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  • "To those who do not agree with this appointment,

    Would you rather have someone who hasn’t built their career up from the grass roots of the NHS, is and is afraid to be unpopular?

    Policy’s that are the best for the development of the NHS as a WHOLE, may not be popular but people need to see the bigger picture.

    I would far rather have someone who is dedicated, worked their way up from a trainee nurse to the chairman, having sat at every level of management, including senior positions of nursing and have a great knowledge and appreciation of the NHS system. Someone who is not being afraid of the comments from people who are small minded and being the unpopular person. Yes the chairman must not be afraid to call out colleagues and if Mrs Rees has got the guts to take on the job then I fully support her.

    I’d like to point out that they don’t hand out OBE’s to anyone, so for Mrs Rees to have been granted one for her contribution to the services of the NHS then that puts her as one of the best placed to have the role of Chairman, and you should be proud of that. How many LHB’s have that to their credit?"
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New health board chairman announced

Hywel Dda University Health Board chairman Bernardine Rees OBE

Hywel Dda University Health Board chairman Bernardine Rees OBE

First published in News

THE new chairman of Hywel Dda University Health Board was announced by the Health Minister Mark Drakeford today.

Bernardine Rees OBE will take over from Chris Martin who retired this month.

Mrs Rees, who trained as a nurse and lives in Ceredigion, was chief executive of the former Pembrokeshire Local Health Board and Pembrokeshire, Ceredigion and Carmarthenshire local health boards between 2003 and 2009.

Her last executive position in NHS Wales was as director of primary, community and mental health at Cwm Taf University Health Board, where she also served as the organisation’s deputy chief executive.

Mrs Rees is currently serving as a non-executive director of the Welsh Ambulance Services NHS Trust. She will resign this position to assume her new role at Hywel Dda University Health Board.

The chairman’s role is to ensure the board functions effectively by managing the agenda and establishing the board as a corporate team. Mrs Rees’ term of office will start on July 1, 2014 and run until July 31, 2018.

Professor Drakeford said: “I’m pleased to announce the appointment of Bernardine Rees OBE as the new chair of Hywel Dda University Health Board.

“I know she is passionate and enthusiastic about Hywel Dda University Health Board and has a wealth of relevant experience and I wish her well in her new role.

“I attach great importance to the appointment of chairs who are chosen for their skills and experience and for the contribution they make to the work of the health board.”

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