We have today announced the appointment of Rob Webster as our new chief executive.
Rob is currently chief executive of the NHS Confederation, a membership body set up to work with government, Parliament and national stakeholders to influence positive change. He brings a wealth of experience as a chief executive, having run Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust and NHS Calderdale Primary Care Trust. He is a visiting professor in health and care at Leeds Beckett University, and has previously worked in the Prime Minister’s Delivery Unit, the Department of Health, and as a trustee of local charity Leeds Mencap.
Timescales for Rob joining the Trust are soon to be confirmed. He will replace Steven Michael OBE, who is retiring at the end of March after nine years as chief executive.
Trust chairman Ian Black said: “We’re very pleased that Rob will be taking up this role. I believe he is the right person to lead our organisation from strength to strength in what will be an ever challenging climate. Rob’s values-based approach to leadership means he is well placed to build on the excellent work of Steven Michael, who will be greatly missed. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Steven for his significant contribution, both in Yorkshire and nationally.”
Rob Webster said: “It has been a privilege to lead the NHS Confederation and to represent our members during a critical period for the health and care system. The time is now right for me to return to front line care. I have said often that being a chief executive in the NHS is one of the best jobs in the world. I am delighted to have been given the opportunity to lead South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and to be much closer to my home in Leeds.”