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NEW CHAIR OF HEALTH PANEL

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Peter Shannon has been appointed chair of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy's health panel....
Peter Shannon has been appointed chair of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy's health panel.

Mr Shannon is currently chief finance officer and deputy chief executive of University Hospital Birmingham foundation trust, and has been appointed director of finance at West Midlands strategic health authority.

He takes over the reins from Kevin Orford, who joined the CIPFA Council in June.

Mr Shannon will be responsible for leading the health panel's development of institute policy for health including working relationships with key stakeholders, responses to government consultations, and deciding on new courses, conferences and publications aimed at the sector.

A CIPFA member since 1991, Mr Shannon has gained considerable experience within the health sector. He trained and qualified at what was the West Midlands Regional Health Authority. After a stint at KPMG, he returned to the NHS in 1994 and joined the newly established University Hospital Birmingham NHS Trust in April 1995. He was appointed director of finance in February 2000 and deputy chief executive in December 2001.

Mr Shannon's professional achievements include: successfully leading the trust's foundation application, granted in July 2004; successfully project directing Birmingham's£545m private finance initiative scheme, which concluded in June 2006; having lead responsibility for finance, procurement, legal services, shared services initiatives; and leading the development of the first Royal Centre for Defence Medicine in partnership with the Ministry of Defence and local universities.

Mr Shannon has recently been appointed director of finance and capacity at the recently-formed West Midlands Strategic Health Authority, where he will be responsible for preparing trusts across the region for foundation status and ensuring primary care trusts' fitness for purpose. Mr Shannon takes on his new role later this autumn.

He said:

'I'm looking forward to the challenges that heading up the CIPFA health panel will bring. I am grateful to the other volunteer members for their time, commitment and effort and I hope we can further build on Kevin Orford's good work as chair.'

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