Dominic Hardisty has been announced as the new Chief Executive of Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust.

Currently working as Chief Operating Officer and Deputy Chief Executive at Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust, Dominic will take on the Chief Executive post in August 2019 and succeed Dr Hayley Richards, who will retire at the end of May. 

Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust currently provides a range of mental health services, such as crisis support and intervention, across Swindon and the surrounding areas.  

Dominic said: "I am thrilled to be appointed Chief Executive of AWP. 

"There are great things going on in the Trust and I look forward to joining, and working with, staff and stakeholders to ensure we build on current good work and continue to do our very best for service users, their families and carers, as well as for our staff to make AWP outstanding." 

Dominic holds a degree from Oxford University, as well as a Master of Business Administration (MBA) qualification from Harvard Business School, and is also currently training to be a healthcare assistant. 

Charlotte Hitchings, Chair of AWP, said: "I am absolutely delighted to be appointing Dominic, who brings with him a wealth of relevant experience, both in mental health and strategic and operational management. 

"Dominic made a great impression on the 50 staff, service users, carers and other stakeholders who were involved in the assessment and interview process.

"We are all very much looking forward to working with Dominic as we continue on our drive for continuous quality improvement across our services.

"I'd also like to thank Hayley Richards once again for her commitment, passion and hard work throughout her long career with the NHS and wish her well in retirement." 

Simon Truelove will take on the role of Acting Chief Executive for the period between Dr Richards' departure and Dominic's arrival.