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Non-Executive Director Reappointment

Newsdate: 7th November 2006

Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Trust, who provides the acute hospital services for the Wigan borough, is delighted to announce the re-appointment of Les Higgins as one of its non-executive directors.

Non-executive directors are an essential part of any NHS Trust as they play a central role in ensuring lay people work alongside managers to put in place services which really do help local people. Les will receive a receive a remuneration of £5,800 per annum and serve as a non-executive director of Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Trust for the period from 1st December 2006 to 30th November 2010.

 All non-executive 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 appointee’s political activity to be made.  Les has declared no political activity in the last 5 years and holds no ministerial appointments.  All non-executive appointments are made by the Appointments Commission.

Les Higgins has lived in Wigan for over 30 years, being born in Liverpool. Following a short career playing in a Merseyside band in the late sixties, he worked in Local Government at Liverpool and Warrington and gained a Diploma in Public Administration at Liverpool University.

He is a highly experienced senior manager with a total of 32 years within the public sector. As a specialist in social housing, in particular repairs and maintenance and estate regeneration, Les has extensive experience in community consultation and the development of contracts for the delivery of public services. Prior to retirement he worked for the Chief Executive at Warrington Borough Council as External Funding Officer helping to bring over £5m in Lottery and other funding to Warrington.

He continues his links with local government as Clerk to Winwick Parish Council and is currently a Trustee of Age Concern Wigan Borough and as the Older Persons Champion for the Trust works closely with the PCT and Social Services in the development of Older Peoples Services.

Les is married with 2 daughters and enjoys sailing, badminton and relaxing with his wife visiting National Trust properties. He considers health to be the number 1 community priority and hopes that he can use his experience to work with his colleagues on the Trust to provide a first class Health Service.

Mr. Brian Strett, Chairman of the Trust says, “I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Les on his reappointment.  I’m sure he will continue to work well in his position as Vice Chairman with all Executive & Non Executive Directors to further improve the services we provide.  Together with our other Non Execs who are Louise Barnes, Cyril Barrett, Albert Mandall, Sue Turner and myself, we will continue to ensure that the Trust provides a range of comprehensive, efficient, high quality healthcare services to the people of Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh in a patient centred environment which respects and rewards the skills of the staff”.

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