New Chair appointed at Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust

Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust – which provides services at Harrogate District Hospital, Ripon Community Hospital and in the community across North Yorkshire, the North East and Leeds – has appointed a new Chair.

Angela Schofield formally takes up her post on 1 November 2017, following ratification of her appointment by the Trust’s Council of Governors earlier this week. Angela joins as current Chairman Sandra Dodson bids farewell, having served the maximum term allowed.

Angela has significant leadership experience in the NHS. Most recently she has been Chair of Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in Dorset, and before that she was Chair of Bournemouth and Poole Primary Care Trust, which were predecessor organisations to the current clinical commissioning groups. In the 1990s, she was Chief Executive at Calderdale NHS Trust. Angela has significant experience of acute hospital care services.

Angela, who is originally from Sheffield, said: “I am delighted to be joining such a successful team. It’s a really high performing Trust which is committed to putting patients first and lives and breathes its values.

“It’s an interesting time in the NHS, with demand continuing to increase and a greater need for us to work together with key partners, especially in local authorities, to provide the best possible care for patients. We need to do the best we can with taxpayer’s money and continue to improve services.

“I’m really looking forward to working closely with staff, the Trust’s Governors and 18,000-strong Membership to help the Trust continue to provide healthcare services that’s right for the population we serve.”

Angela has moved back north to be closer to her family, and lives near Harrogate.

Dr Ros Tolcher, Chief Executive at Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust, said: “The Chair and Chief Executive relationship is critical to the success of any organisation and I am really looking forward to working with Angela. Angela has a wealth of experience from her previous roles which will be of enormous benefit to the Trust.

“I would like to recognise the contribution outgoing Chairman Sandra Dodson has made. Sandra has been an outstanding Chairman for the past nine years. The continued success of this organisation, its reputation and the values we work to are a reflection of her leadership, passion and dedication to achieving the best for the people using our services and those we provide care for.”


For further information please contact:

Paul Widdowfield, Communications and Marketing Manager, and 01423 557470.