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Co-op chief Ben Reid named as new Shrewbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust chairman

By Mat Growcott | Telford | Health | Published:

A new chairman has been appointed to Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust (SaTH).

Ben Reid

Ben Reid OBE, group chief executive of the Mid-Counties Co-operative, will take up the role from February 1, until January 31, 2021.

He will be paid £32,158 per year, for which he is expected to devote two to three days per week for his duties as chairman.

Mr Reid said: "I am delighted to be given the opportunity to chair the Trust at this exciting time.

"There are a range of challenges ahead of us, but it is clear that the board and management are determined to develop the service to ensure the population we serve get the quality of provision they deserve.

"I look forward to being part of that team and using my previous experiences to help steer us through to our shared objective.”

Mr Reid, a qualified accountant, has held his position at the Mid-Counties Co-operative for 30 years. He is a former director of the Co-operative Group and a former director of the Co-operative Banking Group. He is currently working part-time for the Co-op, with a view to full retirement later this year.

Alongside his current role, Mr Reid has held non-executive appointments including chairman of Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust from 2004 to 2016 and most recently chairman of Dudley and Walsall Mental Health NHS Trust.

He has also held senior level positions with Lincolnshire Area Health Authority.

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He is currently Deputy Chair of Wolverhampton University and a Board Member of the International Co-operative Alliance.

Mr Reid’s previous board roles include West Midlands chairman of the Learning and Skills Council, chairman of West Midlands Regional Assembly and chairman of various regeneration bodies.

He takes over from Professor Peter Latchford OBE, who was chair from October 2013 until December 2017.

Mat Growcott

By Mat Growcott
Reporter - @MGrowcott_Star

Shropshire Star reporter

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