Chief executive of the year

HSJ Awards 2016 - Chief executive of the year

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Marianne Griffiths - Western Sussex Hospitals Foundation Trust

Western Sussex Hospitals Foundation Trust, formed by a merger in 2009, was awarded an outstanding rating by the Care Quality Commission in 2016.

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The trust said that through her own openness and transparency, Griffiths had helped deliver staff attitudes and behaviours centred on learning and improvement.

Judges said she was a “selfless and devoted” leader who inspired and supported staff do their best for patients.


  • Andrew Donald - NHS Stafford and Surrounds CCG, NHS Cannock Chase CCG and NHS South East Staffordshire and Seisdon Peninsula CCG
  • Andy Williams (Highly commended) - NHS Sandwell and West Birmingham CCG
  • David Allison - Wirral University Teaching Hospital Foundation Trust
  • Karen James - Tameside Hospital Foundation Trust
  • Kevin McGee - East Lancashire Hospitals Trust
  • Tracy Taylor - Birmingham Community Healthcare Foundation Trust