BT has appointed former health secretary Patrica Hewitt to its board as a non-executive director. BT is a major supplier to the government's NHS national programme for IT. "Patricia brings deep experience of government affairs, politics and public policy, and has held UK cabinet posts for both health and trade & industry," said Sir Mike Rake, Chairman of BT.
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BT has also announced that Eric Daniels, group chief executive of LloydsTSB Group, will join the BT board as non-executive director. Rake will take up his role on 1 April 2008, and Hewitt will be joining on 24 March 2008.
Hewitt is Labour MP for Leicester West. She was health minister from 2005 until 2007, and played a key role in driving the government's NHS national programme. She was trade and industry minister before moving to health.