image of dr hussain non executive director at the trustBradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust has welcomed Dr Zulfi Hussain, MBE as the latest addition to its Board of Directors.

The appointment of Dr Hussain, as Non-Executive Director replaces Derrick Palmer who retired at the end of October 2015, after eight years of service.

In November 2015 the Trust actively sought applications from Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) candidates to increase the diversity of the Board, to better respond to and reflect the community it serves.

Dr Hussain brings a wealth of experience to his new position on the Board and will begin his three-year term on 1 March 2016.  Dr Hussain has worked with a variety of health authorities and trusts within the NHS on strategic leadership management issues. With extensive Board experience Dr Hussain is a highly regarded and effective member of a number of Boards including: BT’s regional Board for Yorkshire and Humber, Business in the Community Advisory Board and the University of Huddersfield’s Business School Advisory Board.

On his appointment Dr Zulfi Hussain said: “I am delighted to be appointed as a member of the Board and will look forward to working with the senior management team to continue to strengthen the Trust’s long term strategy for the future.  It will be a privilege to have the opportunity to work for the Trust and to meet frontline staff  who provide such vital services for local people.”

Michael Smith, Chair said:  “The Trust is delighted to welcome Dr Zulfi Hussain to the Board. He is a first class appointment to this role, following a highly competitive external selection process led by our Council of Governors.  Dr Hussain’s experience will bring greater richness to debate and provide further value to the high quality services the Trust delivers. I very much look forward to working closely with him as he takes on his new position.”