John Richards, who has been Chief Executive Officer of NHS Southampton City Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) since the organisation was established in 2013, retired in June after over 30 years working in the health service.
Dr Mark Kelsey, Clinical Chair of NHS Southampton City CCG said: “John’s style of leadership and commitment to improving the quality of local services will be greatly missed by his colleagues and partners in the city.
“John has a passion for tackling health inequalities, commitment to improving the quality of local services and determination to put the local community at the heart of all we do.
“His leadership has meant the CCG not only works closely with health and care providers and Southampton City Council, but also treats the city’s diverse and vibrant communities as equal partners in our work. These values will carry though the organisation as we continue on our work on our new health and care strategy for the city, which will set out our priorities for the next five years. Many of our partners and local people have been involved in shaping this strategy and we look forward to sharing this with you over the coming months.
“We are hugely grateful to John for supporting the CCG as it has developed and the wider health and care system in Southampton over the years. On behalf of everyone at the CCG we would like to wish John a very happy retirement and thank him for his many years of service to the NHS.”
John Richards, outgoing Chief Executive Officer, said:
“Ever since I started in this role back in 2012, I have been telling everyone this is the best job I ever had in the NHS. We learned that we could grasp the freedoms that this afforded and get on with trying to do the right thing locally. I believe Southampton City CCG has a really important part to play in the wellbeing of the people of this city and will go on to greater achievements after I have left.”
NHS Southampton City CCG is also pleased to announce Maggie MacIsaac will become the organisation’s new Chief Executive Officer.
Maggie MacIsaac is currently the Chief Executive of the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Partnership of CCGs. She will remain in that role while also taking on the Chief Executive Officer role for NHS Southampton City CCG.
Dr Mark Kelsey added:
“Maggie MacIsaac is a hugely experienced Chief Executive Officer and her experience of leading the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Partnership of CCGs over the past two years will be very valuable to us during the period ahead. I am delighted she will be a part of our team in Southampton, which remains focused on creating a healthy Southampton for all”.
Maggie MacIsaac said:
“Throughout John’s period of leadership, Southampton City CCG has, deservedly, developed a positive reputation as an organisation that does things in the right way and to good effect. I am really looking forward to joining such a highly-respected team.
“Maintaining close links with the local community will be even more important as we begin to implement the strategy and I am delighted that the CCG’s chief financial officer, James Rimmer, has agreed to step into the role of managing director, to help us do this.”