University Sussex NHS FT appoints new Chief Executive

University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust has appointed a new Chief Executive.

Dr George Findlay has been chosen for the role and will succeed Dame Marianne Griffiths, who is retiring after almost 14 years of service at the trust, and its predecessor organisations Western Sussex Hospitals and Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals.

Dr Findlay has been interim Chief Executive at Medway NHS Foundation Trust since May 2021, before spending seven years at Western Sussex hospitals in roles such as Medical Director, Chief Medical Officer, and Deputy Chief executive.

University Hospitals Sussex Chair, Alan McCarthy, commented on the appointment: “The chief executive role attracted a range of highly-qualified candidates but George stood out, not just for his experience and achievements, but also for his ambitions for UHSussex and the approach he proposed for realising them.

“George’s knowledge of our hospitals, the communities we serve and the challenges we face will be invaluable in helping us maintain the record of improvement established under Marianne’s leadership.

“He has also been able to implement his own ideas to bring about some impressive rapid improvements at Medway. That experience will give him a valuable new perspective to bring to our own Patient First improvement model too.”

Dame Marianne, said of he successor: “Retiring from our hospitals will be a real wrench for me but this is the right moment to step aside and George is absolutely the right person to hand the baton to.

“We have created a strong new Trust through our merger and are setting course for a bright future, including a clear vision of the further improvements we want to make for our patients as part of the new integrated care system for Sussex.”

Dr Findlay will start the role as soon as possible, following Dame Marianne’s retirement.