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Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust

Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust move to appoint permanent leadership team

15 September 2016

Caragh Merrick

Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust has advertised for a permanent chief executive is in this week’s Health Service Journal. The advert follows the appointment of Caragh Merrick as permanent chairman.

Caragh who commenced in post on Monday 12 September said:

“The CQC inspection raised concerns about the instability caused by the number of interim leaders across our organisation. It is important that we act on that, and we are looking to make permanent appointments to all vacant executive posts commencing with the  Chief Executive.  Once we have a permanent chief executive in place, we will work together to recruit to the other vacant senior positions.

“As a publicly funded organisation it is important that the appointment process will be based on merit, in a way that is open, transparent and fair to all applicants.”


Notes to editors

Job advert can be found here: http://www.hsjjobs.com/job/2579911/chief-executive-/?TrackID=58603&BatchID=1881#sc=jbe&me=email&cm=2016-09-14

About Caragh Merrick

Caragh, who has lived in Worcestershire for more than 30 years, started at the Trust on 12 September 2016. She is a chartered accountant who has spent her career in Audit and Assurance, starting with Deloitte Haskins and Sells in 1977 as trainee accountant, rising to Senior Audit Partner, Assurance Business Unit Leader and Member of the UK Assurance Board of Pricewaterhouse Coopers between 1999 and 2002. She then operated as an independent consultant until 2008, providing strategy and board development services, working with chairmen and chief executives, principally in the public sector, to develop effective corporate governance.

Caragh is an experienced non-executive director; her current board roles include Honorary Treasurer and Member of the Council of University of Birmingham, Member and Deputy Chair of the Council and Honorary Treasurer of the Royal College of Art and Trustee and Chair of the Finance Committee of the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). Her previous roles include member of the Audit Committee of the BMA and Trustee of the Royal National Theatre.

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