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New leader at Trust

South Devon Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust has announced the appointment of its new chief executive, who will lead the Trust as it prepares to integrate with Torbay and Southern Devon Health and Care NHS Trust.
Mairead McAlinden, who will take up the post in April 2015, has integrated health and care services in her role as chief executive of the Southern Health and Social Care Trust, which she has led since September 2009.
Sir Richard Ibbotson, chair of South Devon Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Mairead already has experience of integrating different organisations successfully, but what particularly inspired us was her vision and leadership style.
"She clearly leads by example and understands the scale of the challenge that lies ahead for us.
"I would also like to acknowledge the outstanding manner in which our interim chief executive, Dr John Lowes, has led the Trust through a challenging summer, for which we owe him a huge debt of gratitude.”
Mairead has worked in a range of health and social care posts since 1992. For the past five years she has led an integrated health and social care Trust in Northern Ireland, with an income of £550million and 13,000 staff serving a population of around 400,000.
The Southern Health and Social Care Trust is recognised in Northern Ireland and beyond as high performing, innovative and with excellent safety and quality outcomes.
Mairead's previous role within the Trust was as deputy chief executive/director of performance and reform, and was part of the leadership team that managed the integration of four Trusts into the new Trust in 2007.
Before then, Mairead was the regional director of integrated care and treatment services (2006) in the Department of Health and Social Services in Northern Ireland, and director of planning and performance (2002 to 2006) for the service-commissioning organisation for the southern area of Northern Ireland.
Dr John Lowes said: “Mairead is joining a committed and innovative team at a very exciting time in our history. We look forward to welcoming her to Torbay and I shall give her my full support.”