Julie Spence is to step down from her role as Chair of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust after nine years.
She will leave after her final Board of Directors meeting on Wednesday, 24 May after completing the maximum amount of time she can serve.
Julie said: “It has been my immense privilege to be the Chair of CPFT.
“Chairs are appointed for terms lasting three years, and when I first took up this role I never thought I would able to last the first three years – let alone complete nine years, the maximum allowed!
“During that time the Trust has grown rapidly. We have become a true community care provider and central to the health and social care system.
“Our research work is renowned, and while we still campaign for parity of esteem between physical and mental health, the stigma around the latter is much reduced.
“It has been the dedication and diligence of colleagues that has meant this Trust has gone – and will continue to go - from strength to strength.”
“Paying tribute to Julie, Chief Executive Anna Hills said: “In her nine years as Chair, Julie has been a constant champion of our staff and services. She has steered the Trust through the many changes and challenges of the local health system and has always led the Board and Governors with the utmost professionalism.
“Her wise counsel has been vital to us and she will leave a tremendous legacy which we will continue to build upon.”
The Trust’s Counsel of Governors lead the process to find a successor, and the successful candidate will be named shortly.
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