Former police chief appointed by Colchester's hospitals trust

Former police chief appointed by Colchester's hospitals trust

Former police chief appointed by Colchester's hospitals trust

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A FORMER Essex Police chief constable has been appointed as a non-executive director at Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust.

Roger Baker, who served in the role for four years from July 2005, is one of three people announced to have been appointed to the role by the trust’s Council of Governors.

Diane Leacock and Julie Parker will take on the other two roles.

All three new non-executive directors are due to serve a three-year term of office.

Mr Baker, who lives in Sudbury, has been working for Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary since September 2009.

He takes over from Helen Parr whose term of office as a non-executive director (NED) expires in the autumn.

Ms Leacock and Miss Parker joined the Trust’s board of directors today to replace Professor Christine Temple, who retired on January 31, and Sir John Ashworth, who retired on Monday.

Ms Leacock, who lives in Colchester, was a NED at NHS North East Essex from July 2009 to November 2011. She has experience in senior finance roles within commercial organisations, including publishing and financial services.

Miss Parker, who has lived all her life in the area served by the trust, is a qualified accountant and has a decade of experience working as a director of resources/ and finance for three London boroughs.

Non-executive directors help develop strategy and scrutinise the trust’s performance.

NEDS at Colchester Hospital Trust are paid £11,000 a year and their duties involve a minimum commitment of four days a month.

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11:24am Tue 1 Apr 14

colinolivier says...

Two bean counters and a copper! Is this part of the Trust's plan to restore public confidence?
Two bean counters and a copper! Is this part of the Trust's plan to restore public confidence? colinolivier
  • Score: 10

11:26am Tue 1 Apr 14

A Very Private Gentleman says...

I realise its April Fools day and it is also my birthday, I further realize at the moment the town is in no mood for jest with what has happened in the last two days in the awful news of which I am very sorry about.

However, the above news report has got to be some type of jest surely?
Was this person not one of the most controversial in their role we had in Police history in our county?
I recall a blog posted on the net from rank and file officers about major moral issues in our force during this persons tenure.
Would anyone like to interject here?
I realise its April Fools day and it is also my birthday, I further realize at the moment the town is in no mood for jest with what has happened in the last two days in the awful news of which I am very sorry about. However, the above news report has got to be some type of jest surely? Was this person not one of the most controversial in their role we had in Police history in our county? I recall a blog posted on the net from rank and file officers about major moral issues in our force during this persons tenure. Would anyone like to interject here? A Very Private Gentleman
  • Score: 10

11:30am Tue 1 Apr 14

Say It As It Is OK? says...

They really need people who can use this non executive role to question and help to improve performance of this failed NHS trust. What we don't need is people like Roger Baker who failed miserably in his role as Chief Constable.

However, as usual with many failed police executives they are moved to a cushy non executive office role until most people have forgotten how bad they really were in that role.

Whatever happens with this NHS trust Roger Black is unlikely to make much difference.
They really need people who can use this non executive role to question and help to improve performance of this failed NHS trust. What we don't need is people like Roger Baker who failed miserably in his role as Chief Constable. However, as usual with many failed police executives they are moved to a cushy non executive office role until most people have forgotten how bad they really were in that role. Whatever happens with this NHS trust Roger Black is unlikely to make much difference. Say It As It Is OK?
  • Score: 7

11:35am Tue 1 Apr 14

Route88 says...

A nice boost for his pension.
A nice boost for his pension. Route88
  • Score: 5

12:23pm Tue 1 Apr 14

Say It As It Is OK? says...

Roger Baker failed as Essex Chief Constable and was quickly sidelined to a cushy police desk job ensuring he was out of the way.

Is this man really the sort of person to take up a non executive role at this failed NHS trust? We need people who can challenge and question the performance of the trust so standards improve. Frankly Roger Baker is not the man to do what is needed!
Roger Baker failed as Essex Chief Constable and was quickly sidelined to a cushy police desk job ensuring he was out of the way. Is this man really the sort of person to take up a non executive role at this failed NHS trust? We need people who can challenge and question the performance of the trust so standards improve. Frankly Roger Baker is not the man to do what is needed! Say It As It Is OK?
  • Score: 11

12:26pm Tue 1 Apr 14

Say It As It Is OK? says...

Say It As It Is OK? wrote:
Roger Baker failed as Essex Chief Constable and was quickly sidelined to a cushy police desk job ensuring he was out of the way.

Is this man really the sort of person to take up a non executive role at this failed NHS trust? We need people who can challenge and question the performance of the trust so standards improve. Frankly Roger Baker is not the man to do what is needed!
This subsequent post was added because my earlier post had disappeared from the website but now it has reappeared?
[quote][p][bold]Say It As It Is OK?[/bold] wrote: Roger Baker failed as Essex Chief Constable and was quickly sidelined to a cushy police desk job ensuring he was out of the way. Is this man really the sort of person to take up a non executive role at this failed NHS trust? We need people who can challenge and question the performance of the trust so standards improve. Frankly Roger Baker is not the man to do what is needed![/p][/quote]This subsequent post was added because my earlier post had disappeared from the website but now it has reappeared? Say It As It Is OK?
  • Score: 1

1:47pm Tue 1 Apr 14

Sused1 says...

Having worked for Essex Police for 25 years I am appalled that Roger Baker is now head of my local hospital. He was incompetent as Chief Constable and we are still feeling the repercussions oh his awful decision making years after he left. If he is on a probation period and Colchester has the ability to not make his contract permanent then Do not, I repeat, DO NOT, take this man on. Useless.
Having worked for Essex Police for 25 years I am appalled that Roger Baker is now head of my local hospital. He was incompetent as Chief Constable and we are still feeling the repercussions oh his awful decision making years after he left. If he is on a probation period and Colchester has the ability to not make his contract permanent then Do not, I repeat, DO NOT, take this man on. Useless. Sused1
  • Score: 7

2:08pm Tue 1 Apr 14

mirokou says...

Oh well a least NHS staff won't have to worry whether bullying in the workplace will be happen . Under Mr Bakers time at Essex police it was positively encouraged.. So Colchester nurses , doctors and junior staff prepare to be bullied with a very big stick. One of his management offspring was Carmel Napier former Chief constable of Gwent who was removed by the PCC for her arrogant bullying style of management and was formally selected to Essex police by , yes you guessed it, Mr Roger Baker. Firm close friends .I wonder what they have in common. Watch this space
Oh well a least NHS staff won't have to worry whether bullying in the workplace will be happen . Under Mr Bakers time at Essex police it was positively encouraged.. So Colchester nurses , doctors and junior staff prepare to be bullied with a very big stick. One of his management offspring was Carmel Napier former Chief constable of Gwent who was removed by the PCC for her arrogant bullying style of management and was formally selected to Essex police by , yes you guessed it, Mr Roger Baker. Firm close friends .I wonder what they have in common. Watch this space mirokou
  • Score: 7

4:19pm Tue 1 Apr 14

Ontheball says...

Another 'jobs for the boys' appointment. Show just how litle the shower in charge of the Trust have moved on!!! Nothing changes.
Another 'jobs for the boys' appointment. Show just how litle the shower in charge of the Trust have moved on!!! Nothing changes. Ontheball
  • Score: 5

6:20am Wed 2 Apr 14

Colcestrian 1961 says...

I would agree not quite the right choice.
Essex Police are supposed to be carrying out an internal investigation at the hospital.
Could the appointment not have waited until after.
I would agree not quite the right choice. Essex Police are supposed to be carrying out an internal investigation at the hospital. Could the appointment not have waited until after. Colcestrian 1961
  • Score: 3

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