The executive director of nursing at Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust is to take over as chief executive of a neighbouring organisation.
Helen Greatorex will join Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust in June.
She has been director of nursing and quality at the Sussex trust since 2008, having previously worked at West Sussex Health and Social Care NHS Trust.
She began her nursing career at the Royal Free Hospital in Hampstead.
Ms Greatorex said she was “absolutely delighted” to have been appointed as chief executive at Kent and Medway.
“I met a number of service users and clinical colleagues as part of the selection process for the post and was truly impressed by their person-centred perspective and clear commitment to delivering great services,” she said.
Nursing director becomes Kent trust chief exec
Sussex Partnership chief executive Colm Donaghy said: “Whilst her departure is a loss for us, I’m very pleased the NHS in south east England is retaining someone of her calibre and experience and with such a passion for high quality patient care.
“Leading the team at Kent and Medway, Helen will no doubt continue to make a significant contribution in shaping the future of mental health, learning disability, substance misuse and specialist services in our region,” he added.
Kent and Medway chair Andrew Ling said: “Helen’s energy, enthusiasm and strong track record of developing a service user focused approach as well as assuring quality standards across large geographical areas will enable [the trust] to build on our successes and meet our challenges.”
Its current chief executive, Angela McNab, is leaving to run Camden and Islington NHS Foundation trust.