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Two New Non-Executive Directors for Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust

Date: 26 July 2021

Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust (SCFT) has appointed two new non-executive directors (NEDs) to its Board after an open advertisement and recruitment process led by the Trust’s Council of Governors. 

Giles York and Rebecca Crook will start three-year terms with SCFT on 1 October 2021.

With 30 years police experience, Giles was Chief Constable of Sussex Police from 2014 to 2020 with a £300m budget and over 5,000 staff.  As well as his operational responsibilities, Giles has led significant national programmes and was vice-chair of the National Police Chiefs’ Council, as well as chair of its Workforce Coordinating Committee for six years.  Giles received national recognition from the British Association of Women in Policing for his national contribution to equality and his support for diversity and inclusion of LGBT communities put Sussex Police repeatedly in the Stonewall Top 100 Employers, achieving top place for public sector employer, South East as well as being named one of the Top 50 Employers for women by The Times in 2020. Giles holds the Queen's Police Medal (QPM) awarded to police in the United Kingdom for gallantry or distinguished service.

Giles said “I have a strong commitment to the values and principles of SCFT. I recognise the challenges facing the NHS, including COVID, and believe my skills and experience can help the Trust respond resiliently, maintaining focus on what’s important for patients and the public and for staff.  I am particularly pleased to be able to bring my experience of improving diversity and inclusion from the police to SCFT.”

Rebecca is Chief Growth Officer at Somo, a digital product agency, working with major brands to advise on and deliver digital transformation.  She is Chair of the British Interactive Media Association Growth Council and is a regular press commentator on digital and business matters. Rebecca has extensive board level experience in the not-for-profit sector having sat on the National Trust’s Strategic Advisory Board for four years and been Chair of Saltdean Lido CIC for six years.  She is currently a Trustee for Martlets Hospice and a non-executive director of both the Brighton Pavilion and Museums Trust and the Transport for London Museum Enterprise Board. 

Rebecca said “I will bring a different dynamic and perspective to the Board at SCFT.  As well as my background in digital and business, I am very community focused and the vision and aspirations of the Trust resonate for me. My third sector non-executive background as well as my experience of advising on and implementing change for large companies will help support the Trust as part of the wider health and social care system as well as in delivering excellent care at the heart of the community”. 

Trust Chair Peter Horn said: “We delighted to have secured Giles and Rebecca to join the SCFT Board.  They bring excellent skills and experience from senior roles in other sectors which will support the Trust in continuing to develop its services and provide outstanding care."