• Inadequate-rated Norfolk and Suffolk’s improvement director moves into top job
  • Jonathan Warren appointed for two years, trust announces
  • Move follows Antek Lejk departing after less than a year in charge

Inadequate-rated Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust has appointed a new chief executive following the departure of Antek Lejk earlier this month.

The trust has appointed Jonathan Warren, who had already joined the trust as its improvement director, as its new chief executive.

Professor Warren was previously deputy chief executive and chief nursing officer at Surrey and Borders Partnership FT and has more than 35 years’ experience in clinical and operational leadership in healthcare.

He previously held a similar role at East London FT – the trust which is now the “buddy” trust for NSFT and shares its chair, Marie Gabriel.

Ms Gabriel said: “Jonathan… has a track record of leading improvement in the [Care Quality Commission] scores within the organisations he works for and therefore knows what is needed to sustainably improve the quality of NSFT’s services and outcomes for our patients and their loved ones.”

The appointment followed the trust announcing earlier this month Mr Lejk was standing down from the role after less than a year in charge to take a secondment at ELFT.

ELFT was appointed a “buddy trust” to NSFT amid calls that the trust should be put in the failure regime, following a CQC inspection in November concluding it should remain in special measures.

Ms Gabriel took on the chair role at Norfolk and Suffolk in January.

Professor Warren said: “It’s a real honour to be appointed to this role. My focus will be on improving the quality of services and building upon what is already outstanding or good so there is a consistently high standard across the trust.

“I can only do this with the support of staff and the involvement of service users and carers in constructively improving care.”

He added: “I’d like to thank my predecessor Antek Lejk for beginning to lay the groundwork over the past year. I intend to build upon that and quicken the pace so that everyone in Norfolk and Suffolk receives the services they should expect and deserve.”