WORKFORCE: Stockport Foundation Trust’s chief executive Chris Burke has announced his retirement, after 12 years in post.

Mr Burke is retiring after a period of ill health, the trust announced.

In a statement the organisation said: “Under his leadership the trust became one of the first 10 foundation trusts in the country in 2004, securing its place in history. This enabled him to significantly develop treatment and care for patients, gaining national recognition for urology, maternity and orthopaedic services at Stepping Hill Hospital.”

Mr Burke said: “It has been a privilege to serve the NHS and local people and also to have worked with such talented and committed staff.
“I am sad to leave, but my personal circumstances make it the right time to retire. I wish all of my colleagues and the staff continued success for the future.”
Gillian Easson, chair of Stockport Foundation Trust said: “I would like to thank Chris publicly for all the excellent work he has done to develop and improve services - he has been an inspirational chief executive.
“Under his leadership, our organisation has been transformed. We have achieved high rankings in patient care, developed numerous innovative services and maintained financial health in challenging times. We are very sorry to see him go and wish him all the best for the future.”

Ann Barnes remains acting chief executive. Mr Burke will leave in December.