A new chairman for the Queen Elizabeth Hospital King’s Lynn NHS Foundation Trust has been appointed.
He is Edward Libbey who takes over when the current interim chairman, David Dean, leaves the Trust this month.
Dr Libbey has broad executive and non-executive Board-level experience and is currently a Lay Member, responsible for finance and performance, on the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group. Previously he was a Non-Executive Director of NHS Norfolk, the Chair of the Learning & Skills Council in Norfolk and on the East of England Regional Council.
He knows the local area, having grown up in King’s Lynn where his family lived for 50 years and now lives in Starston, South Norfolk, where he is chairman of Starston Parish Council
Dr Libbey said: “I am excited to be joining the Trust as chairman and working closely with the governors, members and the executive team.
“There are without doubt immediate challenges for the hospital. However, I see the Queen Elizabeth Hospital continuing to play a vital role in providing excellent healthcare for the region and I am very much looking forward to being Chair at this important time.”
He holds a PhD in Chemistry from Cambridge University and is a Fellow of both the Royal Society of Chemistry and the Energy Institute. He has nearly 40 years of international management experience in the energy and high technology industries. He is vice-chairman of the Energy & Utility Forum and a council member of the British Institute of Energy Economics.
Manjit Obhrai, QEH Interim Chief Executive commented: “Edward’s skills and knowledge will be of great value to the Trust. Edward is very keen to work with key stakeholders and partners for the benefit of the community we serve and I am looking forward to working closely with him.”
Esmé Corner, lead governor and interview panel chair, said: “We are very pleased to be able to announce the Governors’ Council appointment of Edward as our new chair. On behalf of all the governors I wish to thank David Dean, who as Interim Chair has done an excellent job in helping guide the Trust through our recent challenges.”