Our Chair, Leisha Fullick, who has expertly led the Trust during a period of transformation and improvement, will be stepping down on 31 January after more than six very successful years at C&I.
We are delighted to announce that following a very rigorous recruitment process, Jackie Smith, currently one of our Non-Executive Directors, has been appointed to replace her.
Leisha, who joined C&I in 2014 with extensive Board and executive experience, including as Chief Executive of Islington Council, said: “Being Chair of the Trust is an extremely busy and rewarding role and I know that I could not be handing over to a more capable and enthusiastic successor.
“I send Jackie very best wishes for a successful and fulfilling term in office. She has been outstanding as a Non-Executive Director of the Trust and she brings with her more than 30 years’ experience in public service.”
Jackie spent 12 years in the Crown Prosecution Service before taking up a post at the General Medical Council regulating doctors. She moved from there to the Nursing and Midwifery Council in August 2010 as the Director of Fitness to Practise.
In June 2012, she became the Chief Executive of the Nursing and Midwifery Council, leading the organisation for more than six years. She left the NMC at the end of July 2018. She enjoys long-distance running and supports several charities, including the Samaritans.
Jackie said: “I am very much looking forward to leading the Board and Council of Governors as we approach the next phase of our plans for a new hospital. I am also very keen to continue working closely with our external partners to provide the best possible care for our service users.”