Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (HHFT) has appointed a new chief financial officer (CFO).

The trust has announced that Steve West has been appointed to the role. 

Steve’s appointment comes after an extensive and rigorous recruitment process which focused on professional excellence and compatibility with the trust's values of compassion, accountability, respect and encouragement, – all within a context of an inclusive workplace.  

Alex Whitfield, HHFT chief executive, said: “Steve was an outstanding candidate in a highly competitive field. I have no doubt that his diverse and broad range of experience, spanning multiple sectors and geographies, will be invaluable to HHFT in the coming years. 

“He joins the trust at an exciting and challenging time, as we look to take advantage of the many opportunities created by recent advancements in technology and clinical practice, whilst navigating a challenging financial environment in which difficult choices are unavoidable. 

“I am thrilled to have someone of Steve’s calibre joining our team and am very much looking forward to working with him as we look to turn our seven-year strategy into a reality.” 

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Steve said: “Having been born and raised in the area – and a Hampshire resident for my entire adult life – I am very proud to be joining HHFT at such an important time.  

“I know that the NHS is facing an incredible financial challenge, with money certain to be tight in the coming years. However, it is a challenge I am looking forward to tackling.  

“My goal as incoming CFO is to support the HHFT management team as they look to deliver its seven-year strategy and place the trust on a sustainable financial footing. 

“I cannot wait to get started.” 

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Steve joins HHFT after spending more than a decade with Babcock International Group. Most recently he supported their Land Defence division as finance director – a role that includes supporting training, fleet management and equipment maintenance for the British Army.  

Prior to this, he qualified as an accountant at KPMG having graduated from the University of Durham. Married with a three-year-old son, he is also a qualified coach from Henley Business School. 

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