Having steered the Trust through many important strategic initiatives, including the development of new clinical services, expansion into the wider Staffordshire region and significant improvements in quality that resulted in the Trust exiting the Special Measures regime in October 2015, Helen now intends to develop her leadership career within the wider NHS.
Helen Ashley said, “This has been a difficult decision for me, and not one I have taken lightly. But I feel now is the right time for me to take the next step professionally, as I leave a Trust that has successfully overcome considerable challenges and that is poised to enter a period of opportunity and change post-special measures.
“I’m proud to say I have led a Trust where staff are empowered to make a positive difference to people’s care, and where the local communities of Burton, Lichfield and Tamworth are supported.”
Chris Wood, Trust Chairman said: “Helen has always been a committed public servant and it is in this spirit that she leaves us, having guided the Trust to a new transformative point in its proud history, and ready to address the evolving needs of our communities. I thank Helen for her commitment to the people of Burton, Lichfield and Tamworth, and for her leadership.”
Brendan Brown, Chief Nurse and Chief Operating Officer, is to become Acting Chief Executive, while the Trust works with its regulator Monitor to secure an interim CEO ahead of a permanent appointment.