CEO appointed for merging trusts

Mark Axcell has been appointed as the Chief Executive of Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust following a recruitment process.

Mark, who is the current Chief Executive at Dudley and Walsall, will take up the joint post at the beginning of January 2020, supporting both trusts through the next phase of their merger plans and beyond.

Jeremy Vanes, Chair of both trusts said: “In Mark we have a leader who will drive us forward as we come together and work towards becoming an outstanding organisation. I look forward to continuing our work with him to help shape the future of the Trust.”

Jeremy continues: “Lesley Writtle current Chief Executive of Black Country Partnership has announced her intention to retire after over 40 years in the NHS. I’d like to express my gratitude and thanks to Lesley for her strong leadership and she will most definitely be missed, and I would like to wish her every success for her retirement.”

On his appointment to the role, Mark Axcell said: “It is with immense pride that I have accepted the position of Chief Executive for the merged Trust.  It’s such an exciting time to be leading the two organisations towards our merger and I look forward to working with all staff and partners to deliver the best possible health care for the communities we serve.”

In December, both trusts submitted the Full Business Case to regulators for the planned merger which will see the creation of one single provider for mental health and learning disability services across the Black Country and community healthcare services for families and children in Dudley.