WORKFORCE: The chief executive of Camden and Islington Foundation Trust is to retire next spring.

Wendy Wallace has led the trust since 2005 and first joined the NHS 36 years ago.

Wendy Wallace

Wendy Wallace was praised for her ‘innovative and far reaching work’

Ms Wallace said: “I have thoroughly enjoyed my 10 years at the head of a tremendous organisation with so many outstanding clinical and managerial colleagues that I have had the privilege of working with. I’m proud of the unwavering commitment of staff to improve the lives of our service users in what is a diverse and challenging area of the capital.

“My husband retired last year and we have always planned that I would join him one or two years later. He has been gently badgering me to step down so we can do more things together.

“I will certainly miss so many valued colleagues, service users and friends, but will not be leaving until the spring of 2016 and will certainly not be slowing down. We have a CQC visit in February and we shall be focusing our energies on preparing the organisation for that important inspection.”

Trust chair Leisha Fullick, said: “Under Wendy’s leadership this trust has developed an established reputation for innovative and far reaching work in the mental health field. She played the lead role in us becoming the first NHS care trust to gain foundation trust status in 2008.

“Throughout her time at the trust, whatever the challenges, she has demonstrated an unswerving commitment to developing and improving the range and quality of services that are available for people with mental ill health.

“She is a well respected and valued partner in the local health and care economy and will be very much missed by colleagues here and in London more widely. We all wish her a long and happy retirement.

“We shall immediately begin the task of finding someone of Wendy’s calibre to take over the leadership of the trust in the spring of next year.”