Chief Executive of Nottingham Hospitals Charity, Barbara Cathcart, has been elected as a Council Member of the Association of NHS Charities. The Association acts as the voice of NHS Charities across England and Wales, and promotes and facilitates best practice and good governance.
Barbara has been Chief Executive of Nottingham Hospitals Charity since its inception in 2006. She originates from Toronto, in Canada where she was responsible for negotiating the largest contract for neonatal care at Women’s College Hospital in Toronto; and established the first Chairs in Breast Cancer Research and Paediatric Neurology at the University of Toronto, among other achievements.
Barbara was a Founder Advisory Council Member of the Association of NHS Charities, which became a registered charity in 2008 and she has long been a contributor and supporter of the organisation. Barbara says: “It is an honour and a privilege to be elected to Council by the membership of such a well-respected and valued organisation.
“The Association of NHS Charities has really helped Nottingham Hospitals Charity develop over the years by providing guidance and support. I anticipate that being on the Council will continue to be advantageous for our Charity because it will help us to be well-informed about NHS charities nationally, and provide an opportunity to share best practice and to problem-solve, which can only be even better for our patients.”
Under Barbara’s leadership, over £30 million has been raised for Nottingham’s hospitals in the past nine years, including the establishment of the Wolfson Cystic Fibrosis Centre, the Breast Institute, and refurbishment of paediatric oncology wards – all at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust.
William Colacicchi, Chairman of Nottingham Hospitals Charity, and past chair of the Association commented “The Association is a standard bearer of best practice and shared knowledge among NHS Charities, working closely as it does with the Department of Health and the Charity Commission, and Barbara’s election to Council can only advance the excellent work of both the Association and Nottingham Hospitals Charity.”
Barbara will be formally in post from 18th May 2016 and is looking forward to this new opportunity. She comments: “I know and love NHS charities. I continue to have the greatest respect for our hospital colleagues, their jobs require tireless commitment and supporting their efforts reinforces my personal drive to succeed on their (and our patients’) behalf. I consider it a privilege to be able to contribute to one of the country’s most valued and treasured assets.”