Sandwell and West Birmingham appoint new trust chairman

Sir David Nicholson has been appointed the new chairman of Sandwell and Birmingham NHS Trust. He will step into the role from the 1st of May 2021. 

Sir David will also continue his role as chairman of the Worcestershire Acute hospitals as he joins the trust. Sir David has served as the chief executive of NHS England between 2013-14, while the organization went under a major restructuring.  

On the news of his appointment being released Sir David ““I am very excited to be part of an organisation dedicated to improving health and tackling health inequalities and at the same time opening a fantastic hospital that will not only provide excellent healthcare facilities but will help regenerate the wider area.” 

Richard Samuda the previous chairman of the trust, is leaving the role after serving three terms over the past nine years.  

Richard Samuda commented on the news of the new chairman being appointed “It has been a real privilege to serve the population and the staff as Chairman. I have welcomed the contribution from so many Trust leaders, Non-Executive and Executive colleagues as we have jointly led the Trust through some significant achievements. I wish the Trust every success in the years ahead and am delighted that Sir David is taking the helm.”

Over the course of his tenure Samuda oversaw the trusts response to the covid-19 pandemic, and secured approval to start construction of the new Midland Metropolitan University Hospital.  

Richard Beeken has been serving as the interim chairman of the trust and said of the appointment “Richard Samuda has completed nine years of incredible public service as Chairman and helped the Trust make significant strides forward, for which we are very grateful. Sir David brings wisdom and considerable experience to the Trust and I have every confidence he will use this to best lead the Board for the benefit of the people we serve. I am looking forward to welcoming him to the organisation.”