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New chief executive for Belfast Trust

Martin Dillon has been appointed the new chief executive of the Belfast Health and Social Care Trust

THE deputy chief executive of the Belfast Health and Social Care Trust has been appointed its new chief executive.

Martin Dillon will take over from Dr Michael McBride, who has occupied the high-profile post since December 2014.

He takes up the role with immediate effect following a recent public competition.

Belfast is the largest health and social care trust in the UK, catering for 340,000 people as well as regional specialist services, with an annual budget of £1.3bn and a workforce of more than 20,000.

Mr Dillon has previously held senior finance roles in the Northern and Southern Trusts.

Peter McNaney, chairman of the Belfast Trust, said he has "worked in health and social care in Northern Ireland in a variety of challenging roles for the last 30 years".

"He joined Belfast Trust in 2010 as director of finance, became deputy chief executive in 2014 and has worked closely with Dr Michael McBride and trust staff in developing our collective leadership strategy."

Mr McNaney also expressed his "sincere appreciation" to Dr McBride.

"His hard work and leadership have ensured Belfast Trust is in a position to play its full part in delivering Minister (Michelle) O'Neill's vision for the future of health and social care," he said.

"I have every confidence that Mr Dillon will be a tremendous appointment for this trust, its staff, and for the people we serve."

Asked yesterday what salary Mr Dillon will be paid, a spokeswoman for the trust said the information was not available.

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