CEO Owen, left and chair Andrew Haigh have been hosting all our major Trust events side-by-side for four years now.
At Celebrating Success this year they dubbed themselves the "second-rate" Ant and Dec, so in tribute to them (and with apols to the Geordie presenting duo) -and to raise a smile - Comms has created this photo of just how they might look away from CHFT and all dressed up like first-rate presenters!
We also took the opportunity to ask them about their Christmases gone by and for their special messages to CHFT colleagues for Xmas 2016 and into 2017!
1 Favourite bit of Dec 25?
Owen (O) - Opening presents with the wife and kids
Andrew (A)- Breakfast of scrambled eggs and smoked salmon
2 Fave present ever and why?
O - Not at liberty to discuss
A - I am told by my family that I am the most difficult person to buy for. Last year one of my daughters bought me a particular dragon statue which is right up there.
3 Champagne, port or snowballs?
O - None of the above – scrambled eggs on toast with a mug of hot chocolate will do just fine
A - For me, port
4 If you could have one present for CHFT what would it be?
O - A great festive period for staff and patients and a prosperous new year
A - Progressing the reconfiguration plans to action rather than planning
5 Did your children ever catch-you out as Santa?
O - If you asked them they’d probably say he’s more like Krampus* (Krampus is a horned, folklore figure described as "half-goat, half-demon", who, during the Christmas season, punishes children who have misbehaved, in contrast with Saint Nicholas, who rewards the well-behaved with gifts).
A - No - but I have had some serious ribbing over my choice of Xmas jumpers (bit the same as ties really)!
6 Any comedy disasters with food?
O - Yep my late Mum always said that I had a hole in my bottom lip
A - Only too much of it - particularly red cabbage & port (see answer to champagne question!
7 Long walk or slump in front of the telly?
O - Upright playing PlayStation 4 or watching a DC/Marvel/Star Wars something
A - Long walk followed by relaxing and family games
8 Quality Street or Ferrero Rocher?
O - Neither - Galaxy or Aero all day long
A - Of the two, Quality Street
9 Fave Christmas pop song/music?
O - Black Butterfly – Sounds of Blackness
A - Slade Merry Xmas – no not really! Modern music would be Marillion's take on The Carol of the Bells; however I would also say The Christmas Overture by Nigel Hess sums up Christmas music for me and not forgetting my favorite carol - The Three Kings
10 What would your special message for 2017 be to all your colleagues?
O - Be proud of who you are, what you’ve achieved and look forward with optimism
A - Embrace the EPR implementation. It has the potential to revolutionise the way we work for our patients the better.
** In the meantime the real Ant and Dec have sent a message to all NHS workers from the jungle. See photo attached.