04 August 2013,

New CHP Area Director appointment in the Midlands

Simon Barnes joins CHP from Community Solutions where he has worked for the past seven years, fulfilling a number of key roles for Bury Tameside and Glossop LIFT Company. Simon is a Charted Engineer and brings with him significant experience in public private partnerships.

This appointment is the final Area Director position to be announced by CHP. Four new Area Directors have been put in place across the Company to strengthen the management structure following the assumption of responsibilities previously discharged by Primary Care Trusts.

In his new role, Simon will work alongside newly appointed Area Director Mark Grinonneau, with Simon and Mark covering the 14 - Midlands based - LIFT Companies. Reporting to CHP Executive Director Dr Sarah Raper, Simon will be the nominated CHP Director on a number of LIFT Companies across the region and will also facilitate and support the delivery of effective strategic estate planning in local health economies.

Dr Sarah Raper, CHP Executive Director for the Midlands commented: “This is a key appointment; not only for CHP, but also for the LIFT Companies that Simon will serve as Director.  Simon and his Area Director Colleagues will work with local partners across the region to shape strategic estate plans that support Commissioner service strategies. Working closely with our colleagues in NHS Property Services, we seek to improve planning and management of the estate, to make more effective use of space, increase efficiencies and generate savings.”

Community Health Partnerships’ New Area Directors:

  • Simon Barnes, Midlands. Start date: 2nd September
  • James Bawn, South. Start date: 30th September
  • Mark Grinonneau, Midlands. Start date: 1st October
  • Neil Grice, North, Start date: 9th September

Community Health Partnerships’ Existing Area Directors:

  • Graham Spence, London
  • Martin Rooney, North
  • Mike Chambers, North