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04.03.19

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals appoints new chief executive following Sir Andrew Cash’s retirement

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS FT has appointed its new chief executive a year on from the retirement of the old CEO Sir Andrew Cash.

Kirsten Major will take up the post with immediate effect after spending eight years at the trust, joining in 2011 from NHS North West.

Major has held the role of interim chief executive for the last 12 months, and has worked as the deputy chief executive and director of strategy during her time at the Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS FT.

Kirsten Major said she was “thrilled” to have been appointed as chief executive of the trust.

“I have had the good fortune to have been part of Sheffield Teaching Hospitals for the past eight years and witness first-hand the amazing people who work within all areas of the organisation and the incredible things that they deliver collectively.

“To have the opportunity to lead the trust into the next phase of its development is indeed a privilege.

“I believe that by working side by side with our partners across healthcare, social care, academia, industry and, most importantly, in collaboration with our patients, there is a real opportunity to continue that success for the benefit of our patients, staff and wider population.”

Major has held previous posts as chief economist and interim director of health system reform, and at the NHS Ayrshire and Arran where she worked as director of strategic planning and performance and director of health policy.

Tony Pedder, the chairman of the trust, stated: “I am delighted to announce the appointment of Kirsten as our new chief executive. Kirsten is a huge talent and over the past eight years has been pivotal in taking forward the trust’s strategic and operational development.

“We had a high calibre of candidates but Kirsten’s vision for the trust and wider system integrated working, coupled with an undoubted passion to deliver the best for patients and our staff is exactly what our organisation was looking for in a leader as we enter a new phase in the transformation of the NHS.”

He added: “As one of the largest teaching trusts in the NHS, we have an important part to play nationally, regionally, and locally in ensuring we continue to deliver safe, high-quality care, develop a workforce which is equipped and supported to deliver that care, and that we do this by actively encouraging research and innovation.

“I am very confident that with Kirsten leading the trust we will do this.”

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