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Chair, Alan McCarthy, awarded MBE for services to the NHS

Tuesday October 13, 2020

Alan McCarthy has been the Chair of the Board of both Western Sussex Hospitals and Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals (BSUH) since July 2018, having previously spent eight years as the Chair of Sussex and Surrey Healthcare Trust (SASH). 

Arriving at Western and BSUH Alan said: “It has taken a very special opportunity to prise me away from SASH. Western, like SASH, is a high performing trust, just along the coast from where I live. BSUH is a trust on an improvement journey located in my home city. It really is the perfect opportunity for me to continue my contribution to the NHS.” 

Alan has overseen both trusts’ continued improvement and is now an instrumental part of the leadership team helping the two move towards merger in the new year.  

Learning of the honour, Alan said: “I’m delighted. It’s great to be recognised. It’s been a privilege to work with so many great people throughout my public sector career.

“It’s really recognition for all they’ve done. I’ve just been fortunate to work with so many brilliant people over so many years.

It feels quite special to be honoured for the work that I’ve done for the National Health Service

“It feels quite special to be honoured for the work that I’ve done for the National Health Service after changing career from local government where I had spent so many years before.”

BSUH and Western chief executive Dame Marianne Griffiths said: “I’m incredibly proud to work alongside Alan and we are all delighted that his service to the NHS has been recognised in this way.

“His energy, enthusiasm and commitment know no bounds and he has made a significant contribution to services at Western and BSUH, not least with our response to COVID.”

John Thompson (pictured right), deputy lead governor at Western Sussex Hospitals has also been recognised with an MBE for his services to his local community. 

John says of his honour: “A huge thanks to everybody I have been fortunate enough to work with over the years. They are truly amazing people who work tirelessly to make the impossible possible. This award really is for them.”

Recognising John’s contribution to hospital life, Marianne Griffiths said: “As a governor at Western Sussex Hospitals, John Thompson has been a supportive friend to the Trust for a number of years, representing our members with an absolute dedication to making patient experience the best it can be.” 

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