New Chief Executive for East Coast Community Healthcare
Former BT Transformation Director Ian Hutchison has taken over as the new chief executive of East Coast Community Healthcare (ECCH).
Mr Hutchison succeeds Jonathan Williams who is retiring after six years in charge of the social enterprise, which provides NHS community health services across Norfolk and Waveney.
Prior to working with BT, Mr Hutchison was Consulting Director with PwC (PricewaterhouseCoopers) and a senior Army officer, which included policy roles in the Ministry of Defence, operational leadership in the UK and overseas, and leadership development roles. He was awarded an MBE in 2004 for his part in the formation of a new Army regiment and leadership on operations in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Married to a nurse for nearly 30 years, Mr Hutchison has four children and has lived in Woodbridge in Suffolk for the past 15 years.
Mr Hutchison said: “I was really attracted by the core values of ECCH. It seems to have built its reputation and way of working around those. The energy of the team members and their willingness to deal with challenges by looking for a solution that draws on all the skills of the team, rather than individuals, makes me very excited about joining them.
“ECCH sits in quite a unique position as a community interest company – it gives us more flexibility freedom to be innovative. Government policy has an increasing focus on bringing together health and social care, and providing health care focussed on the individual much closer home. I am looking forward to addressing the challenges of achieving that and helping to relieve pressure on the acute hospitals and GPs.”
“The fact ECCH is an employee owned organisation means all staff have a vested interest in its future so it’s not just about what the company is doing, but about how it’s doing it. It gives the organisation energy and resilience to overcome challenges.”
ECCH Chair Tony Osmanski, said: “Ian has a wealth of experience, working across public and commercial sectors. He also recognises that, as our new Chief Executive, he will not only have responsibility for leadership, transformation and implementing the organisation’s strategic plan but, in doing so, will also champion our core principles and values.
“Over the past six years, Jonathan has led our organisation to become an influential and innovative social enterprise with a strong culture and a raft of high quality services. I am confident that we will continue to go from strength to strength under Ian’s leadership, fully supported by ECCH’s Board, Executive Team and staff.”
Jonathan Williams will continue to work on strategic projects until his retirement in April.