Thursday, April 18, 2019

Chair of South London and Maudsley stepping down

Roger Paffard, Chair of South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust has announced that he will step down from his role on 30 April.

Roger joined the trust as Chair in January 2015. Under Roger’s guidance, the organisation has strengthened and deepened its partnership with local boroughs and communities and has built the highly successful South London Mental Health and Community Partnership (SLP). He has created a talented Board and supported the development of a strong executive leadership team. In all that he has done, he has championed our service users, their families and their carers and worked hard to improve the experience of our front-line staff.

Over the last 12 years, Roger has held trustee roles with three national charities - Marie Curie, Royal Voluntary Services and Sue Ryder. His career started in marketing with Lever Bros and Bristol-Myers and he subsequently held chief executive posts including positions at Staples Office Superstores, Thorntons, and in the public sector at Remploy and United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust.

Roger feels that the time is right, from both a personal and an organisational perspective, for him to be stepping down. He has been experiencing some health concerns recently and wants to address his work/life balance.

Non-Executive Director, June Mulroy, will act as interim Chair until a successor has been appointed. June joined the trust in 2015 and has been Deputy Chair since last year. The trust has also recently appointed a new Chief Executive, David Bradley who will join the Board in July 2019.

Roger Paffard, Chair said:

“I am sad to be leaving the trust after four and a half happy and rewarding years as Chair of this amazing organisation. Leading an organisation and colleagues that are passionate about making a difference to the lives of people with mental health issues has been an honour. I have enjoyed my role immensely and have been extremely grateful for the support of our governors, my non-executive and executive colleagues and of the extraordinarily dedicated staff.

“I am stepping down at a time when the trust is in great shape.  We have a very talented Board in place and an exceptional and experienced deputy chair in June Mulroy.  We have an exciting strategy agreed in ‘Changing Lives’. Most importantly, we have announced the appointment of David Bradley, a highly accomplished and experienced Chief Executive who will continue to implement the Board’s vision to improve the lives of people living with mental illness and the experience of staff working in our organisation.”

Lead Governor, Jenny Cobley said:

“Roger has been an exceptional Chair of the Board and of the Council of Governors.  He has created a talented and high-performing Board and has worked extensively with the governors to provide support, leadership and opportunities for constructive challenge and influence.  Most of all, he has always kept the interests and experience of service-users, carers and our own front-line staff at the forefront of all our minds. We are very sad to see him go.”

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