• Kirsten Major has been interim since August
  • Has been with trust since 2011
  • Will take up post with immediate effect

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals Foundation Trust has appointed a new chief executive after a year-long search.

Kirsten Major has been interim chief executive since August following the retirement of Andrew Cash. She has held various posts at the trust, including deputy chief executive and director of strategy and operations, for eight years.

She will take up the chief executive post with immediate effect.

Ms Major joined Sheffield Teaching Hospitals in 2011 from NHS North West, where she was chief economist and interim director of health system reform. She also held senior posts at NHS Ayrshire and Arran.

It was announced in February last year Andrew Cash would retire after 16 years leading Sheffield Teaching Hospitals. Despite interviewing candidates, the trust was unable to appoint a new leader over the summer

Trust chairman Tony Pedder said, over the last eight years, Ms Major has been “pivotal” in taking forward the trust’s strategic and operations development.

“We had a high calibre of candidates but Kirsten’s vision for the trust and wider system integrated working, coupled with an undoubted passion to deliver the best for patients and our staff is exactly what our organisation was looking for in a leader,” Mr Pedder said.

Ms Major said: “To have the opportunity to lead the trust into the next phase of its development is indeed a privilege.”

She added: “I believe that by working side by side with our partners across healthcare, social care, academia and industry and most importantly in collaboration with our patients, there is a real opportunity to continue that success.”