• Countess of Chester Hospital Trust appoints medical director as new chief executive 
  • Susan Gilby, who has been acting chief executive since October, will take up the role substantively on 1 April 
  • Her appointment comes after the departure of former chief Tony Chambers

The medical director at The Countess of Chester Hospital Trust has been appointed as chief executive.

Susan Gilby, who is currently the trust’s medical director and acting chief executive, has been permanently appointed to lead the trust, it was announced on Friday. 

Dr Gilby became acting chief executive in October following the departure of Tony Chambers, and will take up the post permanently on 1 April.

Mr Chambers resigned in September ahead of the outcome of a police investigation into multiple deaths within the trust’s neonatal unit. 

The investigation is still ongoing. In a statement published last July, Cheshire Police said a woman had been arrested in connection with the deaths. She was later released on bail.

In a statement, Dr Gilby said the trust would work to “build on our strengths to ensure a sustainable future for the services that our population require”.

Trust chair Sir Duncan Nichol said: “The hospital and our health and care partners will be the stronger for having attracted such an outstanding medical leader and for me this fulfils a long-standing personal ambition.

“During her time as acting CEO, we have seen the leadership qualities Susan will bring and the confidence that she has already inspired.”

Ms Gilby joined the trust in May last year, having previously worked as medical director for Wirral Teaching Hospitals Foundation Trust.

While at Wirral, Dr Gilby was one of several directors who blew the whistle over governance and management problems.