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Two ICBs appoint CEOs

Published on: 8 Nov 2023

A integrated care board has appointed its chief nursing officer as interim chief executive, while another ICB has made its interim CEO substantive. 

Caroline Trevithick will lead Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland Integrated Care Board for what it said in an announcement to its system would be “an extended interim period”, after the retirement of the current chief, Andy Williams, later this month.

Ms Trevithick is currently the ICB’s chief nursing officer and deputy chief executive. She was previously chief nurse for the area’s clinical commissioning groups, and previously worked as a deputy director of infection control at Leicester Hospitals. 

Mr Williams is retiring after almost 40 years in the NHS, leading the ICB since its creation as well as primary care organisations in Leicestershire and the Black Country.

LLR ICB chair David Sissling said in a statement: “Caroline has vast experience of the local area and of working with our partners. She demonstrated during the interview her dedication and passion for working with staff, patients and the public to shape great healthcare for all.”

Permanent leader for Staffordshire

Meanwhile, another ICB in the Midlands region, Staffordshire and Stoke-On-Trent, confirmed it had appointed Peter Axon was – who was appointed its interim CEO in 2021 – to the same position substantively. 

It was one of five West Midlands ICBs which failed to appoint substantively when ICB chief jobs were first filled, along with Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin; Coventry and Warwickshire; the Black Country and West Birmingham; and Birmingham and Solihull.

The others also hired interims who have been moved to substantive appointments over the past two years, and Staffordshire and Stoke ICB readvertised its post in September

Mr Axon was previously the CEO of North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare Trust and has worked as CFO and deputy CEO of Birmingham Community Healthcare Foundation Trust.

The ICB said of Mr Axon’s appointment: “It was mutually agreed by all parties including NHS England and the ICB that the initial appointment [in 2021] should be on an interim basis, and this was the case across a number of ICBs nationally.

“Now that ICBs have had a chance to mature it was agreed that more permanent solutions to leadership would be appropriate, and Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent therefore carried out a competitive recruitment process to ensure this happened, with Peter Axon being confirmed in-post.

“Permanent recruitment has also been taking place across other ICBs that made interim appointments.”