Paul Head appointed as CEO of Sussex Community NHS Trust
Paula Head appointed as new chief executive
03 January 2013

The Trust appoints a new chief executive

Paula Head has been appointed the new chief executive at Sussex Community NHS Trust (SCT) following a competitive recruitment process.

Paula complements her clinical background as a pharmacist with commercial experience and an exceptional record of achievement at board level with a number of NHS organisations.

She is currently director of transformation at Frimley Park Hospital, one of the country’s leading NHS foundation trusts, where she leads organisational change and development, delivering efficiencies and service improvements and enhancing Frimley Park’s reputation.

In previous board-level positions first with Kingston Primary Care Trust (PCT) and then with Berkshire East PCT, she led strategy, business planning, contracting and performance. In both roles she managed community engagement programmes leading to the successful implementation of local service change, and served as deputy chief executive.

SCT chair Sue Sjuve says: “Paula expects to begin work with SCT by the beginning of April 2013, and news of her appointment helps us to approach year-end on a real high. In making the appointment, we were impressed by her commitment to quality, to clinical leadership and staff ownership, to partnership working, but most of all to offering excellent care to the patients and wider communities we serve.”

Paula Head says: “My approach is to create a vision, inspire others to express this in their own terms and then translate this into tangible service and health outcomes. “I’ll want to build upon our progress at SCT and ensure we achieve our full potential as we work to achieve our goal to become an NHS foundation trust.”

Paula succeeds our previous chief executive Andy Painton, who stood down from the role in October 2012 because of ill-health.