Isle of Wight NHS Trust strengthens its Board

The senior team at Isle of Wight NHS Trust has been strengthened by the arrival of a new Non-Executive Director and the reappointment of three senior leaders.

The Trust, which provides ambulance, community, hospital-based and mental health services across the Isle of Wight, welcomed the news as a boost to its Board.

The Trust Board oversees the organisation, the only integrated Trust in the NHS, monitoring performance and taking decisions about how it is run for the benefit of the local community.

Julia Ross, a trained nurse and social worker, joins the Trust Board as Non-Executive Director with responsibility for Mental Health Services.

Julia said: “I am delighted to be joining the Trust. Health and care services mean so much to people and as a local resident I want to play my part in improving the vital services that our community relies on.

“I am looking forward to working with the Board and to learning about our Trust as we pull together to deliver the very best possible services across the Island.”

Julia qualified as nurse at St Thomas Hospital and later moved on to requalify as a social worker. She spent ten years as Director of Social services in London and three years as Chief Executive of an integrated Primary Care Trust, followed by five years at the Department of Health.

She has a wealth of Board-level, national and local experience across large scale complex health and social care organisations and has worked in the public, private and voluntary sectors.

Vaughan Thomas, Chair of Isle of Wight NHS Trust, said: “I am delighted to welcome Julia to the Trust, she brings with her a great deal of valuable experience and we are looking forward to working with her to continue to improve the services that our communities rely on.

“Coming alongside the re-appointment of Anne, Caroline and Sara, this news is a real boost to the Board, it shows stability and will help us build on the progress that we have made over the last two years.”