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New Director of Finance and Estates appointed
19 August 2016

New Director of Finance and Estates appointed

We have appointed Mike Jennings as our Director of Finance and Estates following a competitive recruitment process.

Mike is currently Commercial Director at Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, one of the country’s most successful NHS foundation trusts, where he leads on commercial developments, partnership working, strategy and planning.

A qualified accountant, who has lived in Brighton for 19 years, he began his accountancy career working in the financial services industry. He joined Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust from Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust in 2009. At Western Sussex he has been Deputy Director of Finance and interim Finance Director before joining the executive team permanently in 2014.

Stephen Lightfoot, Non-Executive Director and Chair of Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust (SCFT) Finance and Investment Committee said:

“We are delighted that Mike is joining our executive team. He brings with him some fantastic experience gained as a member of the leadership team at one of the country’s most successful foundation trusts. We were impressed with his track record of delivering outstanding, cost effective, services and his ability to drive forward innovative and new ideas. Following the recent appointment of Siobhan Melia to the post of Chief Executive, our executive leadership team is extremely strong and we’re looking forward to a new phase in the organisation’s development.”

Mike Jennings said: “I am looking forward to taking on this new role at SCFT. With their recent CQC ‘good’ rating, and having been authorised as a Foundation Trust earlier this year, it is an exciting time to be joining this dynamic and forward thinking organisation.”

Mike will start at SCFT on Monday 10 October and succeeds our previous Director of Finance and Estates Jonathan Reid, who took up the position of Director of Finance at East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust in June 2016.