Caroline Walker has been appointed as director of finance at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Trust. Since 1995, Walker has been deputy director of finance at the Royal Hospitals Trust in London. Previously, her career was spent in the Nottingham and Leicester areas. Walker now boasts more than 17 years' experience of the NHS, working in the acute, mental health, community and health authority sectors. As director of finance at Great Ormond Street, Walker will be responsible for ensuring effective financial management across the trust, overseeing a revenue budget for 1999/2000 of £118m. She will manage the trust's complex contracting portfolio, negotiating and monitoring over 60 service agreements with health authorities and other commissioners. In addition, she will be the finance director of the Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity, the primary charity arm of the Trust. Speaking to Accountancy Age, Walker described her goals for her time in the post. She said: 'My job is to sustain the security of the hospital and the mass of good work that goes on here. If I can add to the development of that, it will be my biggest achievement. 'There have been considerable financial changes in respect to the funding of the NHS, and that is a threat to us at Great Ormond Street. I will have to persuade the financial commissioners of the importance of continuing to support centres of excellence such as this. 'It is important that this organisation can continue to develop and expand, and the financial regime here should not be a limiting factor.' Walker took up the post on 4 October and, in the interim, Robert Kirton, who was the recent director of finance at Richmond Twickenham and Richmond NHS Trust, was appointed as acting director of finance.
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