Brent Kilmurray, Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust Chief ExecutiveBrent, who is currently Chief Operating Officer and Deputy Chief Executive for Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust, brings considerable Board level experience to the role, working across NHS hospital, community health and mental health providers.

He will take up the position towards the end of August, following Nicola Lees’ retirement last month (April) for family reasons.

Brent began his career in the North East in local authority roles, before joining City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust as Head of Service Development, and then becoming the Trust’s Executive Director of Strategy and Service Development and Divisional Director of Surgery.

He then joined NHS South of Tyne and Wear Community Health Services as Commercial Director and then joint Managing Director, and was appointed Executive Director of Business Strategy and Performance for South Tyneside Foundation Trust, after leading the successful transfer of community services into the Trust.

Brent has a strong track record of leading service transformation and continuous quality improvement, working with staff, people who use services and their families,  and partners to drive improvements in patient care.

In his current role as Chief Operating Officer and Deputy Chief Executive of Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust, which he started in 2013, Brent has worked with staff to develop a culture of continuous improvement across the Trust, and developed new mental health services for children’s crisis and liaison psychiatry, working with different provider organisations. He has also successfully extended the Trust’s services, to deliver mental health and learning disability services for the Vale of York and secure probation services for Durham and Tees.

Commenting on his appointment, Brent Kilmurray, said:  “This is an exciting time to join Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust’s Board as Chief Executive.  There is a lot of good work going on across the organisation and some examples of really positive partnership working across Bradford, Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven, and the West Yorkshire and Harrogate areas.  I am keen to get started working with the team to build on this and to lead the Trust into the future.  I am also looking forward to working with colleagues from partner organisations to help shape safe, effective and sustainable services for communities across the area.”

Following Nicola Lees retirement in April, Liz Romaniak will act as interim Chief Executive until Brent joins the Trust towards the end of August.  Liz is currently Deputy Chief Executive, Director of Finance, Contracting and Facilities at the Care Trust.