Bernardine Rees OBE appointed chair of Hywel Dda University Health Board

Bernardine Rees OBE has been appointed the new chair of Hywel Dda University Health Board, Health Minister Mark Drakeford has announced.

Mrs Rees, who trained as a nurse and lives in Llechryd, was chief executive of the former Pembrokeshire Local Health Board and Pembrokeshire, Ceredigion and Carmarthenshire local health boards between 2003 and 2009.

Her last executive position in NHS Wales was as director of primary, community and mental health at Cwm Taf University Health Board, where she also served as the organisation’s deputy chief executive.

Mrs Rees is currently serving as a non-executive director of the Welsh Ambulance Services NHS Trust. She will resign this position to assume her new role at Hywel Dda University Health Board.

Hywel Dda University Health Board provides healthcare services to around 372,000 people living in Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire.

The chair’s role is to ensure the board functions effectively by managing the agenda and establishing the board as a corporate team.

Mrs Rees’ term of office will start on July 1, 2014 and run until July 31, 2018.

Professor Drakeford said:

“I’m pleased to announce the appointment of Bernardine Rees OBE as the new chair of Hywel Dda University Health Board.

“I know she is passionate and enthusiastic about Hywel Dda University Health Board and has a wealth of relevant experience and I wish her well in her new role.

“I attach great importance to the appointment of chairs who are chosen for their skills and experience and for the contribution they make to the work of the health board.”

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