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Andrew Gold has today announced his decision to step down as Chair of Airedale NHS Foundation Trust at 30 September 2024, having earlier this year agreed with the Trust’s Council of Governors a wish to leave the position at an appropriate time for the Trust.

Andrew joined the Trust as a Non-Executive Director on 1 June 2016 and was appointed as Chair in January 2018. Having served both three-year terms of office, his tenure was extended twice by the Council of Governors, the last one being from 1 June 2023.

The Trust’s Council of Governors will now begin the process of recruitment for a new Trust Chair.

Andrew says: “There is never a perfect time for an organisation to change Chair; it is important that the timing of that coincides with stability and clarity in the executive leadership arrangements and we have that in place at the Trust for it to be able to keep moving forward.

“In my time at the Trust, there have been many positives to celebrate and to now reflect on. I have great pride in what has been achieved, and am pleased to be overseeing the foundations being put in place for many more successes as the Trust and all its people will always have a special place in my heart.”

‘Foluke Ajayi, Chief Executive of Airedale NHS Foundation Trust, says: “Andrew’s focus and calm professionalism have seen the organisation, the Trust Board and the Council of Governors through the last eight years which have included the Trust’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic and the challenges caused by Reinforced Autoclaved Aerated Concrete (RAAC).

“He has been instrumental in securing our position on the New Hospital Programme and overseen the ongoing implementation of the Electronic Patient Record programme, both of which are key developments for the Trust’s long-term future.

“We will miss his wise counsel and his leadership.”