Sara Munro named in top 50 NHS Chief Execs

For the first time, Dr Sara Munro, the Trust's Chief Executive, has been named in the Health Service Journal's (HSJ) ranking of the top CEOs in 2023

The Health Service Journal (HSJ) annual list is judged by a panel of healthcare leaders. This year, the judges included Health Education England CEO Navina Evans, NHS Providers CEO Sir Julian Hartley, NHS England Chief Operating Officer Sir David Sloman, and Donna Ockenden, Chair of the Independent Review into Maternity Services at Nottingham University Hospitals Trust.

The ranking is based on the performance of the organisation run by the CEO, their contribution to the wider healthcare system, and the personal example they set to peers and employees. This year, the judges were also asked to consider values-based leadership and collaboration.

In addition to Sara’s full time role as Trust Chief Exec, she is also a senior leader within a wider group of chief executives and chief officers that come together to look at health and social care provision across Leeds and the whole of West Yorkshire. She acts as the Senior Responsible Officer for Mental Health, Learning Disabilities and Autism within the West Yorkshire and Harrogate Integrated Care System.

This year the HSJ want to recognise those who are striving to deliver benefit for the entirety of their local health and care economy, not those whose sole focus is on their own organisation and to highlight those whose work is grounded in the unshakeable values of the NHS.

Merran McRae, Chair of the Trust, said: “I am delighted to see Sara recognised in the Top 50 of NHSMerran McRae, Chair provider chief executives.

“Sara is an inspirational and caring leader and a strong role model for the values of our Trust.

“I am also pleased to see the judging criteria has recognised Sara’s commitment to partnership and wider system working, which she has embraced with skill and in true collaborative style.

“The whole Board is proud of Sara and her local and national work to ensure high quality mental health services for all communities.”

Sara said: “It was a complete surprise but an honour to be in the top 50. I am lucky to do a job I love, working with the most fabulous colleagues in a sector I am as passionate about now as the day I joined it.”

“Our values of integrity, simplicity and caring are the foundation of everything we do at LYPFT and it’s great to see that recognised by other senior healthcare leaders.”

The full article is available to read for HSJ subscribers.