Former FTSE 250 chief financial officer joins Trust Board

NHS Improvement has confirmed the appointment of Jonathan Silver, who lives in Aldenham near Radlett, as a non-executive director designate of the Trust Board. Jonathan – who has over 20 years of board experience as chief financial officer for the FTSE 250-listed Laird plc – will serve on the Trust’s Board for a four-year period, which started on 16 October 2017.

Commenting on Jonathan Silver’s appointment, the Trust’s chair, Ellen Schroder, said:

“I was delighted to hear that, following successful interview, NHS Improvement had written to Jonathan inviting him to join the Trust Board as a non-executive director designate. He brings with him a wealth of experience from the commercial world and I was particularly pleased to have attracted another non-executive director of Jonathan’s calibre.

“He joins us at a very interesting point in the Trust’s development, as it consolidates the changes made to inpatient and emergency services at the Lister hospital in Stevenage, as well as responding to the significant clinical, operational and financial challenges facing the NHS currently. These are programmes to which I am sure Jonathan will make a very important contribution.”

Jonathan studied operational research and accountancy at Strathclyde University, graduating in 1978. On qualifying as a chartered accountant with Grant Thornton in 1981, he moved to Fisons plc. After five years, Jonathan joined Laird plc – now a global technology company providing systems, components and solutions that protect electronics from electromagnetic interference and heat, and that enable connectivity in wireless applications and antennae systems. Following 29 years with Laird, the last 21 of which had been as its chief financial officer and main board director, Jonathan retired in 2015. He is a non-executive director and audit committee chairman of Invesco Income Growth Trust plc and of Spirent Communications plc.

On learning of his appointment, Jonathan commented:

“A healthy and vibrant NHS is of fundamental importance to the well-being of the people of this country and I hope that my experience and commitment can contribute to the Trust achieving its objectives in the care and support it provides to local people.”

Established on 1 April 2000, the East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust manages two main hospitals directly: the Lister in Stevenage and Hertford County in Hertford. It provides the vast majority of the clinical services available at the New QEII hospital in Welwyn Garden City, which opened in June 2016. From 1 April 2005, the Trust also took on management responsibility for the Mount Vernon Cancer Centre, based on the Mount Vernon hospital site in Northwood, Middlesex that is run by the Hillingdon Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Non-executive appointments to NHS Trusts made by NHS Improvement are subject to the Code of Practice of the Commissioner for Public Appointments. Jonathan Silver has been appointed from 16 October 2017 until 15 October 2021; he is entitled to receive a remuneration of £6,157 per annum. Mr Silver has no declared political activity in the last five years.