Compton Care Elects Professor Ros Keeton as new Chair of Trustees

Today we’re announcing the appointment of Professor Ros Keeton as the new Chairman of our Board of Trustees.

Professor Keeton took over the post on October 8 and replaces Mr John Harris who is retiring after nine years on the board, six of which he has served as Chair.

Professor Keeton has a clinical background and brings a wealth of healthcare leadership experience to the charity’s board having led both Birmingham Women’s NHS Foundation Trust and previously Worcestershire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust a mental health, learning disabilities, substance misuse health and social care provider.

She said: “I consider it to be a pleasure and a privilege to be appointed as chairman of the Board of Trustees, and I will work tirelessly to support Compton in serving our local communities.

“Palliative care in its many forms has featured in my portfolio throughout my career. I have a strong personal interest in working with people with incurable conditions and their friends and families to deliver high performance clinical care and excellent patient experience.”

Professor Keeton has served on our Board of Trustees for two years leading on both research development and health and safety. She also serves as Chairman of the BDA Benevolent Fund and is a visiting Professor at Birmingham City University and a Fellow of Worcester University.

She takes up her new role following the launch of our new three-year strategy which focuses on delivering accessible, innovative, influential care that creates extraordinary experiences for the people in local communities living with complex and incurable illnesses.

Professor Keeton added: “The board recognises the good care that many of our patients receive, however we have ambitions to build on this strong foundation and take Compton from good to great.

“Compton Care is a much respected and well-loved local charity. It is a fantastic asset and one that we must preserve and develop for future generations. The board is committed to establishing Compton as a national centre of excellence and a leader in palliative care in the UK.”.

“We believe everyone with a complex and incurable condition should have equal access to our services and we aim to meet and exceed the needs of our diverse community to achieve the best outcomes for our patients and their families.”

Compton Care Chief Executive Claire Marshall added: “This is an exciting time for Compton Care with a bold new vision, mission and strategy to develop our services now and in the future.

“I couldn’t be more delighted at the appointment of Professor Keeton as Chairman, who has the passion, experience and energy to lead the Board of Trustees into a new era for Compton and I look forward to our working together to make a positive difference for our patients, their families and our community.”

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