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Acute boss moves to lead mental health trust

Published on: 6 Dec 2021

A mental health and community services provider has appointed an acute hospital boss as its new chief executive.

James Paget University Hospitals Foundation Trust chief Anna Hills will replace Tracy Dowling, who is retiring after four years at the helm of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough FT.

Ms Hills will take up her post in 2022, with an exact start date yet to be confirmed, CPFT said. Until then the trust’s finance director, Scott Haldane, will be acting chief.

James Paget said it would begin a recruitment process for a new chief executive “in due course”.

Ms Hills was appointed the permanent CEO at James Paget in August 2019, having joined the trust in 2009 and held a number of other board positions including director of governance and deputy chief executive. 

She has also worked at Ipswich and West Norwich Hospitals and as well as spending five years at PwC.

CPFT’s chair Julie Spence said: “I am delighted to confirm that Anna will be joining our trust. Her knowledge, experience and commitment to collaborative leadership make her the right choice to take our trust forward, and to continue to improve our services for all those who require them.”