Council of Governors appoint new Non-executive Director

Dr Andrew Catto, new NED. Head and shoulders image against a green shrub. He is wearing a blue open-collar shirt.

Published 24 October 2022

Dr Andrew Catto has been appointed to join the Trust’s Board as a non-executive Director.

Andrew, who lives in Ashford, is the chief executive of Integrated Care 24 (IC24), a not-for-profit social enterprise providing urgent primary care across the South East and East of England.

Andrew has been a consultant physician for 15 years in general, geriatric and stroke medicine and has served on acute hospitals boards as medical director, interim CEO and deputy CEO.

Andrew is also a member of the East Kent Health and Care Partnership Board and chair of its digital innovation group.

Non-executive appointments are made by the Trust’s Council of Governors.

Lead Governor Bernie Mayall said: “Governors are delighted that Andrew is joining the Trust as a Non-executive Director and it was delightful to meet him.

“Andrew’s skills and experience as well as his knowledge of east Kent, are a valuable addition to the Board and we look forward to welcoming and working with him.”

Niall Dickson CBE, who chairs the East Kent Hospitals Trust, said: “I am so pleased Andrew is joining our Board. He is a highly respected clinician with a wide experience of the NHS. He is unusual in having a deep knowledge and awareness of community and primary care as well as having held senior roles within the acute sector.

“Andrew will chair our Quality and Safety Committee, one of the key functions within our governance which oversees the care we are providing and the improvements we are making.

“Andrew’s clinical knowledge, his wide management experience and his understanding of how, as a Board, we support and hold to account our clinical and managerial colleagues, will all be so important as we constantly seek to improve the care we provide.”

Dr Catto said: “Primary, secondary and social care are working closer together than ever before to improve the care we are able to give to our patients, especially in east Kent, so it is a great pleasure to be joining the Board of East Kent Hospitals.”

Andrew joins the Trust on 1 November this year.