Trust announces Chair appointment

Date: 21 October 2020

Jo Palmer Chair news

We are pleased to announce that Joanne Palmer has been appointed Chair of Medway NHS Foundation Trust.

Jo has been Acting Chair at the Trust since April 2020 and a Non-Executive Director since September 2015.

Jo has over 30 years’ experience in banking and financial services, most recently with Lloyds Banking Group, across a range of disciplines within the UK and international operations. She has led strategic transformation, corporate development and business turnaround activities. She has twenty years of executive leadership and ten years of board and trustee level appointments in complex, demanding, highly regulated sectors spanning private, including private equity, public, and third sector businesses.

She has led strategic reviews that establish value accretive outsourced and offshore commercial relationships. She directed and managed the creation of the commercial framework for the eighth largest UK bank as part of the ringfenced bank regulation and managed all aspects of the delivery of two independent challenger banks, TSB and Sainsbury’s Bank, to the UK high street.

Jo has extensive mergers and acquisition experience; she has held executive leadership positions in the acquisitions of TSB, HBoS, MBNA, the sale of LTSB Registrars to Equiniti Group Limited, and the joint venture large-scale outsource provider iPSL.

She led the strategic review to create the workplace transformation and location strategy for the 80k employees of Lloyds Banking Group and created modern working environments to transform the organisation into a digital Bank.

A passionate environmental conservationist, she led the sustainability programme for Lloyds Banking Group achieving 100 per cent renewable energy supply to UK Operations, eliminating 60 million pieces of single use plastic from catering operations and delivering a carbon neutral footprint strategy.

Jo was the Executive Sponsor for emerging talent across the 20,000 colleagues within Lloyds Banking Group Operations and was Co-Chair of the Group’s women’s network, Breakthrough, along with sponsorship of inclusion and diversity activities across Lloyds Banking Group.

The appointment process was led by the Trust’s governors. Lead Governor Glyn Allen said: “Jo brings a wealth of experience to the role and has an in-depth knowledge of the Trust. During her time as Acting Chair, the Trust has made considerable improvements and we look forward to working with her over the coming months and years to build on this progress”

Jo said: “It is a great privilege to be taking on the role of Chair and I thank the Governors for the confidence and trust they have placed in me.  Our Medway has huge potential, with dedicated staff and an incredibly supportive community, and I am eager to continue the work that is well underway to make Medway an outstanding place to work and to care for our patients and their families”.

Chief Executive James Devine said: “I look forward to working with Jo as Chair as we continue to strive to deliver the very highest levels of care for our patients. I have no doubt that the Trust will benefit greatly from her broad experience and knowledge as we continue to meet the challenges ahead and build on the improvements we have made so far”.

  • Summary:

    We are pleased to announce that Joanne Palmer has been appointed Chair of Medway NHS Foundation Trust.