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New top boss at South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust

PUBLISHED: 13:04 28 June 2012

Gus Heafield promoted to acting chief executive of South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLaM)

Gus Heafield promoted to acting chief executive of South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLaM)

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A trust which provides support services for mental health sufferers and drug users has appointed a new acting chief executive.

Gus Heafield has been promoted from director of finance to the role from October 1 at the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, based at Bethlem Royal Hospital in Monks Orchard Road, Beckenham.

The outgoing chief executive Stuart Bell will take up the same position with Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust.

Madeliene Long, trust chairman said: “I am incredibly proud to have worked alongside Stuart for 13 years. “His thoughtful, informed and inspirational leadership has done much to shape our organisation.

“Gus Heafield is a highly respected and experienced director of finance who has played a key role in the trust’s work for 13 years.

“His appointment enables us to continue to work towards our ambitious goals with an executive leader of the highest calibre.”

Mr Bell, who has lead the trust since it formed in 1999, said: “It has been a great privilege to have had the opportunity.

“I’ve learnt so much and been inspired by so many people.”

An Oxford University chemistry graduate and chartered accountant, Mr Heafield has worked for the NHS for 19 years.

He said: “The entire team has a wealth of expertise and experience. I am confident that this equips us well to respond to the challenges and opportunities ahead.”

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