15 March 2013

New appointments across the Trust

Kristin Dominy, service director for SDAS and acting interim area director for South Gloucestershire, has been appointed as the Trust's new director of operations.  The recruitment of area clinical directors has also been completed and the appointments of the first managing directors in the new locality management structure have also been made. 

Kris was appointed after a challenging recruitment process involving external stakeholders, service users and carers and from a final shortlist of six candidates, drawn from more than 20 internal and external applicants.

She was selected by an interview panel consisting of chair Tony Gallagher, chief executive Iain Tulley, external assessor Paddy Cooney, Siân Walker from Wiltshire Council, John Hughes from Swindon Borough Council, Denise Porter from South Gloucestershire Council, Mike Naji representing NHS Wiltshire / Clinical Commissioning Group and Julie Kell from North Somerset PCT.

The new role of operations director provides an important bridge between the clinical delivery work of medical and nursing colleagues and the enabling work of finance and HR.

As operations director, Kris will be accountable to the Board for the work of the local management teams in delivering services and for ensuring that they meet local requirements.

Kris said: "I'm absolutely thrilled. This is a really exciting time for AWP with the new locality structure being implemented and clinical engagement being strengthened. "We have an outstanding opportunity to make a difference to service users and I look forward to working with colleagues to deliver this goal."

Chief executive Iain Tulley congratulated Kris on her appointment. "It was clear to the interview panel that Kris understands the importance of meeting commissioner requirements, has a strong grasp of what needs to be done to improve delivery and the drive to work with the new locality teams to help the Trust achieve its goals of delivering consistently high quality services. I am sure she will also make a positive contribution to strategic development of the Trust and I look forward to working with her."

Kris has led SDAS since 2009, having previously worked in Bristol as an SDAS service manager. Before joining the Trust Kris worked in London for both the Healthcare Commission and the National Treatment Agency.

Acting area director for BANES and service director for specialised and secure services, Carol Bowes is to become its new clinical director. Director of service improvement, Julie Hankin, has been appointed clinical director for Wiltshire.

Four of the seven area managing director posts have also been appointed with Malcolm Sinclair taking on the role in Bristol and Denise Claydon being appointed in Wiltshire.   

Both have been acting directors in these areas and been involved in helping to make the transition from strategic business to locality operational management.

Area service managers Jenny MacDonald and Suzanne Howell have been appointed respectively to the managing director roles in South Gloucestershire and North Somerset.

The appointments were made by a panel chaired by deputy chief executive Paul Miller, Kris Dominy, interim director of HR Sally Fox, head of innovation Rachel Clark and the area clinical directors. A stakeholder panel of staff and service users were also involved in the robust process.

Kris said: "I congratulate the successful candidates on their appointments and I am sure they will have a major impact in their new roles, helping our Trust to deliver responsive, high quality services."

Managing director appointments have still to be made for B&NES, Swindon and the specialised and SDAS delivery units.

The third role of the management triumvirates, the heads of profession and practice are currently being advertised and the appointment process is expected to be completed in the next few weeks.

Clinical directors appointed last month were James Eldred (Bristol), Bill Bruce-Jones (B&NES), Eva Dietrich (North Somerset), Sammad Hashmi (Swindon), John Owen (South Gloucestershire) and Tim Williams (SDAS). The clinical directors head the triumvirates, with the managing directors and the heads of profession and practice reporting to them.

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