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WWL Appoints New Chairman Designate

Newsdate: 17 April 2014

Pictured: Robert ArmstrongWrightington Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust (WWL) is delighted to announce the appointment of Robert Armstrong to the role of Chairman Designate.

Robert who has been a Non-Executive Director at the Trust since March 2008 will take over the role as Chairman from Les Higgins who completes his second term of office at the end of October 2014. Robert’s early appointment follows the current Chairman’s commitment to ensuring a smooth transfer of responsibilities is in place prior to the end of October.

Robert’s appointment was ratified at a Council of Governor’s meeting on 16 April following the recommendation from the Council of Governor Nomination and Remuneration Committee after a comprehensive selection process that considered five shortlisted candidates. 

Gordon Jackson, Lead Governor, said, “I was involved in the appointment of the new Chairman from the beginning of the selection process. It has been a long and tough process due to the strength and calibre of the applicants. Robert Armstrong was an outstanding candidate and I look forward to continuing to work with him in his new role and to ensure we keep providing our local population with the highest quality hospital services”.

Commenting on his appointment, Robert said, “Having been a Non-Executive Director at the Trust since 2008, I already have considerable knowledge of the organisation. Over recent years, the Trust has gone from strength to strength during Les’ time as Chairman. The organisation’s growing reputation for quality health care is testament to the dedication of staff who put patients first and strive for continuous improvement. I am delighted to accept this appointment and look forward to working with colleagues in who I have such great confidence”.

Robert’s past experience includes time as a senior manager with BT. He has extensive experience of customer service and business change. Robert’s experience working in a number of European countries gives him excellent insight into diverse cultures and values. Robert lives in Ashton-in-Makerfield with his wife and family.

Pictured above: Robert Armstrong

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