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Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust

Executive Directors

Ron Shields, Chief Executive

Ron has considerable leadership experience with over 20 years as a successful NHS Chief Executive. His career spans varied roles across physical and mental health, inpatient and community settings. Prior to joining Southern Health, Ron was Chief Executive at Dorset Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, where he led the organisation to achieve an overall CQC rating of Outstanding. 

Ron has also led NHS organisations in London and Northampton. He has a track record of successful and sustainable transformation and integration of services to improve patient outcomes. 

Ron’s strengths include a determination to personally champion the interests of service users, an ability to engage with staff, and develop effective relationships with stakeholders.

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