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25 January 2018

KCHFT chairman to retire later this year

David Griffiths, Chairman of Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust, has announced he is retiring from the position after seven years.

David oversaw the inception of the trust in 2011, when KCHFT was formed as part of the merger of Eastern and Coastal Kent Community Services NHS Trust and West Kent Community Health. Prior to this, he was chair of West Kent Primary Care Trust, for more than four years.

He has played a key role in maintaining both the quality of care KCHFT provides and its financial stability, in every year of the trust’s existence. Under his leadership, KCHFT became the first NHS organisation in Kent and Medway to achieve a ‘good’ rating from the Care Quality Commission (CQC), which it has retained, and one of the first sole community trusts in the country to achieve foundation trust status. This is a key part of his legacy.

David said: “I feel very privileged to have been part of the leadership team and to have worked with some truly exceptional colleagues. I will retire with a heavy heart but also with a sense of pride for everything KCHFT has achieved for patients and clients during the past seven years.”

Paul Bentley said: “Since being appointed as chief executive two years ago, I have witnessed first-hand the contribution David makes to the trust. On behalf of the trust, I would like to thank him for his hard work over the years and his strong commitment to patient care.”

Before joining the NHS, David’s career was in professional services, for most of it working for Accenture, the leading global management consultancy, where he was a partner. He is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

David’s successor will be appointed later this year.