Wendy Gay has been appointed joint director of human resources at St George’s Healthcare NHS Trust and St George’s, University of London, and is expected to take up her new post in February 2012. The innovative appointment is part of a partnership programme that is focusing on closer working between the two organisations which share a main campus in Tooting, southwest London.

Wendy is currently director of workforce and education at Lewisham Healthcare NHS Trust, a position she has held since 2005. Previous posts include director of human resources and organisational development at Bromley PCT (2003-2005), and head of employee relations at King’s College Hospital NHS Trust (1999-2003). Wendy also has a background in human resources within the mental health and charity sectors.

Professor Peter Kopelman, university principal, said: “We welcome Wendy to St George’s team. This joint appointment affirms the strategic intention of both St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and St George’s, University of London, to work closer together in a shared goal of providing the highest quality education, training, research and clinical care.”

Miles Scott, trust chief executive, said: “This is a crucial role that will support the alignment of workforce planning, education and training across both organisations. It demonstrates a joint commitment to attracting, supporting and developing the most talented workforce in an efficient way.”

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