After four and half years as Independent Chair of Medway Community Healthcare (MCH), Antony Kildare will leave at the end of July. Appointed back in early 2017, Antony agreed to extend his original term as Chair to enable MCH to deal with the significant demands of the Covid pandemic.

Since joining MCH, Antony has provided strong, effective leadership and oversight to MCH and the Board to support the organisation to flourish as a provider of high-quality health and care services to patients and to local communities across Medway, Swale and more widely. He has also been influential in encouraging and promoting improved understanding of MCH’s culture and values as an innovative and ambitious social enterprise and of the social impact and added value the organisation contributes in support of community causes and projects.

In thanking Antony Kildare for his contribution, Managing Director Martin Riley said:

“On behalf of all the staff, directors and volunteers at MCH I would like to thank Antony for his excellent leadership of our Board of Directors, for his stewardship during some very difficult periods for health providers and for all he has done for us as an organisation. We wish him the very best for the future. Throughout his time with us Antony has been dedicated to improving the quality of care for our patients and has helped lead our vision to realise much greater collaboration and integration in the way we work. Antony has been instrumental in steering the board to be more effective, always with a continued focus on better patient care being at the heart of everything that we do”. 

Antony said: “MCH has changed considerably since I joined, from the breadth of services provided to the compassionate way they are delivered. It has been a fascinating job which has been hugely enjoyable and rewarding due to the many dedicated individuals I have had the privilege to work with. I am proud of what we have achieved together, how much the organisation has grown and developed and how we have reacted in the wake of a global pandemic.  I leave MCH in a strong and financially stable position despite the considerable Covid related pressures and challenges we have experienced to respond to the needs of our patients and staff. I look forward to seeing what is next for MCH and wish them every success.”

Over the last few months MCH has successfully completed a recruitment process and a new Chair will be announced shortly.