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Appointment of Paul Jennings as interim Chief Executive

  As you will no doubt be aware, our current CEO, Sue Turner is retiring from our trust at the end of November this year.  The recruitment process for the new permanent Chief Executive is now well underway and I hope to be able to share the outcome of this within the coming weeks.

However, in the meantime I am pleased to announce we have appointed an interim Chief Executive to lead the trust during the transitional period before the permanent Chief Executive is in place.  Paul Jennings will be joining us as an interim Chief Executive from December 1, 2012.

Paul has worked in the NHS for over 30 years in a wide range of senior roles.  Most recently Paul was Associate National Director for Partnerships and Stakeholder Engagement at the NHS National Commissioning Board and before that was Programme Director for Partnerships at West Midlands Strategic Health Authority.  Prior to this Paul was Chief Executive of three Primary Care Trusts (NHS Warwickshire, NHS Walsall and North Birmingham PCT).

Paul also has a long history of managing community services, including learning disabilities and mental health services as well as primary care community services. Paul has a strong track record of building and developing partnerships and integrating services across systems to deliver organisational and system change in order to transform services.  He has always prioritised working closely with clinicians and service users to gain support for what have, on occasions, been innovative and challenging schemes.

In his spare time, Paul chairs a community interest company which focuses on addressing health issues for people from black and minority communities and migrants and is a Patron of two charities in south India. Paul is also a football fan and holds a season ticket at Walsall FC.

Paul’s leadership during this period will be vital as we continue to concentrate on improving quality and patient experience, and building strong relationships with our new commissioners.


Best wishes

Sue Davis CBE
Chair