CEO shortlisted for top award

Mark Axcell, Chief Executive of Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust has been shortlisted for a prestigious leadership award.

Mark, who has worked in the NHS for 26 years, is one of the finalists shortlisted in the Chief Executive of the Year category for this year’s Health Service Journal Awards.

With a background in finance, Mark has worked across all sectors in the NHS including mental health, acute and commissioning.

Since taking up the post of Chief Executive, Mark has had a significant impact on the Trust. He has driven the Trust towards higher and higher standards of service quality, and brought new services into the Black Country. We’ve also seen a marked improvement in staff satisfaction which has resulted in the Trust consistently receiving top scores in the annual NHS Staff Survey.

Harry Turner, Chair of Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust commented, “We are delighted that Mark has made the shortlist for Chief Executive of the Year. This is testament to the hard work and open culture he has created during his time with us. He is a true ambassador for the NHS and always puts the needs of our staff, patients and carers first. We don’t think this award could go to a more deserving Chief Executive.”

Mark AxcelI commented, “I am completely overwhelmed and humbled to have been nominated and indeed shortlisted for such a prestigious award especially during a milestone year for the NHS. Throughout my time so far as Chief Executive of Dudley and Walsall Mental Health I have been driven by a desire to not only make a difference to patient care but also to the working lives of our staff, as they are the ones who make the organisation what it is, which is a truly great place to work.”

The winner will be announced on 21st November at the awards ceremony in London.