New Non-Executive Director

04 May 2006

Professor Richard Kitney OBE has been appointed as a non-executive director of Chelsea and Westminster Healthcare NHS Trust.

Professor Richard Kitney OBE has been appointed as a non-executive director of Chelsea and Westminster Healthcare NHS Trust.

He is Dean of the Faculty of Engineering, Professor of Biomedical Systems Engineering and a Governor at Imperial College London, which is Chelsea and Westminster’s academic partner.

He was the first Head of the Department of Bioengineering at Imperial College.

During a distinguished academic career, Professor Kitney has published more than 250 papers in the fields of biomedical signal and image processing, medical visualisation, medical informatics and the general application of computers to healthcare.

He is one of the leading UK authorities on the use of information technology (IT) in healthcare while Chelsea and Westminster is a leading edge user of IT, from the use of simulation techniques in medical training to texting test results direct to patients via their mobile phones.

Professor Kitney is also a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Royal College of Surgeons and the Royal Society of Medicine.

He has been appointed to serve as a non-executive director for a four-year term from May 1 2006 to April 30 2010 with an annual renumeration of £5,673.

All non-executive appointments are made on merit and political activity plays no part in the selection process. However, in accordance with the original Nolan recommendations, there is a requirement for appointees’ political activity (if any declared) to be made public.

Professor Kitney has no declared political activity and nor does he hold any other ministerial appointments. His appointment has been made in accordance with the Office of the Commissioner for Public Appointments (OCPA) Code of Practice.

Chelsea and Westminster Healthcare NHS Trust is a three-star NHS trust serving a local community of approximately 390,000 residents and providing a number of specialist services including HIV/AIDS, paediatric specialties and burns.

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