Katherine Kirk reappointed as chairman of NHS South East Essex

NHS South East Essex is pleased to announce that Katherine Kirk has been reappointed to serve another term as a Chairman of South East Essex Primary Care Trust from the period 1 October 2010 to 30 September 2014.

Andrew Pike, Chief Executive of NHS South East Essex, said “I am delighted that Katherine has been reappointed to serve a further term as Chairman of the PCT.

Katherine brings a vast array of professional experience and an extensive portfolio of skills; which has proven to be of immense value to our organisation and our local community. Katherine has made a significant contribution in her role as a Chairman to the NHS South East Essex Board.”

Katherine Kirk was appointed Chairman of the newly established South East Essex Primary Care Trust on 1st October 2006, following the merger of Castle Point and Rochford Primary Care Trust and Southend-on-Sea Primary Care Trust.

Prior to that Katherine was Chairman of Southend-on-Sea Primary Care Trust, one of the first 17 PCTs in the country, since its inception in March 2000.

In her 28-year career in the field of health, local government and working with voluntary organisations, she has gained considerable experience of overseeing change within organisations, and bringing together agencies to work in partnership.

Previously, she was Chairman of South Essex Health Authority, where she was involved in the setting up of Primary Care Groups (later to become PCTs).

Before that, she helped project manage the Thurrock Borough Council’s move towards unitary status in 1998, providing an overview of social care services in the area.

Katherine started her career in public relations and over seven years gained broad experience of dealing with the media.

As chief officer of Basildon and Thurrock Community Health Council, she championed the needs of patients in that area, successfully influencing improved services.

She is involved with various voluntary organisations, particularly those concerned with community empowerment, and has been a governor at a school for children with severe emotional and behavioural problems.

All non-executive appointments are made on merit and political activity plays no part in the selection process. However, in accordance with the original Nolan recommendations, there is a requirement for appointees political activity to be made public. As such Katherine Kirk has not declared any political activity and holds no current ministerial positions.

This reappointment was made in accordance with the Commissioner for Public Health Appointments Code of Practice. The terms of service for this Chair reappointment is from the period 1 October 2010 to 30 September 2014; the remuneration for this role will be £36,779 per annum.

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