The ahcp Midlands Branch welcomes our new Chair - Alison Lane, Assistant Head of Facilities at Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.
Alison brings a wealth of experience having worked within Facilities for 25 years. She has been a member of the ahcp for a number of years and the information she has gained and the connections made have helped and inspired her to further her association with the Branch.
As the Branch Chair she would like to encourage the growth of the Branch to assist all members to make best use of all the skills that each member brings. Using each Branch meeting as a knowledge sharing event with new innovations from suppliers as well as from those who work within the healthcare cleaning profession, and with the sharing of other Branch’s from National Council Lead.
On behalf the the Midlands branch, we would like to thank our former Chair Caroline Fennessy for all her support with the Branch, and we welcome Alison into her new role.
I would like to thank you all for choosing me to be ahcp National Chair. I am truly honoured to be chosen and I am very excited to work with you all to continue to take the Association forward.
For those of you who do not know me, for my day job I am Facilities Manager within Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust (CNWL), leading on all Soft FM services across the Trust. CNWL are one of the biggest NHS Trusts in the country, providing over 300 different health services across over 150 sites, including 20 inpatient settings, and employing over 7000 staff. My portfolio includes both contracted out and in-house services and in addition I lead on the Trusts PLACE programme. Previously I was Domestic Services Manager and Facilities & Environment Manager for Milton Keynes Community Health Services.
I know that being ahcp Chair is an honour, but also a responsibility, and one that I do not take lightly. I have a responsibility to the membership to represent them and for everything I do for the Association to be in their interests. This is something I am deeply committed too. As a member myself for over a decade I know how important this is.
I am greatly looking forward to working with David, the executive team and the Council of Management who I know are all totally committed to the Association and what it stands for.
I would like to thank Simon for his great leadership as National Chair over the years. I know how hard Simon has worked and how much he has given to the role. He has been a fantastic Chair and I hope that I can follow in his footsteps.
Like everyone I have my own personal views on what the Associations priorities should be. The ahcp should be seen as the national leader and the go to expert Association for the cleaning industry in all types of Healthcare settings. We should continue to look at diverse ways of increasing membership, identifying gaps and embracing the changing face of the NHS. We should continue to look to our existing membership to ensure they feel the value of the ahcp.
Ultimately the role of National Chair is not about my personal views. The agenda I will work to will be the agenda of the membership. All of my positive experiences within the ahcp have come from working as part of a team and I believe that working together we can continue to take the Association from strength to strength.
Thank you again for your support and I look forward to working with you all over my term as Chair.