Fri 6 Nov 20
Vice-Chancellor Professor Anthony Forster has given thanks to the outgoing CEO of regional healthcare provider Provide, which has helped support student employability and research.
Professor Forster has thanked founding CEO John Niland, praising Provide’s investment in its partnership with the University, as he welcomed new CEO Mark Heasman this week.
John Niland, who graduated from Essex with a BA Government and Politics in 1985, has stepped down after more than a decade at the helm. During his time in charge, he helped our community take on key health challenges by developing links with Provide across research, employability and knowledge exchange activities. Philanthropic donations to Essex supporting joint activities over this period are approaching £500,000.
Professor Forster said: “I would like to thank John and Provide for their outstanding commitment to health and wellbeing of individuals and communities in our region.
“Their significant investment in our Provide-Essex partnership is testament to this commitment, which is making a real difference to the quality of life in the east of England.
“It has been a great pleasure for me to engage with John in his position as CEO and I would also like to welcome his successor, Mark Heasman.
“We are committed to continuing the great work and collaboration in further enhancing health and wellbeing across the east of England, recognising the impact that our graduates and researchers can play in these efforts.”
Provide, a Community Interest Company, delivers a range of NHS services, including community nursing, stroke rehabilitation and specialist services for children and people with long term conditions. Its significant support for Essex has helped students make the most of their studies and gain valuable workplace skills, and supported innovative research that can change lives. This includes the use of artificial intelligence to meet growing demand and collaborations to improve service delivery.
Highlights of the Essex-Provide partnership: