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Sir Albert Bore to leave £52k hospital job

Sir Albert Bore to leave £52k hospital job

🕔05.May 2013

borepicSir Albert Bore is to stand down as chairman of University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Trust.

The Birmingham City Council leader will quit the £52,000-a-year two-days-a-week job when his current contract comes to an end in November.

He will, however, continue to receive £65,000 a year in allowances as council leader.

Sir Albert has been under pressure from some Labour councillors to give up the UHB post earlier and concentrate full time on the task of running the city council.

He resisted all suggestions of standing down when he took over as council leader for the second time in May 2012, explaining that he possessed the ability, commitment and experience to oversee two important roles.

Sir Albert told Chamberlain Files that he had always intended to quit the hospital in November because new NHS rules mean that UHB cannot reappoint the existing chairman unless “exceptional circumstances” apply.

This is thought to be a reference to the highly unlikely possibility that UHB is unable to find a suitable candidate to become the new chairman.

By November Sir Albert will have served seven years as the Trust’s chairman. He has overseen development of the £545 million Queen Elizabeth Hospital, the largest NHS project ever undertaken in Birmingham

Asked whether he would have more time to devote to council duties after leaving the hospital, Sir Albert said: “Yes, that and other things.”

He is expected to continue in his role as a member of the European Committee of the Regions, which involves regular trips to Brussels.

Sir Albert faces a challenge to his leadership at the annual Labour group meeting on May 11.

Quinton councillor John Clancy, who has been critical of Sir Albert’s insistence on holding two well-paid public offices, is making his second attempt to become council leader.

The UHB job is currently being advertised.

The role is described as providing exceptional leadership to the board of directors and governors.

Candidates are required to possess:

  • Excellent track record of achievement at board level within large customer driven organisations, whether in the public, voluntary or commercial sectors.
  • Non-executive or equivalent experience with the strategic skills and commercial acumen necessary to ensure excellent governance and board performance.
  • Well-developed communication and relationship management skills, political awareness and a strong commitment to the values of the NHS and public service.
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