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Hospital board member completes NExT Director Scheme

Our board member, Darshana Bawa, has successfully been appointed as a non-executive director.

Darshana was appointed as an associate non-executive director earlier this year following her completion of the Government’s NExT Director Scheme. The scheme supports NHS trust boards to ensure that they are more diverse and seeks to encourage a new generation to join the NHS.

Darshana, from Loughton, said: “I am delighted to have been appointed as a non-executive director and I look forward to supporting PAHT and the teams across the hospital and other sites, as they work hard to provide high quality care.

“I have really enjoyed my board role for last 18 months and the great opportunity the hospital executive directors and non-executive directors have given me to learn about the challenges and opportunities and be part of the strategic support required.”

The non-executive director role involves Darshana giving 3 days a month and benefits from her experience as a finance director with a financial and commercial background.

Hattie Llewelyn-Davies, chair of the PAHT board said: “I joined as chair of the board in September last year (2021) and have seen it grow and develop and expand its diversity.

“It is great to see Darshana take on the role. She is a real asset to the board and I look forward to working with her as we make future plans for PAHT.”

Inpatient comment:

Everyone offered words of such reassurance and kindness. I felt so cared for and the communication with me at all times was fantastic.