THE new chairman of the East and North Herts NHS Trust takes over the post from today (Sunday).

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Ian Morfett replaces the retiring Richard Beazley, having been vice-chairman for the past 18 months and a non-executive director since 2005.

He will hold the role for four years.

Mr Morfett, who lives in Letchworth, worked for BT for 30 years, most recently as managing director of strategy and business development for its network and carrier services arm, BT Wholesale.

He is also a former deputy director of the Better Regulation Executive, within the Cabinet Office.

He said: “Having been a member of the board for some time now, I was really pleased that I had been successful in being appointed its new chairman.

“In doing so, I would like to pay tribute to Richard Beazley. There is no doubt that without Richard’s robust and clear leadership, the trust would not have achieved the many successes that it has enjoyed over the last 10 years.”

Mr Beazley praised his successor.

He said: “Having served on the board since 2005, Ian has already developed positive links with the trust’s staff and the communities it serves.

“With decisions now taken and being implemented around the future configuration of Hertfordshire’s health service and the trust just about to enter the final phase of its application to become an NHS foundation trust, Ian’s appointment provides the trust with valuable continuity at a very important point in its future development.”

As chairman, Mr Morfett will receive an annual allowance of £23,366.

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