New chair for Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

A well-known Lancashire business leader who is already focused on improving life in local communities on the Fylde Coast has been appointed as the new Chair of Blackpool Teaching Hospitals.

Steve Fogg will join the Trust Board in February after current Chair Pearse Butler announced he would move on after more than two years in post.

Steve, a former Managing Director with BAe Systems, is well known on the Fylde Coast for his work with the Pride of Place Board for Blackpool, Chair of the Fylde Coast Responsible Business Network and has recently joined the Board at Blackpool and Fylde College.

He said: “I am passionate about the region and already work with people in the area, focused generally on making improvements for local communities. To be successful I believe we need to be collaborative and inclusive – encouraging people to work together to achieve key outcomes – I am keen to continue to build on the work already done bringing everyone who wants to be involved together in my new role.

“Engagement at all levels, across all stakeholders, is the key to any successful organisation, staff being very important and key stakeholders as part of the team.

“Supporting a climate of positive mental health is a core personal value and in previous roles I have worked hard to make sure workplaces are as positive as they can be. This is something I will be very keen to support at the Trust, particularly as staff have been responding to the pandemic for a very long time now and really need our support.”

Chief executive Kevin McGee said he was delighted to welcome Steve to the Trust Board.

He said: “Steve was appointed following a rigorous process involving colleagues, the regional NHS team and local stakeholders. We all felt he would bring a great deal of experience and enthusiasm as well as a passion for the local area and staff well being in particular.

“He inspired the panel with his approach and he’ll bring a great deal to the team.

“I am looking forward to working with Steve but I would like to put on record our thanks to Pearse as the outgoing Chair of the Trust Board. He has been a huge support to myself and colleagues across the organisation and his contribution on a personal and professional level will be remembered for quite some time to come.’’

The Trust’s Lead Governor, Sue Crouch, added: “The Council of Governors is delighted to welcome Steve Fogg as our new Chair and is looking forward to working with him to support the Trust on its continuing journey of improvement.”