Update after retirement of health board Chairman Andrew Davies

Andrew Davies Emma Woollett

New arrangements have been confirmed following the retirement of Swansea Bay University Health Board Chairman, Andrew Davies.

Emma Woollett previously the health board’s Vice-Chair, has been appointed his successor on an interim basis.

She said: “I am honoured to have been asked to fulfil this role and pay tribute to the huge contribution made by Andrew over his six years as Chairman.

“I am very excited about the opportunities for Swansea Bay and our region and know we have the ability to deliver our ambitions, but I also know we have a challenging year ahead on many fronts.”

Emma, who became Vice-Chair in 2017, will remain in the role of interim Chairman until the Welsh Government undertakes the recruitment process for Professor Davies’ successor.

Emma has held executive, non-executive and advisory positions across both private and public sector industries including health, retail, utilities and rail.

Her expertise is in managing change and strategy development, and she has a particular interest in encouraging the exchange of ideas between different organisations and sectors to find innovative solutions.

Emma started her career in the oil industry and, after a period as a management consultant supporting utilities worldwide, joined Somerfield plc. in a business development and marketing role.

Emma became Marketing Director for Kwik Save Stores following the merger with Somerfield plc.

Emma has deployed her business and strategic experience in the NHS since 2003. She was a non-executive director for University Hospitals Bristol from 2006, becoming Vice Chair when the trust achieved Foundation Trust status in 2008 and Senior Independent Director in 2014.

Her appointment as Interim Chair comes into effect today (Monday 1st July).

She said: “Working ever more effectively and collaboratively with our partners is critical.

“But so, I believe, is making sure that Swansea Bay runs as well as it possibly can, providing high quality and timely advice and care to improve the health and well-being of those living and working in our region and doing so while living within our means.”

Professor Davies announced his retirement as Chairman earlier this year.

He said: “I would like to thank everyone for the many, many messages, kind words and gifts that I have received since I made the announcement.

“It has been humbling to receive these and it has been a real privilege to have represented the health board and above all the thousands of dedicated and passionate people who serve our local communities.”

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