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Local health trust welcomes new addition to board of directors

Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust has appointed Prof Sue Proctor to its Board as a new Non-Executive Director.

Sandra Dodson, HDFT Chairman, commented:

We are delighted to welcome Sue to the Trust. She has over 26 years of NHS experience, both as a nurse and midwife and later as a Chief Nurse. She is also highly skilled in leading at a very senior level administration, finance and strategic planning.

She will be a valuable addition to our Board of Directors in helping us to take the organisation forward in ensuring we continue to deliver high quality care in a challenging environment.


Professor Proctor was, until 2010. Director of Patient Care and Partnerships at NHS Yorkshire and Humber.

In the last three years, she moved into a different role, and was Diocesan Secretary for the Church of England Diocese of Ripon and Leeds.

Currently, Sue runs a management consultancy business working with health, charity and faith based organisations. She is a member of the University of Leeds Council and Court, Chair of the LEAF Multi Academy Trust in East Leeds, and a lay Canon at Ripon Cathedral. She has recently been appointed as a lay member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Nursing Council

Sue has an MSc in Nursing and a PhD in Health Services Research. In 2009 she was awarded a Visiting Professorship by Leeds Metropolitan University.

Her expertise is in corporate and clinical governance, strategic planning and delivery, and her passion is for improving services for patients and carers by working in partnership with them

Sue Proctor said:

I am thrilled to be joining HDFT and to become part of such a strong team. I know the Trust rightly has an excellent reputation locally and I am looking forward to the challenge of helping it to move forward so that it can continue to offer high quality care, whilst using its valuable resources innovatively and efficiently.

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