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Stacey Hunter, a former nurse who has held a succession of management roles in Yorkshire, has been announced as the new chief executive of Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust.
She has recently been working at the Yorkshire and Humber Nightingale Hospital, one of the temporary facilities set up to cope with additional pressures during the coronavirus pandemic.
Ms Hunter replaces Cara Charles-Barks, another former nurse, who is moving to Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust as chief executive.
Ms Charles-Barks joined the Salisbury trust in February 2017 and began her career in 1990 as a registered nurse in Australia.
Nick Marsden, chair of the Wiltshire acute trust, said: “It is with great pleasure that I can announce the new chief executive officer at Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust will be Stacey Hunter.
“We had considerable interest in the position and finding opportunities for candidates to visit the hospital has been challenging given the Covid-19 restrictions.
He said the interview panel was “determined to find a candidate that would fit in and continue to drive the progress we have made here at Salisbury over the past four years”.
“We are confident we have achieved that objective,” said Mr Marsden.
Ms Hunter started her career as a nurse in 1990 at Hull Hospitals and Leeds Teaching Hospitals, and in 1996 undertook senior nurse and matron roles at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust.
From 2001, she took on business and service management positions, including a secondment to West Yorkshire Cardiovascular Network as a quality improvement manager.
In 2006, she was appointed directorate manager and head of the clinical management team for cardiology, respiratory medicine, allergy and immunology services at Leeds Teaching Hospitals.
Then, during 2009, she became a divisional director at the trust, with responsibility for the Leeds Children’s Hospital, Women’s, Head and Neck Services, and the Leeds Dental Institute.
After that, Ms Hunter joined Airedale NHS Foundation Trust in July 2013 as chief operating officer where she worked for six years.
Currently, she works as the executive director of acute provider collaboration for Bradford and Airedale Foundation Trusts, a post she has held since April 2019.
She was recently seconded to Yorkshire and Humber Nightingale Hospital as chief operating officer in response to the Covid-19 crisis.