NBT Chief Executive takes up new challenge

Thursday, 17 December 2009

North Bristol NHS Trust is today announcing that Sonia Mills, its Chief Executive, is leaving the organisation to become Chief Executive of NHS Oxfordshire.
Miss Mills will take up her new role at the end of February 2010, after the delivery of the Approved Business Case for the Trust’s new super hospital based at Southmead.
Peter Rilett, Chairman of North Bristol NHS Trust, said: “As Chief Executive of NBT since February 2003, Sonia has steered NBT away from its difficult financial situation, delivered major service improvements and made a significant contribution to the delivery of Bristol Health Services Plan.
“NBT is now recognised by the Department of Health as a performing Trust and recently gained the top five star rating by Dr Foster for patient safety across Southmead and Frenchay Hospitals and its community programmes.”

Sonia Mills, Chief Executive of North Bristol NHS Trust, said: “I’m particularly pleased that I leave the Trust in a very different place to the one I inherited back in 2003. This role has proved to be one of the most difficult, yet rewarding, times of my career. The achievement of everyone at NBT has contributed towards the Trust’s goal of making NBT a great place to work and the delivery of high quality patient care.
“With the combination of the recovery in NBT’s service standards and the new super hospital Approved Business Case near completion I felt it was the right time for a new person to be at the helm to take NBT into the next stage of its exciting journey.”

Ruth Brunt, currently NBT’s Director of Operations, will become Interim Chief Executive and continue to deliver NBT’s healthcare plans for the residents of Bristol, South Gloucestershire and the regions.