Heather Lawrence has been named as a non-executive director at the Independent Regulator of NHS Foundation Trusts, Monitor.
Currently chief executive of the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and a former nurse, she will take on her new role later this month as part of the reforms of the NHS.
Health Secretary, Andrew Lansley, said of the appointment: “I am delighted to announce Heather Lawrence's appointment. She has a breadth of frontline NHS experience that perfectly equips her for this challenging role. Her knowledge of the NHS will offer Monitor's board insights that will help it in the development and delivery of its duty to protect and promote the interests of those who use healthcare services.”
Chairman of Monitor, David Bennett, added: “Heather is a very welcome addition to the team. She brings with her more than 40 years of experience, from being a nurse to running one of the most high-profile and successful trusts in the country. Her expert knowledge of, and contribution to, the NHS will give our board a perspective that is directly relevant to our future role.”
Under the reforms, Monitor will authorise and regulate NHS foundation trusts and support their development, ensuring they are well governed and financially robust.