WORKFORCE: The chief executive of Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership Trust has announced she will retire later this year.

Rachel Newson joined the mental health and community provider in 2010 from Norfolk and Waveney Mental Health Foundation Trust.

In a statement Coventry and Warwickshire said Ms Newson’s retirement was a “personal decision” and part of an “orderly managed leadership transition”, after new chair Jagtar Singh joined the trust in September.

A mental health nurse by background, Ms Newson had previously worked as mental health strategy lead for the local health authority and primary care trusts.

She will leave the trust in May, having told staff last year about her intention to retire.

Ms Newson said she felt “privileged” to have had a career spanning over 30 years in the NHS.

”I feel so lucky to have had the chance to lead this brilliant organisation, and help improve the way we serve our local communities,” she said.

“I will miss so many things about the job, not least the excellent people we have working for us and alongside us across Coventry and Warwickshire.”

Mr Singh said the trust would be sorry to see her leave.

“She has been a determined and popular chief executive, and has done a great deal to lead important organisational and cultural change here during a time of considerable change nationally across the NHS.

“Rachel leaves us financially stable and with an excellent senior team. She has built a ‘can do’ culture that any aspiring [chief executive] will be pleased to take forward.

“We have much to thank her for, and I know she will be warmly remembered across our organisation and beyond.”

The trust will begin its formal recruitment process this month. It aims to select a new chief executive by May and to have them in post by September.