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New Chief Executive announced

The Trust is pleased to announce that Sue Jacques, previously Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Finance, has been appointed as the new Chief Executive of the organisation.

Sue has been with the Trust since it was established in 2002 and was in North Durham Trust before that. She has been Chief Operating Officer for the last two years and Deputy Chief Executive and has also been Director of Finance since 2002.

Sue is also President of the National Health Finance Managers Association.

Trust Chairman, Tony Waites said of the appointment: "I am delighted to confirm the appointment of Sue Jacques, currently Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Finance, as the new Chief Executive of the Trust.

"The Trust's Nominations and Remuneration Committee, which is comprised of the Non-Executive Directors, in exercise of their power to appoint a Chief Executive as provided by Schedule 7 of the National Health Service Act 2006 and Paragraph 24 of the Trust's Constitution, had chosen to appoint Sue to the post.  In accordance with statutory provisions, the appointment requires the approval of the Trust's Governing Council.

"I am pleased to report that Sue's appointment received unanimous support from the Governing Council and I am sure you will all join with me in welcoming Sue to her new role. As a Trust, we will benefit greatly from Sue's existing knowledge and wide experience of the organisation and the continuity this will provide."

In a message to staff, Sue Jacques said: "It is a great honour to be your Chief Executive. Stephen Eames has left us a great legacy. We are a top performing organisation with a strong record of achievement. 

  "Each of us has had a hand in developing services of which we, and our communities, can be proud. I look forward to working with you all to develop and improve these services further and to make progress against our strategic priorities for the next three years:   

  • Prevention and enablement - Making every patient contact count as an opportunity to improve health  
  • Care closer to home - Streamlining services to provide effective and timely pathways of care, and providing more care in community based settings and in the home    
  • Quality hospital care - Developing Darlington Memorial and the University Hospital of North Durham as major local providers of acute hospital services, with centres of excellence in different specialties based at each hospital and at Bishop Auckland. 

"County Durham and Darlington FT is extremely well placed to face the challenges that the next few years will pose for the NHS - and to take advantage of the opportunities that will inevitably arise.

"I am privileged to have worked as a director in the organisation since its formation and am deeply committed to the trust, its staff and partners and our patients. Many of you have sent me messages of congratulations and I thank each and every one of you for these.

"Over the next few weeks I intend to meet as many of you as possible to listen to your hopes and aspirations for our organisation and to share with you mine. Between us I believe we can secure the brightest of futures for our trust, our staff and our patients."

Published: 9 March 2012




'I would like to thank all the staff for my treatment and their professionalism.'

Patient, Cardiology Department, Bishop Auckland Hospital