In Praise of Maggie Chadwick, “indomitable champion” for our NHS and regional development


Maggie Chadwick had a wealth of experience in further and higher education and most recently health – two of the most important ingredients to Cumbria’s overall regeneration agenda. Because of this she was appointment as a co-opted member of the Cumbria Vision Board in June 2008.

Roger Liddle, Chair of Cumbria Vision, said: “I and the Board of Cumbria Vision are deeply shocked and saddened by the death of Maggie. Our sincerest condolences go out to her family and close friends at what will be a very difficult time. Maggie was solid gold; strong principled, big hearted, totally devoted to Cumbria and its people. She still had a much more to offer and we will all miss her a great deal.”

Maggie was also a founder member of the Northwest Regional Development Agency Board, serving from 1998-2001.

Robert Hough, Chairman of the Northwest Regional Development Agency, said: “Maggie was a highly respected individual and her loss is very sad news for all who knew and worked with her. She was a passionate advocate for health service reform and for the region. As a founding member of the NWDA Board, she made a vital contribution to the Agency’s work from its inception and on behalf of the NWDA I would like to offer our sincere condolences.””

Tributes paid to NHS Cumbria Chair

Leading clinicians, managers and non-executive directors have been paying tribute to the late Maggie Chadwick, the Chair of NHS Cumbria, whose dedicated service to our community will be missed.

Maggie, 63, had chaired NHS Cumbria since 2006, supporting GPs and other clinicians in taking forward a series of much-needed reforms to health services in the county.

A modern linguist who graduated from Lancaster University, Maggie’s professional background was in Further and Higher Education. She was Principal and Chief Executive at Furness College in Barrow from 1990 to 2000 and an Honorary Fellow of Lancaster University Management School.

She had an enduring interest in private-public sector partnerships as  means of economic regeneration and community wellbeing, and was a founder member of the Northwest Development Agency from 1998 to 2001.

Maggie served as a Labour councillor for the John O’ Gaunt ward on Lancaster City Council from 2005 to 2007. She also served as a non-executive director of the Cumbria and Lancashire Strategic Health Authority from 2001 and was appointed Chair of NHS Cumbria in 2006.

Earlier this week, her appointment by the Government Equalities Office to serve as a national diversity ambassador was announced.

Sue Page, NHS Cumbria’s Chief Executive, said: “We are all shocked and deeply saddened by Maggie’s death. She was an indomitable champion for the NHS in Cumbria and someone whose dedication and charm touched everyone she worked with. She was very close to her parents and my deepest sympathies go to them at this time.”

Ian, Gordon, NHS Cumbria’s Audit Chair and a non-executive Trust Board member, said: “Maggie has been someone who always fought for what she believed in, and for whom we had enormous affection. Her life has been cut short when she still had a lot to give.

“In her time as Chair of NHS Cumbria, the organisation turned a £37 million black-hole in the county’s health finances into a small surplus, placed community hospitals on a sustainable path for the future, and put more control than ever before in the hands of local GPs.”

Dr Peter Weaving, a lead GP at NHS Cumbria, said: “Maggie was an unfailing supporter of the drive to reform health services in Cumbria and deliver more treatment, closer to home. Her commitment and enthusiasm for the job will be sadly missed and her personality made Maggie an incredibly likeable person.”


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