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Dr Barry Henley appointed Chair of Birmingham Community Healthcare

Dr Barry Henley has been appointed as Chair of Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (BCHC). He will take up the role from 1st June 2019, and will succeed Tom Storrow upon his retirement in May.

Barry brings extensive and wide-ranging experience to the role from a number of different sectors. He is currently a non-executive director at Birmingham & Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust and previously served for five years as a non-executive director of Heart of Birmingham Primary Care Trust (PCT) and the Birmingham & Solihull PCT Cluster.

Barry also served twice as a Birmingham City Councillor, for eight years in total, and has enjoyed a diverse career which also includes leadership success in the private sector and Higher Education. 

Barry Henley

He has held senior leadership roles within organisations which include Chubb Security Plc, Thorn-EMI and Birmingham City University.

In taking on the role Barry brings a blend of Board level credibility, strong leadership and knowledge of the local health and political economy.

Barry Henley said: “I am delighted to be appointed as Chair of Birmingham Community Healthcare. I am very conscious of the opportunities and challenges faced by community services across Birmingham, and I am passionate about continuing to improve services for the people of the city and region.

“I am very much looking forward to leading and supporting the BCHC Board and its workforce on the Trust’s journey to drive its new strategy and strategic objectives, and to working with stakeholders to build upon existing partnerships across the region.”

Barry describes himself as a skilled practitioner in workforce development and driving cultural change, together with product development, improving technology and knowledge transfer; themes which have carried him though his commercial career and his work as a Councillor and NHS non-executive director.

Tom Storrow has led the BCHC Board as Chair for seven years and retires at the end of May 2019.

For details of other Board appointments please click here to read the latest announcement.