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Council of Governors appoints new Non-executive Director

28/11/2019
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Professor Tony Schapira has been appointed as a Non-Executive Director of Oxford University Hospitals (OUH) NHS Foundation Trust for an initial term of three years - he will take up his new role on Sunday 1 December 2019.

The Trust's Council of Governors, which includes elected representatives of the public and staff, made the appointment at its meeting on Wednesday 25 September 2019. 

Professor Schapira was appointed as a Consultant Neurologist at the Royal Free Hospital and the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, Queen Square in 1988, and to the University Chair of Clinical Neurosciences at the University College London (UCL) Institute of Neurology in 1990.

He is vice dean of UCL Medical School and director of the UCL Royal Free campus.

His research interests focus on neurodegenerative disease, particularly Parkinson's and other movement disorders. He is the principal investigator on the Medical Research Council and EU H2020 programmes for neurodegenerative diseases.

During his career he has won a number of awards for his research and was elected a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences in 1999.

Professor Schapira has been a Non-executive Director of Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust since 2009, in which role he chairs the Trust's Clinical Standards and Innovation Committee and is a member of the Remuneration Committee.

He also has extensive Board experience in the broader public sector including as a Non-executive Director on the Board of the Ministry of Justice, Office of the Public Guardian from 2012-18 and as a current member of the NHS Independent Reconfiguration Panel.

Professor Sir Jonathan Montgomery, Chair of Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, says: "I am delighted to welcome Professor Schapira to the Trust Board and I look forward to working closely with him.

"His skills and knowledge as a clinician and an academic, as well as his wide experience in non-executive roles, will strengthen the Board's leadership."

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