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Mary Archer receives award in Queen’s Birthday Honours list

16 June 2012
Cambridge University Hospitals chairman Mary Archer has been made a Dame in the honours list announced today.

Dame Mary Archer Dame Mary Archer, who has been chairman at Cambridge University Hospitals for 10 years, received the honour for her services to the NHS.

She said: “I am greatly honoured by this award, as I truly believe in the NHS and its enduring value to society. As a scientist, I have seen how innovation in UK healthcare can arise from close collaboration between the NHS and the scientific and academic communities. It has been deeply rewarding to nurture such partnerships on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus as we work together to build a world-class academic medical centre.

“But most of all, this award is a tribute to the skills and dedication of the thousands of staff at Cambridge University Hospitals. The many accolades that the Trust has won rightly recognise the excellent care they give every year to our patients. I wish the Trust every continued success.”

Karen Castille, interim chief executive of Cambridge University Hospitals, said:  “I am delighted that Mary has been recognised for her tremendous achievements and commitment to our hospitals and the NHS. She has been a fantastic chairman, showing unstinting passion, dedication and ambition to innovate and drive up standards for patient care.

“With her background in science and academia she is a highly skilled influencer, for example steering us through a complex planning process to develop our campus into one of the best biomedical research centres in Europe.  She has been pivotal in helping to make CUH one of the most successful foundation trusts and a world-class health institution.

“In her role as deputy chairman of ACT, our charitable trust, Mary has been a true ambassador, personally raising significant funds for medical equipment and new developments.

“Mary has been a great role model for staff, showing compassion and care for patients and living our values of ‘kind, safe and excellent’ in everything she does. Patients and staff will miss her when she stands down in October after three terms as chairman and we wish her all the best for the future.”

Dame Mary Archer has led a number of innovations including the successful formation of Cambridge University Health Partners and she has driven the development of the Cambridge Biomedical Campus.

Nationally Mary was the leading light in pioneering an information pack for prostate cancer patients, which was commended by the NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement as a blueprint for other programmes and which won a British Medical Association award.

Mary Archer’s commitment to health and well-being led her to develop the successful Addenbrooke’s Abroad programme which has enabled staff to share their skills and expertise overseas on a voluntary basis to make a practical, long-term and sustainable contribution to health systems in developing countries. She has personally developed a strong partnership with Princess Marina Hospital in Botswana, helping to establish the medical school of the University of Botswana.”