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New CEO appointment for Trust

Steve McManus

Following the decision by Jean O’Callaghan, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) to retire, and after an extensive selection process, the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust (RBFT) is very pleased to announce the appointment of Steve McManus as its new CEO; Steve will join the RBFT on 3rd January 2017. 


Mary Sherry our current Deputy CEO and Chief Operating Officer will act as CEO following Jean’s retirement in November until Steve joins us. This will ensure we maintain our strong focus on patient care and the delivery of all our services.


Chairman, Graham Sims, added: “I am delighted on behalf of the Board to announce Steve’s appointment.  He has a wealth of experience within the NHS gained from his time in Southampton and London, and more recently in charge of the Basildon and Thurrock Hospital in Essex. His appointment signals the next phase of the evolution of our Trust and the scaling up of the wider improvements in our performance and strategic plans.”


Steve said: “I have already met some staff, Governors and Members of the Board and am really looking forward to joining the team at the Royal Berkshire.  There is an exciting and challenging time ahead for the NHS and the Trust, and I will work hard with the team to deliver what is expected of us for our patients.”


Steve began his career in the NHS in 1987 as a registered nurse. He completed his BA Hons in healthcare studies at Oxford Brookes University followed by a postgraduate certificate in evidence based healthcare from Oxford University. In 2002 he moved into management as a general manager at Radcliffe Infirmary and completed an MBA with Nottingham University Business School in 2006.


Steve then went on to University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust, as a Divisional Director of Operations and subsequently as Chief Operating Officer. As a member of the executive team, he led the Trust through the process to gain foundation trust status.


In 2012 Steve took up post as Chief Operating Officer at Imperial College Healthcare and was appointed Deputy Chief Executive in 2014.


During this period Steve has also been Chair of the NHS Providers Chief Operating Officer network, and was selected as part of the first cohort on the national Aspiring Chief Executive Programme.  During 2016 Steve moved from Imperial Hospital to take up the position of Managing Director at Basildon & Thurrock University Teaching Hospital FT.


September 2016


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