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Sir Robert Finch is appointed chair of Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Trust


Monday 1 December 2008


Sir Robert Finch has been appointed by the Appointments Commission as the new chair of Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Trust for a term of three years, effective 1 January, 2009.  


Sir Robert brings significant board experience to the Trust, both in the business and not-for-profit sectors. He has a legal background having qualified as a solicitor in 1969. He spent his career at the City law firm Linklaters, latterly as head of real estate. He was elected partner in 1974 and retired from the firm as a senior partner in 2005. He is a former Lord Mayor of London and has been a member of a number of City Corporation committees.  In 2005 Sir Robert joined the board of Liberty International plc, a FTSE 100 London-based property company. He stood down earlier this year as chairman. For the past eight years Sir Robert has also been a Church Commissioner and is now a member of its audit committee.


All non-executive appointments are made on merit and political activity plays no part in the selection process. However, in accordance with the original Nolan recommendations, there is a requirement for appointees’ political activity to be made public. Sir Robert has declared no political activity during the past five years and holds no other ministerial appointments.  The appointment has been made in accordance with the OCPA Code of Practice and Sir Robert will be entitled to remuneration of £20,587 per annum.


Commenting on his appointment, Sir Robert said: “It is with a great deal of enthusiasm that I take up this post.  The NHS makes a difference to the lives of millions of people each day and to be a part of such a powerful and essential institution is, in my view, a privilege. The international reputation of Royal Brompton & Harefield was a determining factor in my decision to join the Trust, and with major re-development plans to consider on both sites, my experience in the property industry will, I hope, be particularly valuable. I look forward to working closely with my fellow board members to secure the best possible future for the Trust, particularly as it pursues its application for foundation status.“


Sir Robert replaces Lord Newton of Braintree, whose tenure as chair since 2001 was due to end on November 30, 2008. Lord Newton has, however, agreed to carry on as chair during December, with Sir Robert taking up his post on January 1, 2009.




Notes to editors:


1. For further information please contact:

Jo Thomas, communications director, Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Trust,
direct dial: 0207 351 8850

Joanna Parish, head of media relations, Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Trust,

direct dial: 0207 351 8672


2. Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Trust is a centre of excellence in the treatment and research of heart and lung disease. It is a national and international referral centre for patients of all ages.















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