Southern Trust chief departs for new UK post

January 5, 2015

Chief Executive of the Southern Trust, Mairead McAlinden is stepping down from her role to take up the position of Chief Executive of South Devon Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.

Ms McAlinden joined the Trust as Deputy Chief Executive at the inception of the Southern Trust  in 2007.

During her career span she has overseen some important changes, including the construction of two new operating theatres and recovery area in Daisy Hill Hospital, as well as the hospital’s new £1.5million Emergency Department.

More recently she oversaw the controversial decision to close the stroke unit at Daisy Hill in order to centralise all stroke services in Craigavon Area Hospital.

In her parting statement, the outgoing chief expressed her “deep gratitude” to Southern Trust staff for their “tremendous support and enormous commitment, both to myself and to the community we all serve.”

“The reputation and success of this Trust is built on the dedication and service of each member of staff as they go about their demanding jobs and we are fortunate to have such high calibre and compassionate people in our organisation,” said Ms McAlinden.

“It has been a privilege to be your Chief Executive and the Trust will always have a special place in my heart.”

Paying tribute to Ms McAlinden, SDLP Newry and Armagh MLA Dominic Bradley said,

“Mairead has demonstrated outstanding leadership during her time managing the Southern Health Trust.  Her performance throughout her tenure as Chief Executive has been to a consistently high standard.

“Her departure for a new post in Devon marks a huge loss for healthcare management in the area.  I would like to thank Mairead for her hard work and leadership over the years and wish her every success in the future.”

The process of recruiting a new Chief Executive is expected to begin early in 2015.