New Chief Operating Officer for Trust

July 11, 2024

We are pleased to confirm the appointment of Sarah Branton as our new Chief Operating Officer.

Sarah will take over from David Noyes, who is retiring, and we expect her to start in Autumn.

Douglas Blair, Chief Executive, said: “I look forward to Sarah joining us later this year and I’m sure she will be a great asset to both our Trust and the communities we serve in the years ahead.”

Sarah said: “I am delighted to be joining Gloucestershire Health and Care as Chief Operating Officer. I’m enthused to join an organisation with a great vision, strong values and ambition, delivering at the centre of a complex health and social care system. I am committed to working in partnership with colleagues to realise the Trust and system ambitions of providing fully integrated services aligned to deliver to the whole person and whole community.”

Sarah has been working as Deputy COO at Avon and Wiltshire NHS Partnership Mental Health (AWP) Trust since November 2018.  She has led her organisation through multiple complex situations as the gold commander for Covid, industrial action and critical incidents. Before this she held the roles of Divisional Director of Operations, AWP, November 2017 to November 2018 and Managing Director AWP, November 2014 to November 2017.  Prior to this she worked in a number of management and social worker roles including Service Manager/ Senior Service Manager, Deputy Manager and then Crisis Service Manager, Lecturer / Practitioner, Senior social work practitioner, Approved Social Worker and Social Worker/ Care Manager.

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