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Trust appoints new non-executive director

A new non-executive director has been appointed to the Board of Central Manchester and Manchester Children’s University Hospitals NHS Trust. Professor Rod Coombs joins the Trust on 10th September, following his appointment by the Appointments Commission. He is Vice-President for Innovation and Economic Development at the University of Manchester. Professor Coombs has been at Manchester University for over 30 years. During much of that time he was a Professor in the School of Management at UMIST, where he worked with many companies to improve the management of their research laboratories, and with governments on their policies for science and research. Since 2002 he has become more involved in University management, and is now a member of the senior management team. His particular responsibilities include the commercialisation of intellectual property through spin-out companies, licensing, and incubator activities. He is also active in maintaining close liaison between the University and partner organisations in Manchester and the North West. Professor Coombs has experience of strategy and management in large organisations, in both the private and the public sector. He is keen to take on the challenge of working with fellow board members to improve still further the performance of one of the largest and most complex NHS Trusts in the North West. As a member of the Trust Board, Professor Coombs will influence decisions that affect not only patients, but Trust staff and the public. Non-executive directors also ensure the Trust meets its performance and finance targets. Trust Chairman, Peter W Mount CBE, said Professor Coombs’ skills will complement the Trust Board very effectively. “His considerable experience of working with international organisations on research and development and technology management will bring an added dimension to the Board. Rod will play an important role in developing the Trust’s educational and research activities, and in helping us to build exciting new commercial relationships.” Peter Mount also extended his thanks to Professor Bill Shaw, who steps down from his role as a non-executive director on 10th September. Professor Shaw is leaving in order to focus on his international dental research work. Professor of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Development at the University of Manchester, Bill Shaw became a non-executive director of the Trust in 2001. He played a key role in the merger of the Children's Hospitals and the Central Manchester Hospitals in 2001. Subsequently, he has championed initiatives to help improve the quality of patient services across the Trust. Commented Peter Mount: “Bill has made a tremendously important contribution to the successful development of the Trust, and I would like to thank him for his commitment on behalf of colleagues and patients. “We recognise that his research into improving dental treatment worldwide is placing increasing demands on him. The Board will miss both his wisdom and also his perceptive and kindly approach to all our challenges.” All non-executive appointments are made by the Appointments Commission on merit, and political activity plays no part in the selection process. However, in accordance with the Nolan recommendations, any declared political activity by appointees should be made public. The appointments have been made in accordance with the Office of the Commissioner for Public Appointments (OCPA) Code of Practice. Professor Coombs will receive remuneration of £5,875 per year, and has been appointed to serve from 10th September 2007 to 9th September 2011. Professor Coombs has not held any Ministerial appointments.