Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust says goodbye to Chair; Mike Taylor

Mike Taylor, Chair at the Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (CPFT) is retiring after 6 years.

In Mike’s varied career he has developed a wealth of experience in senior roles in many organisations in the public, private and third sectors across the world, including Hong Kong, South America and Saudi Arabia. 

Mike said “Whilst I am sorry to be leaving my role with CPFT a little earlier than planned it seems the right time for others to take CPFT forward in its relationships with other partners.  I regard my time as Chair as the high point of my 26 years’ non-executive service in the NHS and have greatly valued the friendship and support of everyone in the Trust – Board colleagues, Governors and staff - as we have worked collectively to ensure the best quality of care for the people of Cumbria.”

Claire Molloy Chief Executive  in the CPFT said “I would like to thank Mike Taylor for his service to Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust over the last 6 years and the outstanding contribution he has made in leading the organisation through a series of improvements in quality and culture at which we are all very proud. Mike has had a very long and distinguished career in the NHS of over 25 years in total, of which 10 have been in Cumbria and I wish him all the very best for his retirement.”

Mike was educated at Harrow, went on to graduate from Cambridge, joined the Royal Artillery, worked in the private sector in industrial relations and strategic issues. Mike was the first national assessor for Investors in People, Regional Commissioner for the NHS Appointments Commission, Chairman of Chester Aid to the Homeless and an Associate Lecturer for the Open University Business School are only a few of the positions he has held.

In Cumbria Mike has been chair of the Third Sector Network, Chair of Primary Care Trust, and Chair of St John’s Ambulance. He joined the Partnership Trust in 2011. He has held many roles in the Territorial Army rising to the rank of Colonel and is a member of the Cumbria Armed Forces Covenant Partnership. Mike was ADC to HM the Queen for four years and was awarded the CBE in 1992. He was a Deputy Lieutenant of Cheshire from 1998 to 2012.

Mike doesn’t plan to put his feet up and plans to reconnect with the Third Sector in Cumbria as well as developing the hospitality business he runs with his partner in Clifton.