New chair appointed to RUH Trust

The Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust has announced it has appointed Alison Ryan as its new chair.

She will take over from Brian Stables, who is stepping down after nine years in the role, from 1 April.

Ms Ryan has 30 years strategic and executive experience in the health and social care sector. She was most recently a Non-Executive Director at the University Hospital Bristol NHS Foundation Trust, chairing its Quality and Outcomes Committee between 2014-17, during which the Trust moved from ‘Requires Improvement’ to ‘Outstanding’ after inspection by the CQC.

Previously she held Non-Executive Director positions on the boards of the Somerset Partnership NHS Mental Health Trust, and at NHS Southwest and NHS South of England Strategic Health Authorities.

Ms Ryan has lived and worked in the South West for 40 years and currently lives near Wincanton, although she will be moving to Bath this summer. She is a keen yachtswoman and took a year out to sail around the world in the 2017/18 Clipper Round the World Race.  Her normal hobby is classical music – she plays piano and organ and also sings regularly.

Ms Ryan said:

“I’m delighted to be joining the RUH Trust team at what is an exciting time and challenging time for the NHS and for the Trust itself. We have some major development projects in the pipeline, and some coming to fruition, that will help make the RUH fit for the future and further improve the services we offer to our patients.

“As chair I am committed to listening to our patients and their families, our staff and our communities and partners, and to act on what we hear. I have already found out that our directors and governors are a talented, caring and committed team and I look forward to working with them very much.”

Joanna Hole, Trust Vice Chairman and Senior Independent Director, said:
“We are delighted to welcome Alison to the Trust. She brings a wealth of experience and knowledge of health and social care, and we are sure she will be an inspiring leader in her new role.

“I would also like thank and to pay tribute to Brian Stables, who is leaving us after nine momentous years. Among his many achievements, he helped to steer the RUH to achieve Foundation Trust status in 2014, and developed both the Board of Directors and the Council of Governors to support the patient centred culture and modern services that we now provide.”

Outgoing chair Brian Stables said:
“My best wishes go to Alison in her new role – she will bring enormous experience and enthusiasm and I know she will be of huge benefit to the Trust”.