The chief executive of St Andrew’s Healthcare in Northamopton has retired early for health reasons.
Professor Philip Sugarman, spent 10 years as boss of the mental health charity, the majority of which was combined with the medical director role.
Staffing levels at the charity, whose main site, St Andrew’s Hospital, is off Billing Road, have been criticised lately by inspectors at the Care Quality Commission (CQC), particularly the adolescent unit.
Professor Sugarman’s salary has also come under scrutiny in the national media after latest accounts showed he was paid more than £650,000 a year. However St Andrew’s, which deals mostly with NHS patients, said he was latterly paid £325,000.
St Andrew’s said he had brought forward his planned retirement date next year, “prompted by health concerns”.
Chairman Charles Wake said: “Professor Sugarman was already planning his retirement date, which was not far off, so we had already begun the search for a new chief executive. Those plans will now be accelerated.”
Prof Sugarman started as medical director in 2002 and has overseen the opening of six new hospital facilities across England, as well as St Andrew’s College in Northampton which inspectors recently gave a glowing report.Professor Sugarman has handed over to chief operating officer Warren Irving, while a permanent boss is sought.
Mr Wake, said: “It has been a privilege to work alongside Professor Sugarman during such an important time for St Andrew’s.
“I wish him well in his retirement.”