The chief executive of a multisite hospital trust is retiring next year, HSJ can reveal.

Tim Higginson will step down in 2018 after 10 years at Lewisham and Greenwich Trust in south London.

Tim higginson

Tim Higginson was previously strategy director at GSTT

Mr Higginson was appointed to the role from the strategy director job at neighbouring Guy’s and St Thomas’ Foundation Trust.

He has overseen the expansion of the trust after it took on the running of Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Woolwich in 2013, which was part of South London Healthcare Trust until it was dissolved by the health secretary.

The trust has a turnover of £539m and plans to close Lewisham Hospital’s accident and emergency but saw local protestors win a judicial review to protect it.

The trust was rated requires improvement in its last Care Quality Commission inspection and had a deficit of £20m at the end of 2016-17.

HSJ reported last month that NHS Improvement had ordered an inquiry into the financial governance of the trust and the plausibility of its financial plan this year.

HSJ understands the selection process for a new chief executive is at the long list stage but that recruiters are finding a dearth of candidates.