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NHS property services makes a number of appointments

NHS Property Services Limited (NHS PS), the company set up by the Department of Health to manage all the ex-PCT estate not transferred to providers, has recently made a number of appointments to senior roles within the company.

Charles Howeson has been appointed non executive Chairman and Simon Holden has been appointed as Chief Executive. A number of other senior appointments have also been made to the company including the appointment of four Regional Directors:

James Wakeham – Regional Director South
Tony Griffiths – Regional Director London
Martin Royal – Regional Director Midlands and East
Kathryn Berry – Regional Director North

In addition, Caroline Rassell has been appointed as Finance Director, Pam Chapman as Director of Asset Management and Alan Farmer as head of HR to lead all the staff transition work as the company prepares to become fully operational in April 2013. These three posts are on a secondment basis.

Further announcements about the company, including further senior appointments, will be made over the coming months.

As Chair, Howeson brings long experience to the role having worked in both property and the public sector, and has served as Chairman for a number of different organisations. Most recently he was Vice Chair of NHS South of England having stepped down from that role at the beginning of July.

Holden is joining from NHS Cheshire, Warrington and Wirral where he was Director of Finance and Deputy Chief Executive.

Peter Coates CBE, Commercial Director at the Department of Health, said:

“I am delighted to welcome all appointees to their new roles. Charles brings a wealth of experience to this post and will guide NHS PS towards meeting the organisational challenges of delivering estate management to the NHS. Simon and the rest of the team are highly experienced in managing property for the NHS and have a blend of skills ideally suited to taking this new venture forward.”

Charles Howeson, commented:

“It is an exciting time to be joining NHS PS and I want to welcome all my fellow new appointees. I look forward to working with them, the rest of the team, the Board and Shareholders to grow and improve NHS PS, and to seeing it deliver the best possible service to NHS clients.”

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