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New Chief Executive appointed
29 July 2016

New Chief Executive appointed

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Siobhan Melia as our new Chief Executive.

Siobhan is currently Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Partnerships and Commercial Development at the Trust. She has been an instrumental part of the organisation’s development in recent years through a period in which it achieved a CQC ‘good’ rating and was authorised as a Foundation Trust.

Siobhan joined the organisation from Telefonica UK in October 2013 and has over 18 years of NHS experience in a range of roles including as a clinician, senior manager, and board member.

The appointment was made following a rigorous process involving a high quality field of external candidates. Siobhan impressed the recruitment panel with her exceptional leadership experience, track record of delivery, and vision for the future of the organisation.

Sue Sjuve, Chair, Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust said: “I can think of no one better to lead the trust. Siobhan is the exceptional chief executive we were looking for to take us to the next level. She brings a breadth of experience and expertise and a vision for the organisation which aims to unlock the skills, energy and commitment of our frontline staff to allow them to make decisions locally and build high quality, sustainable services. It is a bonus that she already knows the organisation well and will be able to hit the ground running.”

Siobhan Melia, added: “I am delighted to have the opportunity to lead such a fantastic organisation. It is a genuine privilege to work with such a committed team and my immediate priority is to be as visible as possible so that I can listen directly to our teams. I want to hear about what we can improve upon so that we can work together to make change happen.

“We have a fantastic platform to build on and our staff have already helped us to achieve CQC ‘good’ and Foundation Trust status. Now we can move forward in our ambition to become an ‘outstanding’ trust. We will achieve this by creating an environment where people thrive, introducing a bold approach of local decision-making which continually improves outcomes for patients.

“My job is also to ensure we work effectively with our partners and stakeholders across the system. I will be a passionate advocate for community services which need to be front and centre if we are going to meet the challenges we face in the NHS and social care.”

Siobhan Melia succeeds Paula Head who leaves to become Chief Executive at Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. A ‘handover’ period has already begun to ensure a seamless transition before Siobhan takes up the role on 1 September 2016.