I’ve known, and worked alongside Simon in various guises, over many years. Throughout this time, Simon has been nothing short of an outstanding, professional and honourable colleague, and NHS leader.
He epitomises NHS values every day, and understands how clinical minds and services work, as well as anyone I have ever worked with. He is one of those leaders who cares deeply about his staff, and the patients they look after, along with that organisation’s role in the locality.
He will be greatly missed, but like all good NHS people, I am sure he will continue to contribute to and shape the NHS in some form or another.
I wish him a long, happy, healthy (and busy) retirement.
Jim Mackey, chief executive of NHS Improvement