WORKFORCE: West Suffolk Foundation Trust has appointed Stephen Dunn as its chief executive.

He replaces Stephen Graves, who is leaving the trust to become chief executive of Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals Foundation Trust.

Mr Dunn is expected to join the trust November. He has served as director of delivery and development at the NHS Trust Development Authority since 2012.

Stephen Dunn

Stephen Dunn said he was ‘delighted’ to take on a key role at his local hospital

He previously held positions within the Department of Health and the Treasury. He also developed the first NHS operating franchise at Hinchingbrooke Hospital and the friends and family test, which was rolled out across the NHS last year.

West Suffolk chair Roger Quince said: “We already have a strong board and effective executive team, and were looking for an exceptional leader with clear strategic thinking who can take our agreed five year plans forward. We believe that Stephen Dunn will do this.”

Mr Dunn said he was “delighted to have the privilege to take on such a key role in the running of [his] own local hospital”.

“I look forward to bringing my experience of overseeing hospitals, ranging from district general hospitals to large acute organisations, to my new role leading West Suffolk to ensure that local patients continue to get the award winning care that this trust is known for.”