Caroline will take on the post in September 2021, for an initial term of office of three years, and succeeds current chairman Sharon Mays who is leaving the trust following completion of her two terms of office.
Caroline has a wealth of experience from her 22 year-long career in politics as a Labour MP, from 1997 until 2019. She was the first woman MP for Don Valley and a minister in five government departments before serving in Her Majesty’s Opposition Shadow Cabinet from 2010 to 2015.
Since leaving politics, Caroline has held the role of chairman of the Institute for Prosperity Advisory Board; is a board advisor to Hawthorn; an Associate for Global Partners Governance, and is a media commentator on news and current affairs.
She said: “I am delighted to be appointed to the role of chair. I look forward to working with staff, the council of governors, the trust board and our partners to ensure that the trust continues to make a positive difference to our patients, service users and their families.
“During the current period of significant challenge for the NHS it is a critical time to take on the post and I feel privileged to be able to play my part to support the health and wellbeing of the communities we serve.”
Outgoing chairman Sharon said: “I would like to welcome Caroline to the trust and I look forward to working with her through a period of transition. It has been an honour to lead the board over the last seven years and I am pleased to be handing over a successful and thriving organisation to the new chair.”
Michele Moran, Chief Executive at Humber Teaching NHS Foundation Trust, said: “I am delighted to welcome Caroline to Humber. Her experience and expertise will be valuable to help guide us as we move forward on our journey. I look forward to working with her at an important time for the NHS and for our organisation.
“I would like to extend my sincerest thanks to Sharon for two terms of leadership which has put us in a great position to build on the progress we’ve made over the last seven years.”