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Karamjit Singh CBE to step down as Chair of the UHL Trust Board

24 February 2021

Karamjit Singh (Chairman)

Chair of University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust, Karamjit Singh CBE, has today announced he will step down from his position on 16 April 2021.

Mr Singh has served as Chair since 2014 and has made a huge contribution to Leicester’s hospitals, the NHS and local communities. His career spans almost 50 years of dedicated public service across many diverse roles at local, regional and national level.  

Interim arrangements will be announced shortly while the process for a permanent appointment begins. 

Commenting on his decision to step down, Mr Singh said:  “My eight year term of office is due to finish next year but it makes sense for me to step down a year early. The Trust needs to appoint a permanent new Chief Executive and that should be done by a new Chair. Having provided important leadership continuity whilst the Board has addressed financial control issues, it is time to allow someone else to fill this role that I have enjoyed so much.

 “I am hugely proud of what we have achieved since I took up the role in 2014, not least over the last twelve months when staff across the Trust have done such a fantastic job to meet the challenges of an unprecedented global pandemic. I am also proud that during my time as Chair, we have secured a much needed £450 million capital investment to develop our Trust over the next few years. That is a huge vote of confidence in our Trust and our staff. “

Acting chief executive Rebecca Brown, commented: “Over the last seven years, Karamjit has been a champion for our Trust values, for high quality patient care and for the diversity of our staff and our communities. His insight and passion have been evident in his leadership and he will leave a lasting legacy after his decades of dedicated public service. He will be greatly missed.

“During his time with us there have been many achievements to be proud of including our move to a ‘Good’ rating from the Care Quality Commission and the securing of significant financial investment which will see a once in a generation transformation of our services and hospital buildings.  

“Karamjit has been a steady hand in turbulent times and I would like to thank him, on behalf of the whole team here at the Trust, for all he has contributed to our hospitals and to our local communities. I would also like to add my thanks for the support and guidance he has offered to me personally. We wish him all the very best for his future endeavours.”

Contact: Emma Casteleijn, Deputy Director of Communications and Engagement - 07507 783217