Charity founder Rob Hughes starts new role as trust chairman

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A charity founder has started work as chairman of Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals Trust.

Rob Hughes, 56, took up the role on Tuesday.

Since his appointment was announced in January, Mr Hughes has spent time working in theatres, the outpatients department, the orthopaedic ward and the children’s ward.

He has also experienced life as a porter, met catering staff and worked on the facilities service desk.

Mr Hughes, a former managing director of Mars Food UK, said: “I have been made to feel most welcome at the trust and have enjoyed meeting staff at both sites, whilst seeing the variety of work that takes place.

“I’m looking forward to meeting more staff and working with the board and governors to ensure patient care remains our top priority, despite our financial challenges.”

Mr Hughes, of Pilsgate near Barnack, founded Anna’s Hope with wife Carole in memory of their daughter Anna, who died after battling a brain tumour. He is a trustee at Brain Tumour Research and is also involved in the NHS strategic review of children’s neurosurgery.

He will preside over his first meeting on Thursday at Peterborough City Hospital between 4pm and 6pm. It is a meeting of the trust’s council of governors which is open to the public.

Governors will be updated on the trust’s finances and patient targets.