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I am delighted to announce the appointment of Suzanne Rankin as our new Chief Executive for Ashford and St Peter's.

Suzanne's appointment follows a competitive recruitment process with an extremely high calibre of applicants from both within and outside the NHS. There was no doubt that Suzanne was the outstanding candidate and I very much look forward to working with her and the Board to lead Ashford and St Peter's forward.

This appointment comes at a pivotal time for the Trust as we progress our plans to merge with The Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. As well as demonstrating exceptionally strong leadership during her time here as Chief Nurse, Suzanne is able to draw from a wealth of experience from other senior roles within both the NHS and the Royal Navy where, as you may know, she spent her early nursing career.

Suzanne's appointment has been unanimously endorsed by both the Board and our Council of Governors. I have no doubt we have secured the right leadership to ensure Ashford and St Peter's continues to build on its success and to realise our ambitions on behalf of both patients and staff.

I am sure you will join me in congratulating Suzanne on her appointment.

With best regards

Aileen McLeish,

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