5 February 2013 – New Clinician joins Airedale’s top team
A retired consultant in chemical pathology is joining the helm of Airedale NHS Foundation Trust this month (1 February) as a new non-executive director.
Dr Michael Toop, who managed the chemical pathology department at Harrogate Hospital for 25 years, also has an interest in diabetes and hyperlipidaemia.
He will be replacing Jeff Colclough, who retired as a non executive director on 31 January after seven years at Airedale.
Dr Toop’s early career was spent as a junior surgeon at Frimley Park Hospital in Surrey then as a junior doctor and an accident and emergency doctor at St Thomas’ Hospital in London. He worked in various specialties at Leicester Royal Infirmary before being appointed registrar in chemical pathology and trained as a senior registrar in Birmingham. Dr Toop was appointed consultant in Harrogate in 1986 and played a key role in taking Harrogate Hospital through to Foundation Trust status. During his career he held a number of formal positions with the Royal College of Pathologists and Association for Clinical Biochemistry and is currently a member of a working group on a voluntary basis for Yorkshire Cancer Research. Since retiring Michael has been working on an Open University Degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics.
Colin Millar, Chairman of Airedale NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We are delighted with the appointment of Dr Toop. He will be a strong addition to our Board and will bring with him a breadth of clinical knowledge from his successful medical career alongside management and leadership expertise.”
Dr Toop said: “I am looking forward to joining the Board of this award winning hospital at what is a particularly challenging time for the NHS and local healthcare economy generally.
“I hope to be rather like a critical friend to both challenge and support my executive colleagues and to make sure the right governance and procedures are in place.”
Dr Toop is 59, married with two grown up children and is interested in walking, gardening and studying philosophy.