New chair appointed for the system
He has joined the system in a part time capacity and will work closely with Dr Ed Garratt – the ICS Executive Lead – and other local leaders to help to further develop the local vision to work together to improve health and care for local people.
His appointment follows a competitive selection process involving a wide range of local and regional stakeholders as well as formal approval by Chief Executive of the NHS, Simon Stevens.
Will said: “I am very much looking forward to working together with colleagues from across the NHS, local authority, primary care, voluntary organisations and communities to put in place those joined up health and care services that we know people want.
“Suffolk and North East Essex ICS is already very successful and known nationally for its achievements. I have been impressed by the way in which local leaders are determined to ensure that people and local communities remain at the very centre of their plans to continue to transform the way that health and care is delivered.”
Will has a broad range of experience to bring to the role. In 2006, he joined the East of England Regional Development Agency as Non-Executive Director and later was appointed Chair. The same year he was appointed as a Non-Executive Director, then Chair, for Northamptonshire Primary Care Trust.
In 2011, Will became Non-Executive Director and Chair of Unity Leisure Limited and then in 2012 was appointed a Non-Executive Director and then Chair at East Midlands Pathology Service. Between 2013 and 2017 Will was Chair of Healthwatch Northamptonshire.
Sheila Childerhouse, Chair of the West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust and the ICS Chairs Group, oversaw the appointment process. She said: “I am delighted with Will’s appointment to lead our ICS Board and would like to congratulate him. He will be responsible for holding our system to account while making sure we achieve the ambitions we have set ourselves.”