in India.  He has many external interests which involve supporting local community, business, educational and charitable organisations and has held a number of high profile positions including High Sheriff of Greater Manchester 2010-11. He is currently Chair of the Governing Body of The University of Manchester and a Board member of the Higher Education Funding Council.

In the past, Anil has been Chair of the Arts Council North West and a Board member of the Arts Council England, a Board member of the North West Development Agency and the North West Cultural Consortium, a Trustee of National Museums Liverpool, a Governor of Manchester Grammar School, and a Non-Executive Director at Granada Television.  He was awarded an OBE in 2001 for services to business.

Steve Mycio, Chairman of Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said:  "I am delighted that we have been able to attract such highly talented and experienced people to the Board at Central Manchester University Hospitals.  They will bring new ideas and skills that will be invaluable to our staff and patients as we continue to focus on improving patient care.  They will be a real asset to the future of our organisation and we look forward to working with them."

The Non-Executive Director posts are for a period of three years and both John & Anil have now started in their new roles.