New Non-executive Director appointed to UHCW NHS Trust

NHS Improvement has confirmed the appointment of Professor Sudhesh Kumar as Non-executive Director of University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire (UHCW) NHS Trust.

He has replaced Professor Peter Winstanley, who retired from the Trust in June.

Professor Sudhesh Kumar is Dean of the Warwick Medical School and Director of the Institute of Digital Healthcare at University of Warwick, and has previously worked for UHCW NHS Trust as a Consultant Endocrinologist.

In addition to these roles, he is also a member of the Coventry & Rugby Health and Wellbeing Board, and the Medical Schools Council. He is a clinical endocrinologist by background with 22 years’ experience as a Consultant Physician in the NHS.

His research interest is obesity and its complications, particularly Type 2 diabetes. His interests include developing novel approaches to managing obesity and diabetes that has helped to transform and improve patient care and treatment. He has published over 240 papers and six books on these subjects.

Mr Andy Meehan, Chair at UHCW NHS Trust, said: “I would like to take this opportunity to thank Peter Winstanley for his hard work and dedication over the last four years at UHCW NHS Trust.

“The appointment of Professor Sudhesh Kumar ensures that we continue to have a full team of experienced Non-executive Directors at UHCW NHS Trust, as well as representation from our partners at Warwick Medical School.

“Professor Kumar has a wealth of clinical and research experience within the NHS and medical education and is an excellent addition to the Board.”

Non-executive appointments to NHS Trusts made by NHS Improvement are subject to the Code of Practice of the Commissioner for Public Appointments.

Professor Sudhesh Kumar, the newly-appointed Non-executive Director at UHCW NHS Trust, said:
“I am delighted to join the Board of UHCW NHS Trust. I welcome the opportunity to further build the close relationship between the Trust and Warwick Medical School.

“By working closely together, we can improve care for patients through training the medical staff of the future and taking part in world-leading research.”

Professor Sudhesh Kumar has been appointed from 1 July 2016 until 30 June 2018. A remuneration of £6,157 per annum will be paid to Warwick Medical School as an honorarium. Professor Kumar has declared no political activity in the last five years.