East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust appoints new Chief Executive

Joe Chadwick-Bell has been appointed as East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust’s new Chief Executive.

The appointment of Joe is on an interim basis until she takes up the position permanently in September this year when current Chief Executive, Dr Adrian Bull retires after 5 years in the role.

Until that time, Joe will stay in her roles as Chief Operating Officer and Deputy Chief Executive at ESHT whilst working closely alongside Dr Adrian Bull.

Joe was appointed to her current role in 2016 and will bring over 30 years of experience into her new Chief Executive role.

Joe has previously worked in ambulance and acute provider trusts as well as working at the Strategic Health Authority.

Joe’s career started in the NHS working in the pharmacy department at Eastbourne DGH.

Steve Phoenix, Chairman of the Board said:

“Joe will bring important continuity and stability to the role as our Trust faces an unprecedented challenge from Covid-19.

Her detailed understanding of the organisation means that we will continue to build on the progress that we have all made together as a Trust over the last few years.

“I look forward to continuing to work with Joe as we progress our aim of providing the highest quality care to patients across all of our services.”

Joe Chadwick-Bell said:

“It is an honour and a privilege to take on this role at a Trust where I started my career. I am delighted that I will be able to lead an organisation with such ambition, strong values and an exciting future.

“This is a challenging time for the Trust and I’ve been proud to see the way members of staff have come together to adapt and change in this new environment.

“I look forward to being part of our recovery as we move ahead with our aim of being Outstanding and Always Improving.

“As a local resident myself, I understand the challenges for our local health system and will work with partner organisations across Sussex to help strengthen the care we provide.

My focus will be to further our integration across East Sussex as we firmly establish ourselves as part of our local communities.”