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Steve Shrubb to retire from the NHS

19 Jun 2015

Steve Shrubb, chief executive, announced his retirement today (19 June 2015) to take effect from 20 November.

Steve ShrubbTrust chairman, Tom Hayhoe, and the board will work with the Trust Development Authority to find a successor.

Announcing his retirement, Steve said: “This autumn will be my 40th anniversary in the NHS. It is a major milestone in anyone’s career and as such I have reflected that it is the right time for me to retire.

“It has not been an easy decision. Working in the NHS has genuinely been the greatest privilege of my life. This is in large part due to the incredible compassion, energy and commitment of people who work in the trust and my colleagues across the NHS.

“I want to thank  the trust staff and my colleagues in health and social care for the support they have given me personally and for their inspiring dedication to helping patients whose needs are great.’

Steve said he decided to retire in order to become a carer to his elderly parents.

“I feel it is time for me to take up a new role as carer for my parents. They now need more support, which I want to be able to give them. It is genuinely something I want to do in order to give back to them a bit of what they gave to me growing up – a sense of security and a good quality of life.”

Commenting on Steve’s announcement, chairman Tom Hayhoe said:

“I first met Steve several years ago when he was leading the NHS Confederation Mental Health Network and more recently enjoyed working with him to encourage collaboration between the trust and the local acute hospital where I was chairman. It was a real pleasure to come into my new role in April and see at first hand Steve’s leadership and dynamism in action.

“He has achieved a great deal during his time at the trust – he has put in place new clinically led leadership, engaged staff to improve quality and patient outcomes, given a greater voice to service users and carers and delivered the redevelopment of St Bernard’s and Broadmoor hospitals, which is now progressing apace. And he has done so with warmth, humour and great personal integrity. He will be much missed and I wish him and his family well in the future.”

For more information, contact the communications team on 020 8354 8737 or communications@wlmht.nhs.uk.