New Chief Executive starts
We welcome our new Chief Executive Helen Ray today, who joins us from Northumbria Healthcare, where she has been the Chief Operating Officer.
Helen said: "I am very proud to be joining the NEAS team today. I am keen to actively support the staff to make sure we have the right services in place to allow them to focus on the fantastic care that they provide to our patients and I will be working hard to make sure we continue to go from strength to strength over the coming months and years."
Helen added: “I would also like to extend my thanks to Paul Liversidge for his role as interim CEO. He has provided a steady transition over the past four months and I am very much looking forward to working with him and the senior leadership team.”
Helen has worked in the NHS for 36 years and brings a wealth of knowledge and skills from across the NHS, she has previously been joint managing executive director (operations) for North Cumbria acute and community services; deputy chief executive for North Cumbria University Hospitals and Chief Operating Officer for South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust. She is proud to have trained as nurse and held this professional registration for 30 years.