A permanent chief executive has been appointed to Bedford Hospital NHS Trust.
Stephen Conroy accepted the substantive position, following a rigorous competitive recruitment process, which saw almost 30 candidates apply for the post.
The interviews, which were carried out yesterday (Thursday, 5 December), involved local and national health partners as well as local health commissioners and patient representatives.
Chairman of Bedford Hospital NHS Trust, Fiona Wilson, said: “I am delighted that Stephen has been offered and has accepted the position of chief executive. His appointment follows an externally-led recruitment process which saw an excellent field of candidates apply for the position. Stephen’s skill, professionalism and commitment to the hospital shone out and I have every confidence that he will continue to lead the hospital to a bright and secure future.”
Mr Conroy said: “I am privileged and proud to accept the position of substantive chief executive and look forward to continue working alongside dedicated staff to lead further improvements and achieve a sustainable future for the hospital.
“We have had a challenging few months, but staff have coped admirably and we have achieved and learned a great deal. I am confident that this has made us a stronger and better hospital. My commitment is to getting it right, every day for every patient; ensuring we deliver the best possible standards and will be here to provide safe, kind and compassionate care to this generation of local people, and those to follow.”
Stephen has been acting chief executive at Bedford Hospital since February 2013. Stephen first came to Bedford Hospital in May 2011 as director of strategy and transformation. Prior to this, he spent 10 years in North Central London, including a period as a primary care trust chief executive and programme director for the North Central London acute services review.
Stephen has 15 years of board level experience in the NHS (acute, community and commissioning), has worked at senior level in local government and spent five years working as a consultant to the NHS on strategic change and process re-engineering.