• NHS Improvement appoints new regional leads
  • Anne Eden appointed as executive regional managing director for the South
  • Steve Russell to be executive regional managing director for London

NHS Improvement has appointed new regional leads for London and the South.

Anne Eden, former chief executive of Buckinghamshire Healthcare Trust, has been appointed as executive regional managing director for the South.

Steve Russell, the new executive regional managing director for London, was formerly the deputy chief executive for Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals Trust.

Ms Eden has 30 years of experience in the NHS, having started as a management trainee. Before leading Buckinghamshire Healthcare she served as director of services at St Mary’s Paddington, and deputy chief executive at Hammersmith Hospitals.

She has been acting executive regional managing director for the South since NHS Improvement was formed on 1 April, having transferred from the NHS Trust Development Authority.

From 2011 to 2013, Mr Russell was chief operating officer for South London Healthcare Trust, a role he arrived at after previously working as executive director of medicine and emergency care at Northumbria Healthcare Foundation Trust.

Jim Mackey, chief executive of NHS Improvement, said: “Our role at NHS Improvement is to help the sector improve. Our regional teams are going to be at the heart of supporting the NHS and finding the ideas that will help providers give the quality of care patients expect.

“Anne and Steve have extensive experience at the top of major NHS organisations, and their input is going to be really valuable at this challenging time for the NHS. I am looking forward to working with them.”

NHS Improvements other regional leads are Dale Bywater, covering the Midlands and East, and Lyn Simpson for the North.