Steve Russell joined the Trust as Chief Executive in April 2019, and is responsible for ensuring that our services are safe, effective and well-led.
Steve has a decade’s worth of board level experience with NHS organisations – including two as a Deputy Chief Executive, and has held key leadership roles in successful NHS trusts.
Steve’s previous post as Executive Regional Managing Director for NHS Improvement in London, saw him working across the provider and commissioner sectors. He has established personal credibility and has a strong reputation throughout the National Health Service.
Prior to his time with NHS Improvement, Steve had spent two years as Chief Operating Officer at South London Healthcare NHS Trust, a year as London Programme Director (A&E) and Improvement Director at the NHS Trust Development Authority, and two years as Deputy Chief Executive at Barking, Havering & Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust.
Before this, Steve worked for seven years at Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, where he was the Executive Director of Medicine & Emergency Care.
As CEO, Steve is responsible for ensuring that our services are safe, effective, responsive, well led and provided with care and compassion at all times as well as ensuring the highest standards of financial management. Working closely with the Board of Directors, Governors, staff and partner organisations, Steve shapes the Trust’s strategy, contributes to whole systems transformation and ensures the long-term sustainability of the Trust.