David HoltFormer Health Secretary, Patricia Hewitt, Chair-designate of the new NHS Norfolk and Waveney Integrated Care Board (ICB) has announced the appointment of a third new Non-Executive Member of the board.

David Holt has been appointed as Non-Executive Member-designate of the ICB board and Chair-designate of the Audit and Risk Assurance Committee.

He joins Hein van den Wildenberg and Cathy Armor whose Non-Executive Member appointments to the board have been announced recently.

David has over 25 years of board experience, having held senior finance positions across both the private and public sector.  He has previously held roles at Unilever Plc, Coats Plc, where he was Chief Auditor, and Land Securities Plc, where he was Group Finance Director.

He has significant experience in finance, audit, governance, risk management and property. David is a qualified accountant and experienced Audit and Risk Committee chair.  He currently also holds non-executive roles at The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust and the Department for Work and Pensions.  

Previous non-executive roles have included Deputy Chair of the Ebbsfleet Development Corporation, a board member of the Planning Inspectorate and Senior Independent Director at a North London NHS Trust.  David lives locally on the Suffolk coast.

Commenting on his appointment, David said: “I am delighted to be joining my local Integrated Care Board.  We have a rare opportunity to really make a difference to the health outcomes of local people and I look forward to working with colleagues and our partners in achieving this.”

The NHS Norfolk and Waveney Integrated Care Board (ICB), due to be established on 1 July 2022, will be the NHS organisation with responsibility for planning to meet local health needs, allocating resources, ensuring that services are in place to deliver against ambitions, and overseeing delivery of improved outcomes for the people of Norfolk and Waveney.

Tackling inequalities in health outcomes, the ICB will be part of the Norfolk and Waveney Integrated Care System, working with partners in local government, the voluntary sector and others and helping the NHS to support broader social and economic development.

The independent non-executive members will provide a creative and innovative contribution to the board, by providing independent oversight and constructive challenge.

RT Hon Patricia Hewitt, Chair-designate of NHS Norfolk and Waveney Integrated Care Board, said: “I’m delighted to be able to announce the designate appointment of David Holt as Non-Executive Member-designate and Chair-designate of the Audit and Risk Assurance Committee.

“Each of our new designate non-executives brings important individual skills and experience to the table, with their backgrounds covering a range of organisations and sectors.

“Non-Executive Members will have significant committee responsibilities and will collectively hold the Executive Team to account for its overall approach to planning and delivery. As a Board that is committed to fully engaging with local people, all members will promote open and transparent decision-making and ensure the NHS is fully accountable to local people.”

The next step for the ICB will be to recruit Executive Directors to the Board, which will formally be established on 1 July 2022, subject to Royal Assent of the Health and Social Care Bill, which is currently being reviewed by Parliament. These mandatory Director roles, Director of Nursing, Director of Finance and Medical Director are currently being recruited to and successful applicants will be announced in due course.