A familiar face is taking on the top role of health care in South Tyneside.
South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust has named Steve Williamson as its next chief executive.
Mr Williamson, currently chief operating officer at the trust, which provides hospital services across the borough, will succeed Lorraine Lambert when she retires in September after a long and dedicated NHS career spanning 36 years.
Peter Davidson, the trust’s chairman, said: “I know that, when Steve takes up the reins, he will benefit from, and build upon, Lorraine’s impressive legacy, which has left the trust in a strong position to deliver an exciting strategic agenda of integrated health and social care development.”
Mr Williamson, who was brought up in Ashington, joined the trust in 2014 from the University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust. Previously, he was associate chief operating officer at Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust, ran the regional Wessex Renal and Transplant Service, worked in local government and also led the creation of a new government organisation, Her Majesty’s Courts Service.
Mr Williamson said: “With its already outstanding record of achievement, I am thrilled and honoured to have been given this opportunity to lead the trust going forward and I feel confident that, together with our fantastic, caring staff and our commitment to partnership working, we can make a real impact on improving the health of our local population and achieve our vision of becoming the premier combined hospital, community and wellbeing provider in the North-East by 2020.”