• Roisin Fallon-Williams will be chief executive at Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health Foundation Trust
  • Takes over from John Short, who retires next March
  • Joins from Norfolk Community Health and Care Trust, which was recently rated “outstanding” by the Care Quality Commission

A large mental health trust has announced the appointment of a new chief executive.

Roisin Fallon-Williams will take up the top job at Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health Foundation Trust from March 2019.

Current chief executive John Short announced in August that he would be retiring next year after leading the £235m turnover organisation since 2013.

The trust is one of the largest mental health providers in the country, covering a population of 1.2 million, from more than 40 sites.

Ms Fallon-Williams comes to Birmingham following four years as chief executive of Norfolk Community Health and Care Trust. She took a career break in May. In July, the Care Quality Commission rated the organisation “outstanding”.

Chair of BSMHFT Sue Davis said: “In her last role, and in interview, Roisin demonstrated an absolute focus on the link between staff engagement and quality services. I believe her experience and her leadership approach are well suited to leading us to tackle the challenges and grasp the opportunities we are currently facing.”

Ms Fallon-Williams said in a statement: “I am excited that my career in the NHS is going to continue at Birmingham and Solihull. There are great things going on in the trust and I look forward to joining and supporting everyone in the team that is BSMHFT, to take the trust services forward and reach new heights.

“The health and care organisations in Birmingham and Solihull have forged good relationships and have a well-established vision for working together to do their best for local people. I am very pleased to be joining other local leaders in this partnership.”