One of the most senior health commissioners in Staffordshire has announced his retirement.
Andrew Donald, the Accountable Officer of Stafford and Surrounds, Cannock Chase and South East Staffordshire and Seisdon Peninsula Clinical Commissioning Groups, will leave his post on the 30th April 2017.
Andrew said: “Planning to retire has not been an easy decision because I thoroughly enjoy working with the whole team including my Chairs and Governing Body members. I will no doubt miss them all.
“However, after thirty nine and half years working for and with the NHS it is time to move on to the next stage of my life and plan to do some different things.
“Having considered things very carefully with my family I feel that April is the right time. It will allow me just over six months to get the three CCGs to the best place I can before my departure.
"I would like to put on record that even though this has been the most challenging role of my career, I have thoroughly enjoyed it. I want to also formally acknowledge the staff and my Executive Management Team for their support and continued efforts to build three high-performing CCGs - they are without doubt the best team of people I have ever worked with."
Dr Mo Huda, Chair of Cannock Chase Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “We will be extremely sad to say farewell to Andy, who has worked hard to ensure that our CCGs are functioning effectively and that the people of Cannock Chase have the best possible healthcare.
“We wish him all the best for the future in his well-deserved retirement.”