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Managing Director for the Lancashire and South Cumbria Pathology Collaboration set to retire after 45 years’ NHS Service

Mark Hindle, Managing Director of the Lancashire and South Cumbria Pathology Collaboration, has confirmed that he will be retiring in January 2023 after 45 years of service to the NHS.

Mr Hindle will continue to advise and support the Pathology Board until he retires, but will be will be transitioning away from for the day to day running of the service. He will continue to carry on the role of Pathology Incident Director to ensure a coordinated response to any further COVID-19 issues and other matters that affect the service on a regional and national basis.

Professor Anthony Rowbottom MBE, Lancashire Teaching Hospitals’ Clinical Director for Pathology, who has been closely involved with the project, will begin to pick up the day-to-day running of the collaboration from the autumn whilst the board reviews what the future leadership arrangements should look like as things move forward into an exciting new phase post pandemic.
Chief Executive of Lancashire Teaching Hospitals and chair of the Lancashire and South Cumbria Pathology Collaboration Board, Kevin McGee said:

“On behalf of the Pathology Board, which has representation from all our local acute Trusts, I would like to thank Mark for his work on the collaboration over the past three years, as well as his vital and ongoing work as Pathology Incident Director. 

“During this period, we have seen unprecedented changes throughout the NHS and Mark’s energy and commitment have been vital in keeping momentum on what is a complex but important project which will ensure the ongoing investment in pathology services across Lancashire and South Cumbria.

“As we continue to learn to live with Covid, it’s important that we move forward positively and productively with our colleagues to shape the pathology services of the future. Mark has kept me in the loop on his retirement plans and we both agree that it is now time to hand things on to a leadership team who can commit to taking us through to the next phase of the project in the months and years ahead.
“I’d like to take this opportunity to also acknowledge Mark’s 45 years of dedicated service to the NHS and the communities we serve which will have made a tangible difference to the lives of many in our localities.”

Managing Director of the Lancashire and South Cumbria Pathology Collaboration, Mark Hindle, said: 

“Whilst not without its challenges, working on the Pathology Collaboration has been fascinating and I would like to thank colleagues and stakeholders for their support over the last three years.

“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my 45 years within the NHS during which time I’ve had a variety of roles ranging from Biomedical Scientist in Pathology to Chief Executive and am exceptionally proud to have served the people of Lancashire and South Cumbria - but it’s now time to pass the baton on to others.

“I will be continuing my commitment to public service in my current role as deputy Mayor of Ribble Valley Borough Council and am looking forward to becoming Mayor in 2023.”  

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