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New role for former Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust chief executive

​Aidan Thomas, who stepped down as Chief Executive of Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (NSFT) on July 1, has been named as Chief Executive at Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust (CPFT).

He will use his wealth of experience in the NHS and mental health care to replace Dr Attila Vegh on 1 September at CPFT, which provides mental health and specialist learning disability services across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.

During his four years as Chief Executive at NSFT, Aidan oversaw the merger between the mental health trusts in Norfolk and Suffolk and led the negotiations and external consultation for NSFT’s service strategy.

NSFT Chair Gary Page said: “Aidan has transformed our Trust and succeeded in building on our foundations of excellent care to bring growth and competitiveness as well as strengthening our external relationships.

“The Trust, partly through Aidan’s leadership, is now well prepared to deal with the challenges ahead and we wish him well in his new position at CPFT.”

David Edwards, Chair of CPFT, said: “We were delighted by the calibre of the candidates who applied for the role. Aidan has a strong track record of management and leadership at Executive Director and Chief Executive level within the mental health and the primary care sector, combined with solid service/operational management.

“I think this is a great appointment – Aidan’s particular strengths are working with staff and engaging with external partners, patients and carers, and I am really looking forward to working with him.”

While NSFT recruits for a permanent replacement, Andrew Hopkins, who is Deputy Chief Executive, has taken over from Aidan on an acting basis.