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New Chief Financial Officer to join RD&E


Added 13 July 2017


The Trust has appointed a new Chief Financial Officer.


Chris Tidman will join the Trust at the beginning of October 2017. Chris is a qualified Management Accountant, with a long track record in senior NHS roles and brings with him extensive Board-level experience and considerable financial expertise. He has worked in a number of senior roles in provider Trusts in the West Midlands as well as, most recently, working for NHS Improvement as Director of Improvement & Delivery.


Suzanne Tracey, RD&E Chief Executive, said: “I’m delighted we have appointed someone with Chris’ skills, experience and leadership calibre to this crucial role at the RD&E. We have made great strides at the RD&E managing our finances and reducing our overall deficit through our cost improvement programme, but there is still a great deal more work we need to do to help the Devon health and social care system achieve financial and clinical sustainability within the next 3-5 years. 


“I know that Chris will be a great asset to the RD&E’s senior leadership team, and on behalf of the whole Board, I look forward to welcoming him to the Trust soon. 


“Chris will be joining a fantastic Finance team and I would like to pay particular tribute to Paul Southard who has been Acting Chief Financial Officer for the last year. Paul has done an amazing job as Acting CFO and will continue to play a vital role within the Trust as Director of Operational Finance.” 


Chris said: "I am delighted to be joining such a well-respected organisation and can’t wait to meet staff and get started. The financial challenges faced by the NHS at the moment are well documented, but with its track record of staff involvement and its commitment to work in partnership with others, I know that this is an exciting time to be joining the RD&E."

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