• Hampshire and Isle of Wight lead has been in the post since 2016

A sustainability and transformation partnership chief has revealed he will step down from his position once a successor is found.

Richard Samuel will leave Hampshire and Isle of Wight STP, having been at the helm since the STPs’ inception in 2016.

However, Mr Samuel – a former joint chief officer of two clinical commissioning groups in Hampshire – will stay in his role until a new appointment to the position is made.

A spokeswoman for the STP said Mr Samuel would “ensure continuity of leadership” as the STP continues to develop.

Meanwhile, the STP has also confirmed Lena Samuels as its interim chair until the end of March 2020.

Ms Samuels, who is chair of South Central Ambulance Service, took over as interim STP chair after Sir Neil McKay stepped down from the post in December.

In July 2017, the Hampshire and Isle of Wight STP was rated as “making progress” by NHS England, which was the third highest of the four ratings.

The STP has a population of approximately two million.