Published on: 3 April 2023

Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust is delighted to confirm its new Chief Executive, Mark Powell, has started in post today, Monday 3 April.

Mark, who lives in Derby, was appointed after a rigorous national recruitment process late last year.  Formerly the Managing Director and Deputy Chief Executive at Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust, Mark has over 20 years’ experience of working in the NHS.  He was previously the Trust’s Chief Operating Officer and a member of the Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust Board up to 2021, leading the Trust’s initial response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Prior to this Mark was the Executive Director of Operations at Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.  He also has experience of working in public health, developing community health improvement programmes for children with obesity.  He has also worked in acute, community and mental health commissioning through a previous role at South Staffordshire Primary Care Trust.

Mark said: “I’m really pleased and excited to be returning to Derbyshire Healthcare as Chief Executive.  I feel closely aligned to the vision and values at the Trust, creating a ‘people first’ culture and involving people – our patients, colleagues, carers and partners – in our decision making.

“It is a particularly exciting time for the Trust as we develop new mental health facilities across the county, improving the privacy and dignity of people receiving inpatient care. The Trust is also transforming the model of community mental health services and expanding the service it offers with the introduction of a new Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) and I look forward to being part of these positive developments”.

Selina Ullah, Trust Chair at Derbyshire Healthcare, said: “I am thrilled to welcome Mark back to Derbyshire Healthcare.  Mark has an excellent reputation for his leadership skills, and I am confident that he will be a great fit for our organisation, leading our Board of Directors and building on the Trust’s successes to date.

“Mark was appointed following a thorough recruitment process, which identified a close alignment between Mark’s values with those of the Trust, which puts him in an excellent position to work closely with our colleagues, services and partners.

“I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Carolyn Green for her interim leadership over recent months.  I am grateful for her continued support.”