• Kevan Taylor will step down from Sheffield Health and Social Care FT in September
  • Became trust’s first CEO in July 2008, having also led predecessor trust
  • Deputy chief executive will be interim chief

The chief executive of a community and mental health trust will step down after 18 years, it has been announced.

Kevan Taylor, chief executive of Sheffield Health and Social Care Foundation Trust, will step down in September to expand his existing workforce role at South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw Integrated Care System, before retiring next year.

Mr Taylor was appointed the trust’s first chief executive in July 2008, prior to serving as chief of the predecessor trust.

“I am honoured and privileged to have worked in this role for 18 years alongside so many dedicated colleagues who have made such a real difference working with people in Sheffield,” Mr Taylor said.

The trust confirmed deputy chief executive Clive Clarke would become interim chief executive while the trust recruits a substantive replacement.

In a letter to staff, Mr Taylor said the trust needs to “press on with strong leadership” and he did not want his decision to retire next year to “get in the way”.

“I want to avoid the potential downside of a long period of uncertainty,” he added.

Mr Taylor has also served as director of commissioning of the Sheffield Health Authority and has a background as a social care practitioner.

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