Hospital trust chief steps down after four years in the job

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The woman in the top post at Bedford Hospital NHS Trust has revealed she is standing down after four years in the job.

Fiona Wilson announced her departure at the trust’s board meeting on Wednesday.

She said: “I’m proud to have been able to play a part in achieving significant improvements in quality and safety at the hospital, and with core clinical services such as A&E, Obstetrics, Paediatrics and inpatients now safeguarded I feel that this is the right time to move on. There are still challenges ahead, especially in managing our financial position, but I believe we are now in an excellent position to secure a thriving and sustainable future for the hospital.”

Gordon Johns, who comes from a financial services background, has been appointed as interim chairman. He was previously the trust’s vice-chairman.

During 36 years working in London Mr Johns has been a director of Lazard Brothers, chief executive of Kemper Investment Management and a director of ING Financial Markets.

He is now a trustee of a charitable educational trust, chairman of The Lymphoma Association, chairman of Eaton Bray Parish Council and a senior coach for the Institute of Advanced Motorists.

He said: “I would like to personally thank Fiona for her leadership of the Board and her personal integrity and commitment. I am very much looking forward to working closely with our staff, commissioners and partners to ensure the hospital continues to provide sustainable high quality, safe and compassionate care to local people. This will require investment in new services on the hospital site and integration with community services.”