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West London Mental Health NHS Trust announces new Chief Executive

27 Apr 2012

West London Mental Health NHS Trust (WLMHT) is pleased to announce the appointment of a new Chief Executive.

Steve Shrubb, currently Director of the Mental Health Network at the NHS Confederation, will join the Trust in June. He has wide experience of mental health services gained over 35 years as a Chief Executive, Director, Cognitive Therapist and Nurse. Prior to his role at the NHS Confederation he worked as a Regional Director for the National Institute for Mental Health in England. He was Chief Executive of Newcastle, North Tyneside & Northumberland NHS Trust and of Northumberland Mental Health NHS Trust.

As the Director of the Mental Health Network, Steve’s role includes lobbying government, supporting and influencing policy development and working as an ambassador for the mental health sector as a whole. He has worked in close partnership with a wide range of stakeholders including providers, the Department of Health, regulatory bodies, royal colleges and the National Commissioning Board.

Nigel McCorkell, Chairman of WLMHT, said: “Steve joins our Trust at a very exciting and challenging time. We are making progress with our application to become a Foundation Trust in 2013 whilst working on ambitious redevelopment plans for both our main sites: St Bernard’s Hospital in Ealing and Broadmoor Hospital in Berkshire. We are also making significant improvements to the community services we provide in the London Boroughs of Ealing, Hammersmith & Fulham and Hounslow.

“We are delighted to be able to appoint a candidate with such a breadth of experience. Steve has the necessary skills, judgement and knowledge about mental health to drive the organisation to deliver its key priorities for achieving our vision of excellence in mental health care.”

Steve Shrubb said of his appointment: “I am very excited by the prospect of becoming Chief Executive of West London Mental Health Trust and leading it to become one of the premier mental health providers in the country. The challenges of achieving Foundation Trust status and delivering the capital developments provide a rare opportunity to build an organisation which is fit for business and designed to deliver the highest standards of treatment and care.”

Mike Farrar, Chief Executive of the NHS Confederation, said: “Steve’s new role is one of the biggest mental health jobs in the country. He has done a fantastic job over the past five years as Director of the Mental Health Network, and it is great to see him taking his expertise back into the NHS to deliver for service users, their families and the local community in West London.”

The NHS Confederation’s Mental Health Network has appointed Paddy Cooney as Interim Director to ensure a continued strong and distinct voice for providers of NHS mental health services after Steve’s departure.  Until March 2012, Paddy Cooney was Director of the South West Development Centre, and the Programme Lead for the Social Inclusion and Social Justice Programme within the National Mental Health Development Unit in the Department of Health.  He was previously Chief Executive of the Somerset Partnership NHS & Social Care Trust – the first integrated mental health trust in Britain. 

Steve Shrubb will take up his new role at West London Mental Health NHS Trust on 25 June. 

Paddy Cooney will take up his new role at the Mental Health Network on 26 June and he will meet its members when working alongside Steve at the NHS Confederation annual conference and exhibition from 20-22 June.


For further information from West London Mental Health NHS Trust please contact: Vicki Harvey-Piper, Head of Communications on 020 8354 8847 email:

For further information from the NHS Confederation please contact Francesca Reville 020 7074 3312, 07884 473086 or Niall Smith 020 7074 3304, 07767 770309. For out of hours media enquiries, please call the Duty Press Officer on 07880 500726.

Note to editors

  1. West London Mental Health NHS Trust is one of the largest mental health trusts in the country. It provides a full range of mental health services for children, adults and older people living in the London boroughs of Ealing, Hammersmith & Fulham and Hounslow, in addition to specialist and forensic mental health services, including high secure services at Broadmoor Hospital. It aims to meet the diverse needs of a local population of nearly 750,000 people and employs around 4,000 staff across 29 sites.
  2. The Mental Health Network represents the majority of mental health trusts. It was launched in spring 2007 to provide a distinct voice for providers of NHS mental health services. The Network is part of the NHS Confederation.
  3. The NHS Confederation is the only body to bring together the full range of organisations that make up the modern NHS. We are an independent membership organisation that represents all types of providers and commissioners of NHS services in England. We also represent trusts and health care boards in Wales; and health and social service trusts and boards in Northern Ireland.
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