Trust Governors reappoint Board members

Posted on August 14, 2017 by AireAdmin No Comments

Airedale Hospital’s Council of Governors has reappointed two Board members for a further three years.

The Council of Governors acts as a link between Foundation Trust members, the public and the Board of Directors. The Governors’ role is to represent the views of members and the public and by hold the Non-Executive Directors to account for the performance of the Board.

Michael Luger has been Chairman of the Board since May 2014, and was reappointed by the Council of Governors at their meeting on 27 July. Born in Pennsylvania USA, Michael moved to West Yorkshire in 2007. He has a PhD in economics from the University of California, Berkeley, and a first degree in architecture and town planning from Princeton University. Michael has worked as a professional planning officer in the USA and for the Greater London Council, as a consultant and advisor to national, state, regional and local governments throughout the world, and to major multi-national corporations. He was Dean of Manchester Business School for seven years and is currently Professor Emeritus at the University of Manchester and Non-Executive Director, Office of Rail Regulation.

He says, “I am delighted to have been invited by the Council of Governors to serve a second term as Chairman of the Foundation Trust. I value the relationships I’ve built with the Governors, Board, staff, and external stakeholders. I’ve learned a lot these past three years about the NHS, and Airedale specifically, and am pleased to be able to continue to work on the many initiatives we have begun as part of our transformation.”

Jeremy Cross was appointed as a non-executive director in October 2014 and has also been appointed for a further three year term. Jeremy is a chartered accountant with a first class honours degree in philosophy, politics and economics from Magdalen College, Oxford. With over 25 years business and financial experience, he started his early career with Price Waterhouse moving on to work in the retail sector for Sears plc, Boots the Chemist, Asda, Halifax Plc and Bank of Scotland.

Jeremy says, “It’s really interesting to work for the NHS in such a period of challenge and change.  Airedale is well placed to look after its patients and community, and it’s great to be a part of that.”

The Council of Governors has also approved the appointment of Andrew Gold as Deputy Chairman. Andrew joined Airedale as a non-executive director in June 2016. A qualified accountant with a wide range of Board experience from a career in regulated financial services, Andrew was, until spring 2016 the Group Director Risk, Audit and Compliance of a locally based regulated financial service group. Since May 2014 Andrew has been a non-executive director of the Ecology Building Society who are based in Silsden and are a mutual who demonstrate strong ethical values.

Andrew says, “Although the NHS is going through a major period of change, I am committed as a Board member to oversee that the people served by Airedale continue to receive high quality, safe acute care and to continue to use my skills and experience to benefit the community I live in.”

More information on the Council of Governors and the Board can be found on the Trust’s website at

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