A NEW chairman of trustees has been appointed for the Pickering-based Wild Ward Family Trust.

Professor Dianne Willcocks takes over from Tony Denness, who will continue as a trustee until October.

Dianne has served nine years as a non-executive director at York Teaching Hospital, she is a Deputy Lieutenant of North Yorkshire and from 1999 to 2010 led the formation of York St John University as its first vice-chancellor.

Paul McCay, chief executive at Wilf Ward Family Trust, said: "We are delighted to have someone of Dianne’s calibre to lead on our Board of Trustees. She brings a huge wealth of relevant knowledge and experience, as well as a deep passion for improving the care for adult social care in our community.

“I know that she has been impressed with the care and commitment that she has encountered in our services and I am confident that her engagement on behalf of our customers and support workers will encourage and enable the trust to further our ambitions for the future."