South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is delighted to announce a key leadership appointment for the organisation with the confirmation of Alan Downey as its new Chairman.

Alan joins the Trust from his current position as Non-Executive Director at South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust and will bring a wealth of strategic public and private sector experience to his new role.

His appointment was confirmed by the Trust’s Council of Governors last month (12 December) after an extensive recruitment and selection process.

On his appointment, Alan said: “South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has a reputation for high performance, continuous improvement, innovation and system leadership in order to deliver the best possible outcomes for the people and communities it serves.

“I feel inspired by this role and am delighted to support the Chief Executive and her team in delivering the next phase of the Trust’s journey in delivering world class healthcare as we respond to the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead.

“My family and I have many reasons to be grateful for the dedication and professionalism of NHS staff, so I have a personal as well as a professional commitment to the future success and well-being of this national institution.”

Alan, who lives in York, will take up his position from Acting Chairman Amanda Hullick at the end ofMarch 2018 following a two to three month induction period.

Lead Governor Angela Seward added: “The Governors are delighted to welcome Alan to the Trust as Chairman. We are confident that his style will complement the open and transparent approach to leadership from the Executive team.

“In the challenging environment the Trust finds itself in, Alan brings a wealth of experience which will add tremendous value to the organisation.”

Alan Downey – Pen Portrait

Alan began his career as a Civil Servant in 1981, gaining experience in a wide range of policy areas and working closely with Ministers. He left the Civil Service in 1989 to join KPMG as a management consultant and was promoted to partner in 1997.

Over his 25 year career with KPMG, he held various Board-level positions including Chief Operating Officer of the company’s UK consulting business and Chair of public sector practice across Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Following his retirement from KPMG in June 2014, Alan has taken on Non-Executive roles at South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust and the Charity Commission.