Suzanne joined Ashford and St. Peter’s in December 2010 as the Chief Nurse before securing the post of Chief Executive in September 2014.
Prior to joining the Trust, she held the post of Deputy Chief Nurse for NHS South Central where she worked across the region in the implementation of the Nursing and Midwifery Strategy as well as many clinical quality improvement and assurance initiatives.
Prior to that, Suzanne’s nursing and management career was exclusively with the Royal Navy and included deployment during the 1990 Gulf War; a spell as Senior Nursing Officer at NATO HQ Lisbon and deployment to both Iraq and Afghanistan. Her final post with the Royal Navy was within the Surgeon General’s Department at the Ministry of Defence.
Since appointment to the role of Chief Executive in 2014 Suzanne has focused on creating the “right culture” with Team ASPH enabling the delivery of the highest quality care and treatment. Suzanne and her team launched a new strategy for the organisation in 2018 the delivery of which is centred on a major transformation programme. The transformation of ASPH is orientated around 5 strategic initiatives which will require innovation, digitisation, standardisation and a focus on people and collaboration in order to be successful.
Suzanne is the Senior Responsible Officer for the Surrey Heartlands Integrated Care System Workforce Transformation workstream and is leading delivery of a “One Team” vision. As a result of her military experience and connections Suzanne has led an ICS wide Step into Health programme involving organisations from across Surrey Heartlands in developing an understanding of the versatility and capability of Armed Forces personnel and the opportunity to create careers for service leavers within the NHS and Social Care arenas as an important means of addressing the well-known workforce shortfalls in the sector. The programme has been well received, with discovery days and sessions where the wider benefits for organisations and individuals have been clear.