Mental health trust chief executive to retire

Mr Martin Barkley, chief executive of Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust (TEWV) has announced his retirement.

Mr Martin Barkley (61), chief executive of Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust (TEWV) has announced his retirement.

He will leave the trust at the end of April 2016 after leading the organisation for the last eight years. 

Mr Barkley’s career with the NHS spans more than 43 years and over the last 30 years he has been chief executive at four mental health and learning disability service provider organisations. 

He said: “It has been a very difficult decision, but after careful consideration I have concluded that now is the right time for both me and the trust. 

“This has been the best job I have ever had. It has been such a privilege to serve the trust as its chief executive and I am very pleased to have had the opportunity to help the Trust be one of the best providers of mental health and learning disability services. However, after so many years with TEWV and other mental health and learning disability organisations the time has arrived for a change. 

“I am so grateful for the amazing help and support I have received throughout my entire time at TEWV. The trust has an excellent workforce, board of directors and executive team in place who I have absolutely no doubt will successfully continue to improve the quality of services provided, with the support of the people we are here to serve, our members, GPs, clinical commissioning groups and local authorities.” 

Mrs Lesley Bessant, chairman of TEWV added: “Martin has been excellent in his eight years as our chief executive developing the Trust, as well as the services it provides, to help TEWV be a highly regarded Foundation Trust and employer. This has been his most recent contribution to the NHS in a long and successful career. 

“I have had the pleasure of working with him for two years and have the utmost respect for him not only in terms of his commitment and dedication but also the way he role models such good values and behaviours. 

“We thank him and wish him well in what he decides to do next.” 

The recruitment process to appoint a new Chief Executive will start next month.