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New Non Executive Director Joins Board

Iain Fairbairn has been appointed as a non-executive director of University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust (UHBristol).

Mr Fairbairn's four-year term of office begins on December 1. He was formerly a commercial solicitor, with more than 20 years' experience of offering property, commercial, planning and construction advice to the NHS.

His career during that time included Public Finance Initiative (PFI) projects, the establishment of NHS trusts and joint working between the NHS and other public and private bodies.

Mr Fairbairn is the founder and developer of a care village for the elderly in Cornwall, which includes a 37-bed nursing home. He is a director of a consultancy in elderly care.

He gained an honours degree in law at University College London before qualifying as a solicitor in 1979. He retired in 2004.

Mr Fairbairn has also been an assistant solicitor and partner in legal practices in both the City of London and Bristol. Mr Fairbairn was also a director and company secretary of a private manufacturing company.

He is currently a member of UHBristol's Business Advisory Group.

Mr Fairbairn said: "I am proud to have been asked to serve as a non-executive director for UHBristol. My family and I have direct personal experience of the genuine care provided by its staff and I admire enormously the work they do.

"The Trust is a great institution of vital importance to the people of Bristol and further afield. I hope that my long experience of working with the NHS will help me to make a real contribution to ensure UHBristol's future success.

"It will be an exciting step forward if it achieves its ambition to become a new NHS foundation trust."

University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust chairman John Savage said: "I am delighted that Iain has been able to join the Trust board. He brings a range of experience and knowledge that will add greatly to the effectiveness of our work."

The remuneration for the Trust non-executive post is £5,875 per annum.

Mr Fairbairn does not have political or other interests which have to be declared. He holds no Ministerial appointments.

For further information, contact the Press Office, UHBristol, on 0117 342 3751.

Note to editors:

The appointment has been made in accordance with the code of practice of the Office of the Commissioner for Public Appointments.

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 appointees political activity (if any declared) to be made public.

UHBristol manages eight hospitals: Bristol Royal Infirmary, Bristol Eye Hospital, Bristol Haematology & Oncology Centre, Bristol Royal Hospital for Children, St Michael's Hospital, University of Bristol Dental Hospital, the Homeopathic Hospital and Bristol General Hospital.

Posted: 11/23/2007 13:42:40 by Kate Birch