Angie Smithson, the Chief Executive at Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, has announced that she will retire in April.
Dr Hal Spencer, the trust’s current Medical Director, will take over the role as interim Chief Executive, as the trust starts its recruitment process.
Angie commented on the announcement: “I can’t say enough about how incredibly proud I am of all our colleagues who make the NHS and Chesterfield Royal Hospital the place it is today.
“We have a caring and successful organisation and continue to recruit and retain some of the very best colleagues in the country. We are now setting course for the future with Joined Up Care Derbyshire and the establishment of the Integrated Care Boards, this provides a clear vision of the further ongoing improvements we want to make for our patients.
“Seeing that through is a long-term job and as my plan was to retire at this age, now feels like the right time to leave on a high. I will stay in position to provide a suitable handover and provide stability to the organisation that I am hugely proud of and I will be handing over to Dr Hal Spencer as the interim Chief Executive from 1 April. I know Dr Spencer will offer clear and compassionate leadership during these challenging times.
“It has been such a privilege to have worked in healthcare for the whole of my career and to have been the Chief Executive here at Chesterfield Royal Hospital. I have relished leading through these unchartered waters with a team that continue to go not only the extra mile but the extra marathon! You are a credit to the organisation, the NHS and the communities we care for. Thank you.”
Angie’s career started in nursing in 1986 and she has since worked in nursing and midwifery, whilst completing her degree. She then moved into general management roles, completing an MBA and has served in board director roles in trusts for the last 14 years.