At our last Board Meeting Dr Richard Russell explained that he would be formally standing down from his role as Chair of South Cumbria Primary Care Collaborative at the end of March.

Following discussion it was agreed that Dr Gerry Murray will be our new Chair and Dr Arun Thimmiah will be our new Chief Executive from April.

Here at SCPCC we would all like to say a big thank you to Richard for all his hard work and commitment within the Collaborative over the last three years - it has been very much appreciated.

We would also like to wish Gerry and Arun much success in their new roles.

Dr Murray said: "I would first of all like to formally thank Richard Russell for performing the role of Chair since the start of the Collaborative three years ago. Richard has provided admirable leadership throughout this time and represented us at numerous meetings with the CCG, Better Care Together and most recently in trying to encourage us all to be involved in presenting a united voice on the new organisation, the Accountable Care Partnership (ACP).

"I am accutely aware that Richard's will indeed be very diffictult shoes to fill and I'm rather humbled to be asked to take on this role."