Jagtar Singh- Trust Chair
Background and Experience
Jagtar Singh was appointed Trust Chair in September 2014. Jagtar’s tenure was renewed for a final two years until September 2024, which will bring his full tenure to 10 years.
As Chair of the Trust, Jagtar has brought a wealth of expertise, including 30 years in the Fire and Rescue Service, and 12 years in Non-Executive roles in the NHS (having previously worked as a NED in the Ambulance Service, and Luton and Dunstable University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust).
During his time at CWPT, Jagtar has brought about, with board members, a clear focus on delivering culturally competent care, reducing health inequalities, and introducing an inclusion leaders’ model that has seen several improvements in our WRES, staff survey, gender pay gap and CQC headings.
Jagtar is recognised for his passion and support for reducing inequalities. He has been selected by NHS England to serve on the NHS Assembly and is a trustee of NHS Providers, which ends in June 2023.
Jagtar does all that he can to help those in need. In recent years, he has been actively involved in raising funds and obtaining equipment for emergency causes, such as the India COVID-19 appeal, the Pakistan flood appeal, and the Ukraine humanitarian aid appeal.
Jagtar was Acting Chief Fire Officer in Bedford and Luton Fire and Rescue Service and rose from Fire Fighter to Divisional Commander in the West Midlands Service.
In 2003, Jagtar received both the Public Servant of the Year Award at the Asian Achievement Awards ceremony in Birmingham, and an OBE for his work on equality and diversity in the Fire Service.
In the NHS, Jagtar has been recognised for his work on equalities and inclusion and he has received awards from national bodies including the Health Service Journal (HSJ). In 2020 he was named by the HSJ as one of the 50 most influential BAME leaders in health and won the national Asian Achievement Awards in 2016 for most influential NHS leader.
Jagtar has also served as a Trustee of several charities in the past including the Healing Foundation, Employment Opportunities for Disabled People and Bedford Race Equality.
OBE, MSc, BA Hons, MIFireE