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20 November 2020

New Chair for Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust announced

Annette Laban has been appointed as the new Chair of Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. She will succeed Tony Pedder, OBE when he retires at the end of December after almost 10 years as Chair of one of the largest acute and community health Trusts in the NHS.

Annette has 35 years’ experience in healthcare, holding senior leadership roles within the NHS and local Government across South Yorkshire.

Her past roles have included Chief Executive for NHS Doncaster, Director of Performance and Operations at NHS North of England - Strategic Health Authority and Executive Director of Performance and Delivery at NHS Yorkshire and the Humber.

Mrs Laban’s appointment was confirmed by the Council of Governors at their meeting on 13 November 2020. Her four year term begins on 1 January 2021.

Annette said: "I am delighted to have been appointed to the role of Chair of Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. I feel privileged to have been given the opportunity to support such a fantastic team working across our hospitals and community health services particularly at such an unprecedented time.

"Under Tony’s chairmanship the Trust has gone from strength to strength including becoming an integrated NHS Trust following the inclusion of community health service colleagues in 2011. There have been many advances in both patient care and clinical research over the past 9 years and I look forward to building on these strong foundations. I am committed to supporting colleagues to be able to deliver safe high quality, effective, healthcare for our patients but also to ensure we foster innovation and partnership which we will need more than ever before if we are to meet the new challenges and opportunities ahead.”

Welcoming Annette’s appointment, Kirsten Major, Chief Executive of Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust said: "I am delighted that Annette has been appointed as our new Chair. Her skills and experience will be a huge asset to the Trust, not only as we meet immediate challenges, but also as we embark upon our journey to re-build and re-set how we deliver care following COVID-19."

Kath Parker, Lead Governor at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust added: "The Governors were extremely pleased to have appointed someone of Annette’s calibre to lead the Trust through the next four years, particularly as we now we have a significant period of change ahead."

Tony Pedder said: "It has been a real honour to have worked with the 18,500 strong team of dedicated, caring professionals and volunteers who work across our acute and community health services. They continue every day to strive to achieve the highest standards of healthcare for our patients. This caring culture is a hallmark of this excellent organisation and has inspired the many significant developments that I have seen here, during my time as Chair, to further develop services for our patients in Sheffield and further afield, as well as the pioneering breakthroughs in clinical research and innovation which the Trust has achieved.

"I am delighted that Annette has been appointed as my successor as she has a real passion for Sheffield Teaching Hospitals and the NHS coupled with the leadership qualities needed to support the Trust to continue to achieve the very best for patients and go from strength to strength. I leave the organisation with fond memories and secure in the knowledge that it has an excellent Chair to take it forward. "

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