Sam Crane from NHS Wales has been re-elected MiP chair for a second two-year term. Photo: Stefano Cagnoni
Sam Crane, national committee member for Wales, was unanimously re-elected as MiP chair for a second two-year term at the new national committee’s first meeting in April. Vice chairs Zoeta Manning from the West Midlands region, and David Cain from the North West, were also re-elected to serve for another two years.
Sam, manager of out-of-hours and 111 services for Aneurin Bevan University Health Board in South Wales, has been MiP chair since 2016 and a member of the national committee since 2008.
Speaking after her re-election, Sam said: “I’m very proud to continue to be part of leading this union. As a jobbing senior manager in the NHS, I’m aware that we can never lose sight of the fundamental issues that our members experience daily – the pressures in the system, the need for individual support to ensure wellbeing and the need to listen to the members we represent about what’s important to them.
National committee’s role
“I believe our role as a committee is about representing our constituents and ensuring we find the right balance between working behind-the-scenes to influence policy decisions on the big political items, and representing and supporting individual members,” she added.
One of the new committee’s key objectives is to strengthen links between committee members and their local areas. From this autumn, committee members will be publishing regular email updates to MiP members in their region, with news and information on committee discussions and local MiP activities. The updates will also be available from the new MiP website, which is due be launched in the autumn.
David Cain has been elected as MiP’s fourth representative on the executive committee of the FDA – one of MiP’s two parent unions. David, who is also MiP national committee member for the North West, joins Richard Carthew, Simon Brake and Diane Lester, who were elected to the FDA’s governing body earlier this year.