Former British Airways chief financial officer joins Trust Board

NHS Improvement has confirmed the appointment of Nick Swift, who lives in Hatfield, as one of the Trust’s non-executive directors.  Nick – who has over 20 years of board experience, most recently as chief financial officer for British Airways until 2016 – will serve on the Trust’s Board for a four-year period from 20 November 2017. 

Above: Ellen Schroder, Trust chair

Commenting on Nick Swift’s appointment, the Trust’s chair, Ellen Schroder, said:

“I was delighted to hear that, following successful interview, NHS Improvement had written to Nick inviting him to join the Trust Board as a non-executive director.  He brings with him a wealth of national and international experiences and I was particularly pleased to have attracted someone of Nick’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 Nick will make a very important contribution.”

After studying engineering at Exeter University, Nick qualified as a chartered accountant with Touche Ross in 1988 and then spent five years in New Zealand in both practice and commerce before starting a family and returning to the UK. Since leaving British Airways in 2016, where he had been its chief financial officer, Nick is now studying part-time for an MSc in Health and Medical Science at University College London.  He is also a trustee at the girls education charity Camfed and is a member of the audit committee at Exeter University.  

Above: Nick Swift

On learning of his appointment, Nick commented: 

“Like many people in the UK, I have huge admiration and respect for the NHS. I am really looking forward to learning more and, over time, contributing to the success of the Trust.”

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.   Nick Swift has been appointed from 20 November 2017 until 19 November 2021; he is entitled to receive a remuneration of £6,157 per annum.  Mr Swift has no declared political activity in the last five years.