Brian James, the Chief Executive of The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust has today announced his retirement.
On behalf of the Board, we would like to express our deepest gratitude for Brian’s dedication and contribution to the Trust during the past eight years. A truly long standing and highly respected Chief Executive, Brian was instrumental in leading the organisation through a successful application to become The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust in 2005 and as part of his ambitions within our Service Development Strategies led the very positive integration with Rotherham Community Health Services last year. This doesn’t touch the surface of the transformation of the organisation that Brian has directed and his motivation has always been focused on providing quality patient care to the people of Rotherham and that focus has truly been relentless.
Brian’s decision to retire comes at a time when much has been achieved, and Brian says “I believe that it is a time for me to hand the baton on to the next generation of leaders with the energy and resilience to take the organisation forward into a bright future. I believe we have built the right foundations for long term success and are putting into place the plans necessary to secure our financial future and to deliver the new model of healthcare for the NHS which Service Development Strategy 3 personifies”.
Trust Chairman Peter Lee said: “We are very sad to see Brian leave the Trust, his passion has been unquestionable and the changes that he instigated and brought to fruition have benefitted our patients, staff and the Rotherham community. Brian’s focus was always to endeavour to ensure that our patients were able to access consistently high quality care.”
To ensure consistency and to make sure we are not distracted from our strong transformation agenda, Matthew Lowry, currently Deputy Chief Executive, will be acting up as Chief Executive until a permanent replacement is appointed. Matthew has been with the Trust since 2005 and is a well-respected member of the Board and well known amongst colleagues for his integrity, professionalism and clarity of thought.