EMLA announces appointment of new Chair Richard Mitchell

Thu 31st May – by Liz McIntyre

It is with great pleasure that the East Midlands Leadership Academy (EMLA) today announces the appointment of its new Chair.

Richard Mitchell, Chief Executive of Sherwood Forest NHS Foundation Trust will replace Gavin Boyle in the role following the next Board meeting in June.

Paul O’Neill, Director of the East Midlands Leadership Academy said: “We’re delighted that Richard will be joining us and his understanding of the region, as well as his varied NHS experience will be an enormous asset. The team and I look forward to working with him as we continue our collaborative journey with colleagues from across the country to create and deliver world class leadership development opportunities for our NHS and social care staff.

“I would also like to take this opportunity to formally thank Gavin for his support, hard work and dedication both to EMLA and to the NHS Leadership Academy network over the past four years.”

Richard joined the NHS Leadership Academy’s Graduate Management Training Scheme in 2004 and then worked at Guy’s and St Thomas’ FT and Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust. His first executive director post was Chief Operating Officer at Doncaster and Bassetlaw FT in 2012 and then he worked for four years as Chief Operating Officer/ Deputy Chief Executive at the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust. Most recently Richard joined Sherwood Forest Hospitals FT as Chief Executive in July 2017 and he lives in Leicestershire.

Richard said: “I am delighted to be offered the chance to continue the good work that Gavin has been doing working with Paul and his team at the East Midlands Leadership Academy. I firmly believe that the best possible patient care can only be provided by teams of highly engaged, well supported staff. Given financial and staffing pressures across the NHS, we need leaders with different skill sets, capabilities and beliefs to support these staff and I am excited about playing a role in shaping this across the East Midlands.”

Richard will officially take up the role on 13th June, 2018.