Wednesday, January 25, 2023

Cumbria’s largest NHS Trust appoints new chair

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Steven Morgan was appointed chairman North Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust.

It comes after current interim chairman Peter Scott announced his resignation.

The Trust operates Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle and West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven.

Mr. Morgan will assume the role of Chair over the coming weeks, leading the Board of Directors and the Governors’ Council.

He said: “The NHS has saved my life three times so I am more than motivated to help the Cumbria NHS thrive and do whatever it takes to inspire confidence.”

Who is Steven Morgan?

Mr Morgan has been a non-executive director of Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust since October 2018, where he served as Chair of the Finance Committee.

A dual American and British citizen, he is an independent Copeland Borough Councilor in West Cumbria and a member of the Borough Executive.

He is a former Director at the UK’s main nuclear power site, Sellafield, and was Executive Director for Capital Programs and Projects at Heathrow, where he was responsible for the design and construction of Terminal 2.

He was commercial director for the Department of Defense and was responsible for procurement of all military hardware and contracted services. He is currently an advisor to the board of directors of the Hinkley Point nuclear project.

Mr Morgan has lived in the UK for 20 years and in West Cumbria for many years. Prior to that, he was a US Navy Rear Admiral and former director of logistics for the Defense Logistics Agency and chairman of a psychiatric hospital.

He is also a Fellow of the Institute of Civil Engineers and the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply and Cranfield University.

Lyn Simpson, Chief Executive said: “We are delighted to have Steven join us as Chairman. His skills and experience make him incredibly valuable to the Trust at this point and we look forward to working with him.”

Jacqueline Nicol, Lead Governor, said: “On behalf of the Governors Council, I would like to officially welcome Steven to the Trust and we look forward to working with him.

“His knowledge of Cumbria, which we have acquired as long-time residents, is an added asset that we are fortunate to have. We express our thanks to Peter. He has led the Trust through difficult times and we appreciate his dedication and commitment. We wish him all the best for the future.”

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