NHS Property Services (NHSPS) has appointed Martin Steele as its new acting chief executive officer.
Mr Steele, who has been chief operating officer of the organisation since 2017, starts his new role following the departure of Elaine Hewitt in March.
He will be responsible for managing NHSPS’ significant portfolio, which consists of over 3,500 properties with 7,000 tenants across England, representing approximately 10% of the total NHS estate.
As Chief Operating Officer he oversaw the organisation’s 5,000 frontline staff who work across 3,500 NHS properties, including cleaners, security, maintenance and reception staff.
Since January, Mr Steele has been leading the organisation’s strategic and operational response to the coronavirus pandemic.
He has operational and commercial management experience, having worked in senior leadership positions at companies such as BT, Andersens, Northern Foods and Debenhams.
Commenting on his appointment, Martin Steele said: ‘During such an intense time for the NHS as a whole, it has never been more important that we all unite together to support the NHS and our frontline healthcare workers.
‘For me NHS Property Services is all about enabling excellent patient care. That is what must drive us as an organisation. Whether it’s through our frontline facilities staff or our expertise in asset management, that purpose is a golden thread that runs through our organisation.
‘At this time in particular we will be doing all we can to ensure all our customers are supported, as they go above and beyond to care for those affected by the coronavirus pandemic.
‘I look forward to the challenges this role brings, but most importantly the opportunities we have in the coming months to make a tangible difference to the NHS.’
NHS Property Services chair Ian Ellis said: ‘I am delighted that Martin has agreed to take on the role of acting CEO. He has demonstrated exceptional leadership skills since his arrival as COO and he has provided exemplary leadership for our organisation since the outbreak of coronavirus.
I look forward to seeing how our organisation develops under his stewardship as we continue in our efforts to be the best possible facilities and asset management provider to the NHS.’