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Mrs Caragh Merrick appointed as Chair of Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust

Following a competitive interview process NHS Improvement, the body responsible for appointing all chairs and non-executives to NHS trusts throughout England, has appointed Mrs Caragh Merrick as Chair of Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust. 

Caragh, who has lived in Worcestershire for more than 30 years, will be starting at the Trust on 12 September 2016. The panel felt that her strong leadership background and expertise would prove invaluable to the Trust as it moves through its improvement journey. All appointments are subject to the Code of Practice of the Commissioner for Public Appointments, and made following an open competition based on merit, in a way that is open, transparent and fair to all applicants.

Dale Bywater, NHS Improvement Executive Regional Managing Director (Midlands and East) said: “The panel were impressed not only by Caragh’s experience but also by her commitment to improving services for local people. She will bring the stability and vision which will enable the organisation to continue its improvement journey.”

Caragh is a chartered accountant who has spent her career in Audit and Assurance, starting with Deloitte Haskins and Sells in 1977 as trainee accountant, rising to Senior Audit Partner, Assurance Business Unit Leader and Member of the UK Assurance Board of Pricewaterhouse Coopers between 1999 and 2002. She then operated as an independent consultant until 2008, providing strategy and board development services, working with chairmen and chief executives, principally in the public sector, to develop effective corporate governance.

Caragh is an experienced non-executive director; her current board roles include Honorary Treasurer and Member of the Council of University of Birmingham, Member and Deputy Chair of the Council and Honorary Treasurer of the Royal College of Art and Trustee and Chair of the Finance Committee of the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). Her previous roles include member of the Audit Committee of the BMA and Trustee of the Royal National Theatre.

Caragh has been appointed for a period of four years and she will receive a remuneration of £40,000 per annum. No political activity has been declared in the last five years.

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