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New Deputy Chief Executive at Sheffield Children’s

Sheffield Children's exterior
29 July 2022

John, brown hair and beard in suit with white shirt

We are delighted to announce the Trust Board have appointed John Williams, our Director of Finance, as Deputy Chief Executive. John will start the role from 1 August 2022 and have a handover period with Sally Shearer who has been acting Deputy CEO over the last 18 months and retires at the end of August.

Ruth Brown, Chief Executive at Sheffield Children’s, said: “John is an exceptional leader and I, and the Trust Board, are really excited to be working with him in the role.  He has been with Sheffield Children’s for three years and will take on the Deputy Chief Executive role alongside being the Director of Finance, where he is also responsible for Digital (Information Management and Technology), Estates and the development and delivery of our Green Plan.”

John also represents the Trust as a director of Legacy Park Limited, a company committed to the regeneration of the Olympic Legacy Park and critical part of our plans for the National Centre for Child Health Technology, and is chair of the national Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA) Environmental Sustainability Special Interest Group.

The Deputy Chief Executive has a number of roles including deputising for the Chief Executive. John and Ruth will work in partnership, along with the Executive Team in developing and delivering the strategic and operational management of the Trust;  developing partnerships and raising the profile of the Trust through development of relationships outside of Sheffield Children’s.

Ruth added: “Sally Shearer, our Director of Nursing and Quality and the Acting Deputy Chief Executive, will be retiring at the end of August. There will be opportunity for us to say farewell before then – we will all miss her so much as she has brought so much to Sheffield Children’s personally and professionally.  The Trust Board are very grateful for Sally’s leadership as the Acting Deputy CEO.”

In June we announced the appointment of our new Chief Nurse, Yvonne Millard MBE, who will start in her new role at Sheffield Children’s from 19 September 2022.  Yvonne is coming to us from Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust, where she has worked for more than 25 years and is currently Deputy Chief Nurse.

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