• Peter Axon to take up role at North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare Trust in April
  • Trust’s current chief is moving to Lancashire Care FT later this year
  • Mr Axon is currently deputy chief executive and chief finance officer for Birmingham Community Healthcare Trust

A mental health trust in the West Midlands has appointed a new chief executive, the provider has announced.

North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare Trust has appointed Peter Axon as its new chief. This follows the announcement that the trust’s current chief, Caroline Donovan, will be moving to Lancashire Care Foundation Trust later this year

Mr Axon, currently deputy chief executive and chief finance officer for Birmingham Community Healthcare Trust, will take up his role on 1 April following the departure of Ms Donovan. 

North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare Trust has an annual turnover of around £85m and provides mental health services in North Staffordshire. It shares a sustainability and transformation footprint with the Midlands Partnership FT, which is one of the biggest mental health providers in the country. 

In a statement, Mr Axon said: “I am delighted to take up the post of chief executive of North Staffordshire Combined NHS Trust, and am very much looking forward to working with the team across the organisation and the wider population of North Staffordshire.”

David Rogers, the trust’s chair, said: “I am delighted with Peter’s appointment, his strong values and leadership, together with his previous experience, will be a great asset to the trust in supporting our journey to outstanding.”