Farewell to Oxleas Chief Executive, Stephen Firn

Oxleas' Chief Executive, Stephen Firn 2016

A fond farewell has been said this week to our outgoing Chief Executive, Stephen Firn, who has retired after more than 20 years’ service with Oxleas.

Stephen announced in January that he would officially retire on 31 March. His decision followed a family illness and bereavement.

Stephen joined Oxleas in March 1996 as Director of Nursing and Quality. In 2000 he became Director of Strategy and Forensics and in 2002 he was appointed as Chief Executive and has tirelessly led the trust since then, over-seeing many changes along the way.

He said: “It has been both a privilege and an honour to be Chief Executive of this fantastic organisation for the last 14 years. Throughout this time I have been constantly amazed and inspired by the dedication and professionalism of colleagues across our services.”

Oxleas Chair, Andy Trotter, said: “Stephen has been an outstanding Chief Executive and will be greatly missed by everyone.”

Following his retirement from Oxleas, Stephen has accepted a part-time role with NHS England which will give him the chance to spend more time with his children.

The recruitment process for a new Chief Executive is underway and will be completed in June. Until then, Ben Travis will continue as Acting Chief Executive. This process will involve our governors, including those representing staff and service users.

Published on 1st April 2016