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New Board Members University Hospitals Bristol Nhs Foundation Trust

09 December 2008

Kelvin Blake and Paul May both started three-year terms of office on the Foundation Trusts board from November 2008.

Kelvin Blake is the Head of the Public Sector Relations team for BT Global Services.

He is responsible for good working relations between BT and the public sector customers throughout the UK.

He has previously led a number of major transformational change programmes in partnership with public sector customers including Liverpool City Council and the Ministry of Defence.

He served as a city councillor on Bristol City Council from 1997 to 2003, representing the Filwood ward. During that time he was Chair of the Regeneration Committee. He is currently a trustee on two charities - the Bristol-based Vassall Centre Trust, and the Spinal Injuries Association. Both organisations are responsible for the enhancement and progression of disabled peoples issues. Kelvin is also a member of the Bristol Cultural Development Partnership, which is responsible for encouraging new artistic and cultural developments of national significance in Bristol.

Kelvin lives in South Bristol and, in his spare time, enjoys music, skiing and spending time with his friends and family.

Kelvin says: The Trust is a great institution of vital importance to the people of Bristol and further afield. I am looking forward to playing my part in the improvement of health care right across Bristol.

Paul May is a public sector strategic consultant who brings 30 years experience at the highest levels in local government and further education. He was the Chief Executive of North Somerset Council and Wansdyke District Council for nearly 20 years and he was also the Executive Director of the Learning and Skills Council in the West of England.

His projects as a consultant include working at a strategic level for Govt Departments and he is the Chief Executive of the Further Education bureaucracy reduction group. His work for the Learning and Skills Council has included projects to review capital projects arrangements, relations with the Core Cities and a review of staffing arrangements in the South West.

He also took a lead role for the Sexual Assault Referral Centre for Avon and Somerset, helping agencies to work more closely together to improve the experience for victims of these crimes.

Paul lives in Clutton, Bristol.

Paul says: I am proud to have been asked to serve as a non-executive director for the Trust.  I admire enormously the work of the Trust and feel I can bring a good mixture of experience and passion for improvement to this role.

John Savage, Chairman of University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust, says: Im delighted to welcome Kelvin and Paul.  Paul has been appointed for his investment and governance experience and customer focus expertise and Kelvin has been appointed for his public focus, performance, quality and change programmes experience.  They will both make hugely valuable contributions to the Trust and their range of experience and knowledge will add greatly to the effectiveness of our work.

The Trust manages eight city centre hospitals: Bristol Royal Infirmary, Bristol Eye Hospital, Bristol Haematology & Oncology Centre, Bristol Royal Hospital for Children, St Michaels Hospital, University of Bristol Dental Hospital, the Homeopathic Hospital and Bristol General Hospital.  It also manages the Central Health Clinic.