Three Non-Executive Directors have been appointed to the Board of Ashford and St. Peter's Hospitals NHS Trust with effect from 1st November 2005. Two - Ms Aileen McLeish of Hampton and Mr Norman Critchlow of Egham - are new appointments. The third - Mrs Jenny Murray of Shepperton - has been re-appointed to the Board. Welcoming the appointments Chairman of Ashford and St. Peter's Hospitals NHS Trust, Clive Thompson CBE said: "I am pleased to welcome Ms McLeish and Mr Critchlow and to see Mrs Murray continue on the Trust Board. Over 40 people applied for appointment and we had a very strong field of candidates. Working with the NHS Appointments Commission I believe we have appointed individuals who will bring important skills to the Board as we build on our recent three star success."


Ms Aileen McLeish lives in Hampton and has been Operations Director of the World Wildlife Fund UK (WWF-UK) since 2003. She was educated at the Mount School, York and Girton College, Cambridge where she obtained a degree in Mechanical Sciences. On leaving University, Aileen joined the Unilever Group and subsequently worked for Airspeed Hygiene Systems and H J Heinz where she became Group Financial Controller. On leaving the private sector she was Director of Finance for Historic Royal Palaces for four years. Aileen is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and is married with two teenage children.

Commenting on her appointment Ms McLeish said: "I am delighted to be appointed to this position and look forward to helping the Trust achieve its aims."


Norman Critchlow lives in Egham. He was born in Derbyshire and obtained an economics degree at the London School of Economics. He is a Chartered Accountant and has held a range of Finance and Operations roles, primarily in the construction industry in the UK, USA and Europe, culminating as Chief Executive Officer of EMCOR Drake & Skull. Now retired he is currently developing opportunities in the construction industry and related sectors. Norman brings experience of Finance, Operating, HR and Project Management to the Board and he is married with two grown up daughters.

Commenting on his appointment Mr Critchlow said: "I am delighted to have been selected for this appointment and look forward to working with a Board who have shown great commitment and teamwork in improving the quality of service over the last four years. I hope to be able to use my finance and business experience skills to help the Board maintain financial probity and the transition towards Foundation status.”


Mrs Jenny Murray has been a member of the Board at Ashford and St. Peter's Hospitals NHS Trust since 1998. Mrs Murray lives in Shepperton and is an Education Consultant. She trained as a physical education teacher and has a teaching certificate and degree from London University and an MA from Surrey University. After 25 years of teaching and senior management experience, mainly in Surrey, Mrs Murray worked for Berkshire LEA as a schools’ inspector and advisor, including leading teams as an OFSTED registered inspector. As a member of the Board, she has primarily focussed on quality of patient care and has chaired the Complaints Team to a leadership position in the NHS. She is married and has a grown up son and daughter and two grandchildren.

Commenting on her re-appointment Mrs Murray said: I am very pleased to be re-appointed to the board as I feel that we are making great strides in improving the quality of services that we offer to our patients and I want to make sure that this good work continues.


Ms McLeish, Mr Critchlow and Mrs Murray have all declared that they have had no political activity in the last five years and do not hold any other Ministerial appointments. Their appointments all start on 1st November 2005 and run for four years to 31st October 2009.

Any member of the public with a strong personal commitment to the National Health Service and who has senior level experience in either finance or an organisational role in a large and successful organisation can apply to be a Non-Executive Director of an NHS organisation. Applicants need to be able to think and plan creatively and flexibly. The appointment carries remuneration of £5,673 per annum.


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