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Birmingham and Solihull Mental health NHS Foundation Trust
Better Together

Appointment of new Non-Executive Directors

Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust is pleased to announce that, following a recent recruitment process, two new non-executive directors will be joining its Board from July 1 2013.


Dr Barry Henley joins as a non-executive director, a role he has previously held at Heart of Birmingham teaching PCT and the Birmingham and Solihull NHS Cluster. Barry brings a wealth of experience and expertise in private industry and the public sector to the Trust. He was chief executive of Chubb group companies in the UK, Singapore and Australia, before becoming chief executive of the faculty of engineering and computing at Birmingham City University. He was subsequently a knowledge transfer partnership advisor on dozens of innovation projects for the Technology Strategy Board. Barry is also a councillor representing the Brandwood ward on Birmingham City Council and he chairs the Council’s conservation and heritage panel, the wholly owned subsidiary Acivico, the ICT joint venture with Capita and the Standing Advisory Council on Religious Education.

Barry will act as chair of the Trust Board’s Mental Health Act Legislation Committee and also as Vice-Chair of the Audit Committee.

Waheed Saleem is joining the Trust as an associate non-executive director. Waheed is a management consultant working in the public and voluntary sectors. He graduated from the London School of Economics, is a fellow of the RSA and a member of the Association of Corporate Governance Practitioners. His background includes working at director level in a number of strategic roles in the NHS, most recently as a PCT locality commissioning director in Birmingham. In addition to this NHS experience, he also holds chair and non-executive director positions at a number of major national and regional public and voluntary organisations. Waheed has led significant regeneration programmes, advised the Government on neighbourhood renewal policy and community development, and was instrumental in developing leadership programmes for young people and mentors in inner city schools.

These new appointments replace Jeff Herdman and Alison Lord who recently left the Trust.

Sue Davis CBE, Chair of the Trust, said: "I am delighted that Barry and Waheed will be joining our Board and bringing their extensive experience and expertise at this time of significant change in the NHS. They will have a considerable contribution to make to achieving our strategic aims of continuously improving quality of care for service users whilst ensuring long term financial sustainability for the Trust."

John Short, Chief Executive, said: "The Trust has an ambitious strategy and vision which involves achieving sustained improvement in services in the context of increased demand and a difficult financial environment. Our new non-executives will play a key role in helping to deliver this and their background at director level in the NHS, private and voluntary sectors will be invaluable to the Trust."