After 25 years of service as a key figure in Buckinghamshire Healthcare, Stewart George, the current chair of NHS Chiltern Clinical Commissioning Group, has announced he is to retire next year.
He confirmed at a meeting of the CCG’s Governing Body and Executive last week that he will not seek re-appointment or re-election in the post when his 3-year term comes to an end in March 2016.
Stewart’s role within the CCG has been to ensure that robust process and governance is followed in decision making and make certain the organisation is accountable to its local patients, stakeholders and NHS England. He has been particularly involved in ensuring that public and patients’ views are heard, their needs are understood and, where practicable, are met.
Stewart has been involved in healthcare within the county for a quarter of a century as a Non-Executive Director and Chair. Before joining the CCG he served as Joint Chair for the NHS Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Cluster, and prior to that, Buckinghamshire PCT. His professional background and qualifications are within human resources management.
Whilst the Governing Body and Executive expressed their regret at his decision, they also thanked him for his diligent service.
They now aim to select a new Chair, to be voted in by members, before the end of March 2016.
Annet Gamell, Chief Clinical Officer for Chiltern CCG, said: “While we will all be very sorry to see Stewart leave us, we are also tremendously grateful for the work he has done within NHS Chiltern CCG since its formation in 2013.
“Stewart has served as a conscientious and compassionate Chair, with a firm focus on improving patient experience and ensuring our CCG continually strives to deliver the best outcomes possible for our population.
“We wish him all the best for the future and hope he will enjoy a happy and healthy retirement.”