Derbyshire health chief steps down

nbua-28-02-13-healthtrust - The Duke of Devonshire has shown his support for local NHS care by signing up as a member of Derbyshire Community Health Services' newly emerging Foundation Trust. He is pictured with  Andrew Fry, Derbyshire Community Health Services Chair at Chatsworth House. Photo contributed.

nbua-28-02-13-healthtrust - The Duke of Devonshire has shown his support for local NHS care by signing up as a member of Derbyshire Community Health Services' newly emerging Foundation Trust. He is pictured with Andrew Fry, Derbyshire Community Health Services Chair at Chatsworth House. Photo contributed.

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The chairman of Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Trust has announced his retirement after more than five years at the helm.

Andrew Fry stepped down last week to start a new life abroad with his wife.

He said: “I have had the great privilege of working with so many talented and caring staff right across the organisation and a committed board.

“Over the last few years I have seen the character and strength of the organisation grow, alongside the high quality care we provide for local people.

“This organisation has a terrific story to tell and the next phase in its development requires a long-term commitment, so I am stepping down to allow my successor to lead that.

“It has truly been an extraordinary privilege to work alongside such a great group of healthcare and other professionals.

“My emotion at leaving this great organisation is matched only by my knowing that it is also the right thing to do at this stage in my life.”

Tracy Allen, chief executive, added: “Andrew’s contribution has been significant and I am one of many people that will be very sad to see him go.

“The legacy he leaves will be a lasting one.”

Tony Okotie, non-executive director at Derbyshire Community Health Services, will become acting chairman pending the formal appointment of Andrew’s successor through the NHS Trust .

Tony has a wide-ranging background having worked in retail banking and regional newspapers before moving to the voluntary sector.

He is currently chief executive of the Community and Voluntary Action Tameside family of charities, which provides support to help other charities grow and flourish, and supports the engagement of local people in decision making.

Tony has been a NED with the Trust since November 2009, and vice chairman since October 2011.