Louise Stead has been appointed as the new Chief Executive of Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. Louise is currently Deputy Chief Executive, Director of Nursing and Patient Experience. She has been a Board member since November 2011 and has played a pivotal role in the leadership of the Trust and its successes – including the recent CQC rating.

Trust Chair, Sue Sjuve said:

“I am delighted on behalf of the Trust that Louise has been appointed as our new Chief Executive. This was a very rigorous process and involved over 100 of our staff, stakeholders and partners as well as the appointment panel. Louise impressed everyone with her leadership qualities and her passion and commitment to the Trust and she presented a cohesive and compelling strategic way forward for the organisation. 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.”

Louise 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. I know they are committed, as I am, to ensure that we continue to deliver our mission of compassionate, safe care every day.”

Louise qualified as a registered Nurse in 1988. 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 has an MSc in Professional Practice (Leadership and Management).

Louise will take up her post on 1 September. She takes over the role from Paula Head, who has been appointed as Chief Executive of Southampton University Hospitals NHS Trust.

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