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Chair of Solent NHS Trust reti

Published: 30/10/2018

Dr Alistair Stokes has announced th­­­at he will retire as Chairman of the Board of Solent NHS Trust at the end of March 2019, which is the natural end of his tenure.

Alistair has served as Chairman since the Trust was established in 2011. He has been instrumental in the development of the Trust which provides community and mental health services to people living in Portsmouth, Southampton and wider Hampshire. 

Speaking about his retirement, Alistair Stokes said: “It has been a great privilege and pleasure to have served as Chairman of Solent NHS Trust and to have worked with so many people who are committed to improving patient outcomes and experiences.”

 “I really believe in the value of out of hospital, local, integrated care services. Solent NHS Trust is at the forefront of joining up care, working with others to empower people to stay well and, where possible, be cared for at home.”

 Trust Chief Executive, Sue Harriman, paid great tribute to Alistair thanking him for the contribution he has made, she said: “We are very grateful to Alistair for the leadership he has provided and for the dedication he has shown to the Trust and local people. I have no doubt that without Alistair’s dedication and commitment, the Trust would not have made the immense progress that it has over the past eight years. We wish him all the best in his retirement.”

 Solent NHS Trust is now advertising for a new Chairman through NHS Improvement which is responsible for appointments. The new Chair will continue to lead the Trust in their ambitious vision to keep more people safe, well and independent at, or close to, their own homes, and they will play a vital role in helping to shape the future of local care systems. People can apply to be the Chair of Solent NHS Trust by visiting


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