Council of Deans announces appointment of Chair and Board of Trustees

27 August 2020

The Council of Deans of Health has announced the appointment of a new Board of Trustees. Professor Brian Webster-Henderson, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Health, Environment and Innovation) at the University of Cumbria, has been appointed for a second term as Chair alongside a new board of twelve trustees as the Council identifies itself as a registered charity.

Professor Webster-Henderson said:

“I feel very honoured to have been appointed for a second term as Chair of the Council at this important stage of its history. The role of the Council has never been more important as we continue to work to place higher education at the heart of healthcare policy. The next year will see the Council continue its journey to becoming an independent charity with a new governance model that will support its continued growth. I look forward to working with the new Board of Trustees as we develop the future strategic direction of the Council”.

The new trustees, six drawn from the Council’s membership and six independent trustees, assumed their roles on 1 August 2020.

Dr Katerina Kolyva, Executive Director of the Council, commented:

“The Council’s existing governance model has served it well over the first 23 years of its history and I would like to thank the outgoing Transitional Board for their work in taking the Council forward. With the growth in the Council’s size and influence it is now timely to move to a new governance model and welcome a new Board of Trustees that will bring the necessary expertise and experience to support its future development”.

Professor Carol Curran, Chair of the Nominations and Remuneration Committee, said:

“We had an incredibly strong field of candidates for both chair and trustee roles and I feel confident that the appointments we made will provide the Council with strong and strategic leadership over the coming years”.

The full list of trustees is:

Professor Brian Webster-Henderson (Chair)
Deputy Vice Chancellor (Health, Environment and Innovation), University of Cumbria

Dr Norma Barry
Managing Director, InsideOut: Organisational Solutions

Alison Carr
Chair of the Institute of Financial Accountants Regulatory Committee

Professor Fiona Coutts
Dean, School of Health Sciences, Queen Margaret University

Dr Marc Griffiths
Pro-Vice Chancellor and Executive Dean, Faculty of Health and Applied Sciences,
University of the West of England, Bristol

David Holdsworth
Deputy Chief Executive, IPO UK (Intellectual Property Office)

Dr Paula Holt
Pro Vice Chancellor and Dean of College of Health and Social Care, University of Derby

Professor Alison Machin
Dean of Health and Social Care, Edinburgh Napier University (from September 2020)

Professor Andrea Nelson
Dean of Health and Life Sciences, Glasgow Caledonian University

Paul Newman
Chief Executive Officer, Greensleeves Care

Professor Debra Towse
Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Health and Social Care, Canterbury Christ Church University

Raluca Vagner
Adult Intensive Care Staff Nurse, Oxford University Hospitals and Student Leadership Programme alumna

James Wakefield
Director, Council of the Inns of Court

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