Eric Morton is the new Chairman of Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust (NUH) and will take up his new role on 1 May 2017.
Eric will replace Louise Scull, who announced she was stepping down earlier this year after 12 years on the Board at Nottingham’s hospitals.
Eric is a highly-experienced NHS Chief Executive with a background in Finance. Since leaving his role as Chief Executive at Chesterfield Hospitals, where he successfully led the hospital to Foundation Trust status, he has worked as Improvement Director for Monitor (regulator for NHS Foundation Trusts (FT) prior to NHS Improvement), supporting a number of Trusts, including Burton Hospitals, Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust, Tameside Hospitals NHS FT and Sherwood Forest Hospitals.
Speaking about his appointment, Eric said: “This is a very exciting time to be joining NUH. The Trust has a strong track record of good clinical outcomes, research and teaching achievements, improving patient safety and experience year on year and staff engagement.
“I am looking forward to joining ‘team NUH’ and being part of the leadership team that will create the next chapter in NUH’s history, building on the solid foundations already in place. This includes working with our partners at Sherwood Forest Hospitals as we seek to build on our strategic partnership and supporting NUH’s contribution to the 5-year plan for health and social care in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire (the Sustainability and Transformation Plan).
“In the NHS, and in NUH, we face our toughest ever financial challenge. I believe my background in finance puts me in good stead to support NUH to achieve our challenging financial requirements and further improve efficiency, as we aim to get the Trust back into financial balance by 2018/19.
“I consider it a privilege to take up the role as Chairman at NUH and look forward to working with the Board, wider members of ‘team NUH’ and partners to build on Louise’s legacy.”
Peter Homa, NUH Chief Executive, said: “I look forward to welcoming Eric to NUH. He has 30 years’ experience as a senior NHS leader, will be invaluable as we begin creating ‘tomorrow’s NUH.’”
Paying tribute to outgoing Chair, Peter said: “Louise has been a brilliant leader and champion of NUH over the last 12 years and will be sorely missed. I would like to thank Louise for her dedication and commitment to the Trust and for the important part she has played in improving patient and staff experience at our hospitals over the last decade. She has left a lasting legacy on which our successors, including Eric, can build.”
As the new Chairman of NUH, Eric is entitled to receive a remuneration of £40,000. Eric’s term as Chairman runs from 1 May 2017 until 30 April 2020.