11 Nov 2015
West London Mental Health Trust today announced the appointment of Carolyn Regan as chief executive. Carolyn will start in her new role in December 2015.
Carolyn is a highly experienced chief executive both in the NHS and in the justice system. She established West London Clinical Commissioning Group in 2012 after spending four years as chief executive of the Legal Services Commission.
Before that, Carolyn was an NHS chief executive for a number of NHS strategic organisations including North East London Strategic Health Authority, East London and the City Health Authority and West Hertfordshire Health Authority. She spent more than a decade in operational roles in community, mental health and acute hospital services in the 1980s and 1990s.
Since 2014 she has been a Board member of the Press Recognition Panel, chaired a charity offering children legal representation and worked as a consultant.
Commenting on her appointment, Carolyn said: “I am delighted to be joining West London Mental Health Trust at this exciting and challenging time for the trust. West London is poised to transform a whole range of services it provides to the public – developing primary care mental health services, its community services and notably a single point of access to mental healthcare 24/7 in Ealing, Hammersmith and Fulham and Hounslow. Its forensic and high secure services are also undergoing major redevelopment that will bring tangible benefits for patients.
“Successfully introducing these changes depends on having enough committed and caring staff dedicated to improving the quality of care the trust provides. I intend to continue the excellent work the previous leadership team embarked upon to improve staffing, morale and the culture of the trust.
“I am also looking forward to working with a range of key partners, including our commissioners, patients and carers.”
Tom Hayhoe, chairman of the trust, said: “Carolyn has an excellent track record of leading organisations through change and bringing staff with her. I am looking forward to working with her, as are my board colleagues, to develop the services we provide for our local communities and those that are commissioned nationally.”