Colm Donaghy appointed CE of Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

11/03/2014

Colm Donaghy, Chief Executive of Belfast Health and Social Care Trust has today announced he will be leaving the Trust to become Chief Executive of Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.

On making the announcement Colm Donaghy said, ‘This is not a decision I took lightly. Belfast Health and Social Care Trust is a world-class organisation and there is never a good time to go. I have enjoyed my time in Belfast immensely and have had the honour to work with some of the most talented and committed people currently working in the health sector. I sincerely wish them well for the future.’

He continued, ‘Health and Social Care is undergoing tremendous transformational change and Belfast Trust is at the heart of that. The opportunity for Belfast Trust in the future to deliver even better and more innovative services to the people of Belfast and to the regional population is unbounded. However, moving to Sussex is an exciting chapter and one that will, no doubt, present me with new challenges - all of which I am looking forward to.’

Colm Donaghy has worked for the health service for the last 22 years; most recently, as Chief Executive of Southern Health and Social Care Trust, and Northern Health and Social Care Trust. He has been Chief Executive of Belfast Trust since 2010.

Peter McNaney, Chairman, Belfast Trust said, ‘Colm has been a tremendous asset to this organisation and has worked diligently to ensure our patients and clients have received the best possible care. Colm’s steadfast belief in the ability of our staff and his strong leadership has carried the organisation to its great achievements and through its challenges. We are all deeply indebted to him.’

Thanking Mr Donaghy, Minister for Health, Edwin Poots, said, “Colm has dedicated his career to date to the health service in Northern Ireland. As Chief Executive of the Belfast Trust since 2010, he has demonstrated courageous leadership as well as energy and resilience in undertaking one of the most challenging roles in Health and Social Care. He leaves Northern Ireland with my gratitude and best wishes for the future.”