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Trust boss to retire 20 years after becoming an NHS CEO

Published on: 9 Aug 2023
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A trust chief executive has announced her retirement after eight years leading her organisation, and more than 20 years since her first NHS CEO role. 

Carolyn Regan, who has led West London Trust since December 2015, will step down at the end of this year. The trust achieved an “outstanding” rating for its forensic inpatient wards this year and is rated “good” overall by the Care Quality Commission.

The trust has confirmed it has begun its search for a successor.

Ms Regan was chief executive of the North East London strategic health authority from 2002 until 2006 and has held several other senior leadership roles in the NHS and wider public services, including setting up and running clinical commissioning groups in North West London.

Her previous roles include serving as chief executive of the Legal Services Commission government body before it was abolished in 2013.

She was awarded a CBE earlier this year in the King’s birthday honours list, in recognition of her contribution to public service, and featured in HSJ’s top chief executives list earlier this year.

Ms Regan said: “It has been a privilege and a pleasure to lead West London, watching it grow and develop in confidence and see its achievements over the last seven years.

“The organisation is now in a much better place to face the future in the brave new world of integrated care services, and to play a consistent role in the new landscape. There is never the perfect time, but I do feel that this is the right moment for me and the trust.

“I will be retiring from full-time work after over 40 years working in public service and third sector organisations. None of this would have been possible without the encouragement and commitment of the trust board, my executive directors and the outstanding staff of west London.”

West London Trust chair Elizabeth Rantzen said Ms Regan demonstrated “visionary leadership, dedication to addressing health inequalities, and an unwavering commitment to exceptional care”.