Award for trust board secretary

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SCARBOROUGH Hospital’s trust board secretary was presented with a staff award just before retiring from the role he has held for 13 years.

Chris Coombs was named the latest monthly winner of the staff ABCD award after receiving 144 votes from staff from across the organisation.

For the first time this month all staff, rather than just the communications links, were encouraged to vote for who they thought was most deserving of the employee of the month title.

More than ten per cent of the workforce took the opportunity to vote with Mr Coombs receiving an overwhelming majority.

He was nominated by a colleague who wrote: “Chris always has time to help everyone, no matter how busy he is. He is well known across the organisation and it will be a great loss to the trust when he retires.”

Mr Coombs joined the trust in 1998 when he returned to Scarborough after working in Hong Kong as a police superintendent.

His role as trust board secretary involved supporting the corporate arm of the trust and assisting the board of directors on a day-to-day basis.

Mr Coombs said: “I was very flattered to have been put forward for this award and I really didn’t think that I would win.

“I haven’t got any set plans for retirement but I’m going to take a long break and then decide what to do from there.

“In my role as trust board secretary I have had the pleasure to work with many staff from departments across Scarborough and Bridlington Hospitals.

“There are some really lovely people that work here and I have enjoyed being part of their team. I wish the trust a prosperous future.”

He received a cheque for £50 and was congratulated by the board at a recent meeting.