Cathy ArmorFormer Health Secretary, Patricia Hewitt, Chair-designate of the new NHS Norfolk and Waveney Integrated Care Board (ICB) has announced the appointment of a second new Non-Executive Member of the Board.

Cathy Armor has been appointed as Non-Executive Member-designate of the ICB and Chair-designate of the Remuneration, People and Culture Committee.

Cathy is a former Director for People at Cambridge University Press where she was a member of the Board. With over 20 years’ experience in HR, Cathy previously worked as head of HR for Marsh insurance in Norwich and London. She has also worked at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital and the Archant newspaper group. She is currently Deputy Chair at Norwich University of the Arts and Trustee of the Evolution Academy Trust.

Cathy said: “As a resident of the region, I am thrilled to be appointed to the Non-Executive Member role on the NHS Norfolk and Waveney ICB. Like everyone, I am grateful to all of the NHS staff who have worked tirelessly through the pandemic, and I see my role on the ICB helping to champion the focus on people for the benefit of staff and ultimately patients.”

The NHS Norfolk and Waveney ICB, due to be established on 1 July 2022, will be the NHS organisation with responsibility for planning to meet local health needs, allocating resources, ensuring that services are in place to deliver against ambitions, and overseeing delivery of improved outcomes for the people of Norfolk and Waveney.

Tackling inequalities in health outcomes, the ICB will be part of the Norfolk and Waveney Integrated Care System, working with partners in local government, the voluntary sector and others, helping the NHS to support broader social and economic development.

The independent non-executive members will provide a creative and innovative contribution to the Board, by providing independent oversight and constructive challenge.

Rt Hon Patricia Hewitt, Chair-designate of NHS Norfolk and Waveney ICB, said: “I’m delighted to be able to announce the appointment of Cathy Armor as Non-Executive Member-designate and Chair-designate of the Remuneration, People and Culture Committee.

“Each of our new designate non-executives brings important individual skills and experience to the table, with their backgrounds covering a range of organisations and sectors.

“Non-Executive Members will have significant committee responsibilities and will collectively hold the Executive Team to account for its overall approach to planning and delivery. As a Board that is committed to fully engaging with local people, all members will promote open and transparent decision-making and ensure the NHS is fully accountable to local people.”

The next step for the ICB will be to recruit Executive Directors to the Board, which will formally be established on 1 July 2022, subject to Royal Assent of the Health and Social Care Bill which is currently being reviewed by Parliament. The mandatory Director roles include Director of Nursing, Director of Finance and Medical Director, which are currently being recruited to and successful applicants will be announced in due course.