WORKFORCE: The chief executive of Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital Trust has announced he is retiring.

Peter Herring will step down from the Shropshire trust this summer, having led the organisation since September 2012.

Mr Herring’s career in the NHS has spanned 44 years, including 21 as a chief executive. He joined Shrewsbury and Telford from the Countess of Chester Hospital Foundation Trust, where he was chief executive for 12 years.

The process for recruiting his successor has started.

Mr Herring said his retirement was influenced by the recent death of his brother.

“As one gets older, you start to think about the rest of your life a little bit more, particularly as I recently lost my brother.

“I am perhaps leaving a year earlier than I might have otherwise anticipated, however I really do simply want to have enough time to enjoy my retirement.”

He said he was confident in the strength of his leadership team and staff, and added he would be “leaving an organisation I am very proud to have served”.

Peter Latchford, Shrewsbury and Telford’s chair, said: “As we move forward to the next stage of [our] journey – to the further improvements we will make – we have great foundations on which to build.”

“I look forward to working with Peter over the coming months, with our patients and communities, and with staff across the trust as we recruit his successor.”