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New CEO announced at NSFT
Norfolk and Suffolk NHS FT has today announced the appointment of their new Chief Executive as Antek Lejk who will join the Trust from his current position as Chief Officer for NHS South Norfolk and North Norfolk CCGs.
NSFT’s Council of Governors today formally approved Antek’s appointment and he is expected to take up his post in the spring.
Antek has over 10 years’ experience as a Chief Executive and as a Chief Officer - including leading two mental health organisations - with more than 20 years of experience working at Director and Board level within NHS commissioning and provider organisations.
For the past two decades he has worked mostly within the NHS, spending nine years as Chief Executive of two NHS trusts and a primary care trust, as well as a Chief Executive of a charitable company.
Last year he was also appointed as Executive Lead for the Norfolk and Waveney Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP), leading on the design of closer and collaborative working in the wider local health and care system.
During his career – which has also seen him work within the private sector, national and local government – he has led many change and recovery programmes and he is ready to put his extensive experience and skills to good use in leading our Trust’s quality improvement priorities.
On his new position Antek said: “I am excited and proud to be asked to help lead NSFT. I am especially looking forward to meeting service users, carers and staff.
“I have always had a particular interest and passion for mental health. I have led two mental health organisations in the past and I am keen to help NSFT move on from its current difficulties and emerge a stronger, even better organisation serving the people of Norfolk and Suffolk.”
On making the announcement today NSFT Chair, Gary Page, said: “Our Board is delighted to have someone of Antek’s calibre and evident experience, join us. He is a leader who commands great respect from the people who work with him, and we believe he will be exactly the kind of inspirational leader we need to continue to make our Trust a better place to receive services and to work within.
“One of his first jobs will be to appoint to the vacant substantive Executive Director posts and, in doing so, continue to further strengthen our Executive Team and enable them to lead our Trust in making its quality improvements.
“Our thanks and full appreciation goes to Julie Cave for the excellent job she is performing in her role as our Interim CEO, ensuring that our Trust has benefited from continued leadership and focus, while immediate improvements have been put in place. Julie will continue to lead us while we await Antek joining NSFT in the spring.”
An interview panel comprising Trust Non-Executive Directors (NEDs), a representative from NHS Improvement, a Chair from another NHS trust and a service user, made the recommendation for Antek to be appointed as CEO of NSFT.
In making its recommendation, the panel took into account feedback from five other stakeholder panels. These represented service users and carers, staff, NEDS and NSFT Governors, along with external stakeholders and NSFT Executive Directors.
This recommendation then went before the Trust’s Remuneration Committee and following that, to NSFT’s Council of Governors.
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