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New Chair for North Wales Health Watchdog

The independent health service watchdog for North Wales has appointed Mr. Mark Thonton as the new Chair of the North Wales Community Health Council (NWCHC) at its recent Annual General Meeting. Dr. Garth Higginbotham was elected as Vice-chair.

Mark Thornton of Carreglefn, a CHC member since April 2012, has lived and worked on Ynys Môn for the last 31 years. Mark is the outgoing Vice-chair of the NWCHC and has also served as Chair of the NWCHC’s Ynys Môn Local Committee. He has held a number of management positions prior to his retirement, the most recently as Waste Manager at Wylfa Power Station. His experience includes involvement in improvement programme, raising safety and compliance standards in workplace settings, and supporting the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority’s socio-economic activities in North West Wales.

Dr. Higgingbotham of Llandudno, a NWCHC member since April 2012, has previously served as Chair and Vice-Chair of the NWCHC’s Conwy Local Committee. Following a career in schools and university, and latterly as an HM Inspector with Esytyn, Dr. Higgingbotham has, since retirement, worked as an independent inspector. He is currently a member of the Board of Coleg Cambria and has previously been a Board Member of Coleg Llystafasi and of Deeside College.

Geoff Ryall-Harvey, Chief Officer of the CHC said:

‘I am delighted to welcome Mark and Garth to the positions of chair and Vice-Chair. Their experience of the health service, volunteering and their time as chairs of Ynys Môn and Conwy Local committees will stand us all in good stead. There are many changes to the health service in North Wales and we are the CHC have to make sure that the people – patients, carers and others – who rely on services can continue to have a say in those changes. Both Mr. Thornton and Dr. Higgingbotham have the determination to get local people involved in the way decisions are made about local health services through what continue to be testing times’

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