Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust today (Friday 15 August) bid a fond farewell to outgoing Chief Executive Andrew Liles. At a special farewell lunch held at St Peter’s Hospital, over 100 members of staff, past and present, came to say their farewells as Andrew leaves to take up a new career in healthcare consultancy.
Speaking at the event and paying tribute to Andrew’s many achievements over the past 5 ½ years, Chair Aileen McLeish said: “On behalf of both patients and staff, I would like to thank you for everything you have contributed to the Trust during your time here, including leading us to becoming a successful Foundation Trust since 2010. Under your leadership we have improved both the quality of care we give to patients and clinical outcomes, and there is no doubt that our reputation is very different to what it was when you first joined. Above all you have taken the first of our four values, Patients First, and made it your mantra.”
Andrew went on to thank staff for all they have done to support him over his 5 ½ years as Chief Executive and how much he has enjoyed working in an organisation “that possesses such a wonderful team of people.” “I am really proud of where we have all got to and am really excited about where you are going,” he said. “This is a forward looking organisation, full of innovative ideas – such as creating a digital hospital – and I am sure that the future merger with The Royal Surrey County Hospital will help to put this Trust amongst the very best in the country.”
Andrew finished by saying how pleased he was to be handing over to Suzanne Rankin, the Trust’s current Chief Nurse, as she takes up the position of Chief Executive from next week.
THe picture above shows outgoing Chief Executive Andrew Liles (centre) with Chair Aileen McLeish (right) and new Chief Executive, current Chief Nurse Suzanne Rankin (left)