New Chief Executive to join GWH

Posted: July 4, 2011

Nerissa Vaughan to join Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust as a Chief Executive

A new Chief Executive for Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation has been appointed.  Nerissa Vaughan, currently Chief Executive of The Queen Elizabeth Hospital King's Lynn NHS Foundation Trust will join the Trust at the end of September.  Nerissa has previously undertaken a number of senior management roles in the NHS since the early 1990's.

Welcoming the appointment, Bruce Laurie, Chairman of Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust said: "Nerissa has an excellent track record of delivering high quality patient care combined with sound management of resources and working pro-actively with key stakeholders both within the NHS and the wider community. She has the right experience and skills to take the hospital forward, join up community health services in Wiltshire and work pro-actively with the proposed Social Enterprise for Community Health and Social Care in Swindon."

On learning of her appointment Nerissa Vaughan said: "I am delighted to be offered the opportunity to be Chief Executive of The Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. I think it's a fantastic organisation and I feel privileged to have secured such an amazing job.

I think the Trust is very well placed to develop as an organisation and I am excited about bringing together hospital and community services".

As a Foundation Trust the final decision on confirming the appointment of a Chief Executive rests with the Council of Governors who are elected to represent the Trust's 12,000 members.  Commenting on the appointment, Godfrey Fowler, Lead Governor said: "I am delighted that we have appointed a Chief Executive of such high calibre.  As Nerissa is already the Chief Executive of a Foundation Trust I am looking forward to working with her, on behalf of our members to develop patient services at GWH and out in the community in Wiltshire.  I am sure our members will be joining me in welcoming Nerissa to the Trust and will be keen to have opportunities to meet with her and discuss how we can work together in the best interest of our patients and services users."

Until Nerissa formally takes up the post the existing management arrangements, with Dr Alf Troughton as Interim Chief Executive, will remain in place.

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