As we continue to build and strengthen the leadership  of the organisation, we are making a number of changes to our senior leadership team.

Executive Director of HR and Organisational Development, Ali Mohammed, will shortly be taking up a secondment elsewhere and we wish him well with this opportunity.

We are pleased to share that Sarah Wainwright, currently Deputy Director of People & Workforce Transformation at NHS England, will be joining us at the beginning of April on a 12-month secondment as Director of HR & OD.

Sarah is an extremely experienced HR leader the Trust will benefit significantly from her experience and focus.

Following Saba Sadiq’s decision to take up a new role at Blackpool University Hospitals (Chief Finance Office to take up new role in Blackpool – NHS South East Coast Ambulance Service (, Simon Bell has now joined us as Interim Chief Finance Officer.

Simon is an experienced NHS Director of Finance will provide strong financial leadership and work closely with our system partners.

Finally, we are also pleased that Lara Waywell has been appointed to the role of Deputy Director of Operations and will be joining us during the next few weeks.

A nurse by background, Lara will be joining us on a 12-month basis and brings a wide variety of experience, having operated in board level operational and improvement roles within community and acute trusts both in the UK and Qatar.