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Roy Griffins confirmed as Non-Executive Director of NHS Blood and Transplant

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Roy Griffins has been confirmed as Non Executive Director of NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT), by the Health Secretary Andrew Lansley

Roy Griffins has been confirmed as Non Executive Director of NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT), by the Secretary of State for Health, Andrew Lansley.

Mr Griffins has experience at board level in both executive and non-executive roles. He has worked for numerous public and private sector organisations in the UK and internationally.

Health Secretary Andrew Lansley said:

“I’m delighted that Roy Griffins is bringing his expertise to this important role at NHS Blood and Transplant. He has a wealth of experience from the public and private sector which will be invaluable to NHSBT.”

Chairman of NHSBT Bill Fullagar said:

“The Board and staff of NHSBT can be proud of our performance improvements in recent times, but there is much more to do. Roy’s broad experience of the public and private sectors will help our strong team to meet the challenges ahead and carry forward the task of saving patient lives.”

Roy Griffins said:

“I’m delighted to be appointed as a Non-Executive director at NHS Blood and Transplant. Joining the Board of this unique Special Health Authority is a challenge that I am going to relish. NHSBT does what public healthcare is meant to do. It saves and improves people’s lives, thanks to the generosity of many thousands of donors.

“I have been a blood donor for nearly forty years. Now I have the chance to use my experience to support the invaluable work of this organisation in other ways too.”

NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) is a joint England and Wales Special Health Authority. Its remit includes the provision of a reliable, efficient supply of blood and associated services to the NHS in England and North Wales. It is also the organ donor organisation for the UK and is responsible for matching and allocating donated organs

Notes to editors

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  1. Roy Griffins took up his new post on 1 January 2012.

  2. Mr Griffins has been the Chairman of the Board of London City Airport since January 2007 and the British Chairman of the Channel Tunnel Intergovernmental Commission since April 2006. He holds numerous other positions, notably that of deputy chairman of the London Ambulance Service NHS Trust and of the London borough of Camden’s Standards Committee.

  3. Mr Griffins had a distinguished 30 year career in the British Civil Service and Diplomatic Service, mainly in international, transport and environment posts. He was made a Companion of the Order of the Bath (CB) in 2003. He is a graduate of Bristol University and studied at the Ecole Nationale d’Administration in Paris.

  4. This appointment is made in accordance with the code for public appointments, issued by the Commissioner for Public Appointments.  All appointments are made on merit and political activity plays no part in the selection process. However, in accordance with the original Nolan recommendations, there is a requirement for appointees’ political activity (if any declared) to be made public. Roy Griffins has declared no political activity

  5. Roy Griffins holds the following public appointments:
    Non-Executive Director London Ambulance Service NHS Trust, remunerated at  £6,096 per annum. British Chairman of the Channel Tunnel Intergovernmental Commission, remunerated at £600 per day.
  6. The remuneration for this post is £7,882 per annum. The appointment is made for a period of four years.

  7. Further information on the NHSBT is available on the NHSBT website.

  8. Roy Griffins will join the six other Non-executive Directors on the NHSBT Board:
    Andrew Blakeman
    Della Burnside
    Dr Christine Costello
    John Forsythe
    George Jenkins
    Shaun Williams

  9. The NHS Organ Donor Register records the details of people who have registered their wishes to donate organs and/or tissue after their death for transplantation. This information is checked after someone has died by authorised medical staff to establish whether a person wanted to donate.

  10. The NHS needs 7,000 units of blood daily to supply hospitals across England and North Wales. Currently, 4% of the eligible population are active blood donors, helping to ensure that hospital demand is met.

  11. To join the NHS Organ Donor Register or to register as a blood donor call the donor line on 0300 123 23 23. You can also join online by visiting the Organ Donor Register website or the Give Blood website.