Preen to step down
Ros Preen (pictured) has decided to step down from her role as director of finance and strategy at Shropshire Community Health NHS Trust at the end of March.
Although not formally retiring, she has taken ‘a positive personal decision’ after working in the NHS for the past 33 years.
‘I have some really positive things I want to focus on in the next six months or so, and I also want to take time to support my parents, who have always been there to support me when my kids were young.
‘I know I will be looking for different things to do in due course, but right now I am just looking forward to taking each day as it comes.’
Her deputy, Sarah Lloyd, will become interim director of finance, while the trust is advertising for an interim director of strategy.
Ms Preen is a strong supporter of the HFMA. She has recently helped establish, and been chair of, the association’s Healthcare in the Community Special Interest Group. She has also chaired the Mental Health Faculty, and is an honorary fellow and a former trustee of the association.
She wishes to maintain those links with the NHS national finance network and continue to support the association.
‘The HFMA has had a really important role to play in my career and, regardless of what I do next, I will want to stay connected with the association,’ says Ms Preen. ‘I can genuinely say the HFMA has been a very positive 31-year part of my 33-year career and it has been a very important part of my personal and professional development.’
Sue Hill (pictured) has been appointed substantive executive director of finance at Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board. She has been in the post in an acting capacity since April 2019, when Russell Favager moved to Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Ms Hill joined the health board in January 2019 as finance director – operational finance. She has previously served as executive director of finance at Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and deputy finance director at St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust.
Saba Sadiq (pictured) has joined The Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust (PAHT) as its new finance director. She moves to the trust from East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust, where she was deputy director of finance. She said: ‘I am delighted to be joining PAHT at this exciting and challenging time. I am looking forward to working with colleagues and system partners to drive forward our ambitions.’ PAHT chief executive Lance McCarthy added: ‘I am pleased that Saba has joined us at PAHT. She comes with a strong history of improvement in the NHS and a broad experience of working in both acute and community settings and in partnership across health and social care systems.’
Claire Finn has been named as the new finance director of West Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust. She has moved from University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, where she has been director of operational finance for the past year.
Arden and GEM Commissioning Support Unit has appointed Mark Smith (pictured) director of finance. He will be responsible for all areas of corporate finance, including maintaining strong financial controls, business planning, commercial strategy and partnership development. Mr Smith joins the CSU from Optum, where he was director of finance. This was preceded by four years at North Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group, where he served as acting chief officer and accountable officer. He succeeds the CSU’s director of finance and deputy managing director, Gill Scoular, who is retiring after 40 years of service in the NHS.
Hounslow and Richmond Community Healthcare NHS Trust director of finance and corporate services David Hawkins has taken up the position of interim chief executive of the trust. An ACCA-qualified accountant, Mr Hawkins brings to the new role 18 years of experience across a range of NHS services, including providers, commissioners and community services.
The Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital has appointed Alice Forkgen deputy director of finance on a year’s secondment to cover maternity leave. She has moved from North West Boroughs Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, where she is assistant director of contracting and transformation.
Wes Baker is now director of strategic analytics, economics and population health management at Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust. Mr Baker, who joined the health service as a biomedical scientist in 2003, and moved on to the NHS finance management graduate training scheme in 2008, is CIMA qualified. He has been with the Mersey trust since 2016, initially as head of financial integration and then strategic accountant (transformation and integration).
Tim Jaggard (pictured) is to take over as acting chief executive at University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust from 1 April until late summer, when new chief executive David Probert takes up the post. Mr Jaggard is currently deputy chief executive and chief financial officer. Current chief executive Marcel Levi will be stepping down at the end of March. Mr Probert is currently chief executive of Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.
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