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New non-executive director joins hospital trust

Posted: 5 November 2020

Picture Edwin Josephs, new non-executive director

West Hertfordshire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust (WHHT) welcomes Edwin Josephs as its new non-executive director.

Edwin, who will begin his role as non-executive director later this month, brings with him nearly two decades of board-level experience. As part of his role, he will chair the trust’s audit subcommittee.

NHS non-executive directors ensure that the board acts in the best interests of patients and the public. Acting as critical friends, they hold the executive directors to account and also work with them to formulate strategies by bringing independent, external perspectives.

Edwin has had senior roles in the public and charity sectors and was previously a non-executive board member for Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) UK and is chair of trustees at a UK charity, The Congregation of Yahweh (a Christian charity, responsible for a number of churches and community projects).

Following his qualification as a chartered management accountant in 1984, Edwin has developed extensive knowledge of corporate governance, risk and assurance and has held a number of senior financial positions including the role of director of finance at the National Consumer Council and the Legal Services Board. Throughout this time he has been responsible for finance, HR, IT, estates, risk, health and safety and more recently cyber security.

Among his accomplishments, Edwin was a founding member of Youth Link UK, a national children’s charity. He is currently a member of the Next Generation NED (non-executive director) Network and the KPMG Board Leadership Centre.

Edwin is no stranger to the NHS, having worked for a hospital trust in Buckinghamshire earlier in his career in a variety of roles, including finance and auditing and senior leadership. He has lived in Abbots Langley for 23 years.

He said: “What an exciting time to join the trust! I am delighted to be part of an organisation with such a bright future. With new hospital buildings on the horizon and a recent history of year-on-year improvements in key performance measures, the staff are clearly working hard on behalf of their patients. I look forward to being part of such a high-achieving team.”

Trust chairman Phil Townsend said: “We are delighted that Edwin is joining us and that we will benefit from his considerable expertise and experience. He is going to be a great addition to the board especially in these challenging times."

Contact information

  1. For more information, please contact the communications team on: email:, For out of hours media enquiries please call the Watford General Hospital switchboard on 01923 244366 and ask for the on call communications manager.
  2. West Hertfordshire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust serves people from across Hertfordshire, north London and further afield. It operates from three hospitals: Watford General, St Albans City and Hemel Hempstead. The trust sees around 600,000 patients a year and is one of the largest employers locally, with around 5,000 staff and volunteers.
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