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Musgrove Park Hospital appoints new chairman - 13 May 2014

Musgrove Park Hospital appoints new chairman - 13 May 2014

Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust is delighted to announce the appointment of Colin Drummond OBE as their incoming chairman. Colin will take up his appointment in August 2014.

Colin has a long and distinguished career which has included a number of executive and non-executive posts in organisations including: the Bank of England, the Boston Consulting Group, Renold, Coats Viyella and Pennon Group. He also created and grew Viridor - a leading UK recycling, renewable energy and waste management group of which he is now chairman. Viridor, from its Taunton base, has led the way in the UK in transforming waste into a resource through recycling and renewable energy generation.

Colin holds a Master of Arts (MA) degree in classics from Oxford University, and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Harvard University where he held a Harkness Fellowship.

Commenting on the appointment, Gill McComas, Musgrove’s non-executive senior independent director, who supported the governing body in their appointment process, said: "Colin is the committee’s first choice candidate because he has clear strategic skills, experience of chairing a dynamic organisation, extensive transformation experience and is very focused on supporting staff to provide the best possible care for our patients.

“I am very much looking forward to working with him and seeing the contribution he will undoubtedly bring."

Colin succeeds Rosalinde Wyke who has now come to the end of her term as chairman of the hospital. Ros became a non-executive director at Musgrove in 2003 before becoming vice chair in 2004 and then chair in 2006.

Commenting on the appointment of the new chair, Chief Executive, Jo Cubbon, said: "I am extremely pleased to welcome Colin and his wealth of experience, I am sure this will help us in the challenging times we face.

“I would also like to take this opportunity to pay tribute to the enormous contribution and legacy that Ros will be leaving behind as the outgoing chair. In the past 11 years the NHS has undergone major changes and our hospital has faced many challenges along the way. Ros' leadership and stewardship as a non-executive, vice chair and chair has been both forward-thinking and innovative, and the support and challenge she has given me in my role has been hugely beneficial. She will be greatly missed by all those involved and interested in Musgrove Park Hospital."