Alfred Morris appointed Chairman of North Bristol NHS Trust

Issue date: 25 October 2005

Alfred Morris appointed Chairman of North Bristol NHS Trust

Alfred Morris CBE DL, currently Vice-Chancellor of the University of the West of England is to take over as Chairman of North Bristol NHS Trust from January 2006. He will take on the NHS role following his retirement from the University.

Mr Morris has been Vice-Chancellor of UWE since 1992. He has had a distinguished career in both the private sector and education. In 2003 he received a CBE for services to higher education.

Mr Morris began his career as a Chartered Accountant and is a former Management Consultant. In the 1980s, he became a full time advisor to the House of Commons Select Committee on Education and Science and he has served on the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales, the Further Education Funding Council for England, the Higher Education Quality Council and the Council for National Academic Awards. He is a member of the Society of Merchant Venturers, a former director of Bristol and West plc, a past chairman of the Greater Bristol Foundation and the Bristol Old Vic, and holds a number of directorships and trusteeships.

The Trust is one of the largest in the country, caring for over 300,000 outpatients and more than 100,000 inpatients and day case patients. It is a ‘Teaching Trust’ linked to both Bristol’s universities and has approximately 8,500 staff members. Earlier this year its progress was recognised by the award of two stars by the Healthcare Commission and it was praised for the quality of the care it provides. The National Audit Office also praised the Trust for the financial progress it has made: since recording a deficit in 2002/03, the Trust has met all its financial targets and it achieved a surplus of £2.4 million last year.

“I am looking forward to playing a part in the implementation of the Bristol Health Services Plan, which seeks to produce better health services closer to home by service re-configuration throughout North Somerset, South Gloucestershire and Bristol. For that purpose, we will need to work in a ‘strategic partnership’ with our colleagues at the United Bristol Healthcare Trust and I am particularly looking forward to establishing a close working relationship with its Chair, Phil Gregory, with whom I have worked closely in other contexts over many years. Most of all, I am looking forward to working with Sonia Mills and her colleagues. They have already impressed me enormously with their commitment and a vision of making Bristol an internationally recognised flagship centre of excellence for the NHS, in collaboration with all the local universities,” said Alfred Morris.

Chief Executive, Sonia Mills, said, “This is a great appointment and I am confident that, with Alfred Morris’ chairmanship, we will drive on with the momentum for change and improvement that the Trust has recently demonstrated. His successes at UWE speak for themselves and we are fortunate that he will be joining us as he steps down from his Chief Executive role there. I very much look forward to working with him.”

Sir Howard Newby, currently Chief Executive of the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), has recently been appointed as the Vice-Chancellor Designate of UWE. Sir Howard will take up his post in the new year, following the retirement of Alfred Morris. Biographical details of Sir Howard can be found on


Editor’s notes

The chairmanship post at North Bristol NHS Trust is remunerated at between £20,000 - £25,000. Mr Morris has no political affiliations. He has held previous ministerial appointments all of which expired within the last five years as follows:
- Further Education Funding Council for England (January 2000: £4000pa)
- Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (May 2000: £2542pa)
- South West of England Regional Development Agency (December 2002: £7419pa)

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