15th December 2014 – Airedale Hospital’s HR team take the top spot in charity bake-off challenge

Posted on December 15, 2014 by AireAdmin

A group effort from Human Resources (HR) saw the head of the department win the Airedale Hospital directors’ charity bake-off.

Nick Parker, head of HR at Airedale NHS Foundation Trust: “I was pleased to take the top spot for my colleagues as the winning cupcakes were a team effort, thanks to a few HR elves.

“The competition helped lighten the mood and add a bit of festive cheer to our meeting with the Council of Governors as well as raising money for our Emergency Department Appeal.“

Executive and non-executive directors of the board of Airedale NHS Foundation Trust each entered the bake off challenge and made Christmas cupcakes to add some festive cheer to the event.  Professional judge, Digby Smith, who owns Craven Bakery in Skipton, sampled the tempting treats alongside Pauline Sharp, stakeholder governor for Bradford Metropolitan District Council, to choose the winner.

This is the second time the bake off challenge has been organised and this year’s event raised over £85 for the Airedale Hospital Emergency Department Appeal.

Sally Houghton, non-executive director, at Airedale NHS Foundation Trust, said:  said: “The challenge was part of the social event we have every year just before the board to council meeting.

“The idea is to thank governors for all their hard work during the year by having a bit of festive fun – but it does get competitive.”

The Board of directors meets with the Council of Governors twice a year in December and February to discuss the Trust’s annual plan and the bake-off was held before the first of these meetings.  It is the role of the governors to collect feedback from the members, public and staff throughout the year and share this with the board so it can be considered when future plans are made.