The Chairman of The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust (MYHT) has announced his retirement.
Jules Preston MBE, who joined the Trust as Chairman in October 2012, will step down from his post in June this year.
Mr Preston previously served as Chairman of the Northumberland, Tyne & Wear NHS Foundation Trust, one of the largest mental health and learning disability Trusts in the country, since its establishment in April 2006.
Mr Preston had previously been a Non-Executive Director of other NHS organisations, including the former Sunderland Health Authority, and the then Northumberland, Tyne and Wear Strategic Health Authority.
Mr Preston said: “I have reached this decision after much thought about the interests of the Trust. It is important that a Chair retains the ability to challenge; not to become institutionally blind. It is also about the staff for whom I have enormous respect, and with whom I have thoroughly enjoyed working with; they deserve fresh energy and a renewed commitment.
“It has been my honour and my privilege to be Chairman of the MYHT for the past six and a half years. Working with the talented, caring, compassionate and inspiring people of MYHT has been a highlight of my working life.”
Martin Barkley, Chief Executive of The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, said: “The Trust’s Board of Directors would like to take this opportunity to thank Jules for his unprecedented support over the last six and a half years. He has been an outstanding Chairman. We appreciate his strong dedication and passion for striving to provide the best care possible for our patients and service users. On behalf of everyone here at the Trust we wish Jules a long and happy retirement.”
The Trust will be welcoming and introducing a new Chairman in June.