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Tuesday, 03 December 2019

New Chief Operating Officer Appointed

New Chief Operating Officer Appointed

South West London and St George’s Mental Health NHS Trust is pleased to announce the appointment of a new Chief Operating Officer.

Jennifer Allan will join the Trust Board in March 2020 to lead the successful operational delivery and performance of all the Trust’s services.

Jennifer, who is currently director of operations at Guy’s and St Thomas’s NHS Foundation Trust, said:

“I cannot wait to be part of the development of this successful and growing organisation and continue to transform services and facilities.

“The Trust has excellent relationships with its partners and as a long-standing resident of south west London, I am delighted to join a strong multi-disciplinary Board team, which works together to deliver outstanding care.

“This is a very exciting time for developing acute mental health and community services to deliver more integrated care as the importance of mental health in people’s overall health and wellbeing is increasingly recognised.”

Jennifer’s role at Guy’s and St Thomas’s NHS Foundation Trust saw her leading operationally on the Trust’s adult surgical services, as well as outpatient transformation and the Trust’s electronic health records programme.

Previously, she was a divisional director of operations at Central London Community Healthcare NHS Trust where she led the delivery of district nursing, rapid response and rehabilitation services, and worked on empowering staff to work in a more mobile way.

Her appointment with South West London and St George’s Mental Health NHS Trust follows the announcement of the retirement of our current Chief Operating Officer, Sue McKenna.

Trust Acting Chief Executive Vanessa Ford said:

“We are really looking forward to welcoming Jennifer to the Trust.

She brings a wealth of experience from her roles at other London trusts, and her interest and knowledge of digital transformation is particularly welcome to enrich our work to improve patient care and staff experience as a Global Digital Exemplar Fast Follower.

“Furthermore, the expertise Jennifer has shown in delivering excellent performance to communities will be invaluable in our work to drive upwards the standards of care we provide to people in the five boroughs we serve.

​“On behalf of the Trust I would like to wish Sue the very best in her retirement and thank her again for all her hard work in improving our services. I am delighted that Sue is not retiring fully and is going to continue to work with us on the leadership and development of our clinical services.”