Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust chief executive, Brent Kilmurray, has announced that he is to leave the Trust in June.

Brent is taking up a new position as chief executive of Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust.

During his time with the Trust, Brent has led a number of key initiatives including co-developing the organisation’s five-year strategy with key partners and local communities, and launching a new approach to driving continuous quality improvement across services, called the Care Trust Way.

Brent Kilmurray, said: “I have been really proud to serve as chief executive of the Care Trust and together we have achieved a lot, starting with our Better Lives, Together vision and values, and strengthening our work with partners, to connect people to the right services, when and where they need it.  It’s been a great team to work with and whilst I’m delighted to be returning to the north east and I’m excited about my new role, I’m sorry to be leaving the Trust.  I’m confident that with the strong leadership team and Board, and its fantastic and very committed staff, that the Trust will continue to build on these achievements.”

Brent will continue to lead the Trust, as part of the district-wide support for staff, service users, and local communities during the COVID-19 pandemic, whilst ensuring that as many services remain available to the public.

Trust chair, Cathy Elliott, said: “On behalf of the Trust’s Board we would like to thank Brent for his leadership of the Trust, especially in driving quality improvement and innovative practice. We will be sad to see him move on, though appreciate his personal reasons to work closer to home. We welcome his support already, in helping to find his successor and we wish him well in his future role.”

Arrangements are being put in place to start a recruitment process after Easter, with the aim for a successor to take up the leadership of the Trust and its developing role in local and regional health care systems, as soon as possible. Interim arrangements will be announced shortly.