Pendle Council chief takes up NHS role

Stephen Barnes (S)
Stephen Barnes (S)

Pendle Council’s retiring chief executive Mr Stephen Barnes has been appointed a non-executive director of East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust.

Mr Barnes has been chief executive of the council for 22 years and prior to that was director of finance for six years.

He is an accountant by profession, a past president of the North West and North Wales region of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy and a past examiner of the final part of the Professional Accountancy Examination.

During his time in local government, Mr Barnes has gained broad experience in strategic leadership, partnership working and joint venture initiatives across the public sector, including economic development and regeneration services and community development and engagement.

Mr Barnes lives in Rossendale with his family and in March he will retire as Pendle’s chief executive.

He will be joined by another NHS director – Richard Slater – who leads the Northpoint Media group of businesses which includes magazine publishing, event management and PR and marketing arms.

By profession, he is a journalist and has worked on regional and national publications. He has also lectured in journalism and has worked in the music industry.

He is a past director of East Lancashire Chamber of Commerce and a past president of the East Lancashire Junior Chamber. He graduated in 1988 from the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology having studied management sciences.

Professor Eileen Fairhurst, chairman of East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust said: “I am pleased to welcome both Stephen and Richard to the Trust. I am sure their specialist knowledge and experience will be an asset to the organisation in our provision of safe, personal and effective care to people who live in East Lancashire.”

Mr Barnes and Mr Slater have both been appointed until December 31st next year and are entitled to receive a remuneration of £6,157 per annum.