St George’s Healthcare NHS Trust Chair, Naaz Coker, has announced Sarah Wilton will be joining the trust as Associate Non Executive Director on 1 January 2011.

Sarah is joining St George’s Healthcare from NHS Wandsworth, where she had been non executive director since April 2007. At NHS Wandsworth, Sarah was chair of the Resources Committee and a member of the Audit Committee and Children’s Trust and oversaw the recent integration of Community Services Wandsworth with St George’s Healthcare as co-chair of the joint NHS Wandsworth and St George’s Healthcare integration programme board.

Sarah lives in Putney and qualified as a chartered accountant with PricewaterhouseCoopers. She has held several senior executive positions at Lloyd’s of London, delivering major change programmes including restructuring, outsourcing, efficiency and effectiveness reviews.

Sarah has held non executive director appointments at two Lloyd’s agencies, Capita Managing Agency since 2004 and Hampden Agencies Limited since 2008, chairing the audit and risk committees. She is a Magistrate at Wimbledon Magistrates Court and a Trustee of the Paul D’Auria Cancer Support Centre and South Thames Crossroads – Caring for Carers.

Sarah said: “I am absolutely delighted to be joining St George’s Healthcare at such an exciting time in the organisation’s history. I got to know the organisation whilst working at NHS Wandsworth, particularly on the integration of community services. I am particularly looking forward to learning all about the vast array of services provided by St George’s Healthcare and getting more involved in the foundation trust bid.”

Naaz Coker said: “I’m thrilled to have been able to appoint somebody with Sarah’s expertise, experience and enthusiasm for healthcare. Sarah’s skill set will further strengthen the Board and I know we are all looking forward to the challenging work that lies ahead.”

Ian Reynolds, NHS Wandsworth Chair, said: “On behalf of the Board I would like to thank Sarah both for the enormous contribution she has made to the PCT and for the support she has given me and the rest of the Board members since joining NHS Wandsworth almost four years ago. She has been a tower of strength through her constructive challenge and generous support. I am delighted that the local NHS will continue to benefit from Sarah’s expertise and experience and am confident that she will be a real asset to St George’s Healthcare. We will miss her greatly.”

Sarah’s appointment has been made in accordance with the OCPA Code of Practice. All non-executive appointments are made on merit and political activity plays no part in the selection process. However, in accordance with the original Nolan recommendations, there is a requirement for appointees political activity (if any declared) to be made public. Sarah has declared no political activity over the last five years and holds no ministerial appointments.

Sarah has been appointed to the St George’s Healthcare nominations & remunerations and finance committees and to the foundation trust and information management & technology steering groups. She will receive remuneration of £6,096 per annum.

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