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Appointment of new chair announced

Tom Storrow

Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Trust (BCHC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Tom Storrow as chair of the Trust board.

Mr Storrow, who formally takes up the post on 1 November, has spent most of his career working in and with the NHS, having joined the NHS as a graduate management trainee in 1977. He trained in Shropshire and Birmingham and has worked in hospital management in Birmingham and Staffordshire, including five years as a Trust chief executive (see notes below for further biographical detail).

Mr Storrow said: “I am delighted to take up the post of Birmingham Community Healthcare chairman because the Trust is a lively and ambitious organisation with good staff and services and a great atmosphere. My ambition is simply to help the Trust to develop as a successful organisation providing excellent services to its patients and commissioners.”

Chief executive Tracy Taylor said: “We are very pleased to welcome Tom’s appointment and I am confident that the Trust will benefit hugely from his extensive experience and expertise.

“Tom joins us at a very important stage in the Trust’s development as we progress towards our goal of becoming authorised as a Foundation Trust next year.  The role of chair will be fundamental to this as we welcome members and a council of governors, which will optimise our ability to deliver accessible and responsive healthcare for all our communities.”

Mr Storrow succeeds Philip Davis, who announced his decision in July to step down after nearly three years as chair.

The appointment process

Mr Storrow has been appointed by the Appointments Commission health and social care appointments committee in accordance with the Commissioner for Public Appointments code of practice. All appointments are made on merit and political activity plays no part in the selection process. However, in accordance with the original Nolan recommendations, there is a requirement for appointees’ political activity (if any declared) to be made public.

Mr Storrow has been appointed for a term of four years running to October 2015. His annual remuneration will be £20,896.

Mr Storrow’s declared political activity has been detailed below.  In addition, details of any other Ministerial appointments held and the remuneration paid, where applicable, are provided, as follows:

Political affiliations:                             none
Other Ministerial appointments:      none

Tom Storrow

Tom Storrow has spent most of his career working in and with the NHS, having joined the health service as a graduate management trainee in 1977. After training in Shropshire and Birmingham, Mr Storrow worked in hospital management in Birmingham and Staffordshire, including five years as a Trust chief executive. He then made a mid-career move into a role with a consultancy and recruitment company that provides services to the NHS, where he has worked for the last 14 years, gaining promotions to director and then senior partner. Mr Storrow is married with two sons, who are both now at university, and lives in Staffordshire.