Melloney Poole OBEws
A NEW Chair has been appointed at Isle of Wight NHS Trust
26 August 2020

Vaughan Thomas, who has served a three-year term as Chair, will stand down in October.

He has overseen a period of development and stability at Board-level and during his term there has been a significant improvement in the quality of services that the Trust provides, and its financial position.

Melloney Poole OBE has been appointed the new Chair of Isle of Wight NHS Trust.

Melloney joins the Trust from Portsmouth Hospitals University NHS Trust (PHU), where she is also Chair. She will be Chair of the two Boards, which will continue to oversee the two separate organisations.

Melloney has extensive NHS leadership experience, including in acute, mental health and community mental health services.

Her appointment underlines the NHS’ commitment to partnership working, both on the Island and with colleagues on the mainland.

Melloney is a corporate, charity and public administrative law solicitor with 25 years of private sector commercial and corporate experience before becoming the head of the legal department for the Big Lottery Fund in 2003. In addition, Melloney had had a parallel career as a Non-Executive Director in the NHS, serving on the boards of three NHS Trusts, and is the Vice Chair of the Health Foundation.

She has also been a volunteer and fundraiser for various charities and a magistrate on the Preston bench. Melloney was awarded an OBE in the 2010 New Year Honours for legal and governance services.

Speaking about her appointment, Melloney said: “I am really looking forward to working with everyone in the Trust, and with our partners, to deliver the Trust’s vision of high quality, compassionate care that makes a positive difference to our community.”

Isle of Wight NHS Trust Chief Executive, Maggie Oldham, said: “We are looking forward to welcoming Melloney to the Trust in October. She brings with her a wealth of experience and knowledge. Her leadership will play a vital role in helping us to continue to improve our services on behalf of our Island community.

“I would like also to thank Vaughan Thomas for his dedicated service to the Trust and our community for the past three years, I wish him all the very best of luck for the future.”

Alison Smith, managing director of NHS Isle of Wight Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said: “Both personally, and on behalf of the CCG, I would like to say a heartfelt thank you to Vaughan for all the support he has provided. His experience and insight has certainly helped to enhance NHS services on the island.

“As the recent Integrated Care Partnership chair, Vaughan has also supported integrated working between organisations on the island, which includes the CCG, Isle of Wight Council, and the voluntary and third sector. This has greatly enabled us all to come together to improve collaboration and co-ordinate care for the community.

“He will be missed by all and I wish him the best of luck with his future plans. I would also like to welcome Melloney to the trust and the island. She brings with her a great deal of valuable experience and I’m looking forward to working with her to continue our improvement journey.”

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