New chair appointed for Airedale
The Council of Governors at Airedale NHS Foundation Trust has today confirmed the appointment of Andrew Gold as the new chair of the Trust’s Board of Directors.
Andrew is currently the acting chair of the Trust and takes up his role of chair with immediate effect. He joined Airedale’s Board of Directors as a non-executive director in June 2016 and last summer was appointed as deputy chair. He became acting chair following the resignation of Michael Luger last autumn.
Born in Yorkshire, Andrew has lived in Skipton for the past 18 years. A qualified accountant, his career has been spent in financial services, including 12 years with the Skipton Building Society Group. He is a non-executive director of the Ecology Building Society, based in Silsden, and a member of Craven College’s Audit Committee. He is also treasurer of the Craven Ramblers’, and is a member of Skipton Rotary Club. He has a keen interest in sports, particularly football and cricket, and enjoys walking, particularly in the Dales.
Andrew said: “It is an honour and privilege to become the Chair of Airedale. There is an excellent team in place, focused on delivering high quality services and embracing innovation to enable Airedale to move forwards and continue to be well respected locally, regionally and nationally.
“Living locally, I am very proud of what Airedale has achieved. As a Trust we are committed to continuous improvement so that we offer the best possible healthcare service to the population that we serve.”
Speaking on behalf of Airedale’s governors, Lead Governor Jerry Stanford said: “The Governors have much pleasure in appointing Andrew as Chairman. His appointment follows a rigorous selection process and the Governors look forward to working with Andrew as the Trust moves into a new chapter of its history. We know we will continue to enjoy the fruitful relationship we experienced with him in his previous role as Deputy Chair.”
As a Foundation Trust, Airedale’s Council of Governors lead the recruitment of any non-executive directors. Four shortlisted candidates took part in a selection process involving one-to-one meetings, governor- and non-executive director-led discussion groups and an interview panel