Senior nurse Louise Stead has been appointed as the new chief executive of Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.
She is currently deputy chief executive and director of nursing and patient experience. She has been a board member at the trust since November 2011.
“I am thrilled to be given the opportunity to lead the trust”
The trust said Ms Stead had played a “pivotal role” in the leadership of the organisation and its successes, including a recent overall Care Quality Commission rating of “good”.
She qualified as a registered nurse in 1988 and has an MSc in Professional Practice (Leadership and Management).
Prior to joining the trust, she had a varied career in a number of London teaching hospitals and is an experienced nurse in cardiology, cardiovascular surgery, hepatobiliary and pancreatic medicine and surgery, haematology and coronary care.
She will take up her post on 1 September. Ms Stead takes over the role from Paula Head, who has been appointed as chief executive of Southampton University Hospitals NHS Trust.
“She is a respected clinician and has been instrumental in driving up standards”
Speaking on her appointment, Ms Stead said: “I am thrilled to be given the opportunity to lead the trust. It has already been a big part of my professional career and I have loved every minute of it.
“We have a reputation for providing excellent patient care and patient experience; this is down to our fantastic staff and I look forward to working with them in my new role,” she said.
“I know they are committed, as I am, to ensure that we continue to deliver our mission of compassionate, safe care every day,” she added.
Trust chair Sue Sjuve said: “I am delighted on behalf of the trust that Louise has been appointed as our new chief executive.
“She is a respected clinician and has been instrumental in driving up standards across the organisation; something which she is passionate about, and which I know will continue to be a focus in her new role as chief executive,” added Ms Sjuve.