Executive Recruitment

Executive Team

Marianne Griffiths, Chief Executive, University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust

Dame Marianne Griffiths is in her twelfth year as chief executive of Western Sussex Hospitals and often says that she has the best job in the world. She has led the trust from its creation from a merger in 2009 to being awarded Foundation Trust status four years later and in 2019 becoming the first acute trust to be rated Outstanding in all five areas inspected by health watchdog the Care Quality Commission.

Originally from Limerick, in Ireland, Marianne began her career training as a nurse, before reading Psychology at the University of Exeter and completing Chartered Accountancy examinations with Peat Marwick, now KPMG.

Marianne joined the acute provider sector in 2009 from NHS South East Coast, where she was Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Commissioning and Delivery, having previously been Chief Executive at Kent and Medway Strategic Health Authority. Her other roles in the NHS have also included a joint appointment in West Sussex as Head of Commissioning Social Services and Director of Strategic Development for the Health Authority.

In April 2017, Marianne also became chief executive of Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust when, at the request of NHS Improvement, she and her fellow board members entered into a three-year joint management contract to lead the teaching hospital and regional trauma centre, while continuing their tenure of Western Sussex Hospitals. In January 2018, BSUH was awarded a Good rating by the CQC, marking one of the most successful turnarounds of a trust placed in special measures by the health watchdog.

In 2018 Marianne was named the top chief executive in the Health Service Journal’s ranking of NHS bosses, a title she retained in 2019, having been made a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) in the New Year Honours List for services to the NHS.

Dr George Findlay, Chief Medical Officer and Deputy Chief Executive, University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust

Dr Findlay joined the Trust in January 2014 from one of Wales’ largest integrated NHS organisations.

He is an experienced clinical leader at national and regional level and a specialist intensive care consultant.

In 2011, he was one of 18 people selected to participate in the Health Foundation’s GenerationQ leadership and quality improvement programme, where he gained valuable skills and knowledge in clinical leadership and quality improvement.  

From 2008 to 2014, Dr Findlay was clinical advisor to the Welsh Government on organ donation and transplantation,  drafting and consulting on new legislation which culminated in the historic introduction of “presumed consent” in Wales on 31 December 2015.

In addition, Dr Findlay led the National Confidential Enquiry into Patient Outcome and Death (NCEPOD) over a 10-year period – an enquiry which aimed to identify and make recommendations to improve remedial factors in health care.

His work led to more than 20 national publications that significantly shaped health care standards and policy.

Karen Geoghegan, Chief Financial Officer, University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust

Karen was appointed Chief Financial Officer in April 2017.

She started her NHS career as part of the service’s Financial Management Training Scheme and subsequently worked in several NHS organisations in London, including Guy’s and St Thomas’, Northwick Park and St Mark’s hospitals. Karen worked at BSUH for 12 years before moving to WSH as Director of Finance in 2014.

Pete Landstrom, Chief Delivery and Strategy Officer, University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust

Pete was appointed Chief Delivery and Strategy Officer in April 2017. 

He started his career as a management consultant with PWC and has held several senior positions in the NHS, including as Head of Operations and Delivery for Cardiff and Vale University Health Board.

Carolyn Morrice, Chief Nurse, Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust

Carolyn Morrice joined us in October 2019. She was previously Chief Nurse at Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust.

Dr Maggie Davies, Chief Nurse, University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust

Maggie joined Western Sussex in 2014 as Deputy Director of Nursing and has extensive nursing experience including being both an oncology nurse working for Macmillan Cancer Support and working as a District Nurse. She joined us from Brighton & Hove Clinical Commissioning Group where she was Head of Primary Care Strategic Development. In her five years at the trust Maggie has championed patient safety and nurse recruitment and completed a doctorate in Clinical Practice. As Chief Nurse, Maggie represents Nursing, Midwifery, Patient Safety and Allied Healthcare Professionals on the trust board.